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Government begins to tackle environmental-impact assessment backlog

By: Jade Davenport     8th September 2006 A five-point action plan has been developed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat), together with the various provincial environmentaldepartments, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of South Africa’s environmental-impactassessment (EIA) system. This is... 

CURRICULA MODERNISATION

By: Helene Le Roux     11th August 2006 The civil engineering curricula for tertiary qualifications at the national diploma- and B.Tech levels are being modernised. 

SA firm takes long-term approach to pandemic

By: Helene Le Roux     4th August 2006 The HIV/Aids pandemic is exacerbating the local skills shortage and causing a humanitarian crisis in South African society. 

South Africa and Russia to develop cooperation in space

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2006 South Africa and Russia are cooperating on a concept to develop an “Educational Satellite” (EduSat) for this country. 

Suitably-qualified and experienced artisans are not readily available

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2006 The training of artisans in South Africa has all but ceased since the 1990s. 

Construction industry will face shortages for some time

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2006 It will take some years yet for the South African construction industry to overcome its current skills shortages. 

Training assistance fast-tracking frigates into operation

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2006 The first of the South African Navy’s (SAN), four new frigates, the SAS Amatola, has recently undertaken its first overseas deployment, visiting Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, and S 

Stocks Building Africa looks offshore for qualified human resources

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2006 A senior management team from construction company Stocks Building Africa is visiting London this month, in order to recruit what it terms “suitably-qualified people”. 

Innovative teaching tool introduced to SA classrooms

By: Helene Le Roux     30th June 2006 Understanding maths, science and biology is a challenge to many South African school learners, who study at under-resourced schools. 

Father of the Indian software industry shares insight with SA

By: Laura Tyrer     16th June 2006 The Automotive Supplier Park (ASP), in Rosslyn, near to Pretoria, will have a new captain as from next month. 

Government, academia can play bigger role in growth of SMEs

By: Jade Davenport     2nd June 2006 During the last decade, there has been a global surge of interest in small and medium enterprise (SME) development owing to the information communication technology (ICT) revolution, the globalisation of markets, and political change that is opening up formerly inaccessible markets. 

‘Simple land transfer not enough’

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 While South Africa’s land reform policies are changing the demographics of the cane growing industry, the South African Cane Growers Association says that simple land transfer is not enough to ensure integration. In response, the organisation is working to provide the necessary support... 

New SA-France coopertation in water research

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2006 South Africa and France last week inaugurated a new R4,8-million cooperation programme in the area of water research, designated SAFe Water. 

Accreditation changes may necessitate course revision

By: Laura Tyrer     12th May 2006 Changing accreditation requirements may necessitate the revision of the ‘Working with Valves’ course offered by the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association’s (SAVAMA). 

German, Indian navies help SA Navy fast track training as new submarines surface

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2006 To accelerate the entry into full operation service of its three new submarines, the SA Navy has being taking advantage of offers of training facilities and instructors from the German and Indian navies. 

Problem is not just local, affects all economic sectors

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2006 There is a global, as well as local, shortage of supply chain management skills, and it affects all sectors of the world & SA economies. 

Reserach says skills squeeze is worsening

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2006 Stellenbosch-based think-tank the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) indicates in its latest building industry business survey – conducted in the first quarter of this year – that the skills crisis has worsened since last year. 

SA students impress leading international aero-engineer

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2006 Chief Aerodynamicist for the Airbus A380 double-decker super-jumbo airliner, Frank Ogilvie, on enthusiasm of Sa engineering students for aviation & on latest on A380. 

New power company to evaluate engineering, manufacturing and erection capabilities of 45 local firms

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 In preparing to bid for Eskom’s new coal-fired base-load power station, recently-launched Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) has engaged in a local capability survey. The survey is examining the engineering, manufacturing and erection capabilities of about 45 South African engineering companies.... 

Public-private engagement needed to preserve local construction sector

By: Liezel Hill     14th April 2006 Urgent action is called for to ensure that the local construction industry is prepared to compete against an onslaught by contract-hungry foreign, and Chinese in particular, companies, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) has warned. 

Fear of big salary rises as focus shifts from retaining to attracting staff

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2006 There is talk of a 30% increase in salaries in the construction industry as the emphasis shifts from retaining staff to attracting new staff, says South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) economist Pierre Blaauw. 

Can built-environment professionals now name their price?

By: Liezel Hill     7th April 2006 It�s not breaking news that all employees, save, perhaps, at top executive level, occasionally feel a little short-changed when the salary slips are circulated at the end of the month. But the picture is not quite as cut-and-dried for the South African construction industry, as it prepares to... 

South African woman head for UAE for infrastructure training

By: Helene Le Roux     7th April 2006 Although comprehensive plans and concrete commitments for the implementation of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa) will only be ready by June for commencement in July, the initiative has already started to roll out a number of projects. 

Skills dearth a threat to nontyre rubber industry

By: Laura Tyrer     31st March 2006 With South Africa’s nontyre rubber industry in the midst of a slow decline, inadequate skills development and training is still the sector’s main concern. South Africa’s Institute of Materials (IOM) northern branch chairperson, Dave Clague, tells Engineering News that dwindling... 

New enrolments give hope, but gap remains

By: Liezel Hill     31st March 2006 A recently-published study on employment equity in the mining sector offers worthy insight into the much-discussed engineering-skills crunch facing South Africa’s public and private sectors. 

Lost generation

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 SA's instrumentation industry hit hard by 'brain drain' - claim South Africa’s ‘brain drain’ has depleted the country’s instrumentation-and-control industry of almost an entire generation of instrumentation specialists, South African Institute of Measurement and... 

Lack of thought claimed as new work-permit categories are released

By: peter cromberge     10th March 2006 After mounting frustration at the failure of the Department of Home Affairs to publish the quotas necessary for the issue of quota work permits, the long-awaited quotas were released last month. 

It's necessary to give African countries the means to search for their own solutions - Lula da Silva

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 Brazil is expanding its technical assistance to Africa. 

SA steel sector expected to deliver the goods

By: Laura Tyrer     3rd March 2006 Plans for extensive capital expenditure on infrastructure development projects, due to be implemented over the next decade, have cast doubt on the capacity of the South African steel industry’s ability to execute these projects. The South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC),... 

Financier helping steel sector to gear up for expenditure programmes

By: Laura Tyrer     3rd March 2006 Self-financing national development finance institution, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is particularly focused at present on job creation and development with regional development focuses. 

Economists cautious over State’s ability to deliver

By: Liezel Hill     3rd March 2006 While encouraged by a shift in national spending patterns away from defense and welfare-focused expenditure, towards economic services and housing and community development, Econometrix director and chief economist Azar Jammine indicated last month that he remains cautious over whether government... 

A new paradigm

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The name is Project Paradigm, and it is IST’s vehicle for black empowerment within and around the company, in every aspect of its operations and business. 

BEE, women empowerment left out in the cold

By: Laura Tyrer     17th February 2006 As an organisation representing black-owned suppliers, consulting engineers and contractors, the refrigeration and air-conditioning empowerment forum of South Africa (RAEFSA) is working towards growing the South African cooling industry. RAEFSA, which was established three years ago, exposes it... 

R200m revamp planned at the University of Pretoria

By: Helene Le Roux     16th December 2005 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) School of Engineering plans to invest R200-million in upgrading teaching facilities. 

SA faces critical artisan shortage 

By: peter cromberge     16th December 2005 South Africa is facing a serious shortage of artisans. 

Manufacturing skills base set to benefit from R5bn initiative

By: Helene Le Roux     16th December 2005 Relief, in the form of an estimated R5-billion public private partnership (PPP), is on its way for the South African manufacturing industry’s skills plight. 

HR division targets skills recruitment

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 Since the major capital expansion projects of Eskom assets in the 1970s and 1980s, the electricity utilities giant and, in fact, South Africa, have lost numerous engineering, project management and artisan skills, primarily due to the turbulent political climate of the 1980s and early 1990s. 

Indian group hopes to align SA imports with exports

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2005 Indian group Tata Motors is determined to widen & deepen its involvement in SA, and use this country as a base for exports & has also opened new training centre in SA. 

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