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Education & Skills Development News

Significant untapped potential in local waste economy

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 The current contribution of the waste economy to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) could significantly increase if the importance of implementing the waste management hierarchy is fully recognised, says waste management company Interwaste human resources and transformation director... 

Training important for working at height personnel

24th September 2021 Falls from height are the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury within the workplace. Working at height, confined space and respiratory solutions provider Arco Professional Safety Services expert Steve Dawson explains the importance of training for... 

Company offers various techniques for working-at-height

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th September 2021 Rope access specialist Skyriders’ working-at-height training includes rope access, fall arrest or fall prevention and the fall protection plan. The company specialises in rope access & RPAS (drones) – a system used to position a person on a structure. 

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SAFETY FIRST The regulations state that a company is required to have a fall protection plan in place when any work is done that might create the risk of a fall

Sufficient training needed to perform rescue on suspension trauma

24th September 2021 Suspension trauma is the main reason why it is imperative to perform a rescue as soon as possible after a fall has been arrested, explains safety solutions provider BBF Safety Group. The company highlights that when a person is suspended after a fall, the heart continues to pump blood to the body. 

Company opens new height safety centre in London

24th September 2021 Safety equipment supplier Heightec announced the opening of its new London Height Safety Centre.  The new regional centre based near Wembley in London opened on July 26 with courses available to book online now. 

Engineering sector strike looms as wage talks deadlock

By: Donna Slater     21st September 2021 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday announced that it would embark on a national strike in the engineering sector from October 5, after wage talks deadlocked. Numsa has deadlocked with employer associations in engineering, namely the National Employers... 

Mlambo-Ngcuka wins Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation award

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st September 2021 Nonprofit organisation the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced South African Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former UN under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, as the winner of the 2021 Global Goalkeeper Award. As part of its yearly Goalkeepers campaign, the foundation also... 

Sanral joins Saice awards to support professional civil engineering industry for development

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is the main awards sponsor for industry organisation the South African Institution of Civil Engineering's (Saice's) 2021 industry excellence awards. Saice has long been aligned with Sanral in supporting a strong civil engineering sector in... 

ECA, ICC launch centre of entrepreneurship in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2021 The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the International Chamber of Commerce have jointly launched Centres of Entrepreneurship in Africa. With strategic locations across Africa, the ECA - ICC Centres of Entrepreneurship will work with various stakeholders, including businesses, chambers of... 

Reskilling programme for retrenched workers completes first run

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 The final intake of learners for the maiden year of the Road to Reskilling training programme is set to take place later this month in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape. The programme was conceived as a means of reskilling and recapacitating 300 previously retrenched workers in the automotive... 

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MITIGATING THE IMPACT The Road to Reskilling programme was borne out of the need to reduce the impact of anticipated retrenchments from Covid-19

Covid-19 vaccinations can be made mandatory

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     17th September 2021 Owing to the latest guidelines provided by the Department of Employment and Labour, which stipulates that Covid-19 vaccinations can be made mandatory by employers, companies would need to update their policies and procedures to ensure that they comply with the guidelines, which correspond with... 

Successful year for initiative

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 The Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI) World Class Manufacturing (WCM) programme has enjoyed a high level of participation over the past 12 months and is on track to complete 21 projects by the end of the year, National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

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LOCAL IS LEKKER Localisation requires commercial competitiveness founded on skilled and knowledgeable personnel

Brain drain must not dissuade development

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 To foster a sustainable automotive component manufacturing sector in South Africa, the risk of locally developed skills being poached by other countries must be accepted without dissuading development, says education and training services provider Tetelestai Holdings CEO Natalie Nelson.... 

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BRIGHT SPARKS The National Tooling Initiative Programme has begun a targeted apprenticeship that funds 15 learners in the toolmaking trade

New Merseta chamber to positively impact on sector

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 The creation of an automotive component manufacturers chamber at the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) has been a “game changer”, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) executive director... 

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PLAYING ITS PART The creation of an automotive component manufacturing specific chamber at the Merseta enables this subsector to deal with its own unique skills issues

Initiative advances TVET system

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 Following its initial launch in March last year, skills development initiative High Gear and its partners are launching several technical vocational education and training (TVET) curricula upgrades over the next six months. The High Gear initiative is a collaboration between the National... 

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PASSING THE TORCH The improved skills pipeline enabled by High Gear will contribute towards the automotive components manufacturing sector’s localisation and transformation objectives

New safety learning programme launched

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     17th September 2021 Safety training solutions provider KBC Health & Safety introduced its microlearning training programme for employees in July this year. “We developed the microlearning training to focus on high-risk work areas . . . hazards and controls to avoid incidents from occurring,” explains KBC Health &... 

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NATALIE PITOUT Every module covers one topic; the duration of an online module spans about 15 to 20 minutes and the microlearning flash videos about two minutes

Drug testing dipped during pandemic

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     17th September 2021 Breathalyser and drug testing equipment supplier ALCO-Safe has noticed a trend over the past 12 months, during which a number of companies discontinued drug testing and testing that requires breathalysers. This is because people are working from home (WFH) and, consequently, fewer people are... 

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RHYS EVANS The enclosures allow for proper physical distancing

UIF urges finalisation of outstanding Covid-19 Ters applications before December deadline

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2021 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) appeals to employers to resolve any errors on their submitted Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) portal to enable the fund to finalise any outstanding claims. The UIF notes that claims cannot be finalised until certain corrections are... 

Municipality in support of niche and light industry

10th September 2021 According to Knysna Planning and Development MMC Mncedisi Skosana, the local leadership has been investigating ways of diversifying the area’s economic drivers and contributors. 

Paradigm shift can address unemployment

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 Increasing awareness of the skills required to advance civil engineering education in South Africa is integral to unlocking employment opportunities, specifically within the country’s municipal sector, advocates South Africa Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) CEO Vishaal Lutchman.  

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VISHAAL LUTCHMAN The country needs to find a balanced approach to promote both artisanal trade qualifications and qualifications received from universities

Changes required to deal with municipal issues

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 The dismal performance of municipalities in infrastructure and service delivery in South Africa can be attributed to the lack of technical capacity and competency within municipalities, says association Consulting Engineers South Africa CEO Chris Campbell.  

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CHRIS CAMPBELL While municipalities are facing many challenges, there is great opportunity to create change now.

Forge Academy offering 4IR internships

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2021 Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) education facility Forge Academy will provide 12-month internship opportunities, sponsored by network equipment and services multinational Nokia, for 33 youths to grow their digital skillsets in 4IR disciplines, says Forge Academy CEO Arthur Wade Anderson.... 

UCT still highest ranked in Africa despite Covid-19

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th September 2021 University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is pleased with the institution’s latest Times Higher Education ranking, which sees it retain its top spot in Africa and come 183rd out of the more than 16 000 international institutions ranked. The THE World University Rankings... 

Metals, engineering industry wage negotiations deadline extended to Sept 14

By: Donna Slater     3rd September 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) reports that its affiliated employer associations – the National Employers Association of South Africa and the South African Engineers and Founders Association, have agreed to extend the deadline for concluding wage... 

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Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini

South Africa must focus on STEM skills to enable development

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2021 South Africa needs to improve awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills among primary and secondary school learners. These skills should also be taught by appropriately qualified specialist teachers, to develop skilled and experienced engineers necessary for... 

e4 launches Girls in STEM programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2021 Fintech specialist e4 has launched a Girls in STEM programme to provide girls in underprivileged areas with the support they need to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) post matric. Cognisant of the gender imbalance present in the science and technology... 

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e4 team at Diepdale Secondary School

UP pilots new software to make digital content more accessible

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2021 The University of Pretoria (UP) has launched a pilot of software among a small group of subtends and academics, which aims to make digital courses more accessible to all students. UP is the first higher education institution to partner with education technology software company Blackboard,... 

Company empowers future graduates

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Construction company Motheo empowers its staff and identifies future potential in the female youth of South Africa. 

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LETTIE MASHAU In our 24 years of existence, Motheo has intentionally empowered young African graduates, with a special focus on African women

Free courses promote women involvement

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) aims to encourage and increase women’s participation in the implementation of energy and other resource efficiency projects in industry and, in commemoration of Women’s Month, is offering female engineers the opportunity to apply for... 

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NGOANATHARI MAJA There has been an encouraging, steady increase of women participating in NCPC-SA’s training courses, although there is still some way to go

Women empowered through network

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Cummins Africa Middle East’s Distribution business human resources director, Lebohang Mosese, has played an integral role in the company as the leader of the women's network and has first-hand experience of how Cummins empowers women.  

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LEBOHANG MOSESE To ensure the empowerment of women at Cummins, its diversity and inclusion council created gender diversity targets across countries, business segments and career levels

Company drives PPE uptake for women

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Industries that require safety footwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) have historically been male-dominated, but this trend is changing and the challenge is to provide women with PPE that is suited to the female body.  

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PREDAHNI NAIDOO Women’s safety wear supplier Sisi Safety Wear aims to drive the message that “women must strive to receive safety wear that is suited for her”

Opportunities for women in the property valuation sector

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 The South African Institute of Valuers (SAIV) emphasises the importance of women being recognised as equal players among their male counterparts in the field of valuation and property.  

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NATALIE GINSBERG Working in a male-dominated industry means that, more often than not, women have to work harder to prove their worth

Gender mainstreaming seen as ‘transformative approach’ to include women in infrastructure

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2021 When properly addressed and implemented, gender mainstreaming is a transformative approach with a great potential for social change, a panel of speakers addressing the first-ever Women in Infrastructure Summit on August 24 agreed. Gender mainstreaming is, however, a long-term strategy, as every... 

Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator skills 

25th August 2021 A partnership between Nkwe Platinum, Zijin Mining Group and Sany Southern Africa has resulted in six women from rural Limpopo being provided basic excavator operating skills. The initiative is part of all three companies’ corporate social investment drive and their efforts to empower women during... 

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Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator skills

Agri SA concerned about skilled workforce decline despite employment gains in Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th August 2021 The agricultural sector was one of few that observed employment gains over the second quarter of this year, adding 69 000 people to its combined workforce, but industry body Agri SA remains concerned about a decline in the skilled workforce in the sector. The employment gains were recorded across... 

Failure to heed warnings about a disease like Covid-19 a bigger risk than the disease itself – Whitfield

By: Donna Slater     24th August 2021 The major risk posed by Covid-19 is not the disease itself, but instead humankind’s inaction to heed calls that such an event could lead to the crippling of global economies and other systems, independent broadcaster, journalist and writer Bruce Whitfield said on August 24. He gave the keynote... 

SA's unemployment rate hits record 34.4%  

By: News24Wire      24th August 2021 Unemployment has hit a record high of 34.4%, or 7.8-million jobless people. Stats SA released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the second quarter on Tuesday. This is the highest unemployment rate recorded since the survey started in 2008. The unemployment rate was previously 32.6%. The... 

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