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Education and Training

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. 

Airforce mulls regime change

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 A feature of the South African Air Force (SAAF) that has puzzled foreigners and, indeed, local observers, is its expensive approach to flying training. 

FET and Setas vital for socio economic development

31st October 2005 The chairperson of the National Board for Further Education and Training (FET), Dennis George, says a good relationship between the SETAs and public FET colleges will play a meaningful role in the development of institutions of excellence and in unlocking the potential of students. 

Concrete school aligns with new CPD requirements

28th October 2005 The School of Concrete Technology's Education Programme for next yearmakes provision for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that will, from next year, be compulsory for practicing engineers wishing to renew their registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa), the... 

Training a priority for this BEE NDT service provider

14th October 2005 The fully black-owned De-Tect, a nondestructive testing (NDT) service provider in nuclear, places great emphasis on training and, over the last three years, it has invested substantially in training programmes. 

Civil engineering body puts spotlight on skills shortages

By: Liezel Hill     14th October 2005 South Africa will need an additional 1 500 to 4 000 civil engineers over the next ten years to cope with the growing pipeline of large projects, in both the private and public sectors, a research report published yesterday by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) suggests. 

SA-Japan in capacity-for-development pact

By: Liezel Hill     7th October 2005 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) Secretariat yesterday signed an agreement of cooperation to develop and implement a public-finance-management capacity-building programme for... 

Science centre opens in Limpopo

6th October 2005 Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena has officially opened a science centre in Limpopo to bolster learner interest in science subjects. 

German company contributes to student technology contest

23rd September 2005 For the first time in the history of the competition, German-based Festo will be contributing components, valued at over R250 000, to Cyber Junkyard, an inter-tertiary technology contest aimed at exposing tertiary institution students to a real-world project requirement and the products and... 

German group looking to expand dominant market position

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 Power, transport sectors identified as key growth areas 

Secondary education a significant concern for local universities

By: Jade Davenport     16th September 2005 The high standard of engineering and the built-environment education at South African universities has always been well-respected internationally. 

New training programme to advance technology education

By: Jade Davenport     16th September 2005 The first ten years of South Africa’s nonracial democracy has been characterised by political freedom but, as the country attempts to consolidate this, the focus of the nation has now turned to greater economic freedom, especially concerning previously-disadvantaged communities. 

Good growth prospects for short course activities

By: Jade Davenport     16th September 2005 The centralised management and administration of short academic course activities over all disciplines is a fairly new concept for South African tertiary institutions. 

First Stellenbosch-trained mechatronic engineers to graduate this December

By: Jade Davenport     16th September 2005 In December this year, the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University will deliver its first mechatronic engineers to the South African industry. 

Immigration gridlock

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2005 Growing frustration over processing of permits 

Skills development part of engine giant's pledge to Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2005 Rolls-Royce will be providing the SAAF with lifetime support for the Rolls-Royce Adour 951 engines that will power the SAAF’s new BAE Systems Hawks. 

Transforming SA's marine services

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2005 The process of creating representativity in the Marine Services division of the NPA has simultaneously been a process of South Africanising the division. 

Swiss training precision

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2005 South Africa’s oft-maligned skills strategy received a shot in the arm from the Swiss business community earlier this month, when it re-affirmed support for government’s learnership programme. 

Defence reserve pilot scheme targets student

By: Keith Campbell     26th August 2005 The South African Military Health Services SAMHS, formerly the South African Medical Service), in conjunction with the South African Army (SA Army) has launched a pilot project for a new programme to recruit highly- educated young South Africans as officers in the Reserve (once known as the... 

Contractors to get new safety manual

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2005 The need to adopt and implement safety regulations on construction sites, to create a safe work environment through training of workers to practise safe work habits, are becoming more important in the South African construction industry. 

Fragmentation inhibiting ICT sector growth

By: Jade Davenport     12th August 2005 The South African information and communications technology (ICT) sector is one of the world’s fastest growing, however, fragmentation and the lack of skills development continue to undermine the sector’s ability to reach its full potential. 

ICT sector gears for transformation

By: Jade Davenport     12th August 2005 Two years after initial negotiations were held at the ICT BEE Indaba in the Johannesburg-based Sandton Convention Centre to discuss the implementation of black economic empowerment (BEE), the South African information communication technology (ICT) sector is now preparing itself for a significant... 

Engineering industry bleeding as skills dearth continues

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The South African engineering industry is bleeding professionally and the shortage of people and skills will have an influence on the local engineering profession for years to come, reports SRK Consulting MD Brian Middleton. 

Navy employs overseas training to address submariner dearth

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 THE South African Navy (SAN) is currently addressing its shortfall of submariners by training personnel abroad, in India, Germany, and probably also Brazil. 

A new lease on life

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 Unemployed welders benefit from training initiative 

Funding required to tackle skills shortage

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 The South African welding industry is experiencing a severe shortage of highly-skilled welders and, according to Jim Guild, executive director of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), the shortage is going to get significantly worse in the near future. 

New training courses set for July

By: Jade Davenport     3rd June 2005 The Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa is a nonprofit organisation involved in corrosion control and prevention. 


By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd June 2005 The process of creating and maintaining skills in the transport sector is crucial for South Africa’s economic and social development, says the president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Willie Madisha. 

New learnership launched

20th May 2005 New National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 learnerships have been launched by adult basic education and training (Abet) company Media Works. 

High steel prices hamper reinforcing market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 The training committee of the South African Reinforced Concrete Engineers’ Association (Sarcea) has been particularly active over the past few years and, by the end of August, the association will have trained about 180 steel fixers. 

Cement sales buoyent, skills remain a challenge

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Cement sales are a good indicator of a country’s economic activity and last year was an outstanding year for the South African cement industry with several sales records being broken. 

Bringing taxi industry into training-levy loop a challenge

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th May 2005 Getting the taxi industry to participate in the levy system is one of the biggest challenges facing the Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta), says CEO Dr Piet Bothma. 

Engineering group in big training push

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th May 2005 At the launch of Sandvik Coromant’s productivity centre, the competence development manager for Sandvik SA, Sunet Marks, highlighted the importance and necessity of training, especially in South Africa. 

Brewery sponsorship to help develop SA rugby talent

By: abdul cook     6th May 2005 A three-year contract to develop 

Future of productivity scheme under review

By: Nicola Mawson     5th May 2005 A review of the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Workplace Challenge Programme (WCP) scheme has been submitted to the department, which is now in the process of studying the report and its recommendations. 

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