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Education and Training

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. 

Civil engineering bursaries to be allocated

21st June 2004 For five consecutive years, the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (Imesa) has offered ten historically-disadvantaged individuals the opportunity of becoming qualified in the field of civil engineering. 

SA plumbing handbook released

By: jenny furness     21st June 2004 The first comprehensive and definitive reference work on plumbing in South Africa, the South African Plumber’s Handbook, has been published and was officially handed over to the CEO of the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta), Themba Dlamini, on Friday. 

Explosives firm’s training centre to be completed in July

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 In its ongoing drive to assist the mining, quarrying and construction industries in providing leading blasting solutions, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is opening a new, integrated training centre at its headquarters in Modderfontein, outside Johannesburg. 

1,6m students are to receive online training

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 The broadband communications betwork company, Sentech, has announced its participation in the GautengOnline project, rolling out Internet access to schools in Gauteng in partnership with Gauteng Department of Education. 

Actuaries aim at a more representative profession

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 According to the Actuarial Society of South Africa (Assa) there are 450 actuaries in the country, of who 42 are female and 18 are black. 

Consulting engineering school continues to develop business skills

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 With skills shortages being one of South Africa’s most crucial priorities, training and development has emerged as a necessary requirement in every aspect of the country’s economy. 

College launche into Africa

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 South Africa’s largest private education group, Damelin, is in the process of extending its educational and training services into the rest of Africa. 

Wireless broadband brings e-learning to Mamelodi schools

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th June 2004 The Ulwazi E-Learning partnership has successfully launched an e-learning?initiative run on Canopy, Motorola’s new broadband wireless-access technology. 

SA students to participate in tool-making programme

18th June 2004 Nine South African students will depart for India tomorrow, to participate in a one-year intensive training programme in tool design and manufacture, at the Indo-German Tool Room centre, in the Indian city of Aurangabad. 

Big e-education push is set begin this year

By: Jill Stanford     11th June 2004 THE New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) e-schools project is to be launched before year-end, said Deputy Minister of Communications Roy Padayachee at a press briefing at the end of May. 

Push on to meet 80 000 learnerships target

By: Jill Stanford     4th June 2004 EXTENSIVE work in human resources development and addressing critical skills shortages in the economy is to continue said newly-appointed Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa at an economic and employment cluster media briefing last week. 

New learnership project to boost skills development

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th May 2004 The South African Department of Labour yesterday launched 21 pilot Employment and Skills Development Lead Employer (ESDLE) agencies, as part of a pilot learnership project. 

SA to speed up skills development – Mbeki

24th May 2004 South African President Thabo Mbeki told Parliament that government will speed up the process of developing the skills of many South Africans and also focus on identified shortfalls in this regard. 

Put on your lateral-thinking cap to manage projects properly

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st May 2004 I give various training courses one of which is a course on lateral thinking and problem solving. 

Project management training initiative is bearing fruit

By: Helene Le Roux     21st May 2004 The largest organisation representing local project managers, Project Management South Africa (PMSA), reports that initiatives to broaden local education and training opportunities in the discipline of project management are bearing fruit. 

Cell giant launches new skills programmes

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th May 2004 Mobile telecommunications giant Vodacom yesterday launched five learnership programmes, aimed at equipping 128 young South Africans with practical and entrepreneurial skills needed by the country’s economy. 

Valves skills course receives the go-ahead

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 The South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association’s (Savama’s) long-awaited short skills course ‘Working with Valves’ was finally approved by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (Merseta) in March this year. 

BEE fund launched to finance business students

10th May 2004 A broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) fund, that will buy stakes in SMEs, has been launched by the Cida City Campus, a move that will, in return, finance the institution's students. 

Varsity seeks industry input on the education of engineers

By: Helene Le Roux     7th May 2004 The department of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at the University of Pretoria (UP) has become one of the first units of its kind in the country to appoint a departmental advisory board. 

Services Seta awards first three-star rating

27th April 2004 Risk-management company Irca is the first organisation to be awarded all three stars under the Services Seta's far-reaching 3 Star Grading System. 

Chemicals industry learnership programme has been launched

23rd April 2004 South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana launched the Chemical Industry Sectoral Education and Training Authority (Chieta) learnership programme, known as the shutdown, maintenance and construction project, accelerating the enrolment of unemployed learners into learnerships. 

Gauteng auto-training scheme being replicated in E Cape

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2004 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is replicating its recently completed three-year Gauteng tertiary education programme in the Eastern Cape. 

Varsity opens new chemeng facility

By: Jill Stanford     23rd April 2004 THE University of Cape Town has opened its new chemical engineering building. 

Survey suggests foundry industry has growth potential

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 South Africa casts some 500 000 tons of metal a year, generating a turnover of R10,3-billion a year, and contributes 0,32%to the country’s total gross domestic product. 

Firefighting learnership being investigated for introduction next year 

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 The Eskom Emergency Services Academy reports that steps are under way to implement a professional fire-fighters learnership next year. 

Mdladlana launches new learnership programme

6th April 2004 South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana launched the Chieta learnership programme (Shutdown, Maintenance and Construction Project), accelerating the enrolment of unemployed learners into learnerships The Shutdown, Maintenance and Construction Project is an investment of R365-billion... 

Builders’ council launches R10m training programme

2nd April 2004 The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has set aside a fund of R10-million for a modular training programme, in order to build the capacity of homebuilders, with specific emphasis on historically-disadvantaged South Africans. 

EU programme to support FDI in SADC

By: candice haase     2nd April 2004 Over the next five years, an €18-million programme funded by the European Union, will leverage the development of foreign investment in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. 

Increasing apprentice training

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 South Africa’s metal industry companies have had a long tradition of training apprentices. 

Understanding our labour history to tackle unemployment crisis

By: Seeraj Mohamed     26th March 2004 I am preoccupied with the South African unemployment crisis. I struggle with this problem. It feels like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube but it is not a cube; there are many more sides to this puzzle. 

Instrumentation companies’ challenge to ensure that manufacturers’ goods are high quality is outlined

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 Owing to current industry demands, which necessitate quicker services at lower costs, instrumentation companies have to ensure that their prices are competitive while maintaining high-quality products. 

Education prepares one for a future imperfect

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th March 2004 I was a guest at the graduation ceremony of Bond University in Johannesburg recently. Bond is based in Australia and has quite a substantial presence in South Africa. 

Engineering body sets up temporary employment unit

By: candice haase     19th March 2004 The requirement for flexible staffing in the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) sector was the catalyst in the Constructional Engineering Association’s (CEA) decision to create a temporary employment services division (TESD) within its structure. 

Team SA approach is needed to tackle human-resource challenge

5th March 2004 The human-resource development challenge in South Africa is too broad-based and complex for any organisation, or even government, to tackle alone, a new study argues. 

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