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Education & Skills Development News

YES helps position S Africa as credible springboard into continent again 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 Foreign direct investment is critical to the development of the South African economy and some innovative thinking by the Department of Trade and Industry has turned recently gazetted amendments regarding the Youth Employment Service into an additional arrow in the DTI’s quiver on a recent... 

Eskom unbundling will allow for efficient and effective management

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The challenges facing State-owned power utility Eskom can be mitigated through proper, efficient and effective management, which is possible with the company’s unbundling, says Stellenbosch University Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) director Professor Sampson Mamphweli. 

Eskom unbundling will allow for efficient and effective management
SAMPSON MAMPHWELI There is a greater need for a balanced energy mix between coal, gas and renewable energy

17-year-old pilot’s Cape-to-Cairo project to inspire other teenagers

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2019 An ambitious project to stimulate interest among high school pupils in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in general, and in aviation in particular, has reached an advanced stage of development. It is the “U-Dream Cape 2 Cairo” project, which involves some 20 teenagers in the... 

Digital education offers new experiential training opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2019 Digital technologies are helping to improve education and leading to experiential training – a learning-by-doing approach that helps students to apply fundamental learning and merging experience and training, says Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Lausanne Hospitality School) associate professor Dr... 

Rise in unemployment rate a call for government to revisit policies

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 The rise in unemployment levels in South Africa, especially in agriculture, is a major concern and deserves the immediate attention of President Cyril Ramaphosa in his new tenure, Agri SA said on Wednesday. South Africa's unemployment rate has risen to its highest level since the third quarter of... 

Rise in unemployment rate a call for government to revisit policies

Unemployment rate rises to 27.6% in Q1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2019 South Africa’s unemployment rate increased by 0.5 of a percentage point to 27.6% in the first quarter of this year, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) shows. The increase in the unemployment rate is attributable to a decline of 237 000 in the number... 

Applications open for another round of AlphaCode incubation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2019 Rand Merchant Investment Holdings, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Royal Bafokeng Holdings have invited applications for the AlphaCode Incubate startup support initiative. To qualify, a business must be at least 51% black-owned and must operate in the financial services space. 

ANC must use its mandate to transform and grow economy – BBC 

By: Sane Dhlamini     13th May 2019 The Black Business Council has called on the African National Congress to use its mandate to transform and grow the South African economy following the party’s victory in the 2019 election. The ANC received more than ten-million votes in this year's national election. In a statement, BBC... 

ANC must use its mandate to transform and grow economy – BBC

Young South African radio astronomers shine with MeerKAT observation proposals

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th May 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) has announced that 38 South African-led astronomy projects will use the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array. The leaders of these projects include postdoctoral researchers (“postdocs”) as well as senior professors, based at ten South African... 

Young South African radio astronomers shine with MeerKAT observation proposals
Photo by Sarao
Some of MeerKAT’s 64 dishes

Busa calls on business community to allow employees to vote on May 8

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th May 2019 Business Unity South Africa on Monday urged all employers, including its members, to encourage workers to exercise their right to vote in the 2019 national election on May 8.  While political parties wrap up their campaign for the hotly contested sixth general elections since the dawn of... 

Busa calls on business community to allow employees to vote on May 8

Fifth IASP Africa president to be announced this month

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2019 The Innovation Hub will, on May 23 and 24, host the 2019 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) Africa division workshop at its grounds in Tshwane. The workshop is part of a series of Science and Technology Parks (STP) build-up events that are taking place globally ahead of the main... 

Built environment still plagued by falling-from-height accidents – federation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2019 Nelson Mandela University has found that the indirect costs of falling-from-height (FFH) accidents are 14.2 times the direct costs, reports the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company. This is backed by UK-based Health and Safety Executive research, which determined the indirect costs of... 

Built environment still plagued by falling-from-height accidents – federation

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa

3rd May 2019 The well-established partnership between engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) and power management solutions provider Eaton Hydraulics has been enhanced with the accreditation of BMG’s Johannesburg head office facility - BMG World - as the exclusive Eaton... 

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa
NICKY MULLER The warranty centre’s local team is headed up by Muller and has benefited from a recent skills upliftment programme

Ramaphosa addresses YES youth concerns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2019 Since President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Youth Employment Service (YES) in March last year, companies have jointly committed to realising nearly 18 000 work opportunities. The President on Thursday met with YES candidates who started their paid work experience at Nedbank and responded to... 

Ramaphosa to receive update on Youth Employment Service

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday receive an update on the Youth Employment Service, a business-led collaboration with the government and labour to create work opportunities for young people. Ramaphosa launched the initiative in March 2018 to place the needs of and opportunities for... 

Ramaphosa to receive update on Youth Employment Service
President Cyril Ramaphosa

NUM calls for reskilling of Eskom workers to equip them for clean-energy jobs  

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for greater attention to be given to the reskilling of Eskom workers “so that they can be absorbed” into clean-energy technology work opportunities. In a statement released following a meeting of its national executive committee in Gauteng, the... 

NUM calls for reskilling of Eskom workers to equip them for clean-energy jobs

Nedbank commits to further investment in Youth Employment Service 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2019 Nedbank has agreed to sponsor 3 315 youths between the ages of 18 and 29 for paid work experience over the 12 months from May 1. This forms part of the bank’s funded skills development programme run with the Youth Employment Service (YES). The agreement, dubbed the CEO Pledge, was signed by... 

Nedbank commits to further investment in Youth Employment Service
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
YES CEO Tashmia Ismail-Saville and Nedbank CEO Mike Brown sign the CEO pledge

UCT adopts global ethics code, a first in Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th April 2019 To ensure its researchers maintain the highest of ethical standards, the University of Cape Town has become the first African university to adopt the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings. The UCT Senate explained that the adoption of the GCC was an important statement of... 

UCT adopts global ethics code, a first in Africa

Hoërskool Driehoek walkway rebuilt following collaborative community effort

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 A newly built walkway was handed over to Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark, at a sombre event on Monday. The handover, which was attended by school management and its governing body, parents, learners, various businesses and representatives of the Gauteng Department of Basic Education,... 

Hoërskool Driehoek walkway rebuilt following collaborative community effort
The newly built walkway at Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark

Pandor opens Centre of Specialisation at False Bay college

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd April 2019 Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor last week opened a Centre of Specialisation for mechanical fitters and riggers at the False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College. This brings to six the number of TVET colleges in the Western Cape that specialise... 

Political parties agree on need for business, government collaboration  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2019 One cannot develop South Africa with a blanket approach, without consultation and discussion and these interactions should not be confined to the election season only, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mhuleko Hlengwa asserted during a Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa... 

Political parties agree on need for business, government collaboration

Company launches loose-lay flooring range

By: Thabi Madiba     12th April 2019 With vinyl flooring continuing to gain much more traction in the market, owing to beneficial properties and an appealing aesthetic, vinyl flooring and wall-protection solutions specialists Polyflor South Africa (SA) has launched the Polysafe QuickLay polyurethane reactive (PUR) collection for... 

Company launches loose-lay flooring range
ADHESIVE-FREE FLOORING The specially formulated studded emboss works as a barrier and allows for moisture to escape from the subfloor

Lack of knowledge a concern in flooring industry

By: Thabi Madiba     12th April 2019 A lack of knowledge, specifically among structural engineers on specifications for concrete floors, poses a challenge to the industry, says concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. “Concrete floors are effectively concrete pavements and should be... 

Lack of knowledge a concern  in flooring industry
CONCRETE FLOOR SPECS Concrete floors must also be aesthetically pleasing, with minimal surface defects and cracking

Major science education project launched by CERN

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2019 Pan-European particle physics laboratory CERN has announced that it has launched its Science Gateway project. This is a scientific outreach and education centre that will be funded entirely through external donations. The cost of the centre is estimated at 79-million Swiss francs, of which... 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with rock crushing equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec to engender relationships with smaller contractors in the lower end of the construction industry. The MoU will facilitate access to... 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
At the MoU singing at Pilot Crushtec on Monday

SME politics hindering civil projects, says consulting firm

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Government efforts to motivate for the employment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for civil engineering and construction projects are causing difficulties for local infrastructure projects, says engineering and construction company Hyson Cells CEO and founder Sally Hall. “The... 

SME politics hindering civil projects, says  consulting firm
SME OPPORTUNITIES The most successful projects in which Hyson Cells has been involved are where women-owned teams have been employed

Emphasis on STEM subjects at schools vital

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 The announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address in February this year that government plans to introduce more technical subjects at high schools in South Africa, is long overdue, says consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch’s Sibongile... 

Emphasis on STEM subjects at schools vital
MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION Companies should create an inclusive environment for employees to enable them to contribute to the company and community

Education important for future of industry – Cesa  

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Consulting engineering association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather says introducing new technology subjects at technical high schools will play a critical role in preparing future generations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the general consulting... 

Education important for future of industry – Cesa
Consulting Engineers South Africa president Neresh Pather & Gauteng Road & Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi discuss education and technology in consulting engineering. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Expanding KP’s scope will help create economic potential, says WDC executive director

By: Simone Liedtke     4th April 2019 Expanding the scope of the Kimberley Process to include issues related to human rights and labour relations, as is being advocated by the World Diamond Council (WDC), will help create conditions in which Sub-Saharan Africa's artisanal diamond miners can meet their economic potential, and so... 

South Africa needs rapid, employment-intensive growth – CDE

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd April 2019 Centre for Development and Enterprise executive director Ann Bernstein on Tuesday said that, for South Africa to achieve rapid economic growth, it would require a “decisive shift in policy, growth and jobs”, which remain at the apex of national priorities in South Africa. However, accelerated,... 

Small Business Institute to host indaba with a focus on job creation 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2019 The Small Business Institute (SBI) will hold its first of two small business indabas at the Bryanston Country Club, on April 11, where three major South African political parties will debate their manifestos. The indaba will be held under the theme “Creating jobs against all odds”, with the... 

Small Business Institute to host indaba with a focus on job creation
Photo by Creamer Media
Small Business Institute executive director Bernard Swanepoel

Industry asks government to intervene in crisis

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     29th March 2019 The sugar industry has called on government to act immediately to prevent the industry’s collapse, as the industry has lost R1.3-billion in only one season since the implementation of the sugar tax in April last year. South African Canegrowers’ Association chairperson Graeme Stainbank says... 

Industry asks government  to intervene in crisis
GRAEME STAINBANK The South African Canegrowers’ Association believes that government should acknowledge the damage that a sugar tax has had on the economy and the sugar industry

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school

29th March 2019 The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) has launched the continent’s first Dredging School to develop and enhance the competencies of new and already employed dredging personnel. 

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school
ILEMBE The Dredging School is a result of the supplier development plan related to the acquisition of the new 5500 m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger, Ilembe, for TNPA

Japanese capital equipment group remains confident about South Africa’s prospects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 The Japanese head office of the global capital equipment manufacturer Komatsu has recently approved the investment of R300-million by its South Africa-based subsidiary, Komatsu Africa Holdings (KAfH), in a re-manufacturing plant at KAfH’s new complex in Sunnyrock, Germiston (Ekurhuleni), just... 

Focus on access to opportunity, rather than training – Ceta SMME strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2019 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) on Wednesday presented a draft version of its five-year small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) strategy, which has followed an extensive stakeholder engagement process and aims to support SMMEs past the training stage and into the... 

SMMEs will take advantage of ‘big five’s’ demise in construction sector – Ceta 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2019 Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) accounting authority chairperson Raymond Cele says the demise of South Africa’s “big five” construction firms has brought about opportunities for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to fill the gap in the market. In an opening... 

UK-SA Tech Hub partners with organisation to launch Future Females business school

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2019 The UK-South Africa Tech Hub has, in partnership with the Future Females movement, launched the Future Females Business School Programme at Work in Progress, at the Woodstock Exchange, in Cape Town. This marks the third local tech empowerment initiative launched by Tech Hub, this one being part... 

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