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Education and Training

New pneumatics training course to benefit industry

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 “In order to overcome South Africa’s skills shortage, a new dicipline has emerged to become more multiskilled,” Festo Didactic manager Tom Webster tells Engineering News. 

Growth: how to score a six

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2005 A report on what the leaders of South African business think needs to be done to achieve 6% annual growth in the economy. 

HSRC report recommends higher-education PPPs

21st April 2005 A new Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) report has found that government policy should provide for public-private partnerships in higher education (HE). 

Institute looks to the future

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 The South African Institute for Foundrymen (SAIF) is busy restructuring so as to become a more professional body. 

Open-source hub opens in Joburg

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th April 2005 The launch of IBM South Africa’s first Linux competency centre – initially in Sandton, but with plans for relocation to the University of the Witwatersrand – is seen as a business and technology incubation platform, especially for emerging entrepreneurs. 

Private schools can have a positive effect on poor - study

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th April 2005 Contrary to popular belief, private schools are not always elitist and exclusive; in fact, research shows that they are burgeoning in several emerging countries, such as Nigeria and Ghana, and possibly even in South Africa. 

Top award for IT education provider

1st April 2005 The Johannesburg-based provider of information technology (IT) educational courseware, learner management systems and online e-learning solutions, Masterskill, has won an international top distributor award for the second successive year. 

Skills headache for rubber industry

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 The crisis in training and skills development in the local rubber industry is fast approaching crisis proportions, says Rubber Association of South Africa (Rasa) co-founder and rubber consultant Dave Ransom. 

Chemical incubator facilitates novel projects

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Chemin has been involved in more than forty projects since inception, receiving more than 150 expressions of interest. 

Toxicity-testing device to target mining sector

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 A new field-based method to measure toxicity was introduced to South Africa earlier this month. 

Local pipes launched in the US

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 The middle of January saw the first delivery of about 2 500 m of Petroplas pipes to the US – marking the export launch of a South African designed and manufactured product despite the unfavourable rand/dollar exchange rate. 

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Not all acrylic binders are equal

25th March 2005 “In recent years the paint market has been flooded with many 100% acrylic binders purporting to offer outstanding performance in all kinds of exterior applications,” says Rohm & Haas South Africa MD Forbes Merrigan. 

Construction sector moves to plug growing skills gap

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2005 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) is to launch a five-year sector skills plan (SSP) later this month in an effort to deal with increasing demand for crucial skills as various infrastructure projects are all lining up for completion over the next few years. 

World Bank expert warns that inequalities retard growth

By: Keith Campbell     18th March 2005 SOCIOECONOMIC inequalities, especially when exacerbated by ethnic, cultural and racial cleavages, and the concomitant marginalisation and exclusion, retard economic growth. 

Virtual paper school to be established soon

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 The South African Paper Manufacturers Association (Pamsa), in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has established a forum with the mandate to investigate opportunities to promote growth in the industry. 

Liberalisation could herald broadband boom

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th March 2005 UK-based business development manager for Motorola - a leading provider of integrated radio communications and information solutions - Paul Budgen, tells Engineering News that if South Africa’s deregulation policy is successful, broadband will increase exponentially within the next three... 

South Africa has a serious project-management shortfall

By: Keith Campbell     4th March 2005 SOUTH Africa is short of tens of thousands of skilled project development personnel, Da Vinci Holdings CEO Professor Roy Marcus tells Engineering News. 

CAD-in-schools plan to build design culture

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th February 2005 The roll-out of a computer-aided (CAD) design initiative at secondary-level schools, aims to transform South Africa into a country that has a powerful design culture, says the CSIR’s National Product Development Centre (NPDC) manager Willie Du Preez. 

Supply-chain management course being developed

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2005 The Transport Education Training Authority (Teta) is developing a supply-chain qualification that CEO Dr Piet Bothma says should be finalised next month. 

Onsite brick production creates jobs, cuts costs

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Kimberley-based Shelter Fabrication and Construction was awarded the contract of the Soul City Project in the Northern Cape early last year. 

Soweto roads upgrade complete this month

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 This month will see the completion of 7,2 km of newly-upgraded and tarred roads in Soweto, Gauteng, by the Nyoni Africa Joint Venture. 

SA expert to spearhead Beijing traffic project

18th February 2005 Consulting engineering company Stewart Scott International (SSI) has been given a chance to participate in the development and implementation of a traffic-signal system for Beijing, China. 

Sustainability should be the aim of emerging contractors

18th February 2005 Emerging contractor Jacob Letsebe believes that standard of work, conduct on site – and sustainability – are vital qualities emerging contractors should aim for. 

When is a consulting engineer really an engineer?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th February 2005 I’m probably going to be shot down for this, but the fact is that as we enter our eleventh year after the first democratic election, things on the consulting engineering front couldn’t be worse. 

South-South education lessons

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2005 IT is widely acknowledged that one of the pillars of the economic and developmental success of the countries of East Asia and parts of South East Asia has been the high average quality of their state school systems. 

Skills, safety, charter priorities for civil engineering

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2005 THE single biggest challenge facing South African civil engineering over the next ten years will be a shortage of skilled personnel. 

Africa's e-schooling project all set to go live

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2005 The demonstration project to link schools in Africa to the global digital community should be rolled out this year, and then completed in 2006, says New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) e-Africa Commission executive deputy chairperson Henry Chasia. 

Institute to hold tribology course next week

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 Next week the South African Institute of Tribology will be holding its first course this year at the Science Park, in Kelvin, Gauteng. 

Simple devices no replacement for skilled people

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th January 2005 I was writing an exam in air navigation theory and one of the sample questions was kinda sort of ... 

Small business, SA's biggest test

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th January 2005 Despite good economic growth prospects, job creation, or the lack of it, remains the chief concern for South Africa and its economic planners. 

Aerospace training centre opens its doors

14th January 2005 The Denel Centre for Learning and Development (DCLD), the largest public skills-development and training programme in Africa for the aerospace and defence industry, has opened its doors 

Small business, SA's biggest test

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th January 2005 Urgent need to build enterprise-development ethic 

Correct this educational curriculum oversight

By: Riaan de Lange     10th December 2004 You are no doubt familiar with the extent of change taking place in the South African educational system, specifically in relation to the revision of the various curricula to facilitate and promote life-skills training. 

Labour minister proposes Seta funding changes

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2004 In a media briefing in Pretoria yesterday Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana revealed that the proposed new National Skills Strategy contains a proposal to reduce the period before which unclaimed funds held in trust by the various Setas can be re-assigned and used for discretionary purposes. 

Commissioning of power infrastructure set for early 2005

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Engineering company Alstom, which started building the R190-million bulk electricity infrastructure at the Port of Ngqura in mid-2003, reports that commissioning will be completed early next year. 

Bridging the gap between students and business

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd December 2004 Last month, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) launched a metal casting and jewellery-design technology station at the Technikon Witwatersrand in Gauteng bringing the total number of technology stations in the country to ten. 

New fund to liberate small-business agency

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The imminent launch of the Apex Fund, which targets micro businesses, will allow Khula Enterprise Finance, South Africa’s State-owned financing agency, to focus its attention exclusively on small and medium enterprises (SMEs). 

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