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Education & Skills Development News

Second wave of infections delays training at Tjeka Training Centre

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2021 Construction training academy Tjeka Training Centre, based in Randfontein, has seen a slowdown in the onboarding of participants for the new year, mostly owing to the second wave of Covid-19 infections in South Africa, says Tjeka Training Matters CEO Frans Toua. He tells Engineering News that the... 

R68 766 000 invested in Covid-19 research – Nzimande 

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th January 2021 The Higher Education, Science and Innovation Ministry on Monday announced that it has invested R68 766 000 towards coronavirus (Covid-19) research and development. Addressing the media, Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said the funds were approved to support Covid-19 research and development in... 

R68 766 000 invested in Covid-19 research – Nzimande
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande

Department of Basic Education delays reopening of schools by two weeks 

By: Sane Dhlamini     15th January 2021 The Department of Basic Education and the National Coronavirus Command Council announced on Friday that the reopening of private and public schools will be delayed by two weeks. The new dates for the reopening of private schools will vary depending on the calendar that they follow. For public... 

Department of Basic Education delays reopening of schools by two weeks

53% of adults think schools should not re-open amid rising Covid-19 infections – survey

By: Sane Dhlamini     13th January 2021 Round three of the University of Johannesburg/Human Sciences Research Council Covid-19 Democracy survey has revealed that 53% of adults think schools should not re-open until the situation concerning the coronavirus pandemic improves. Schools are due to open on January 27 as infections continue... 

53% of adults think schools should not re-open amid rising Covid-19 infections – survey

UCT launches open-access, African-centric research platform

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th January 2021 University of Cape Town Libraries director of research and learning services Dr Reggie Raju revealed on Tuesday, the institute’s newly developed continental platform for open access publishing in Africa. The African research community can now create and share its own scholarly content – open... 

UCT launches open-access, African-centric research platform

Solidarity publishes return-to-work Covid-19 safety plan

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2021 Trade union Solidarity has compiled and distributed a ten-point plan outlining its strategy for the return-to-work of hundreds of employees following the festive season. Solidarity says the premise of the plan is that employers should be “fearless against the [Covid-19] virus”, as well as... 

Return2Work Initiative, Solidarity Fund launch videos to advance workplace safety

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th January 2021 The Return2Work Initiative has launched a range of accessible safe back to work videos to address the need for workplace safety as thousands of South Africans return to work from all over the country. These videos are available free online for use and distribution to any business, union, employee... 

Dept urges health, safety of employees as second wave continues

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2021 The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) is urging all businesses to prioritise the health and safety of their employees and to take all necessary steps to ensure they are not exposed to the Covid-19 virus. “It is crucial that industries, businesses and entities, both private and in the... 

Western Cape welcomes agriculture interns

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th December 2020 About 120 agricultural graduate interns took up their two-year internship within the Western Cape agriculture sector on December 9. Western Cape Agriculture Minister Ivan Meyer welcomed the placement of the interns, saying that the provincial department had prioritised the structuring of... 

REIPPPP requires more traction to address challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th December 2020 The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) continues to take years to move through the various phases – from initiating tenders to delivering energy to the end-user – which, considering the challenges that South Africa is facing, is a luxury the country cannot... 

REIPPPP requires  more traction to  address challenges
PROCUREMENT ROAD MAP The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will seek to procure 6 800 MW of solar photovoltaic and wind renewable energy from 2022 to 2024

South Africa must be cognisant attracting skills happens against backdrop of global demand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2020 While South Africa is seeking critically skilled individuals, recent reports have shown that the number of South Africans seeking opportunities abroad has increased significantly over the past five to ten years owing to concerns about South Africa's low economic growth, independent immigration... 

Second wave, cuts to Covid relief are ‘main threats’ to economic recovery  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th December 2020 South Africa’s economic recovery, which outperformed forecasts by the International Monetary Fund, is in danger of regressing as a second wave of the Covid-19 virus − fueled by Christmas socialising and travel − and the planned termination of two large relief programmes hit the country. The... 

Second wave, cuts to Covid relief are ‘main threats’ to economic recovery

Local company confirms hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing plan at students' graduation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th December 2020 South African hydrogen energy company Bambili Energy CEO Zanele Mavuso Mbatha has confirmed that her company will start production of hydrogen fuel cells next year. She was addressing a graduation ceremony on Thursday forstudents who had completed a six-week training course to skill them in the... 

Sacpo, Huawei to roll out ICT academies across South African TVET colleges by 2021

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th December 2020 The South African College Principals Organisation and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding to roll out information and communication technology academies in all of South Africa’s 50 technical and vocational education and training colleges, by 2021, Higher Education, Science and... 

Sacpo, Huawei to roll out ICT academies across South African TVET colleges by 2021
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande

US-South Africa joint ‘space programme’ for Gauteng learners launched

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2020 The US Consulate General in Johannesburg has announced the launch of The Earth We Share-Space Race programme for school learners. The other partners in this programme are the  Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. The programme will take place during... 

Eskom business investment competition entries open

By: Donna Slater     4th December 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom has opened entries for its Development Foundation’s business investment competition (BIC). The BIC is open to registered black-owned small and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa that have been operating for 24 months or longer. Enterprises operating in the... 

Localisation supermarket to showcase products

By: Halima Frost     4th December 2020 Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) business development manager Hoosain Mahomed says the AIDC EC is embarking on Phase 2 of its localisation supermarket. The localisation supermarket is a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are imported,... 

Localisation supermarket  to showcase products
LAID OUT The products on offer thought the Locatisation Supermarket are available to view on an online portal available at the AIDC EC's website

Fall in energy efficiency investment threatens climate goals – IEA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2020 Investment in energy efficiency worldwide is on course to fall by 9% in 2020, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts, warning that the Covid-induced slump threatens international climate goals. The agency’s ‘Energy Efficiency 2020’ report estimates that global primary energy intensity... 

Upscaling of wind technician training needed to support 14.4 GW roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd December 2020 The planned growth of South Africa’s wind-energy sector over the coming decade, and beyond, will require a material upscaling of the country’s training infrastructure to ensure that there are sufficient South African wind technicians trained to support the building and maintenance of an expanding... 

Upscaling of wind technician training needed to support 14.4 GW roll-out
Photo by Saretec
Trainee wind technicians being put through their paces as the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre

UP opens new engineering research facility

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2020 The University of Pretoria (UP) has opened its new Engineering 4.0 facility, which focuses on research on smart transport, cities and infrastructure. The facility, on the Hillcrest campus, is part of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT), the university... 

UP opens new engineering research facility

Balwin Foundation, CMF to support contractors through construction training programme

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2020 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) the Construction Management Foundation (CMF) has entered into a strategic collaboration with fellow NPO Balwin Foundation to support the organisation in its continued quest to train emerging and small contractors from communities surrounding developments by JSE-listed... 

GIZ calls for expressions of interest for a project to improve artisan training in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2020 German international cooperation for sustainable development and international education agency GIZ has issued a call for expressions of interest from service providers in South Africa to manage a process to improve the quality and market relevance of technical and vocational education and... 

Pandemic serves as catalyst for blended learning 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has acted a catalyst for a future of blended learning in Africa; however, it has also highlighted a number of challenges that this learning model poses for the continent, which must first be dealt with, Future of Education Summit founder Rakesh Wahi said on November 26. He... 

Pandemic serves as catalyst for blended learning
Future of Education Summit founder Rakesh Wahi outlines the impact of the pandemic on education and the blended learning model of the future.

Nzimande announces multidisciplinary team to manage Covid-19 outbreaks in tertiary education

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th November 2020 A multidisciplinary investigation team that includes members from the World Health Organization, the Department of Health and the National Health Laboratory Service has been assembled to manage and contain Covid-19 outbreaks in the tertiary education sector. According to the Minister of Higher... 

Nzimande announces multidisciplinary team to manage Covid-19 outbreaks in tertiary education
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande

CIDB acts on conviction that creation of construction jobs is at centre of economic recovery

By: Donna Slater     25th November 2020 In a sector hit hard by job losses and a general lack of work, initiatives in the construction industry designed to support the growth, and survival, of emerging contractors, should attract greater public attention and draw the support from established companies in the construction industry,... 

Saice launches career growth platform for engineers

By: Donna Slater     25th November 2020 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has launched an innovative new platform – Saice Connect – that enables its members to network and engage with potential employers and like-minded individuals. The platform is designed to bridge the gap between skills shortages in many... 

Global workforce to reach highest level of risk in 2021 – International SOS 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2020 The risk to the global workforce has reached its highest level since 2016, according to the findings of International SOS's 'Risk Outlook 2021' report. The outlook reveals findings from the Business Resilience Trends survey of over 1 400 risk professionals across 99 countries, carried out by... 

Global workforce to reach highest level of risk in 2021 – International SOS
International SOS security director for intelligence and operations James Bird discusses the findings of the Risk Outlook 2021 report. Video editing: Darlene Creamer.

Rough road ahead for VUCA-plagued trucking industry

20th November 2020 It is going to take at least five years for South Africa’s economy to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Road Freight Association (RFA) chief executive Gavin Kelly. 

Rough road ahead  for VUCA-plagued trucking industry
DRIVING LEGITIMACY Road freight operators should transport efficiently, safely and refuse to operate in non-sustainable circumstances

Government departments implement initiatives to create more jobs

By: Donna Slater     16th November 2020 Various government departments have commenced with the rollout of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to protect and create jobs as part of his emergency relief package that has been mobilised in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and to address the impacts thereof. To date, Public Works and... 

Pandemic challenges exacerbated for industry

13th November 2020 While construction sites were able to reopen in early May for civil projects, ongoing delays in terms of both the public sector being slow to change gears and client’s additional regulations around health and safety, have exacerbated challenges for both property development and construction... 

Pandemic challenges exacerbated for industry
COVID-19 CONUNDRUM The Power Group’s construction arm has been hit with challenges no one could have foreseen with Covid-19

Makwetu hailed as gentle, unwavering giant in the fight against corruption

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th November 2020 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Sipho Pityana has hailed outgoing Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu as a gentle and yet unwavering giant in the fight against corruption and maladministration, following the news of his death. Makwetu died on Wednesday, at a hospital in Johannesburg,... 

Makwetu hailed as gentle, unwavering giant in the fight against corruption
Kimi Makwetu

B4SA proposes alternatives to another hard lockdown in event of a second wave

By: Donna Slater     10th November 2020 To restore and boost investor and consumer confidence in South Africa, Business for South Africa (B4SA) is requesting certainty from government that there will not be another “hard economic lockdown” – such as those of Alert Levels 3 to 5 – in South Africa in the event of a second wave of... 

Ramaphosa urges holiday vigilance to avoid second wave of virus  

By: Sane Dhlamini     9th November 2020 With the festive season fast approaching, President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked for vigilance from South Africans to avoid a possible second wave of the coronavirus. He is expected to address the nation this week with an update on government’s Covid-19 strategy. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has... 

Ramaphosa urges holiday vigilance to avoid second wave of virus
President Cyril Ramaphosa

African informal sector is disproportionate 

By: Donna Slater     6th November 2020 The informal employment sector within Africa is diverse and presents a range of challenges, notably with a higher percentage of women being employed and a correlation between the informal sector and skills, Ghana-based African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) research and policy... 

African informal sector is disproportionate
African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) research and policy engagements senior director Dr Edward Brown discusses the informal business environment in Africa.

Shift in strategy to maximise offering

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearings manufacturer and distributor SKF held a virtual webinar last month to discuss the company’s three-pronged strategy shift to better meet client requirements.  “The strategy has encouraged every part of the company to rethink the way it works, especially SKF’s core research and development... 

Shift in strategy to maximise offering
LEARNING CURVE The ability to re-look at the company's research and development strategy has been important to SKF during the Covid-19 pandemic

Fibre-optic tech monitors bearing parameters

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearing manufacturer and distributor SKF says its fibre-optic sensing technology used in its bearings to capture their working parameters, is “a world first”. The technology provides instant access to a variety of bearings data, including axial versus radial loads, polar lots of the bearing´s... 

Fibre-optic tech monitors bearing parameters
FULLY LOADED The fibre-optic load-sensing bearings developed by SKF gather data such as load and stress on pumps and compressors at a distance

Youth robotics training programme successfully completed during Covid-19 lockdown

By: Donna Slater     5th November 2020 Paramount Labs – the research and innovation division of aerospace and technology company Paramount Group – in partnership with the South African Air Force (SAAF), has successfully completed its newly-launched robotics training programme with the first group of young students who enrolled as part... 

Youth robotics training programme successfully completed during Covid-19 lockdown
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