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Education & Skills Development News

Saice calls for infrastructure review following Hoërskool Driekhoek incident

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2019 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has expressed its support for an immediate full review of school buildings by competent structural engineers, following the collapse, on February 1, of a concrete slab at Hoërskool Driekhoek, in Vanderbijlpark. Concrete elements of a... 

SA-Tied discusses measures to grow South Africa’s economy, combat inequality

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st January 2019 Inequality is a massive inhibitor of inclusive economic growth in South Africa and, to lower income inequality, the country needs policies that are inclusive of those at the bottom of the income distribution rank or not economically active at all, Amargi Media CEO and journalist Nikiwe Bikitsha... 

UNTU intends to launch protest action against PRASA, Transport Minister

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2019 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) is in the process of launching a Nedlac Section 77 process through its affiliated federation, the Federation of Trade Unions of South Africa (Fedusa), which will allow protest action to force the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and... 

Company focused on agriculture

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 The agricultural sector is set to become a significant focal point for leading bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) in 2019, as it expands its portfolio of agricultural application products in the first quarter of this year. “There are a few product... 

Company focused on agriculture
AGRI-SMART SOLUTION The joint venture will bring the most essential spare products closer to farmers, in order to satisfy their maintenance needs for bearings and agricultural products

Modules finalisation nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec) has taken on the custodian role as the national renewable-energy-sector educator and hopes to have finalised all five occupational certificates of the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Qualification through its collaboration with Manufacturing,... 

Modules finalisation nearing  completion
HOME BASE Saretec is based at the Cape Peninsular University of Technology

UCT researchers selected for research hubs to address global challenges

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th January 2019 Funding agency United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) have selected University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers to establish research hubs at UK universities, to tackle some of the development challenges facing the world. The hubs offer five... 

UCT researchers selected for research hubs to address global challenges

CEOs to be more cautious this year as uncertainty, pessimism prevail – PwC 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd January 2019 There are consistent trends in the 2018 and 2019 results of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) annual CEO survey, with global CEOs – including those based in South Africa – plagued by pessimism and uncertainty in the new year. According to the survey, which was released on Monday, caution among CEOs... 

CEOs to be more cautious this year as uncertainty, pessimism prevail – PwC
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Africa CEO Dion Shango speaks to Engineering News Online about the 2019 results of the company's annual CEO survey. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Ramaphosa arrives in Geneva for ILO report launch

By: African News Agency      22nd January 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in  Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday morning to launch the International Labour Organization’s (ILO's) Global Commission on the Future of Work Report, his spokesperson Khusela Diko said in a statement.  Ramaphosa and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven are... 

Ramaphosa arrives in Geneva for ILO report launch
President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Ramaphosa says Education Lekgotla will focus on improving basic education

By: African News Agency      21st January 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the Education Lekgotla in Boksburg will focus on improving basic education. He said the gathering would look at steps to be taken this year and beyond to make basic education a more effective and efficient platform for the creation of an... 

President Ramaphosa says Education Lekgotla will focus on improving basic education
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Rosatom invites African students to apply for nuclear studies scholarships in Russia

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2019 Russian nuclear energy corporation Rosatom on Monday announced that applications were open for scholarships for African students to help develop the next generation of African nuclear scientists and engineers. The scholarships fund tuition fees in full and living expenses in part. 

Agri-hub seen as key post-mining-economy jobs driver in west Gauteng  

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2019 An ambitious plan to develop Gauteng’s West Rand into an agri-industrial hub, primarily producing high-value crops for domestic and export markets, is starting to take shape and is expected to be officially launched during the first quarter of 2019. The initiative has been branded ‘Bokamoso Ba... 

Agri-hub seen as key post-mining-economy jobs driver in west Gauteng
Photo by Sibanye-Stillwater
The programme is part of bigger plan to build a sustainable post-mining economy in the West Rand

Home Affairs Committee proposes cell phone ban for DoH staff   

By: Sane Dhlamini     14th January 2019 Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs chairperson Hlomani Chauke on Monday called on the Department of Home Affairs (DoH) to consider an outright ban on cell phone usage by front line staff during working hours at all branches. This follows numerous complaints made to the committee from members of... 

Home Affairs Committee proposes cell phone ban for DoH staff

OECD, Sars, Treasury sign MoC for taxation collaboration

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2019 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the National Treasury on Friday signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC), in which all parties agreed to continue working together in the area of taxation. The MoC is in place until... 

NUM bemoans nonpayment of salaries to Optimum, Koornfontein employees  

By: Simone Liedtke     7th January 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday expressed its dissatisfaction over the nonpayment of employees’ salaries at the Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines for the past two months. NUM members and other workers will be entering their third month without being paid salaries, NUM Highveld... 

Global Business Services incentive to bolster youth employment opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2019 The Global Business Services (GBS) incentive, which came into effect from January 1, will create employment opportunities for the youth in South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. He notes that the opportunities will be especially in the areas of medium to high complexity... 

Global Business Services incentive to bolster youth employment opportunities
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Women on track to earn the same as men – in 202 years

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2018 The good news: The global gender gap has improved, slightly. The reality: Differences in economic opportunity, including pay between men and women, are so vast it’ll take 202 years to fully bridge them, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The group looks at several measures of equality... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 A new labour-based upgrade for wastewater management plants and acid mine drainage plants below ground – the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB) process – can be used to produce potable water and energy while reducing costs and creating job opportunities, says engineering and... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs
HYSON CELLS The upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor process is below ground, which allows for natural insulation of the cone structures

Solar PV uptake expected to double

By: Paige Müller     14th December 2018 Energy supply from solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is increasing at a rapid rate in South Africa, with PV grid installation expected to double in the 2018/19 period, says renewable-energy solutions supplier Genesis Eco-Energy director and solar energy association South African Photovoltaic... 

Solar PV uptake expected to double
Photo by Creamer Media
NO THREAT POSED The adoption of renewable-energy systems neither poses an immediate nor a significant threat to workers in the local coal industry

Education at forefront for materials handling institute 

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     14th December 2018 The committee of the South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) aims to reverse the trend of constantly declining institute membership by actively running training workshops and lectures to educate members and people that are new to the industry about the industry. According to SAIMH... 

Education at forefront for  materials handling institute
Materials handling organisation, South African Institute of Materials Handling chairperson Adi Frittella and treasurer and tutor Bruce Watts discuss the organisation and its role in the materials handling industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Government launches e-Recruitment system  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th December 2018 The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has officially launched government’s e-Recruitment system, which enables job seekers to apply for positions in the public service through an online platform. The system was launched by Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda... 

Government launches e-Recruitment system
Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo

Bigen awarded Level 1 BBBEE rating

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2018 Solutions-focused infrastructure development group Bigen has been rated a Level 1-compliant company in terms of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act Codes of Good Practice. Rated by Mpower Ratings, Bigen has achieved an increase in black ownership from 31% to 51%, 14% of which... 

Bigen awarded Level 1 BBBEE rating

SA employment down 0.2 pct in Q3 – statistics agency

By: African News Agency      11th December 2018 Employment in South Africa's formal non-agricultural sector fell by 0.2 percent or 16 000 jobs to 9.733-million in the third quarter compared with the previous three months, the national statistics agency said on Tuesday. The number however reflects a 0.2 percent or 17 000 increase over the same... 

 SA employment down 0.2 pct in Q3 – statistics agency

Local sugar industry struggles to stay afloat

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 The survival and sustainability of the labour intensive sugar industry is under severe threat owing to the flood of sugar imports and the resultant inability by industry bodies to recover costs, according to South African Sugar Association executive director Trix Trikam. “The local sugar industry... 

Local sugar industry  struggles to stay afloat
UNBALANCED TRADE The world sugar market is distorted by producer country incentives, resulting in production that is surplus to demand

Partnership for land tenure rights mutually beneficial

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 Sugar producer Illovo Sugar Africa has been partnering nongovernmental organizations, governments and global donors to transform the landscape of tenure rights in its operating countries, says Illovo Sugar Africa Group MD Gavin Dalgleish. “Africa has the highest proportion of agricultural land... 

Partnership for land tenure rights mutually beneficial
Photo by Bloomberg
WOMEN IN SUGAR More than 65% of those who have benefited from the Illovo Maragra plantation partnership to date have been women

Artisan training moving to high technology

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2018 Artisans are receiving training on cyberphysical systems, which are hallmarks of modern industrial systems and are becoming commonplace in industry to prepare for employment in Industry 4.0 companies, says industry training college Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. For example,... 

Sugar dumping remains a crisis for industry  

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 While national government has shown a willingness to protect the sugar industry against corrosive trade-dumping practices, nonprofit anti-dumping organisation FairPlay founder Francois Baird emphasises that government’s ineffective administrative processes have made its previous attempts at... 

Sugar dumping remains a crisis  for industry
Anti-dumping organisation FairPlay’s Lebogang Chaka discusses the impact of sugar dumping on the local industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Measures in place to boost the Western Cape economy

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2018 The Western Cape economy remains relatively stable despite challenges affecting consumer spending, says Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Beverley Schäfer. “The province has recorded good gains in employment, and continues to record the lowest expanded unemployment rate in the country.” 

Measures in place to boost the Western Cape economy
Beverley Schäfer Growth in the Western Cape economy slowed down over the past years because of the drought that impacted on some of the province’s key sectors such as agriculture and tourism

Ramaphosa to announce effective date for national minimum wage in Kliptown 

By: African News Agency      6th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday proclaim the effective date for the recently approved national minimum wage, his office said. Consensus on the minimum wage was reached by stakeholders under the auspices of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) and has been set at... 

Ramaphosa to announce effective date for national minimum wage in Kliptown
President Cyril Ramaphosa

SARB sponsors chair to develop financial stability studies portfolio at UCT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has partnered with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to host the Research Chair in Financial Stability Studies, which will be chaired by Professor Co-Pierre Georg. The portfolio will be housed within the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk... 

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Pelebox Smart Lockers and the Hybrid Five-Axis Machine Tool are two South African innovations that have been shortlisted for the Royal Academy for Engineering’s (RAE’s) Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, accelerated by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi).   

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Pelebox Smart Locker system developer Neo Hutiri

Universities excel in Greenovate Property and Engineering Awards

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 The University of Cape Town (UCT) has won the Greenovate Property Award 2018 and the Greenovate Engineering Award 2018, taking top place in both streams of the prestigious Greenovate Awards.   

Universities excel in Greenovate Property and Engineering Awards
The winning UCT team in the Greenovate Property Awards category comprised Michael Inskip, Samantha Johnson and Morgan Knowles, supervised by Saul Nurick and Karen Le Jeune

International nuclear school for Africa successfully held in South Africa for second time

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th November 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that its second South Africa-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School, held in Johannesburg earlier this month, was attended by 23 young professionals from 13 African countries. The School was organised in conjunction with the... 

Regulatory, payment efficiencies needed to support SME jobs

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2018 The efficiency of securing regulatory compliance and the speed at which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are paid by private companies and public organisations are some of the biggest concerns for small businesses. Small Business Institute chairperson Bernard Swanepoel highlights  the... 

Digital disruption to bring core engineering skills to fore

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2018 Far from posing a threat to engineering as a profession, local engineering experts believe that the digital transformation of industries and of society is amplifying the importance of the core competencies of engineering disciplines and bringing them to the fore. Defining and solving complex... 

Digital disruption to bring core engineering skills to fore

Thyssenkrupp Technical Training Academy opens doors in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2018 Engineering and construction company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa has officially opened its Technical Training Academy, housed in the group’s Service Centre in Chloorkop, Johannesburg. The R28-million, 1 300 m2 training facility is equipped with a 831 m2 workshop, which houses... 

Proper training, upgrading skills essential in flooring industry

By: Thabi Madiba     30th November 2018 Training plays a significant role in the flooring industry as it reduces the risk and cost implications of replacing products installed incorrectly, says interior flooring supplier and installer Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC) Flooring senior contracts manager Ian Duncan. The material cost on... 

Flooring project under way in Midrand

By: Thabi Madiba     30th November 2018 Flooring contractor and installation company Combined Flooring is working on a refurbishment project at automaker BMW South Africa’s head office in Midrand, Gauteng, which the company plans to complete before the end of the year. The project started this month and entails the installation of 2... 

Flooring project under way  in Midrand
WORK IN PROGRESS An installer prepares a floor to install floor covering

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