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Education & Skills Development News

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... 

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

Lack of knowledge a concern in flooring industry

By: Thabi Madiba     12th April 2019 A lack of knowledge, specifically among structural engineers on specifications for concrete floors, poses a challenge to the industry, says concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. “Concrete floors are effectively concrete pavements and should be... 

Lack of knowledge a concern  in flooring industry
CONCRETE FLOOR SPECS Concrete floors must also be aesthetically pleasing, with minimal surface defects and cracking

Major science education project launched by CERN

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2019 Pan-European particle physics laboratory CERN has announced that it has launched its Science Gateway project. This is a scientific outreach and education centre that will be funded entirely through external donations. The cost of the centre is estimated at 79-million Swiss francs, of which... 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with rock crushing equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec to engender relationships with smaller contractors in the lower end of the construction industry. The MoU will facilitate access to... 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
At the MoU singing at Pilot Crushtec on Monday

SME politics hindering civil projects, says consulting firm

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Government efforts to motivate for the employment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for civil engineering and construction projects are causing difficulties for local infrastructure projects, says engineering and construction company Hyson Cells CEO and founder Sally Hall. “The... 

SME politics hindering civil projects, says  consulting firm
SME OPPORTUNITIES The most successful projects in which Hyson Cells has been involved are where women-owned teams have been employed

Emphasis on STEM subjects at schools vital

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 The announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address in February this year that government plans to introduce more technical subjects at high schools in South Africa, is long overdue, says consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch’s Sibongile... 

Emphasis on STEM subjects at schools vital
MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION Companies should create an inclusive environment for employees to enable them to contribute to the company and community

Education important for future of industry – Cesa  

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Consulting engineering association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather says introducing new technology subjects at technical high schools will play a critical role in preparing future generations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the general consulting... 

Education important for future of industry – Cesa
Consulting Engineers South Africa president Neresh Pather & Gauteng Road & Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi discuss education and technology in consulting engineering. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Expanding KP’s scope will help create economic potential, says WDC executive director

By: Simone Liedtke     4th April 2019 Expanding the scope of the Kimberley Process to include issues related to human rights and labour relations, as is being advocated by the World Diamond Council (WDC), will help create conditions in which Sub-Saharan Africa's artisanal diamond miners can meet their economic potential, and so... 

South Africa needs rapid, employment-intensive growth – CDE

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd April 2019 Centre for Development and Enterprise executive director Ann Bernstein on Tuesday said that, for South Africa to achieve rapid economic growth, it would require a “decisive shift in policy, growth and jobs”, which remain at the apex of national priorities in South Africa. However, accelerated,... 

Small Business Institute to host indaba with a focus on job creation 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2019 The Small Business Institute (SBI) will hold its first of two small business indabas at the Bryanston Country Club, on April 11, where three major South African political parties will debate their manifestos. The indaba will be held under the theme “Creating jobs against all odds”, with the... 

Small Business Institute to host indaba with a focus on job creation
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Small Business Institute executive director Bernard Swanepoel

Industry asks government to intervene in crisis

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     29th March 2019 The sugar industry has called on government to act immediately to prevent the industry’s collapse, as the industry has lost R1.3-billion in only one season since the implementation of the sugar tax in April last year. South African Canegrowers’ Association chairperson Graeme Stainbank says... 

Industry asks government  to intervene in crisis
GRAEME STAINBANK The South African Canegrowers’ Association believes that government should acknowledge the damage that a sugar tax has had on the economy and the sugar industry

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school

29th March 2019 The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) has launched the continent’s first Dredging School to develop and enhance the competencies of new and already employed dredging personnel. 

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school
ILEMBE The Dredging School is a result of the supplier development plan related to the acquisition of the new 5500 m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger, Ilembe, for TNPA

Japanese capital equipment group remains confident about South Africa’s prospects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 The Japanese head office of the global capital equipment manufacturer Komatsu has recently approved the investment of R300-million by its South Africa-based subsidiary, Komatsu Africa Holdings (KAfH), in a re-manufacturing plant at KAfH’s new complex in Sunnyrock, Germiston (Ekurhuleni), just... 

Focus on access to opportunity, rather than training – Ceta SMME strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2019 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) on Wednesday presented a draft version of its five-year small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) strategy, which has followed an extensive stakeholder engagement process and aims to support SMMEs past the training stage and into the... 

SMMEs will take advantage of ‘big five’s’ demise in construction sector – Ceta 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2019 Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) accounting authority chairperson Raymond Cele says the demise of South Africa’s “big five” construction firms has brought about opportunities for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to fill the gap in the market. In an opening... 

UK-SA Tech Hub partners with organisation to launch Future Females business school

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2019 The UK-South Africa Tech Hub has, in partnership with the Future Females movement, launched the Future Females Business School Programme at Work in Progress, at the Woodstock Exchange, in Cape Town. This marks the third local tech empowerment initiative launched by Tech Hub, this one being part... 

Seminar emphasises importance of skills development for energy practitioners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th March 2019 As part of the Power and Electricity World Africa 2019, held in Johannesburg this week, a skills development seminar explored the need for cultivating leadership skills, and how to conduct training to meet industry needs. In terms of skills and professional development for energy practitioners, a... 

Gauteng to hand over buildings to Wits, other higher education institutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2019 Over the next few weeks, the Gauteng Provincial Government will start handing over a number of buildings to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to help address the acute shortage of student accommodation. As part of the provincial government’s adopted policy to release land and unused and... 

Numsa members embark on strike at BMW’s Rosslyn plant

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday claimed that BMW South Africa had unilaterally changed the terms of service for contract workers. As a result, Numsa members have embarked on a strike at BMW’s Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria. 

Group Five subsidiary companies to continue operating as going concerns – BRPs

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 The joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for Group Five and Group Five Construction on Monday confirmed that subsidiary companies of these entities would continue to operate as going concerns, as they do not fall directly into business rescue proceedings. This is also the case for Group... 

Group Five subsidiary companies to continue operating as going concerns – BRPs

Aveng Strabag Joint Venture to appeal ruling on calling of Mtentu bridge bonds  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2019 The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) reported on Friday that it would appeal the dismissal of an urgent application, lodged by the ASJV in February, seeking to prevent the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from making a call on the bonds relating to the Mtentu bridge... 

Aveng Strabag Joint Venture to appeal ruling on calling of Mtentu bridge bonds

French Foreign Affairs Minister visits local construction academy

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2019 The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian visited construction materials and infrastructure components multinational Saint-Gobain Construction Training Academy, in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, earlier this month to inspect its work and its youth development partnership. The... 

French Foreign Affairs Minister visits local construction academy
PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSION The youths are trained to install drywall and ceiling installation, as well as insulation or sound-proofing systems

Japan focusing attention on Indian Ocean rim countries for mutual benefit

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 Japanese international strategy was today focusing on the rim of the Indian Ocean, highlighted Keio University Faculty of Law Professor Yuichi Hosoya in a recent address to the South African Institute of International Affairs at its headquarters on the University of the Witwatersrand campus in... 

ACSA reports successful CBMT training for Cape Town communities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 Forty-five community members from the informal settlements of Freedom Farm and Malawi Camp this week graduated in Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) in House Building. The training, which started in September 2018 at a cost of R1.3-million, marks the second such initiative for Airports... 

NUM says Ramaphosa assured union no jobs would be lost in Eskom unbundling

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday confirmed that it had met with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Energy Minister Jeff Radebe this week. The union noted, however, that it still needed to consult with its members employed at Eskom, on the... 

Mandatory, compulsory programmes launched in response to systemic challenges facing govt departments

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2019 In direct response to the systemic challenges facing government departments, the National School of Government’s (NSG’s) mandatory and compulsory programmes were launched on Monday, in Pretoria. The launch follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement during his State of Nation Address last... 

PEWA to focus on women and youth participation in energy

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 The Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference will focus on innovation, investment, and women and youth participation in energy as it welcomes forty African countries for its twenty-second edition this year. 

PEWA to focus on women and youth participation in energy
ELECTRIFYING AFRICA Event organiser aims to host 8000 attendees at the 2019 Power and Electricity World Africa conference

NCPC-SA to strengthen implementation of water project

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) aims to strengthen implementation of its Industrial Water Efficiency (IWE) project and move towards the adoption of best practices and water efficient technologies to improve performance, says NCPC-SA IWE project lead Kevin Cilliers.... 

NCPC-SA to strengthen implementation  of water project
KEVIN CILLIERS The implementation of identified measures remains a challenge, largely owing to the perception that water efficiency measures require significant investment

Lesedi exploring opportunities in Africa at PEWA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Engineering, procurement, project management and maintenance solutions house Lesedi Nuclear Services will, for the second time, attend the Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference taking place on March 26 to 27.  

Lesedi exploring opportunities in  Africa at PEWA
SHANE PEREIRA Lesedi continues to support Eskom in providing electricity to South Africa

French foreign minister visits local construction training academy 

14th March 2019 The French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian visited construction materials and infrastructure components multinational Saint-Gobain’s Germiston, Ekurhuleni, construction training academy. Schalk Burger has the story. 

French foreign minister visits local construction training academy
French foreign minister visits local construction training academy.

NUM to march on Luthuli House on March 30 to protest Eskom unbundling

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) announced on Tuesday that it would march on the African National Congress’ (ANC's) Luthuli House head office, in Johannesburg, on March 30 to voice its opposition to the unbundling of Eskom. It would also use the protest action to call for the resignation... 

NUM to march on Luthuli House on March 30 to protest Eskom unbundling

Better planning needed to ensure jobs for skilled persons in water, energy sectors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2019 About 300 000 graduates in the energy and water sectors in South Africa are seeking employment, some of whom even re-enter into learnerships to stay in the economically active loop, says Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority acting CEO Mpho Mookapele. Speaking at the Skills... 

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