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Education, Training and Consulting

Engineering students given foot into door of auto industry

Updated 7 hours ago A new interactive online platform is designed to prepare students, graduates and young people interested in automotive component manufacturing careers for a real-life workplace. The initiative aims to strengthen the market relevance of the technical and vocational, education and training (TVET)... 

Voice computing for special educational needs

18th May 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed an application (app) aimed at helping school learners who face barriers to reading and learning, as a result of early literacy difficulties, visual impairment, dyslexia and other special educational needs. The app adds and... 

Advert for the CSIR iSinkwe app developed to facilitate literacylearning
The CSIR has developed the iSinkwe app to facilitate literacy

Insights from African business leadership

22nd April 2022   A newly-released book based on research at Stellenbosch University Business School, aims to provide practical lessons in management innovation from leaders of African companies. Titled Afro-Global Management Innovation Practices: Re-imagining Work and Workplaces, the book illustrates how... 

Image of book cover with graphic of lightbulb and Africa to show The book Afro-Global Management Innovation Practices: Re-imagining Work and Workplaces, is based on research at Stellenbosch University Business School
The book Afro-Global Management Innovation Practices: Re-imagining Work and Workplaces, is based on research at Stellenbosch University Business School

Students create digital service desk for SMMEs

14th April 2022 A digital service desk that helps small businesses to access subsidised digital transformation and compliance services, has been developed by graduate students. The service was created and driven by Forge Academy students who recently completed the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)... 

image of student to show that Forge Academy's SMME digital service desk was created by graduates
Forge Academy's SMME digital service desk was created by graduates

Sars tax terminology now available in all official languages

31st March 2022 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has launched a multilingual version of its tax terminology publication. The publication contains 450 terms in all official languages, namely Sesotho, Setswana, Sepedi, Tshivenḓa, Xitsonga, IsiNdebele, Siswati, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa and Afrikaans, with an... 

Image of cover of Sars multilingual version of its tax terminology publication
Sars has launched a multilingual tax terminology publication

User guide helps to simplify recycling

25th March 2022 A user-friendly guide to recycling has been launched to help promote recycling in homes, schools and workplaces.  The series of booklets aims to highlight the environment benefits and the income generating opportunities presented by recycling initiatives. 

Image of covers of user guides on recycling
The How to Recycle series is available from Polyco’s Million+ website

Local skills development helps create jobs

24th March 2022 A range of courses offering practical skills development in boiler making, pipefitting and welding is now available through Hill Side artisan academy. The academy is part of the Hydra Arc Group and is accredited with the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority, or CHIETA, and the... 

Image of training facility at Hill Side artisan academy
Hill Side artisan academy offers a range of courses

Free online tool encourages STEM exploration, discovery and learning

25th February 2022 The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) has developed an online, interactive, virtual landscape aimed at stimulating learners’ curiosity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.  The STEMulator portal provides a highly interactive knowledge and exploration... 

Image of he STEMulator portal that has been developed by the NSTF to encourage learning in STEM fields
The STEMulator portal has been developed by the NSTF to encourage learning in STEM fields

State-of-the-art laboratories for engineering students

17th February 2022 Academic institutions require the latest laboratories (labs) to ensure that engineering students are able to design, analyse and test their creations to the most current standards and using up-to-date technologies, facilitating successful practical applications that improve knowledge and skills.... 

Image of student in laboratory to illustrate that IIE MSA has launched three new high-tech laboratories for engineering students
IIE MSA has launched three new high-tech laboratories for engineering students

On-site coaching improves supervision

31st January 2022 A  new coaching initiative is being implemented in an effort to strengthen the outcomes of supervisor training, enhancing responsible behaviour that promotes safe production. The Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) programme uses experienced coaches who are qualified at mine overseer level... 

Image of the Licence to Supervise Programme,  initiated by and applied within Murray & Roberts Cementation
The Licence to Supervise Programme has been initiated by and applied within Murray & Roberts Cementation

AI assistant for improved online meeting experience

15th December 2021 A virtual assistant that provides a conversational interface and offers custom skills, a chat user experience (UX), and natural language processing (NLP) capabilities is now available for use on the Microsoft Teams platform. The Infor Coleman Digital Assistant was previously available on a web... 

Image of person in front of laptop, to show that the Infor Coleman Digital Assistant is now available for  Microsoft Teams
The Infor Coleman Digital Assistant is now available for Microsoft Teams

Customised and plant-specific training on offer

9th December 2021 Bosch Rexroth South Africa is offering continuous professional development (CPD) validation and MerSETA-accredited training courses at its Kempton Park training facilities in Johannesburg. The company also offers system-specific and plant-specific training at clients’ premises throughout Africa.... 

Image of people being trained, to show Bosch Rexroth South Africa offers a range of training services
Bosch Rexroth South Africa offers a range of training services

Digital training and mentoring secures youth employment

3rd December 2021 DigiLink incubator was launched in Cape Town in November 2020 by Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator to bring unemployed and excluded youth into the technology (tech) economy and equip them for long-term employment. The programme incorporates an on-the-job training and mentoring model that... 

Image of 2 people to show that DigiLink-trained software testers have graduated and gained full time employment with Clickatell
DigiLink-trained software testers have graduated and gained full time employment with Clickatell

UK government investment boosts youth employment opportunities

26th November 2021 The British High Commission in South Africa has launched a new initiative to work with local partners to train unemployed youth in technical skills.  The investment aims to give marginalised youth increased access to trade apprenticeships in an effort to help them gain sustainable work and reduce... 

Image of South African youth being trained for trade apprenticeships
South African youth are being trained for trade apprenticeships

Focus on digital education in schools

19th November 2021 The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) is working with the private sector to roll out programmes that enable broad based digital education in schools across the country. Project Liberate envisions a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) hub that focusses on education and... 

Image of training workshop to show that Macrocomm Group are working with government to provide broad based digital education to learners
Macrocomm Group are working with government to provide broad based digital education to learners

On-demand support for connectivity solutions

12th November 2021 A leading provider of audio visual (AV) and information technology connectivity and management solutions, has announced that it is establishing a local presence in Johannesburg, South Africa. ATEN International will provide support and a virtual interactive showroom for hands-on training and... 

Image of ATEN International's Johannesburg showroom
ATEN International offers training and product demonstrations at its Johannesburg showroom

High-tech skills training delivered on site

29th October 2021 State-of-the-art skills training for underground mining that includes new systems such as virtual reality tools and interactive touchscreens, are soon to be made available to customers on site. According to Murray & Roberts Cementation education, training and development executive Tony Pretorius,... 

Image showing Murray & Roberts Cementation has launched new skills training initiatives for customers and staff
Murray & Roberts Cementation has launched new skills training initiatives for customers and staff

Partnerships accelerate youth employment

7th October 2021 Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator supports unemployed work-seekers by building partnerships with the private sector, government and civil society. It aims to develop innovative solutions at scale, that help to break the barriers that keep young women and men locked out of opportunity. The... 

Image of youth to illustrate Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator provides solutions to help reduce youth unemployment
Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator provides solutions to help reduce youth unemployment

Centre strives to ensure quality concrete

1st October 2021 The AfriSam Centre for Product Excellence (CPE) supports the continuous improvement of the company’s range of technology and offerings in cement and construction materials and also offers a service to customers and the broader construction sector. “Our product development team works closely with... 

Image of AfriSam employee to illustrate AfriSam’s Centre for Product Excellence acts as an independent testing agency for customers
AfriSam’s Centre for Product Excellence acts as an independent testing agency for customers

Minerals processing training for sustainable solutions

30th September 2021 Customers in the mining industry increasingly expect to be able to partner with companies that have insight and understanding of operational contexts and are able to offer sustainable solutions to the minerals processing sector. In order to meet these expectations, the Weir Minerals Mill Circuit... 

Image of staff at The Mill Circuit University that trains Weir Minerals Africa staff about its products in the circuit
The Mill Circuit University trains Weir Minerals Africa staff about its products in the circuit

AI technology to overcome language barriers in South Africa

23rd September 2021 A new artificial intelligence (AI) platform that translates speech into text from English and local languages, has a unique ability to interpret South African accents. The technology could have a far-reaching impact on education, health and business sectors. The platform, called izwe.ai, was... 

Image of people on computers, illustrating a new artificial intelligence platform has been unveiled by Telkom, in collaboration with Enlabeler
A new artificial intelligence platform has been unveiled by Telkom, in collaboration with Enlabeler

Panel builder programme supports accelerated business growth

26th August 2021 An interactive and intuitive panel builder programme aims to encourage transformative projects within a company’s energy management ecosystem. Recently launched by Schneider Electric, the platform is designed to enable the company’s partners to meet customers’ requirements, while also achieving... 

Image of panel builder programme technicians
The mySchneider panel builder programme supports accelerated business growth

Free e-book to help improve mines’ supervisory performance

4th August 2021 A free e-book aims to help mining organisations boost operational efficiency and lift production by coaching supervisors and improving performance. OIM Consulting, which specialises in increasing profitability through building front-line leader capability within the mining sector, recently... 

Image of OIM free e-book
OIM Consulting’s free e-book: Understanding the drivers of supervisory performance

Technology centre boosts mines’ digital journey

4th August 2021 Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has launched a Technology Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, that aims to assist the region’s mining industry on its journey into the digital future. According to the centre’s manager Hosea Molife the facility’s key aim is to use digital technology to make mines safer... 

Image of Sandvik Technology Centre
The Technology Centre can make use of various Sandvik solutions to render data useful to the customer

New course aims to develop creative problem solvers

9th July 2021 Project Management Institute (PMI), the globally-recognised association for project professionals and changemakers, announced the launch of a new course designed to mentor individuals and organisations and to help build the skills needed for modern creative collaboration. The Wicked Problem... 

Image of PMI Wicked Problem Solving course and tool kit
PMI has launched the Wicked Problem Solving course and tool kit

New electro-hydraulics training course launched

9th July 2021 A new course focusing on the electrical control of hydraulic circuits aims to enable a better understanding of the electro-hydraulic control system and also enhance fault finding techniques. To expand the scope of the training offered to customers and to ensure they are equipped to meet the... 

Image of training course by Bosch Rexroth
New electro-hydraulic training course offered by Bosch Rexroth

Free online training tackles youth unemployment

24th June 2021 A free online vocational training platform to help young South Africans build skills to find or create jobs, has recently been launched. Created in response to the high rate of youth unemployment in South Africa and the continent, the platform will focus on empowerment through educating and... 

The Trace Academia online platform is aimed at educating and training young people
The Trace Academia online platform is aimed at educating and training young people

Innovative app breaks down language barriers in fight against Covid-19

23rd June 2021 A local mobile application (app) aims to improve the communication of safety protocols and other vital information related to Covid-19, by bridging the language divide evident on many Web-based platforms. Numerous campaigns have been launched worldwide to raise awareness about the pandemic but... 

The AwezaMed app has been developed to disseminate Covid-19-related information
The AwezaMed app has been developed to disseminate Covid-19-related information

Machine operator training on offer

11th June 2021 The correct handling and application of cutting and grinding machinery is not only critical for operator safety but also helps to extend the life of machinery, ensures effective and efficient use of consumables and improves the overall quality of work. Manufacturer and distributor of abrasive... 

PFERD South Africa offers operator and distributor training at its academy
PFERD South Africa offers operator and distributor training at its academy

Effective training helps fight infection in healthcare facilities

14th May 2021 The lack of appropriate training is said to be a major contributor to high infection rates in South African healthcare facilities, according to a local industrial and healthcare cleaning solutions provider.  “Proper training and implementing correct cleaning practices is one of the easiest ways... 

A new training document highlights cleaning practices to fight infection in healthcare facilities
A new training document highlights cleaning practices to fight infection in healthcare facilities

Live crane demonstrations now online

1st December 2020 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Leading crane manufacturer Konecranes is the first company in South Africa to conduct online, live, crane demonstrations for its customers. The company explains that Covid-19 related movement restrictions have prevented customers from attending live crane... 

Flooring specification advice at the touch of a button

30th October 2020 Specifying flooring is a vital part of any project and deciding on the product best suited to a particular project can be daunting. There are a vast number of flooring options and  respective applications available and specification considerations could include flooring type and supplementary... 

Polyflor's Online Advisor platform provides  flooring specification advice
Polyflor's Online Advisor platform provides flooring specification advice

Comprehensive carbon service for South African companies

30th October 2020 An advisory and consultancy service is now available for South African companies seeking assistance in navigating the complexities of the country’s Carbon Tax law. Carbon tax experts Cova Advisory have teamed up with Climate Legal, specialists in the legal aspects of environmental and carbon... 

Cova Advisory and Climate Legal offer a range of services related to South African Carbon Tax law
Cova Advisory and Climate Legal offer a range of services related to South African Carbon Tax law

Changing office trends in South Africa, fast-tracked by Covid-19

22nd September 2020 Covid-19 and the resultant lockdown regulations across the globe have led to many people working from home, avoiding the traditional office workspace and experiencing an unprecedented blend of work and private life. In addition, businesses have been forced to quickly adapt to new ways of working.... 

Virtual support to help local businesses survive Covid-19

10th September 2020 A new virtual business networking group offers local businesses hard-hit by Covid-19, a range of  resources to help keep trading. The platform aims to provide South African business owners the opportunity to network with like-minded people within a virtual community, while also helping to find... 

Business Networking SA provides networking opportunities for South African businesses
Business Networking SA provides networking opportunities for South African businesses

Contractor training improves safety and meets client requirements

4th September 2020 A new integrated Learning Management System (LMS) platform provides computer-based training materials to help contractors satisfy client and job-site requirements, while also helping to improve work-place safety. The learning management system software application aims to provide complementary,... 

ISN provides computer-based training materials for contractors
ISN provides computer-based training materials for contractors

Disaster recovery solutions tailored to SME's

4th September 2020 To date, structured disaster recovery solutions have been available only for larger South African companies, however, new services specifically tailored to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now available. Disasters may take various forms – whether environmental, such as fires and... 

ContinuitySA has introduced Recovery as a Service (RaaS) aimed at SMEs
ContinuitySA has introduced Recovery as a Service (RaaS) aimed at SMEs

New mobile app simplifies bearing mounting

27th August 2020 A new mobile tool aims to simplify the process of mounting and installing bearings and is designed so that it can be used by everyone in a maintenance organisation. The application (app) is said to be suitable for use by all engineering and maintenance teams to help minimise the problems of... 

SKF Bearing Assist app enables quick, correct and easy mounting of bearings
SKF Bearing Assist app enables quick, correct and easy mounting of bearings
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