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More German experts coming to help reactivate South African industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2020 The German embassy in South Africa expects further technical experts from that country to arrive in South Africa, subject to the approval of the South African government. The first contingent of these experts, sent to help reactivate and upgrade German-owned factories and service companies in... 

UIF TERS extended July/August applications to open next Monday

By: Donna Slater     13th August 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will open and begin processing the July/August Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits applications from August 17. This follows the signing of the new directive on the extended period of benefits by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas... 

PwC, Unicef collaborate to boost skills of youth in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th August 2020 Professional services firm PwC and the United Nations Children's Fund South Africa are collaborating to help prepare young people with relevant skills to enter the workforce. This is part of a three-year global collaboration between the two entities in support of Generation Unlimited, a... 

Nestlé launches initiative to tackle youth unemployment

By: Donna Slater     12th August 2020 Food and beverage company Nestlé is offering 100 young people an opportunity to join its newly established virtual internship programme as part of the organisation’s ongoing interventions aimed at reducing youth unemployment, across the East and Southern Africa region (Esar). The virtual... 

Study finds remote working does not decrease output

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2020 Being allowed to spend time with children during the work day is a major success factor for remote working, a study conducted by World Wide Worx, on behalf of Cisco, has found. The 'Remote Working in South Africa 2020' study was compiled using insights from information technology decision-makers... 

Tourism Minister publishes amended Risk Adjusted Strategy

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th August 2020 The amended Risk Adjusted Strategy for Tourism Facilities, Services and Products has been announced by Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Guided tour operators, which includes overland safari vehicle operators, will now be permitted to operate in national parks from August 7, provided... 

Tourism Minister publishes amended Risk Adjusted Strategy
Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Mobile factories reduce time, costs

By: Cameron Mackay     7th August 2020 Agricultural processing equipment supplier Dryers for Africa supplies containerised processing factories fitted with agricultural dryer units which enable clients without access to a factory to buy a mobile factory with the required components and equipment prefitted, reducing installation costs... 

Mobile factories reduce time, costs
ACCESS TO INFRASTRUCTURE Small-scale farming can be encouraged to provide produce for the containerised factory, which comes prefitted with dryer units

EIB, Afreximbank direct €300m of support to Africa's Covid-19 response 

By: Donna Slater     6th August 2020 The European Investment Bank (EIB), an arm of the European Union, and multilateral trade finance institution, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), are directing €300-million of financing to support the resilience and recovery of African nations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The... 

PwC says pandemic forces a relook at remuneration policies  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2020 It has been a year that has exposed the vulnerabilities of lower-level workers and, coupled with the context of job insecurity and food insecurity in South Africa, there have been increasing calls for executive pay cuts. Consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in its latest 'Executive... 

PwC says pandemic forces a relook at remuneration policies
Two PwC executives discuss the changing landscape for remuneration amid Covid-19

Jobs Fund raises R271m from partners to support up to 70 000 beneficiaries

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2020 With unemployment ballooning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Jobs Fund has reiterated its commitment to fighting unemployment, with its partners having committed R271-million to Covid-19 support interventions. The Jobs Fund is a multiyear R9-billion fund administered by the National... 

Nzimande opens 2021 NSFAS applications

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th August 2020 Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande officially opened applications for the 2021 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) cycle, on Monday. This year, the NSFAS application cycle will run for four months starting from August 3 to November 30, and applications... 

Nzimande opens 2021 NSFAS applications
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande

UIF will continue to process new claims

By: Sane Dhlamini     4th August 2020 The Department of Employment and Labour together with the  National Economic Development and Labour Council social partners have announced that the Unemployment Insurance Fund will continue processing new claims for April and May until a cut-off date is announced.  A 14-day notice window will be... 

UIF will continue to process new claims
Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi

Corruption during a national disaster is heinous – Ramaphosa  

By: Sane Dhlamini     3rd August 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday addressed the corrupt activities that have recently made headlines, labelling corruption during a national disaster as a heinous crime and revealed that he would be receiving interim progress reports every six weeks, on various cases. He promised that... 

Corruption during a national disaster is heinous – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

'Relief' as Toyota confirms R2.5bn hybrid production in Durban

By: African News Agency      29th July 2020 KwaZulu-Natal's MEC for economic development, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, on Wednesday expressed "relief" after Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) confirmed a R2.5 billion investment in the province's automotive economy.  The company will be building a hybrid synergy drive (petro-electric) car at its plant... 

 'Relief' as Toyota confirms R2.5bn hybrid production in Durban
Photo by Supplied by KZN EDTEA
KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs during a meeting with Toyota South Africa

Mkhize calls for occupational health and safety committees at every level

By: Yvonne Silaule     29th July 2020 In a bid to ensure continuous engagement with all stakeholders critical to the fight against Covid-19, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has given a directive for occupational health and safety committees to be created at a provincial, district and local hospital level. This was according to a... 

Mkhize calls for occupational health and safety committees at every level
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

SA loses 3 000 jobs in first quarter of 2020, but impact of lockdown not felt yet

By: News24Wire      28th July 2020 Total employment in SA's non-agricultural formal sector fell by 3 000 between December 2019 and March 2020, Statistics SA announced on Tuesday in its latest Quarterly Employment Statistics bulletin.  The QES results are based on a sample survey conducted by Stats SA and include findings on... 

SA loses 3 000 jobs in first quarter of 2020, but impact of lockdown not felt yet

Gauteng SACP, Cosatu united in condemning corruption  

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th July 2020 The Gauteng branch of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have called on the Gauteng provincial government to act decisively and swiftly on allegations of corruption relating to coronavirus (Covid-19) efforts. The unions said action... 

Gauteng SACP, Cosatu united in condemning corruption
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Gauteng Premier recovers from Covid-19, resumes duties

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd July 2020 Gauteng Premier David Makhura has recovered from the novel coronavirus and has already resumed his official duties by joining Thursday’s virtual sitting of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, where the Adjustment Budget was tabled as part of the province’s Covid-19 response. He expressed his... 

Gauteng Premier recovers from Covid-19, resumes duties
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Gauteng unveils R4bn upward revision to Budget in response to Covid-19 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2020 The Gauteng government announced a R4-billion upward revision to its 2020/21 provincial Budget on Thursday, indicating that the increase to R146.4-billion, from the R142.2-billion outlined in March, had been made in response to the need for additional resources to respond to the Covid-19... 

 Gauteng unveils R4bn upward revision to Budget in response to Covid-19
Gauteng Finance and e-Government MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko

CW report highlights impact of corruption in health sector

By: Sane Dhlamini     22nd July 2020 Not for profit organisation Corruption Watch (CW) on Wednesday released its ‘X-Ray: The critical state of the health sector in SA’ report which aims to uncover the impact of corruption in the healthcare sector. The report demonstrates how people who are reliant on public health facilities in... 

CW report highlights impact of corruption in health sector

Border Management Authority Bill enforced

By: Sane Dhlamini     22nd July 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Border Management Authority Bill into law as part of government’s vision for an integrated and well-coordinated border management service, legitimate trade and secure travel. The new legislation effective from July 21 and is in accordance with... 

Border Management Authority Bill enforced
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Labour department commits R100m to small business support  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2020 The Department of Employment and Labour has committed to provide R104-million, through the Unemployment Insurance Fund, to Productivity South Africa (Productivity SA). Employment and Labour Deputy Minister Boitumelo Moloi confirmed during a virtual budget vote that the funds would be used to... 

TBCSA appoints legal heavyweights as it considers legal route to reopen industry

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2020 The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has appointed attorneys and a senior counsel as it considers a legal route to try and ease government-imposed restrictions under Covid-19 Alert Level 3. The TBCSA states that the industry suffers a loss of more than R748-million for every day... 

Capitec CEO awarded USB Alumnus of the Year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2020 Capitec CEO Gerrie Fourie was been named Alumnus of the Year 2019 by the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). The award is reportedly the highest honour given to alumni of the university on behalf of the Alumni Association.  

Exxaro, SBI partner again on small business initiatives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2020 JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro and the Small Business Institute (SBI) have announced they will collaborate to promote the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa. The partnership will focus on the functional and economic viability of small towns beyond the... 

Exxaro, SBI partner again on small business initiatives
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Ramaphosa urges youth to take economic opportunities during Covid-19 

By: Sane Dhlamini     20th July 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has applauded South Africa’s entrepreneurial youth for using the Covid-19 pandemic to create good business ideas and he is calling on more young South Africans, particularly in townships, to take advantage of economic opportunities during this time. In his weekly address... 

Ramaphosa urges youth to take economic opportunities during Covid-19
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Pandemic presents e-learning opportunity for university

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 Globally, higher education institutions are facing unprecedented challenges resulting from physical distancing practices owing to Covid-19. 

Pandemic presents e-learning opportunity for university
DIGITAL LEARNING The University of Pretoria, as the leading adopter in the late 1990s of online teaching and learning management platforms, has always supported faculties to engage in online activities

4IR skills map way forward  

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 With continuous improvements in technology, there is a need for concurrent upskilling across all sectors, especially as the reality of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has set in locally. 

4IR skills map  way forward
Polytech Africa MD ​Astrid Straussner​ tells ​Engineering News ​about the company’s Mechatronics Academy. Camerawork: ​Creamer Media’s​ Kutlwano Matlala​.​ Editing: ​Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd​.​ Recorded: 28.02.2020

TEC programme benefits local colleges, communities

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 As vocational students were graduating with skills that were not in demand by industry, engine manufacturer Cummins and multinational corporation Komatsu have partnered at eight Technical Education for Communities (TEC) sites globally, including the South African site launched in 2017. 

TEC programme benefits local colleges, communities
HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT The Technical Education for Communities programme at the Sedibeng Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, in Gauteng is supported by the Department of Higher Education and Training

Technology company adapts to signals of change

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 ABB University – which operates under the auspices of technology provider ABB – has adapted successfully to the different education and training environment ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Technology company adapts to signals of change
CULTURE SHIFT All prospective students are now urged to complete the online prerequisites at their own place of work or home, prior to attending the practical training at ABB

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 With the acoustics industry experiencing little to no growth, owing to new project developments being halted, acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy) principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy argues that stringent noise control regulations, sets... 

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry
NOISE DEFENDERS Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa

Brick supplier completes Gauteng school project

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 Face brick supplier Corobrik has completed the supply of its bricks for the construction of Noordgesig Primary School’s administration block and hall. 

Brick supplier completes Gauteng school project
WINTER SEASON BENEFITS The Corobrik clay face brick offers enhanced thermal comfort by retaining warmth in winter

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 The Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM Consult), a business unit of research organisation Enterprises University of Pretoria (UP), can serve the local industry with key capabilities through its expertise in vibration-based condition monitoring and structural health monitoring. “These... 

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing
SPECIALIST TESTING CAPABILITIES C-AIM provides engineering consulting services to assist industry in optimally managing the structural integrity of physical assets over their life cycles

IZA publishes ‘Essentials of Galvanizing’ booklet

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2020 The International Zinc Association (IZA) has published its newest guide on the ‘Essentials of Galvanizing’, the primary purpose of which is to be a key reference for engineers and designers globally. Speaking during the booklet’s virtual launch on July 15, IZA’s Simon Norton explained that the... 

Drones Council launched to expedite advancement of regulatory environment

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2020 The Drone Council South Africa (DCSA) was launched on July 15 with its first webinar to update global stakeholders in the private and public sectors on progress being made in the drones industry, both internationally and in South Africa. The DCSA was formed in part to address South Africa’s... 

US agency provides oxygen support to South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2020  The US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $3.5-million (R59-million) to support South Africa's Department of Health’s oxygen supply, demand and reticulation strategy, as well as the department's efforts to procure supplies and... 

New US development finance institution doubles down on investments in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2020 Development finance institution (DFI), the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is doubling down on investments in Africa amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, as it believes this is an essential time to drive investments and to bring liquidity facilities quickly to the continent... 

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