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Education & Skills Development News

Sisulu calls for action against individuals “blocking development”

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th July 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called for strong and immediate action to be taken against individuals who are preventing people from being moved into their new homes in the City of Cape Town. This comes after reports that a group of people from a Cape Town... 

Pandemic encourages larger project scope

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have encouraged inter-country trade organisation the Competence Centre for Mineral Resources (CCMR) to increase the scope of its Health & Safety on South African Mines project. “It’s important to remember that if you are running a project over three years, you... 

Pandemic encourages larger project scope
RENÉ ZARSKE It is a win-win situation. We have many German companies that want to invest into South Africa, while local mining operations are looking for investors

S Africa crucial for centre’s growth into SADC

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 South Africa is vital for inter-country trade organisation the Competence Centre for Mineral Resources’ (CCMR’s) goal of expanding its network into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, according to CCMR head René Zarske. “South Africa is an important gateway for this, and the... 

S Africa crucial for centre’s  growth into SADC
VITAL ECONOMIC PARTNERS Last November the CCMR invited eight South African companies to Germany to liaise with equipment suppliers, with follow-up delegations planned once travel restrictions are lifted

At work, women disproportionately affected by Covid-19, says labour dept

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th July 2020 Women seem to be bearing the biggest brunt of contracting Covid-19 at work, according to the claims lodged with the Compensation Fund which indicate that more than 8% of the cases received so far involve women and this is consistent in all provinces, says the Department of Employment and Labour... 

Committee calls for speedy investigations into fraudulent UIF claims

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th July 2020 The Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour has called on law enforcement agencies to speed up investigations into fraudulent claims paid out by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). The Department of Employment and Labour and the UIF had briefed the committee on fraudulent claims and... 

Massmart warns up to 1 800 Game employees could be retrenched

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2020 Retail firm Massmart has started consultations with organized labour and other relevant stakeholders, with respect to the possible retrenchment of up to 1 800 employees in its Game stores in South Africa. The consultation process forms part of the firm’s opportunities assessment to improve Game... 

RBR progressing with training operations in Mozambique

By: Donna Slater     7th July 2020 Resource, construction and oil and gas service provider RBR Group, which has operations in Mozambique, reports that its Palma training, labour and general corporate administration operations are progressing, while its Wentworth training and operations base’s refurbishment is reaching... 

SA receives additional ventilators from US

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th July 2020 The US government through the US Agency for International Development, has delivered a second shipment of 100 ventilators to South Africa to assist with its national response to the coronavirus pandemic. USAID will also train up to 10 000 critical care nurses and physicians and support supply... 

SA receives additional ventilators from US

UFS expanding virtual student support services

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2020 The University of the Free State (UFS) on July 6 announced that it was adding tutoring and mentoring services to its student support initiatives. These would be funded by the youth education nonprofit organisation Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The projects the university will implement are... 

Roles of govt, business in restarting economy need clearer definition, says BLSA

By: Donna Slater     6th July 2020 In her weekly newsletter, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says a clearer perspective of the roles and responsibilities of business and government needs to be established as the country grapples with restarting its economy. She notes that, on one level, there are common... 

Roles of govt, business in restarting economy need clearer definition, says BLSA
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

ECSA suspends four Satellite Centres in light of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged and shifted the premise upon which the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA’s) Satellite Centres were introduced, leading to the suspension these four centres, says ECSA acting strategic services executive Millicent Kabwe. In email correspondence to... 

Youth recruitment, training sets Enel Green Power South Africa apart from competitors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 Amid the youth unemployment rate rising to 58.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, energy company Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) has reaffirmed its commitment to youth employment and training. “South Africa’s people must now contend with a pandemic that has dealt a massive blow to the... 

Get going with galvanizing: new book for engineers from IZA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd July 2020 The International Zinc Association (IZA) will launch its new publication, The Essentials of Galvanizing, during a webinar hosted by Creamer Media Contract Publishing on July 15, 2020. The publication offers the civil engineering and construction industry valuable insights into the importance of... 

Get going with galvanizing: new book for engineers from IZA

Academy attains artisan training certification

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd July 2020 The Lesedi Skills Academy received its Trade Test Centre certification from the National Artisan Moderation Body, which enables the academy to perform trade testing of mechanical artisans. 

Academy attains artisan training certification
NICKY VAN DER POEL Skills development and practical experience are critical requirements that enable youth to enter the formal job market

Proudly SA launches new ‘buy local’ campaign

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2020 Proudly South African (SA) this week launched its new “Buy Local” consumer education campaign that will go live on various platforms, including television, on July 3. The campaign calls on all South African citizens to contribute to putting the local economy and South Africans back to work by... 

UIF continues to accept Covid-19 TERS claims

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Commissioner has indicated that the fund will continue to accept and process Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) claims submitted for April, May and June as per the directive issued by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on March... 

GIBS appoints new Dean

By: Simone Liedtke     1st July 2020 The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has appointed Dr Morris Mthombeni as Dean. He took up the position on July 1, succeeding Professor Nicola Kleyn, who resigned from the position after having held it for the past five years. 

Myriad of economic opportunities available for youth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2020 Young people pursuing entrepreneurship opportunities and hoping to make a positive, meaningful contribution to the economy must look to the intersection of science, technology and human development challenges, and understand that opportunities lie in finding solutions for these, Department of... 

STEMulator seeks to get more schoolgoing children interested in STEM careers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th June 2020 Visual education platform STEMulator has embarked on a campaign to create awareness of its offering and inviting contributors to the platform either to enhance its content or to help take the platform further to schools in South Africa. STEMulator is a knowledge portal concentrating on science,... 

STEMulator seeks to get more schoolgoing children interested in STEM careers
STEMulator landscape

We must be guided by facts, not rumours – Ramaphosa on Covid-19 

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday expressed concern for frontline health workers who have died owing to the coronavirus and has also warned against the stigmatisation of people who have tested positive for the novel virus. In his weekly column to the nation said the country must be guided by... 

We must be guided by facts, not rumours – Ramaphosa on Covid-19
President Cyril Ramaphosa

De Lille launches Sustainable Infrastructure System, methodology 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2020 Infrastructure investment, together with the use of public land and buildings, is a critical lever to achieve spatial and economic justice by connecting South Africa’s citizens, integrating its communities and bringing people closer to work opportunities, Public Works and Infrastructure Minister... 

Covid-19 has exposed weaknesses in our communities – Dlamini-Zuma

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd June 2020 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Tuesday declared that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has exposed the weaknesses and deep fault lines in basic services, infrastructure, poverty and hunger, as well as in economic activities in rural... 

Covid-19 has exposed weaknesses in our communities – Dlamini-Zuma
Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

No quick fixes for economy – Ramaphosa   

By: Sane Dhlamini     22nd June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa warned on Monday that there would be no quick fixes for the economy as government gears up to launch its Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium on Tuesday. The Sidssa is organised by the Investment and Infrastructure Office within The Presidency and it is... 

No quick fixes for economy – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

UIF pays close to R6bn relief payments in May

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th June 2020 The Department of Employment and Labour continues to support workers with payments through the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), as well as working on processing Covid-19 claims that have come in through the Compensation Fund (CF), it says. For May, the UIF had disbursed close to R6-billion to... 

B4SA calls out UIF shortcomings in TERS payments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th June 2020 Industry organisation Business for South Africa (B4SA) has expressed surprise at the narrative being expounded by the Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi and the leadership of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) attributing the delays and shortcomings in the disbursement of Temporary... 

Welding institute championing training initiative

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th June 2020 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is championing work-based apprenticeship learning for the welding industry through the SAIW Foundation, and the Quality Council for Trade and Occupation (QCTO). 

Welding institute championing training initiative
OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY The noticeable lack of apprenticeship opportunities is regarded as one of the main obstacles facing artisan learners in South Africa

Training course goes online

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has had to adapt its five-day training course for building contractors, architects, engineers and quantity surveyors to an online presentation, owing to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on gatherings. The online version of the... 

Training course goes online
JOHN BARNARD Light-steel-frame building could become more popular in South Africa if more local suppliers and builders were properly trained

AMSA considering large-scale restructuring, jobs to be lost

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2020 While the full extent of the Covid-19 pandemic still remains uncertain as the economy slowly reopens within government’s risk-adjusted approach to easing lockdown restrictions, JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has advised that it is considering a large-scale... 

AMSA considering large-scale restructuring, jobs to be lost

Concor’s youth development strategy seeks to drive transformation through education

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2020 Black-owned construction group Concor is implementing a youth development strategy that is focused exclusively on education and skills development, which the company views as the most critical driver of ongoing transformation. Concor’s history of contributing to youth development predates its... 

Concor’s youth development strategy seeks to drive transformation through education
Concor offers support for learners is through partnerships, including the Tomorrow Trust Saturday School Programme

Labour department starts auditing UIF payments to ensure compliance 

By: Donna Slater     15th June 2020 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi reports that, during the second week of June, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) appointed auditors to investigate whether money paid to employers, to help bridge employees salary deficits during the Covid-19 pandemic, is being paid in full to... 

Business school offerings continue to evolve, study finds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2020 The Association of Master of Business Administration (AMBA) and Business Graduates Association (BGA) has launched new research that polled more than 433 business school decision-makers globally about their overall structure and qualifications on offer. The associations found that most – or 85%... 

Mavuso laments all-time low in business confidence

By: Donna Slater     15th June 2020 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says business confidence in South Africa is destroyed. In a weekly newsletter, she points out that the latest Rand Merchant Bank/Bureau of Economic Research business confidence index shows that 95% of businesses are dissatisfied with... 

Concrete Institute takes courses online

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2020 The Concrete Institute (TCI) says the last thing that the construction industry needs now is a costly site mishap caused by untrained staff, since it is already fighting for survival after incurring significant losses during the initial levels of the lockdown. TCI School of Concrete Technology... 

Concrete Institute takes courses online

Covid-19 patients can only return to work after 14-day isolation, medical exam – Govt

By: African News Agency      11th June 2020 South Africa's employment and labour department on Thursday stressed that workers who had been diagnosed with Covid-19 could only return to their jobs after completing 14 days of self-isolation and undergoing a medical examination. The department issued its statement in the wake of local media... 

Covid-19 patients can only return to work after 14-day isolation, medical exam – Govt

Time has come for all stakeholders to uplift South Africa’s youth, says PwC

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2020 South Africa’s lockdown restrictions are easing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but its impact on the economy will be long-lasting and challenging, and it remains an important time for business, government, educators, nongovernment organisations and other stakeholders to uplift the... 

Covid-19 positive employees can return to work under strict conditions – labour department

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2020 Following a number of media reports that state that Covid-19 patients no longer need to test negative to resume work, the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) notes that this is false and instead that certain criteria need to be met before an employee that tests positive for Covid-19 can... 

South Africa must rapidly implement measures to attract FDI − Leon 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th June 2020 The South African economy finds itself on the edge of a fiscal cliff, especially as the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a “massive and rapid shock”, says law firm Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon. While the effects of the pandemic were initially localised to Asia,... 

South Africa must rapidly implement measures to attract FDI − Leon
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon discusses the fiscal cliff edge that the South African economy finds itself on, and highlights some potential measures that can attract FDI into the country. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.
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