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Education and Training

Top engineers show University of Pretoria the way

1st March 2004 The Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, of the University of Pretoria, has made history by appointing a departmental advisory board to advise the department on strategic issues that impact on its activities. 

The great IP debate

By: candice haase     27th February 2004 What is the purpose of universities in an era governed by commercialisation and rapid technological evolution? 

Jackie Carroll, Media Works

27th February 2004 Full name: Jackie Carroll Position: MD of Media Works, since 1995 Main activity of the company: Adult basic education and training Date and place of birth: December 23, 1968, Johannesburg Education: Matriculated from Potchefstroom Girls’ High, 1986; Higher diploma in education, JCE, 1990;... 

Skills are crucial for oil and gas boom

By: Jill Stanford     20th February 2004 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry has begun an ambitious programme to place up to 150 student artisans with employers in the region. 

Architectural firm in BEE move

By: candice haase     13th February 2004 An architectural practice, SemArcH, conceived during the early years of outsourcing by the mining industry, has sold 51% of its shares to newly-appointed marketing director Christopher Moletsane. 

Lifting-machine operators’ training course revamped

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 The South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) reports that significant changes are scheduled to take place in education and training courses in the materials-handling sector later this year. 

Storytelling heritage of Africa is preserved thanks to technology

6th February 2004 Storymaker is a software program designed to preserve South Africa’s rich storytelling heritage. 

Cape Town moves to boost skills among youth

By: Jill Stanford     30th January 2004 The City of Cape Town with its public and private sector partners is helping improve the employability of its youth by equipping them with the type of skills and practical experience demanded by employers. 

Construction sector faces widespread skills dearth

By: Zonika Botha     30th January 2004 Like many other industries in South Africa, the construction sector also faces a skills shortage in various disciplines. 

Seta on target for set learnership programmes

26th January 2004 Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana says he's confident that the Sector Education and Training Authorities (Seta) will meet the learnership intake target of 72 000 young, unemployed learners by May this year as agreed at the 2002 Growth and Development Summit. 

Choppy waters

By: Deborah Spicer     16th January 2004 Momentum is building for the concessioning of the Durban container terminal, but even those close to discussions are unsure about how the country’s busiest port will be restructured. 

SA’s steel pricing policies need attention – study

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2003 A study into employment trends in the South African metals and engineering sector has highlighted import parity pricing (IPP) as a key factor impeding job creation and has called for urgent intervention to reduce its impact. 

FMCG maker in maths and science education drive

By: candice haase     28th November 2003 Fast-moving consumer goods producer National Brands’ (NBL) first group of Grade 12 learners to emerge from a maths and science programme, run in association with Star Schools, were encouraged to begin applying to tertiary institutions and for bursaries last month. 

Navy in global submariner-training talks

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2003 THE South African Navy is in talks with its German, Indian & Brazilian counterparts over the possibility of its future submariners receiving training in those countries. 

Wine industry to set empowerment goals

By: candice haase     21st November 2003 The wine industry will be the next sector to be restructured through an empowerment charter. 

Engineering students seeking work

21st November 2003 These engineering students are seeking experiential training: 

Lula unveils African action plan

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2003 BRAZIL could invest more than R1,2-billion in Africa between now and the end of 2006. 

Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo, University of Pretoria

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2003 Full Name: Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo Position: Executive director from 2003, Rectorate, University of Pretoria Main activity of the company: Higher education Date and place of birth: November 15, 1954, Johannesburg Education: Matric, 1974; BA Economics and Public Affairs, 1981; MA, 1983; PhD, 1985 First... 

Cell company promotes democracy and science

By: candice haase     31st October 2003 Although South Africa’s third cellular phone network operator is still in its formative years, Cell C has already confirmed its commitment to the Office of the Presidency’s three focal areas – the rights of women, the rights of children and volunteerism. 

Education is a focal point for auto group

By: candice haase     31st October 2003 With South Africa’s unemployment figure hovering around 40%, BMW South Africa hopes to next year establish an entrepreneurial development programme to assist new graduates to create job opportunities for themselves. 

One-year hydraulics course to start next year

By: zeena isaacs     24th October 2003 International hydraulics company Goldquest is on track to offer its first one-year hydraulics training course during next year. 

Rail utility implements Aids management programme

24th October 2003 State-owned rail utility Spoornet has launched a lifestyle management programme to address the impact of HIV/Aids within the company. 

Sound banking will be key to unlocking Africa’s markets

24th October 2003 The key to developing Africa’s financial markets is to first get the fundamentals right instead of rushing headlong into premature expansion, says executive Jill Mann of Rand Merchant Bank (RMB). 

Nigeria lists two for SLeone-based refinery

24th October 2003 Nigeria has shortlisted two oil firms bidding for its controlling stake in Sierra Leone-based West African Refinery (WARCo), an official said yesterday. 

BHP pushes Algerian oil project back to mid-2004

24th October 2003 Global oil and mining group BHP Billiton said yesterday that it had postponed the start-up for its 80 000 barrel aday (b/d) ROD oil project in Algeria by about three months to mid-2004. 

Union puts 113 shop stewards through IT training

16th October 2003 The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) announced yesterday that 113 of its shop stewards graduated at Peninsula Technikon (Pentech) yesterday. 

Grant funding for experiential training

10th October 2003 Learners studying for an engineering diploma at a technikon are required to undergo two six-month periods of practical experience by working for a company in the engineering industry. 

Nuclear training pact between SA, France

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd October 2003 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement with French company Areva, which will provide training to South Africans in exchange for credits in terms of the industrial participation programme. 

Gauteng gears up for industrial expo

30th September 2003 Gauteng is gearing up for what is set to be the largest gathering of industrialists of the year at the Blue IQ Smart Industry Expo to be staged at the Sandton Convention Centre, from October 22 to 24, 2003. 

Cleaner-production centre’s first training course only the beginning

26th September 2003 In May, this year, the recently-launched National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) ran its first training course aimed at developing and transferring skills and know-how in the field of cleaner production (CP). 

Mining contractor’s injury rate drops by more than 50%

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts RUC has more than halved its injury rate from August last year to this year. 

Tertiary safety, health and environment course is proving popular

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 The University of Southern Queensland (USQ), in Australia, has increased the intake of students for its safety, health and environment (She) postgraduate course by 50% this year, with 100% employment rate of its graduated students. 

Training course on offer for radiation protection officers 

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 At the beginning of the month measuring equipment supplier Mecosa hosted a training course for radiation protection officers in Sandton, highlighting important facts about nuclear radiation. 

Joburg sets up science hub

By: Zonika Botha     26th September 2003 Johannesburg will soon boast a world-class science centre, which could not only boost Gauteng’s economic growth by producing a more scientific and technologically minded workforce, but also encourage tourism by attracting more visitors to the Newtown Precinct. 

Getting the policy mix right for effective skills training

By: katharine mckenzie     26th September 2003 The news that the Department of Labour has planned a national conference in October to look at skills issues is good, particularly if the organisers are able to elevate the proceedings above the usual talk shop, and undertake planning that can be implemented. 

Labour department sets learnerships target

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th September 2003 Though South Africa’s sector education and training authorities (Setas) are performing well, numerous challenges still remain to be overcome, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana told a recent media briefing. 

Automation technicians need hands-on experience, believes company

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 Artificial intelligence is only as good as the information accumulated and submitted to it. 

Maritime training academy launched

By: Jill Stanford     12th September 2003 President Thabo Mbeki launched the South African Maritime Training Academy (Samtra) at a ceremony in Simon's Town, in the Western Cape, this week. 

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