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Union reports Denel has failed to pay contributions to pension fund

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 Trade union Solidarity reported on Thursday that pension funds for Denel workers had not been paid to the company’s pension fund, Denret. This information had been provided by Denret. The union also reported that it had demanded that Denel provide proof of payment. Solidarity further stated that... 

Pre-eminent representation reaffirmed by Seifsa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th July 2019 Owing to the country’s precarious socioeconomic outlook, it is critical for the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) to reaffirm its position as the preeminent representative in the best interest of its members, says Seifsa operations director Lucio Trentini.  

Pre-eminent representation reaffirmed by Seifsa
LUCIO TRENTINI It is imperative for companies to speak with one common voice when dealing with the challenges facing the sector

Seifsa intensifying role in metals and engineering sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th July 2019 Seventy-six years later, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has made major inroads in intensifying its role and impact in the metals and engineering (M&E) sector. 

Seifsa intensifying role in metals and engineering sector
KAIZER NYATSUMBA The aspirations of the federation run concurrently with the aspirations of the sector, as well as those of the country

Logistics company invests in facilities

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     19th July 2019 Logistics company Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) has implemented several large-scale infrastructure development plans at its KwaZulu-Natal-based operations. This includes building a new state-of-the-art chemicals and general cargo warehouse in Mobeni, Durban, and taking over premises in... 

Logistics company invests in facilities
MARIA DU PREEZ The Project Thrill programme aims to review and enhance operational and financial processes, retrain staff and establish new key performance indicators

Federation committed to small business growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th July 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Small Business Hub (SBH) was created specifically to address the needs of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in Southern Africa to contribute to economic growth and job creation. 

Federation committed to small business growth
TECHNICAL SKILLS Seifsa’s training ensures that people in the metals and engineering sector become technically skilled individuals so that they can create products of high quality for the industry

Federation looks forward to salary negotiations

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th July 2019 With the end of the three-year main agreement last month, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation (Seifsa) looks forward to restarting salary negotiations with other industry stakeholders. 

Federation looks forward to salary negotiations
SIBUSISO MTHENJANA Companies want to know their rights and legal obligations towards employees

Repo rate cut welcomed

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th July 2019 Black Business Council (BBC) CEO Kganki Matabane on Thursday welcomed the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5% from 6.75%. Matabane said the committee’s decision to decrease the repo rate will bring much needed... 

Repo rate cut welcomed

Nehawu 'disappointed' by government's intent to cut 30 000 public service jobs  

By: African News Agency      18th July 2019 The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union said on Thursday it was disappointed by the department of public service and administration's intent to cut more than 30 000 jobs. Public service and administration minister Senzo Mchunu said the department would open an opportunity for... 

Nehawu 'disappointed' by government's intent to cut 30 000 public service jobs

Responsible remuneration gaining traction, but more work needed – PwC

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th July 2019 The concept of fair and responsible remuneration is gaining traction in South Africa, with companies beginning to embrace this, but more needs to be done to turn this into a reality, including raising awareness nationally, says professional services firm PwC. Evidence of this acceptance is found... 

Total South Africa achieves Level 1 BBBEE rating

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2019 Petrochemicals company Total South Africa has achieved a Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment rating. Total has since 2003 implemented a dedicated transformation strategy, which includes 52% black ownership, skills development programmes, preferential procurement, enterprise and... 

Denel’s liquidity crisis plunges employees into new financial crisis

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2019 Following a further breakdown in trust between the management of State-owned defence company Denel and labour after this week’s announcement that the company had not paid over either workers’ or the company’s retirement fund contributions, a special labour forum was held on Thursday to discuss... 

Nzimande promises R1bn in bursaries to poor students

By: African News Agency      12th July 2019 The national bursary scheme for students from families earning up to R350 000 a year will see R102.4-billion disbursed over the next three years, Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande said on Friday.  

Nzimande promises R1bn in bursaries to poor students
Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande

DA demands answers about 'go-slow' at Transnet's Ngqura port

By: African News Agency      12th July 2019 The main opposition Democratic Alliance said on Friday it would seek an urgent update from State-owned freight and rail company Transnet on a protracted "go-slow" strike at its Ngqura port. Workers have staged the protest action at the Ngqura container terminal for 13 days in a show of... 

DA demands answers about 'go-slow' at Transnet's Ngqura port

South African ports ‘need to evolve’ – specialist

By: Simone Liedtke     11th July 2019 South Africa’s ports will need to evolve into a more entrepreneurial ports system, instead of being facilitators of trade, in order to continue trading in a world often characterised as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, Transnet National Ports Authority logistics supply chain specialist... 

South African ports ‘need to evolve’ – specialist
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Transnet National Ports Authority logistics supply chain specialist Lwandile Mabuza

Port operators’ 4IR strategies must have skills development focus

By: Simone Liedtke     11th July 2019 African port operators need to formulate Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) strategies and should take into account the skills readiness and the skills development required to adjust and adapt accordingly, Transnet National Ports Authority research and development senior specialist Thamsanqa Basi... 

Port operators’ 4IR strategies must have skills development focus
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Transnet National Ports Authority research and development senior specialist Thamsanqa Basi

National minimum wage not the jobs poison pundits feared – Minister Nxesi 

By: News24Wire      10th July 2019 Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi told reporters in Parliament on Wednesday that the employment market had taken well to the National Minimum Wage since it was signed into law, with only 7% of employers in the country not complying. Nxesi was speaking ahead of his first Budget Vote... 

National minimum wage not the jobs poison pundits feared – Minister Nxesi
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Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi

Saice bemoans the exodus of engineers from South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2019 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has called for urgent intervention by government to attract engineers who have been emigrating at an alarming rate back to South Africa. Statistics from the Department of Home Affairs in 2017 showed that eight South African... 

South Africa ranked the thirtieth most attractive country for expats

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2019 Quality of life, career progress and the climate are the top reasons cited by people who move to South Africa to work, according to the twelfth annual league table published by HSBC Expat. The independent consumer research study into the global views of those who relocate for work provides... 

No significant changes in transformation, says BBBEE Commission

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2019 No significant changes happened in the levels of transformation during 2018, with black ownership reflecting a decline to 25.2% last year, from 27% in 2017, and management control still sitting at 38% for black persons, the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission said on... 

Wits, Gold Fields deepen collaboration to enhance deep-level mining skills, expertise

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2019 Mining students at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), with the support of gold miner Gold Fields, are building South Africa’s capacity to apply mechanised mining methods and supporting technologies in deep-level gold mines. Various research projects are under way at both post graduate... 

Wits, Gold Fields deepen collaboration to enhance deep-level mining skills, expertise
The Wits post-graduate students carrying out their Masters work at South Deep (from left to right): Rachidi Dineo, Mosebudi Matlou, Matsobane Nong and Isaac Mabala. Ms Nong and Mr Mabala are also Associate Lecturers at the Wits Mining School

Makhura hands Lesufi a mammoth task at Gauteng SoPA

By: News24Wire      1st July 2019 Gauteng Premier David Makhura has ordered Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi to produce annual primary school results. Speaking at his State of the Province Address (SoPA) on Monday, Makhura said Lesufi was instructed to implement the national integrated assessment framework, which will ensure rigorous... 

Makhura hands Lesufi a mammoth task at Gauteng SoPA
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi

Solidarity serves Denel with demand to take legal action  

By: African News Agency      28th June 2019 Trade union Solidarity on Friday said it had served state arms manufacturer Denel with a demand under section 165 of the Companies Act to take immediate legal action against those responsible for the financial muddle it finds itself in. The demand was served after Denel earlier this week... 

Solidarity serves Denel with demand to take legal action

Union gets set to oppose Necsa restructuring plan

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has asserted that it had “reliably learnt” that the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) Board was proposing to retrench 400 employees and perhaps sell public assets. These proposals were part of a turnaround... 

First customer day at new location hosted

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th June 2019 Engineering firm Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies held its first customer day last month at its new location, named Hytec United By Bosch (HUBB), in Kempton Park, Gauteng. 

First customer day at  new location hosted
TECH FORWARD Bosch Rexroth is now more focused on technological innovation, such as the Internet of Things

Company recognised for upliftment project

28th June 2019 The corporate social responsibility arm of consulting engineering firm holding company Bosch Holdings, Bosch Ulwazi has offered 200 unemployed young people in Peddie, in the Eastern Cape, jobs focusing on construction at one of its projects. 

Company recognised for upliftment project
LAYING A FOUNDATION The company hopes to educate young unemployed people with its new programme

Growth in remuneration at an all-time low, says PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2019 The South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) latest quarterly bulletin showed that growth in remuneration paid to workers in the private and public sector had dropped from 5.5% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2018 to 4.6% year-on-year in the fourth quarter. Consultancy PwC on Thursday... 

Education integral to solving manufacturing industry’s skills shortage

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2019 Solving the skills challenge in South Africa’s manufacturing industry and working towards its solution will require not only the identification of the skills needed now to meet short-term demand, but also the identification of the skills that will be needed in the future, a panel of speakers,... 

Concerns about not being employed trouble 39% of graduates – PPS Index

By: Thabi Madiba     26th June 2019 Financial services provider PPS has revealed that 39% of students are concerned that they may not be employed immediately after their tertiary education. PPS released its 2018 Student Confidence Index, which revealed that 36% of professionals thought the government should draft conducive policies... 

Concerns about not being employed trouble 39% of graduates – PPS Index

Amsol continues to make strides on economic empowerment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2019 Specialist marine solutions provider African Marine Solutions’ (Amsol’s) employee share ownership scheme has benefited about 370 employees, who own shares for the first time. The scheme was introduced in 2016 and has developed into a catalyst for economic empowerment and shared value creation... 

SA adds 22 000 jobs in first quarter of 2019 – Stats SA  

By: News24Wire      25th June 2019 Employment in South Africa's non-agricultural formal sector grew by 22 000 in the first quarter of 2019, Stats SA announced on Tuesday in its latest Quarterly Employment Statistics bulletin. This follows an increase of 87 000 jobs in the last quarter of 2018. Stats SA reported that employment... 

SA adds 22 000 jobs in first quarter of 2019 – Stats SA

Denel confirms salary cut; union expresses shock and concern

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel confirmed on Tuesday that it will pay its staff only 85% of their salaries for this month. “Due to ongoing liquidity challenges we are now faced with unfortunate reality that the company is not in a position to fulfil the 100% salary obligation,” stated... 

Denel confirms salary cut; union expresses shock and concern
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Some of the Denel Group’s products on display – in the foreground, an Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile, with a Badger infantry fighting vehicle behind, and just visible in the left background, a Seeker unmanned aerial vehicle

Perdekraal East Wind Farm turbine foundations completed ahead of schedule

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 The developers of the Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape, last week completed the project’s 48 wind turbine foundations – three weeks ahead of schedule and still within budget. The first of the foundations was poured in November 2018. 

Perdekraal East Wind Farm turbine foundations completed ahead of schedule

Orion education initiative ‘well received’, says COO

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2019 JSE- and ASX-listed Orion Minerals’ introductory mining familiarisation short courses within the Siyathemba municipality, in the Northern Cape, have raised public awareness of the mining industry and the opportunities it offers, the company reports. The five-day short courses have been offered... 

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Organisations need to play a more active role in developing engineering capacity in South Africa, as new regulations are in place to provide available funding for graduate training, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) capacity building arm Civils Masakheni MD Allyson... 

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates
ALLYSON LAWLESS Employers are mistaken in unrealistically expecting graduates to design and manage processes, projects and systems from their first day at work

Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Civil engineering voluntary association and learning institution, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has initiated a long-term expansion strategy to cater to the needs of its members according to their specific member segment, such as segments for students, graduates or... 

Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy
GROWING FORWARD The diversity panel and ‘Growing Forward’ strategy will allow the institution to develop policies that address gender diversity and inclusivity in the built environment industry

SA outlines gains from international scientific cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 International cooperation has been most beneficial for the development of scientific capacity in developing countries, and South Africa was no exception. So pointed out South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) acting Deputy Director General for Research Development and Support Dr... 

Trade figures at record high

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     21st June 2019 In recent years, trade figures between South Africa and Germany have been at a record high with a trade volume of more than €17-billion last year, says Southern Africa German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) CEO Matthias Boddenberg. He adds that there is a positive development of exports... 

Trade figures at record high
TRAIN THE TRAINER SAGCCI currently offers the AdA “Train the Trainer” apprenticeship that is accredited by the German Foreign Chambers of Commerce and the Southern Africa German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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