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Education & Skills Development News

Local e-waste skills NGO joins global recycling initiative

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Local recycling skills development nongovernmental organisation (NGO) The Appliance Bank (TAB) has partnered with global recycling initiative Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) in a project that aims to create economic opportunities while ensuring workable and safe solutions for the... 

Online organisational transformation course launched for project managers

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Project professionals association the Project Management Institute (PMI) has launched an online course to support organisational transformation. The new course provides project professionals with the building blocks and fundamental knowledge needed to understand how organisations transform... 

Online data science courses launched for students in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 South African data science training institute Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) is making a range of online data science and data engineering courses available to students in the rest of Africa, but with a specific focus on youth and talent within Nigeria and Kenya. The aim with the data... 

Programme launched to build green skills, enterprise development

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2021 A solar photovoltaic (PV) green skills, enterprise development and sustainability research programme was launched on May 4 with the aim to upskill 900 youth, women and entrepreneurs over the next three years. The programme is aimed at ensuring the participation of the youth, women and... 

Training Academy embraces Industry 4.0  

5th May 2021 Occupational technical skills and safety training facility Murray & Roberts Training Academy has made some upgrades that embrace the Industry 4.0 mindset. Darren Parker tells us more. 

Training Academy embraces Industry 4.0
Training Academy embraces Industry 4.0

Patel unpacks employee share ownership schemes progress

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel is drafting guidelines on employee ownership and other broad-based ownership schemes. He intends to publish, in the coming week, a practice note dealing with some clarifications around community trusts and individual ownership schemes.  

Patel unpacks employee share ownership schemes progress
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Eskom to hold wage talks next week

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom will start regular wage discussions with the company’s recognised labour representative unions on May 4. It warns that these discussions may be “unpredictable” and that it may result in rising tensions. 

Finland supports 4IR education and reducing the digital divide in Southern Africa

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2021 Local Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) laboratory and education facility Forge Academy on April 28 said Finland has reiterated its intention to help narrow the digital divide in Southern Africa by focusing on skills development in the technology sector. “The global digital divide poses a... 

Mchunu calls for proposals to resolving government-labour wage negotiations deadlock

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2021 Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu is calling for citizens to come forward with proposals that could help to resolve the deadlock between government and organised labour over the current public service wage negotiations. Government and labour reached a deadlock on... 

Stellenbosch University establishes School for Climate Studies

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2021 Western Cape-based Stellenbosch University (SU) has established a new School for Climate Studies, which will be officially launched in June, as part of its efforts to tackle the battle against climate change. According to SU research, innovation and postgraduate studies deputy Vice-Chancellor... 

Stellenbosch University establishes School for Climate Studies
Stellenbosch University research, innovation and postgraduate studies deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Eugene Cloete

Transnet wage negotiations stall

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2021 Following a second round of talks, wage negotiations between State-owned freight logistics group Transnet and its affiliated labour unions have reached a deadlock. The negotiations took place with the South African Transport and Allied Union (Satawu) and the United National Transport Union... 

SA is at war against corrupt activities in public service – Mchunu   

By: Yvonne Silaule     23rd April 2021 Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu announced that Cabinet has approved the Public Service Amendment Bill and the Public Administration Management Amendment Bill for public comment, as he provided an update on the current public service wage negotiations. Mchunu welcomed the... 

SA is at war against corrupt activities in public service – Mchunu
Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu

Covid clouds metal fabrications industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     23rd April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a ripple effect on the metal fabrications industry, resulting in low investment, job losses and a decrease in opportunities and development, among other challenges, says structural, mechanical and welding engineering provider New Age Engineering Solutions operational... 

Covid clouds metal  fabrications industry
Shadow Work New Age Engineering Solutions prioritises skills development

Investment needed to revive industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     23rd April 2021 South African metal fabricators and government have to invest in the industry to compete with cheap imports from countries such as China, says valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control executive director and COO Mlungisi Cele. Although there is demand for metal fabricators, owing to construction... 

Investment needed to revive industry
Mlungisi Cele Only locally manufactured products should qualify as local content

Saai, Neasa ink partnership to improve labour relations in the agriculture sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Family farming organisation Saai and employers’ organisation the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) on April 22 signed a partnership agreement to bridge labour issues in the agriculture sector and to assist farmers with labour problems, as well as influencing policy-making.... 

Saai, Neasa ink partnership to improve labour relations in the agriculture sector
Saai chairperson Dr Theo de Jager and Neasa CE Gerhard Papenfus

UP appoints Kuseni Dlamini council chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 The University of Pretoria (UP) has appointed Kuseni Dlamini chairperson of the University Council, with effect from April 1. The 30-member council of the 113-year-old university is responsible for governance, policymaking and monitoring. That includes setting down guidelines relating to... 

Cabinet welcomes recommendation on lifting of J&J vaccine pause, says Mkhize to announce recommencement details   

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 Cabinet has welcomed the recommendation by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority regarding the lifting of the temporary pause placed on the Johnson & Johnson Sisonke Vaccination Programme, but did not immediately announce an end to the suspension following its Wednesday meeting,... 

Cabinet welcomes recommendation on lifting of J&J vaccine pause, says Mkhize to announce recommencement details

Wärtsilä partners with Africa youth entrepreneurship initiative

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä has partnered with youth entrepreneurship and skills development initiative Ambitious.Africa to foster sustainable development. The partners will connect students, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, financiers and various stakeholders from Africa... 

NRF seals agreement to send PhD students to US under Fulbright programme

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 The National Research Foundation (NRF) has partnered with the Fulbright Foreign Student Programme (FFSP) to support NRF-funded PhD students registered with a South African university to travel to the US to conduct research towards their doctorates at a host US institution or university. This... 

UASA disappointed at Denel’s employee benefit amendment

By: Donna Slater     19th April 2021 Trade union UASA says it is “bitterly disappointed” by State-owned defence company Denel’s policy change proposals concerning the benefits paid out to employees under certain circumstances. UASA says Denel has set up a meeting with organised labour for April 19 to discuss the proposed policy... 

Business outlines strategy for supporting ramp-up to daily vaccination tempo of 250 000 by September 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2021 Business for South Africa (B4SA) has outlined its strategy for a steady upscaling of the private sector’s capacity to administer the Covid-19 vaccine and position the country’s public and private health sectors to reach a daily vaccination rate of more than 250 000 by September. B4SA health... 

Business outlines strategy for supporting ramp-up to daily vaccination tempo of 250 000 by September

Electricity grids to benefit from IoT

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th April 2021 Embracing renewable energy, adapting business models, reducing operational expenditure and using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can lead to effective power generation and transmission, says University of Pretoria (UP) associate professor Raj Naidoo. While the energy model for electricity... 

Electricity grids to benefit from IoT
RAJ NAIDOO The Internet of Things offers huge benefits to the energy sector

Sector gets skills development boost

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th April 2021 The off-grid energy sector is continuing to grow, with shifts towards using standalone off-grid and renewable-energy-powered minigrid systems, as such systems can provide electricity in areas where current grid infrastructure cannot reach. However, despite the growth in the sector, there has been... 

Sector gets skills development boost
WORKSHOP UNDERWAY TEA-LP Workshop at Strathmore University, Nairobi TEA-LP has partner universities in eight African countries

Pandemic paves the way for Industry 4.0 course

By: Darren Parker     16th April 2021 A positive consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic is that it has accelerated the progression of Industry 4.0, as it has prepared us all for a life online, says industry education entity Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. One of CTC’s flagship offerings is the Artisan 4.0 training... 

Pandemic paves the way for Industry 4.0 course
TECHNO TRAINING To implement and maintain Industry 4.0 technologies, artisans need to acquire appropriate skills

80 students to gain forestry sector skills as part of master plan rollout

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 Under the Forestry Sector Masterplan, which emphasises forestry skills development, about 80 students will participate in the programme at the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FPM Seta) and the universities of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria. They will... 

SEZ Programme successfully driving industrialisation – DTIC

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 Despite the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on South Africa’s economy, Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina says the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Programme continues to “successfully drive industrialisation” of the country. She explains that the programme... 

Students developed Covid-19 symptoms chatbots for 4IR hackathon challenge

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2021 Seven students in three teams developed chatbots - interactive programmes to aide customer enquiries - during a hackathon hosted by Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) education facility Forge Academy in Fourways, Gauteng. The software programmes had to serve as a digital solution to guide... 

First cohort completes tech centre course

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 The first group of students enrolled in the newly established Stellenbosch University (SU) data science and entrepreneurial development upskilling initiative Techpreneurship Centre, have completed a six-week programme. Seventy per cent of those who completed the course have been offered full-time... 

Pandemic accelerated digital education, but some way to go to make tool truly effective

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 Enabling effective education and the development of foundational, specialist and new skills that are needed across industries and societies – in part through adopting digital education tools – requires a broad partnership among civil, commercial, educational and governmental organisations, a... 

Pandemic accelerated digital education, but some way to go to make tool truly effective

Absa to train staff on cloud skills

By: Schalk Burger     8th April 2021 Financial services group Absa has launched a cloud incubator initiative in collaboration with cloud services multinational Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enhance the cloud computing skills across its operations in Africa. The cloud incubator initiative will equip more than 1 500 staff across Absa’s... 

Absa to train staff on cloud skills
Absa group chief technology officer Andrew Baker

Recovery from Covid-19 hinged on private sector growth

By: Donna Slater     8th April 2021 Strategy consulting and market intelligence firm Frost & Sullivan says the economic growth prognosis for South Africa in the next five years is not all “doom and gloom”, as the private sector has the ability to grow and create jobs. For the private sector to flourish, however, it needs to... 

World Bank report highlights big economic benefits of an accelerated South African vaccination roll-out  

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2021 An analysis published in a new World Bank report shows that vaccinating 60% of South Africa’s population to induce so-called “herd immunity” against Covid-19 would have a benefit-cost ratio of more than 29, and that the economic benefits would be amplified by an accelerated vaccination roll-out.... 

World Bank report highlights big economic benefits of an accelerated South African vaccination roll-out

SAIW, CSIR sign tech, data sharing MoU

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2021 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the organisations collaborate on new technology and data... 

SAIW, CSIR sign tech, data sharing MoU

SAIIA, UK PACT launch just transition project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th March 2021 Think tank the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is launching a new project to support South Africa’s just transition to a low-carbon, inclusive and climate-resilient future. Funded by the UK’s Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions programme in South Africa (South... 

Grade 1 mathematics diagnostic test can help teachers and pupils, study shows

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2021 A diagnostic test can help Grade 1 teachers in South Africa see who is struggling with mathematics and how to help them, including identifying challenges with terminology owing to different home languages, a study by University of Johannesburg (UJ) and University of Helsinki researchers,... 

Stanford, De Beers invite applicants for Seed Transformation Programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 Stanford Graduate School of Business and diamond company De Beers Group have invited entrepreneurs with a mindset to grow their businesses to apply for the 2021/22 Southern Africa Seed Transformation Programme (STP). The programme is aimed at supporting business leaders in Southern Africa to... 

Research shows promise in decarbonisation drive

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 The research of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) into accelerated decarbonisation scenarios for the South African power system confirms considerable opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation at low or zero net cost, says CSIR electrochemical energy technologies research... 

Research shows promise in decarbonisation drive
SAVING FOR THE FUTURE Battery storage can become a substantial contributor to maximizing the efficacy of renewable energy
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