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Education and Training

Scholars to benefit from e-schools initiative

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Execution of the Nepad e-schools initiative is planned to take place in three phases, each phase consisting of between fifteen and twenty countries, reports e-schools demonstration project manager Matthew Chetty. 

River basin initiative progresses

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Four shared river basins have been selected to pilot the implementation of the principles of integrated water-resources management and development, reports Nepad secretariat water and sanitation infrastructure head Reatile Mochebelele. 

Seta revamp will pose challenges for the engineering industry

By: Zonika Botha     22nd October 2004 The planned reshuffling of the Seta landscape through mergers, dissolutions and the establishment of new Setas will be one of the key challenges facing the steel and engineering industry from April 2005. 

Setas here to stay - Minister

20th October 2004 Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana this week reiterated that it was not government's plan to do away with Sectoral Education and Training Authorities (Seta's) - emphatically adding that these skills development implementation institutions are here to stay. 

Metalworker shortage leads to academy

By: Keith Campbell     15th October 2004 THE acute shortage of young skilled sheet-metal workers in SA today has led medium-sized engineering group Foxtron to create its own training academy. 

Virtual-reality training tool developed for lathe operators

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2004 Pretoria-based company Naledi3d Factory has developed a virtual-reality (VR) training tool for lathe and milling machine operators for the Department of Labour’s National Skills Fund. 

Engineering punted at career clinic

By: Zonika Botha     8th October 2004 Learners from various Gauteng schools were exposed to the engineering profession at a recent career clinic held in Sandton. 

Limpopo pupils benefit from German book aid

By: andrea marais     24th September 2004 A possible public-private partnership (PPP) project is being developed by the German Development Service (DED) and a leading book manufacturer.? 

R163m distributed last year to support innovative R&D

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th September 2004 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP), which is managed on its behalf by the National Research Foundation (NRF) disbursed R163-million to 2 566 students, 65 postdoctoral candidates and 1 105 researchers during the... 

Resources giant opens career guidance centre

By: jenny furness     20th September 2004 Global diversified resources miner BHP Billiton on Friday launched its careers centre at the Sci Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, in which it invested R13,5-million through its corporate social investment arm, the BHP Billiton Development Trust. 

Tyre group launches learnership programme

17th September 2004 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear is contributing to skills development in the manufacturing industry through a learnership programme that will help 42 previously-unemployed individuals obtain formal qualifications for the manufacturing industry, while earning a salary, the group reported this week. 

Need for vigorous debate about skills and unemployment

By: Seeraj Mohamed     17th September 2004 The discussion about the lack of skills in South Africa seems quite superficial to me. The government, business and the media all agree on the same story. 

546 000 jobs-a-year necessary to halve unemployment by 2014

By: Jill Stanford     10th September 2004 TO reach government’s target of halving unemployment by 2014, that is reducing the unemployment rate from 30% to 15%, 546 000 new jobs will have to be created each year. 

Free-zone-trading courses to be held in Cape Town

10th September 2004 The IV Annual World Free Zone Convention (WFZC), due to be held in Cape Town in late October, brings with it an opportunity for delegates to attend training courses. 

Learners involved in bridge-building competition

8th September 2004 The International Bridge Building Competition 2004, organised by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), kicked off late last month at an event held at Student City in Berea. 

Western Cape builds its call-centre skills base

By: Jill Stanford     3rd September 2004 CALLING the Cape has set itself a target of delivering 5 000 new jobs in the call and contact centre industry by 2008. 

Call for realistic skills targets

By: Jill Stanford     3rd September 2004 WE have a challenge to set realistic national skills development objectives with achievable targets said Vusi Mabena, chairperson of Business Unity South Africa’s (Busa’s) sub-committee on education and training. 

Skills for Northern Cape roads upgrading

31st August 2004 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) has stepped in to fill a serious shortage of road maintenance workers in the Northern Cape with a skills development project linked to the government’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). 

Real-time simulator to boost power-system training

31st August 2004 Electricity utility Eskom and the Durban Institute of Technology launched the Real-Time Power Systems Studies Centre in Durban late last week. 

Furniture technology centres established

By: Jill Stanford     26th August 2004 The Durban Centre of the Furniture Technologies Centre Trust was opened earlier this year and another Furntech centre is under construction in White River in Mpumalanga. 

Bridging the classroom and virtual divide

By: Nicola Mawson     13th August 2004 Corporate training company Bridge People and Technology (Bridge-PT) has developed and introduced a new method of e-learning. 

Varsity tightens maintenance practices

12th August 2004 Johannesburg-based Rand Afrikaans University (Rau) is driving for reliable high quality information on all its assets, and reviewing its maintenance procedures in a bid to tighten record-keeping before the 2004 incorporation of the East Rand and Soweto Campuses of Vista University into Rau and... 

Construction training body focused on performance

12th August 2004 The construction industry Seta has emerged as one of the country’s best-performing sectoral education and training authorities (Setas) after channelling a record R86,5-million into a wide range of industry educational and training programmes in the last year. 

Containers evolve into portable training facilities

By: elizabeth rebelo     6th August 2004 The traditional role of shipping containers has evolved into something which can now make a significant contribution to social upliftment. 

Building an education and skills base will reap the highest returns

By: Seeraj Mohamed     6th August 2004 The great tragedy of our colonial and apartheid past is that there was deliberate policy and conscious effort by leaders of governments, business and white workers’ craft organisations and trade unions to ensure that the majority of black people would be unable to get decent education or... 

TMT group invests in rural school

4th August 2004 A state of the art multi-media centre in the rural high school, Isikhumbuzo, situated in Orange Farm was officially opened yesterday by the chairperson of Bytes Technology Group (BTG) and the Altron Group, Dr Bill Venter. 

Plumbing training handbook launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 The Construction Education & Training Authority (Ceta) and the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (Iopsa) have joined ranks in a new partnership initiative to facilitate the training of plumbers in line with the national strategy to develop skills in the building and construction industry. 

Department works on exit strategy for learnerships

20th July 2004 Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana says his department is working on a plan to help learners who complete learnerships to become entrepreneurs. 

Steel expert addresses local conference

16th July 2004 Steel contractors have a special contribution to make not only in marketing the construction industry in general, but also the structural steel industry and their own companies in particular. ?According to Spencer Erling, director of education at the South African Institute of Steel Construction... 

1 000 more join skills-development ranks

16th July 2004 A key component of a long-term strategy to speed-up the delivery of skilled tradesmen into the construction industry workplace, has been completed ahead of schedule by the National Skills Fund division of the Construction Education & Training Authority (Ceta). 

Seifsa’s training facility renamed, outsourced

13th July 2004 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) has announced the upgrading and outsourcing of its apprentice-training centre in Benoni on the East Rand to AstuteHR - a company that has extensive experience of managing engineering training centres. 

Competition aims to promote engineering as a career

13th July 2004 In August, senior learners from communities as diverse as Sandton, Johannesburg, and the rural farming area of Doringkop near KwaDukuza (Stanger) in KwaZulu-Natal, will come together in centres around the country to compete for a place in the national finals of a technology competition that could... 

Discounted Internet calls for SA schools

9th July 2004 South Africa’s fixed line operator Telkom, in partnership with the Department of Communications and the Department of Education, will bring information and communication technology to schools via the e-rate from February 2005. 

New structural steel design guide available

9th July 2004 The revision of SABS 0162 now referred to as SANS 10162, led CSIR Building and Construction Technology to publish a second edition of the guide, Design of Structural Steelwork to SANS 10162. 

Financial boost for construction skills push

6th July 2004 The Construction Education & Training Authority (Ceta) has budgeted to spend more than R50-million on skills development in implementing the government’s expanded public works programme (EPWP) to bring hundreds of thousands of jobless into the economic mainstream. 

Ceta urges faster skills development

2nd July 2004 The Construction Education & Training Authority (Ceta) has called on the architectural aluminium manufacturing industry to commit itself to stepping up skills development in the construction sector. 

DBSA training institute by next year

By: jenny furness     29th June 2004 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) expects its training institute, that will be used to train local government members throughout sub-Saharan Africa, to be set up by the middle of next year. 

Shop stewards receive IT training

29th June 2004 More than 100 shop stewards from the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) are undergoing basic computer training at Peninsula Technikon in Cape Town this week. 

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