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CSIR encouraging South African manufacturers to attend international conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd September 2019 Later this month the World Manufacturing Forum (WMF), which was founded in May 2018, will be holding its annual conference, in Italy. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is associated with the WMF and CSIR Manufacturing Cluster Executive Manager Martin Sanne is... 

President Ramaphosa meets with social partners on jobs crisis in South Africa

By: African News Agency      3rd September 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza on Monday held their first monthly meeting with the leaders of business, labour and communities to tackle the country’s employment crisis, the Presidency said in a statement. The jobs summit presidential working committee, set up to... 

Absa PMI drops more than expected in August 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2019 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined to 45.7 index points in August, down from 52.1 in July. Absa on Monday said that, although the decline was larger than anticipated, it was not entirely unexpected. 

Absa PMI drops more than expected in August

Policy implementation a key challenge

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2019 Legislative body Council for the Built Environment (CBE) will host its third Transformation Indaba, themed Breaking the Barriers, to address the lacklustre implementation of transformation policies within the built environment professions. The event will be held on October 9 and 10, at Diep in... 

Policy implementation a key challenge
PRISCILLA MDLALOSE Men and women are equally capable but different

Cesa aims to fix ‘leaky pipeline’

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2019 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has established a gender diversity forum to table issues of gender inequality among its member companies to address, among other challenges, the issue of qualified women leaving the sector and factors affecting their progression in... 

Cesa aims to fix  ‘leaky pipeline’
JESHIKA RAMCHUND Cesa’s new gender diversity forum aims to engage all stakeholders and develop strategies to improve diversity and inclusivity

Parliamentary Committee opposed to retrenchments at Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th August 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy is opposed to any retrenchments at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in order to cope with the corporation’s current financial crisis. This was made clear during an oversight visit by the Committee to Necsa on... 

Parliamentary Committee opposed to retrenchments at Necsa
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Necsa logo

4IR will see 'some jobs go', says labour minister

By: News24Wire      28th August 2019 The Fourth Industrial Revolution will be disruptive to everyone, and upskilling and retraining will be necessary to ensure the workforce can adapt, says Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi. SA's current workforce does not necessarily have the skills required for artificial intelligence... 

 4IR will see 'some jobs go', says labour minister
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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi.

27four partners with Jobs Fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th August 2019 27four Investment Managers has joined the government’s fight to reduce South Africa’s unemployment rate, which stands at about 29%. The South African independent black-female-owned multimanager has signed a deal that will see the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund contribute R200-million to 27four’s... 

27four partners with Jobs Fund
27four unlisted investments principal Chad Potter

Government drafting sector targets for workforce transformation  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2019 The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) is consulting stakeholders across all sectors in the South African economy to set employment equity targets in each one, since transformation in the workforce has "left much to be desired". Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on Tuesday stated... 

Government drafting sector targets for workforce transformation
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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

Transformation lagging in private sector, minister calls for crackdown on culprits

By: News24Wire      27th August 2019 There has been little transformation in the top management of private sector workplaces since the passing of the Employment Equity Act some 20 years ago, Labour and Employment Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Tuesday.  Nxesi was commenting on the Commission for Employment Equity's annual report for... 

 Transformation lagging in private sector, minister calls for crackdown on culprits
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Labour & Employment Minister Thulas Nxesi

Seifsa seeks to appoint training centre service provider

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th August 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called on qualified service providers to submit bids for the management of its artisan training centre, in Benoni, by September 30. The training centre has the capacity to train 250 people a day and currently offers... 

Benefits of quality-specified concrete being recognised

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2019 Years of effort by the South African Readymix Association (Sarma) to spread awareness about the importance of quality-specified concrete are finally bearing fruit, as it is starting to reach local-government level, says Sarma director Johan van Wyk. Collaborating with parastatals, such as... 

Benefits of quality-specified concrete being recognised
QUALITY CONCRETE DEMANDS State companies and parastatals have started to specify quality concrete, subsequently creating opportunities for readymix companies to become involved in infrastructure projects

Sarma accreditation mitigates lack of concrete laws

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2019 Accreditation as a South African Readymix Association (Sarma) member can mitigate many of the challenges associated with the lack of laws and specification governing the production of quality concrete, says Sarma director Johan van Wyk. “It’s significant to get accreditation because there is no... 

Sarma accreditation mitigates lack of concrete laws
FULLY COMPLIANT Sarma members are supported through technical advice, partnerships with institutions and member companies, lower premiums on insurance policies and accreditation

South Africa does not need domestic EV market to produce EVs, says Patel 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2019 There is an opportunity to bring battery electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle production to South Africa, without first developing a domestic market and charging infrastructure for these vehicles, says Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel. Addressing the National Association... 

South Africa does not need domestic EV market to produce EVs, says Patel
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Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel

South African blueberry industry sets its sights on key export markets

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2019 The South African Berry Producers Association (Sabpa) expects South Africa’s blueberry production to reach a record high of 17 000 t this year, up from the 11 300 t produced in 2018. It expects production to increase further to 50 000 t/y by 2023 and says this will help to grow employment in the... 

Labour department wants salary gap information from companies

By: African News Agency      21st August 2019 The Department of Employment and Labour wants employers to provide information on salary differentials between their top earners and lowest paid workers to help it work towards reducing renumeration gaps, a senior official told a workshop in Kimberly. The department is conducting roadshows across... 

Patel establishes national committee on new African trade agreement

By: Simone Liedtke     19th August 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has set up a national committee, comprising representatives from business, labour and government, to develop action plans around the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). The committee was set up at a strategic session between the... 

Solidarity’s application against Denel to be heard on Tuesday

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2019 Solidarity’s application to force State-owned Denel to pay over Unemployment Insurance Fund levies and taxes deducted from employees’ salaries to the relevant authorities will be heard in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday. Solidarity on July 31 served urgent documents on the struggling arms... 

Govt observes anniversary of Marikana tragedy

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2019 Government says it has, since the conclusion of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, made “great progress” in implementing the inquiry’s recommendations, among which has been to ensure that the South African Police Service strengthens its public order policing capacity. A statement issued by the... 

Employment and labour minister conducts blitz in Durban

By: African News Agency      16th August 2019 Employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi this week visited one of the department's labour centres in Durban  as part of efforts to improve services, his office said. The Pinetown centre, which services areas such as New Germany, West Mead, Hillcrest, Kloof, Waterfall, Kwadabeka, KwaNdengezi,... 

Employment and labour minister conducts blitz in Durban
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Employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi

RBR starts training prospective workers for Mozambique LNG projects

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2019 ASX-listed RBR Group has started training prospective workers for jobs that will become available at Mozambique’s emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. As part of its strategy to asses, train and provide workers for the LNG projects, the labour and training specialist has opened a... 

Numsa urges government to convene all stakeholders amid jobs crisis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) has called on government to move swiftly to convene an urgent meeting with social partners to deal with the jobs crisis in the country. Numsa maintains that the macro and micro economic policies championed by the African National Congress... 

Data science to become core part of efficiency, optimisation tools

By: Schalk Burger     9th August 2019 While some industries are early adopters of data science into their processes, all industries will eventually use data sciences as a core part of efficiency and optimisation tools, says data science training organisation Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) commercial officer Mark Schroeder.... 

Data science to become core part of efficiency, optimisation tools
JACO JANSEN VAN RENSBURG AND MARK SCHROEDER Data scientists develop quantitative processes to solve problems or derive insights that inform business processes

Learnership programme in sealing industry reaping fruit

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     9th August 2019 Since the introduction of sealing products manufacturer KLINGER Mzansi’s training academy in 2017, the company has received continuous enquiries from companies about the learnership programme offered at the academy. “Our customers have enquired regarding sending their staff members for correct... 

Learnership programme in sealing industry reaping fruit
IMPROVING LIVES The programme will contribute towards the country’s economy and provide skills and opportunities in the sealing industry

Nxesi to meet labour, employers in Vryburg, North West

By: African News Agency      8th August 2019 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi will meet with organised labour representatives and employers in Vryburg in North West on Thursday to engage on ways to transform the labour market. "Minister Nxesi will be embarking on a drive to propel employers, organised labour and the private... 

Nxesi to meet labour, employers in Vryburg, North West
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Employment & Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

Solidarity urges government intervention in AMSA retrenchments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th August 2019 Trade union Solidarity has invited the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition to the next retrenchment meeting between itself and steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA). The union says this is so that the Ministry can get first-hand information from AMSA regarding the reasons... 

Policy dialogue explores preparing youth for the future of work

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th August 2019 The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (Adea) last month concluded its yearly policy dialogue on secondary education in Africa. In partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), South Africa’s Department of Basic Education and the MasterCard Foundation, the dialogue... 

Unemployment worse than the gloomy official numbers suggest – Solidarity

By: African News Agency      1st August 2019 South Africa's official unemployment numbers as announced by the national statistics agency this week, although alarming, still paint a rosier picture than the reality many people experience, labour union Solidarity said on Thursday. The jobless rate rose to 29 percent of the labour force in the... 

Unemployment worse than the gloomy official numbers suggest – Solidarity

Public Works makes progress on finalising payment of service providers

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2019 Almost 70% of service providers have been paid following an investigation, launched by Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille, into the nonpayment of invoices within the stipulated 30-day period. These payments were made within four working days. 

STEM conference to play matchmaker between graduates, business

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2019 Closing the skills gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has become imperative. In a bid to tackle youth unemployment and seek innovative solutions to the STEM skills crisis in South Africa, the yearly STEM Conference and Career Expo will be held on October... 

Training institute creates learner support initiatives

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th July 2019 Technical skills training provider Artisan Training Institute (ATI) is creating new initiatives and expanding on existing initiatives to develop the local artisan training industry in terms of skills development and gender composition. 

Training institute creates learner support initiatives
MANDISA SOWAZI AND SEAN JONES ATI focuses on quality training by hiring experienced professionals as trainers and educators

College bridging the gap in artisan training

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th July 2019 Artisan and mining skills training college Colliery Training College (CTC), in Witbank, Mpumalanga has systems in place to bridge the current skills gap in South Africa. 

College bridging the  gap in artisan training
JOHAN VENTER Future artisans will be equipped with far more technological skills

Institute increases training, opens doors to public

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th July 2019 Materials testing and materials sector training facility Cermalab intends to open its training courses to the public next year and has started to expand its training institute to offer a variety of courses. 

Institute increases training, opens doors to public
HARD AT WORK The Institute for Ceramic Education was established in 2018 to cater to the significant demand for training in the ceramics industry

Training services expand in tight spaces

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th July 2019 Pending approval from the skills education and training authority, industrial rope access company and work at height trainer Skyriders Access Specialists will launch its rope access confined-space course. 

Training services expand in tight spaces
TIGHT SQUEEZE The rope access confined-space course is not limited to those working in confined spaces

Digital technology could transform Africa’s world of work – report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th July 2019 Digital technology adoption has the potential, if harnessed effectively, to transform the nature of work for all of Africa, the World Bank says in its ‘Future of Work in Africa: Harnessing the Potential of Digital Technologies for All’ report. The report, published on Thursday, indicated that, at... 

Bushbuckridge youth benefit from YES initiative

By: Yvonne Silaule     23rd July 2019 The Youth Employment Services (YES) is helping to create jobs for the Bushbuckridge youth within the tourism and hospitality industry. YES CEO Tashmia Ismail says more than 18 000 jobs have been created across the country through the YES initiative since its launch in March 2018. 

Bushbuckridge youth benefit from YES initiative
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YES CEO Tashmia Ismail

'Role model par excellence' – UCT vice-chancellor receives honorary degree from UK university

By: News24Wire      23rd July 2019 The University of Cape Town's (UCT's) vice-chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, has dedicated her honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Bristol to the people who contributed in one way or another to her life and career. Addressing the hall of graduates, academics, friends... 

'Role model par excellence' – UCT vice-chancellor receives honorary degree from UK university
UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng
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