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Education & Skills Development News

Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2019 The revival of South Africa’s flagging manufacturing sector is core to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s broader economic recovery plan. The importance attributed to manufacturing can be seen in the President’s decision to appoint the experienced Ebrahim Patel to lead the newly restructured Trade and... 

Unions demand reinstatement of former CEO of SAA and purge of its board

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th June 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association jointly presented a memorandum to beleaguered State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday. The memorandum contained a number of demands. “Should our demands not be met, we... 

Unions demand reinstatement of former CEO of SAA and purge of its board

Ramaphosa praises ILO's social justice approach

By: African News Agency      11th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday commended the contribution of the International Labour Organisation for the contribution and impact it has made to work and the lives of workers in its 100 years of existence. Ramaphosa said that the ILO played a pivotal role during South Africa’s struggle for... 

 Ramaphosa praises ILO's social justice approach
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable concrete structures

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 In the context of the struggling South African construction industry, owing to a lack of investment in infrastructure projects, extended and institutionalised knowledge about improving the durability of concrete structures is crucial to the competitiveness of the South African concrete industry,... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable  concrete structures
VITAL PRECEDENCE Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented

Solutions provider releases new admixture for variable aggregates

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction chemicals and solutions provider Mapei South Africa released the new Dynamon MS 100 acrylic-based admixture product earlier this year for use in concrete where there are variable-quality aggregates. The admixture prevents variations in the quality of aggregates, particularly in... 

Solutions provider releases new  admixture for variable aggregates
AGGREGATE MITIGATION The Dynamon product was developed to mitigate the effects of poor-quality aggregates

Nissan set to create more than 1 000 jobs

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2019 Local production of the next-generation Nissan Navara is expected to create an estimated 1 200 new jobs in the automotive sector. Manufacturing is expected to begin in 2020 at Nissan’s Rosslyn-based facility, where output is expected to grow by more than 50%. 

Nissan set to create more than 1 000 jobs
President Cyril Ramaphosa pictured in a Nissan Navara

‘Black public’ offer for shares in Barloworld property spin-off oversubscribed

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2019 Industrial group Barloworld reports that the public-offer component of its Khula Sizwe Property Holdings empowerment transaction was oversubscribed, with over 50 000 applications received and the R164-million funding target met. The offer, which was open to black investors only, closed on May 31.... 

‘Black public’ offer for shares in Barloworld property spin-off oversubscribed

ANC declares unemployment a national emergency, vows to reduce it by 13% in 5 years  

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 The African National Congress said on Tuesday that it was gearing for a re-imagined industrial strategy to help government deal with high unemployment and inequality in the country.  ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule said unemployment and inequality remained some of the principal challenges... 

ANC declares unemployment a national emergency, vows to reduce it by 13% in 5 years
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule & spokesperson Pule Mabe

Lesufi returns to Gauteng education portfolio   

By: Thabi Madiba     31st May 2019 Following what he calls “non-partisan feedback” Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday returned Panyaza Lesufi to the province’s Education portfolio as Education and Youth Development MEC. On Wednesday, Makhura had announced that Lesufi would lead the Finance and e-Government portfolio, but... 

Lesufi returns to Gauteng education portfolio
Education and Youth Development MEC Panyaza Lesufi

Imported chemicals hamper growth of sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 The impact of imported chemicals from countries such as China and India, has had a major detrimental impact on the local chemicals sector, says specialty chemicals supplier, Active Chemicals and Solutions director David Grimsley. “Similar to the textiles and retail food industries, where the... 

Imported chemicals hamper growth of sector
Photo by Bloomberg
UNINSPIRED There is a low motivation to build new factories as the chemicals supplier market is shrinking

Bigger staff complements company’s growth strategy

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Multinational specialty chemicals producer Clariant hired 2 142 new employees in 2018 – an increase of 8%, compared with that of the previous year – to support its profitable growth strategy. The ratio of 689 women and 1 453 men is also more equal than that of 2017. 

Bigger staff complements company’s growth strategy
JONATHAN CHETTY The way in which specialist chemicals companies and their clients innovate, collaborate and operate does not “change overnight”

TNPA obtains court interdict against planned Satawu strike

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) was, on Wednesday afternoon, granted a court interdict against a planned strike by mariners who are members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu). Satawu on Tuesday announced that its members, including pilots who move the... 

Satawu plans ‘total shutdown’ of South Africa’s ports 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2019 South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) members are set to down tools at all of South Africa’s ports from 06:00 on Thursday, May 30. Satawu on Monday served the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) with a strike notice after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and... 

Embattled sector necessitates cost containment measures – AfriSam

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2019 With the South African construction industry remaining under pressure and in a state of accelerated decline, the need to contain costs continues and correct specification of construction materials remains critical. Construction materials company AfriSam construction materials executive Avi Bhoora... 

Embattled sector necessitates cost containment measures – AfriSam
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AVI BHOORA AfriSam remains hopeful that the country’s embattled construction industry is at the end of the downward cycle

Denel announces last phase of offset programme for Malaysia

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th May 2019 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced that it has launched its tenth and last offset project for Malaysia, being provided in return for the South East Asian country’s order for armoured vehicle gun turrets and integrated weapons systems for armoured fighting... 

YES helps position S Africa as credible springboard into continent again 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 Foreign direct investment is critical to the development of the South African economy and some innovative thinking by the Department of Trade and Industry has turned recently gazetted amendments regarding the Youth Employment Service into an additional arrow in the DTI’s quiver on a recent... 

YES helps position S Africa as credible springboard into continent again
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YES CEO Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville

Eskom unbundling will allow for efficient and effective management

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The challenges facing State-owned power utility Eskom can be mitigated through proper, efficient and effective management, which is possible with the company’s unbundling, says Stellenbosch University Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) director Professor Sampson Mamphweli. 

Eskom unbundling will allow for efficient and effective management
SAMPSON MAMPHWELI There is a greater need for a balanced energy mix between coal, gas and renewable energy

17-year-old pilot’s Cape-to-Cairo project to inspire other teenagers

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2019 An ambitious project to stimulate interest among high school pupils in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in general, and in aviation in particular, has reached an advanced stage of development. It is the “U-Dream Cape 2 Cairo” project, which involves some 20 teenagers in the... 

Digital education offers new experiential training opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2019 Digital technologies are helping to improve education and leading to experiential training – a learning-by-doing approach that helps students to apply fundamental learning and merging experience and training, says Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Lausanne Hospitality School) associate professor Dr... 

Rise in unemployment rate a call for government to revisit policies

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 The rise in unemployment levels in South Africa, especially in agriculture, is a major concern and deserves the immediate attention of President Cyril Ramaphosa in his new tenure, Agri SA said on Wednesday. South Africa's unemployment rate has risen to its highest level since the third quarter of... 

Rise in unemployment rate a call for government to revisit policies

Unemployment rate rises to 27.6% in Q1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2019 South Africa’s unemployment rate increased by 0.5 of a percentage point to 27.6% in the first quarter of this year, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) shows. The increase in the unemployment rate is attributable to a decline of 237 000 in the number... 

Applications open for another round of AlphaCode incubation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2019 Rand Merchant Investment Holdings, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Royal Bafokeng Holdings have invited applications for the AlphaCode Incubate startup support initiative. To qualify, a business must be at least 51% black-owned and must operate in the financial services space. 

ANC must use its mandate to transform and grow economy – BBC 

By: Sane Dhlamini     13th May 2019 The Black Business Council has called on the African National Congress to use its mandate to transform and grow the South African economy following the party’s victory in the 2019 election. The ANC received more than ten-million votes in this year's national election. In a statement, BBC... 

ANC must use its mandate to transform and grow economy – BBC

Young South African radio astronomers shine with MeerKAT observation proposals

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th May 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) has announced that 38 South African-led astronomy projects will use the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array. The leaders of these projects include postdoctoral researchers (“postdocs”) as well as senior professors, based at ten South African... 

Young South African radio astronomers shine with MeerKAT observation proposals
Photo by Sarao
Some of MeerKAT’s 64 dishes

Busa calls on business community to allow employees to vote on May 8

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th May 2019 Business Unity South Africa on Monday urged all employers, including its members, to encourage workers to exercise their right to vote in the 2019 national election on May 8.  While political parties wrap up their campaign for the hotly contested sixth general elections since the dawn of... 

Busa calls on business community to allow employees to vote on May 8

Fifth IASP Africa president to be announced this month

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2019 The Innovation Hub will, on May 23 and 24, host the 2019 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) Africa division workshop at its grounds in Tshwane. The workshop is part of a series of Science and Technology Parks (STP) build-up events that are taking place globally ahead of the main... 

Built environment still plagued by falling-from-height accidents – federation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2019 Nelson Mandela University has found that the indirect costs of falling-from-height (FFH) accidents are 14.2 times the direct costs, reports the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company. This is backed by UK-based Health and Safety Executive research, which determined the indirect costs of... 

Built environment still plagued by falling-from-height accidents – federation

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa

3rd May 2019 The well-established partnership between engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) and power management solutions provider Eaton Hydraulics has been enhanced with the accreditation of BMG’s Johannesburg head office facility - BMG World - as the exclusive Eaton... 

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa
NICKY MULLER The warranty centre’s local team is headed up by Muller and has benefited from a recent skills upliftment programme

Ramaphosa addresses YES youth concerns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2019 Since President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Youth Employment Service (YES) in March last year, companies have jointly committed to realising nearly 18 000 work opportunities. The President on Thursday met with YES candidates who started their paid work experience at Nedbank and responded to... 

Ramaphosa to receive update on Youth Employment Service

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday receive an update on the Youth Employment Service, a business-led collaboration with the government and labour to create work opportunities for young people. Ramaphosa launched the initiative in March 2018 to place the needs of and opportunities for... 

Ramaphosa to receive update on Youth Employment Service
President Cyril Ramaphosa

NUM calls for reskilling of Eskom workers to equip them for clean-energy jobs  

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for greater attention to be given to the reskilling of Eskom workers “so that they can be absorbed” into clean-energy technology work opportunities. In a statement released following a meeting of its national executive committee in Gauteng, the... 

NUM calls for reskilling of Eskom workers to equip them for clean-energy jobs

Nedbank commits to further investment in Youth Employment Service 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2019 Nedbank has agreed to sponsor 3 315 youths between the ages of 18 and 29 for paid work experience over the 12 months from May 1. This forms part of the bank’s funded skills development programme run with the Youth Employment Service (YES). The agreement, dubbed the CEO Pledge, was signed by... 

Nedbank commits to further investment in Youth Employment Service
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YES CEO Tashmia Ismail-Saville and Nedbank CEO Mike Brown sign the CEO pledge

UCT adopts global ethics code, a first in Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th April 2019 To ensure its researchers maintain the highest of ethical standards, the University of Cape Town has become the first African university to adopt the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings. The UCT Senate explained that the adoption of the GCC was an important statement of... 

UCT adopts global ethics code, a first in Africa

Hoërskool Driehoek walkway rebuilt following collaborative community effort

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 A newly built walkway was handed over to Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark, at a sombre event on Monday. The handover, which was attended by school management and its governing body, parents, learners, various businesses and representatives of the Gauteng Department of Basic Education,... 

Hoërskool Driehoek walkway rebuilt following collaborative community effort
The newly built walkway at Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark

Pandor opens Centre of Specialisation at False Bay college

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd April 2019 Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor last week opened a Centre of Specialisation for mechanical fitters and riggers at the False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College. This brings to six the number of TVET colleges in the Western Cape that specialise... 

Political parties agree on need for business, government collaboration  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2019 One cannot develop South Africa with a blanket approach, without consultation and discussion and these interactions should not be confined to the election season only, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mhuleko Hlengwa asserted during a Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa... 

Political parties agree on need for business, government collaboration

Company launches loose-lay flooring range

By: Thabi Madiba     12th April 2019 With vinyl flooring continuing to gain much more traction in the market, owing to beneficial properties and an appealing aesthetic, vinyl flooring and wall-protection solutions specialists Polyflor South Africa (SA) has launched the Polysafe QuickLay polyurethane reactive (PUR) collection for... 

Company launches loose-lay flooring range
ADHESIVE-FREE FLOORING The specially formulated studded emboss works as a barrier and allows for moisture to escape from the subfloor
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