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Education & Skills Development News

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... 

RAJ NAIDOO The Internet of Things offers huge benefits to the energy sector
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... 

WORKSHOP UNDERWAY TEA-LP Workshop at Strathmore University, Nairobi
TEA-LP has partner universities in eight African countries
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... 

TECHNO TRAINING To implement and maintain Industry 4.0 technologies, artisans need to acquire appropriate skills
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 group chief technology officer Andrew Baker
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... 

SAVING FOR THE FUTURE
Battery storage can become a substantial contributor to maximizing the efficacy of renewable energy
SAVING FOR THE FUTURE Battery storage can become a substantial contributor to maximizing the efficacy of renewable energy

Return2Work launches vaccine-centred workplace information

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2021 The Return2Work public private growth initiative has launched new resources to assist in raising awareness among workers and employers across the country related to the Covid-19 vaccines. The initiative was launched in collaboration with the Solidarity Fund last year to facilitate collaboration... 

Cobra initiative succeeds in saving businesses, jobs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2021 Despite the South African economy having contracted by 7% year-on-year in 2020, marking the worst annual performance in the history of the country’s economic data recording , the Covid Business Rescue Assistance (Cobra) initiative has managed to save dozens of businesses and thousands of jobs.... 

Uneven access to digital skills development main risk for workers, industries

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2021 A survey conducted by advisory multinational PwC of 32 517 workers in 19 countries, including South Africa, shows that 40% of workers improved their digital skills during pandemic lockdowns and 77% are ready to learn new skills or completely re-train. However, 46% of people with post-graduate... 

Metallurgical laboratory to be built in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2021 Diversified industrial corporation United Heavy Industries (UHI) plans to establish a metallurgical laboratory at its plant in Mandeni, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, as part of its efforts to take the study of properties of metal beyond theory.

This will also greatly assist in helping students of... 

Survey shows notable increase in those willing to get Covid-19 vaccine

By: Donna Slater     12th March 2021 Just over one year since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, a new World Economic Forum (WEF)/Ipsos survey found notable increases in people’s intention to take a Covid-19 vaccination, with a majority wanting to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Adults who strongly or... 

Treasury to block R384m funding for Alfred Nzo Municipality due to poor performance 

By: News24Wire      12th March 2021 National Treasury plans to stop R384 million in funding to the cash-strapped Alfred Nzo Municipality due to under-performance and non-compliance relating to water service and municipal infrastructure. Treasury wrote to its municipal manager, Zamile Sikhundla, in February to inform him it intended... 

National Treasury Director Dondo Mogajane
National Treasury Director Dondo Mogajane

Neasa, Solidarity to encourage employers to offer work-place training for technical students

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2021 Employer body the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) has partnered with labour union Solidarity to encourage employers to provide technical skills training for students studying at the Sol-Tech facilities. Solidarity’s Guild for the Trades will provide training in technical... 

Renewable energy sector striving to increase gender representation at all levels

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2021 A decade into the creation of South Africa’s renewable energy sector, it has become apparent that it is still lagging in gender diversity, which is why South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli says the industry is actively giving attention to adjust and improve the... 

SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli
SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

NSFAS still faces funding shortfall, cannot yet accommodate first-time university students 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2021 The National Student Financial Aid Scheme is facing a shortfall on its funding for this year and it has, therefore, been unable to confirm funding eligibility for first-time university students. This does not apply to returning NSFAS beneficiary students who meet the academic and other relevant... 

NSFAS still faces funding shortfall, cannot yet accommodate first-time university students

List outlining eligibility for ‘Phase 2’ vaccination roll-out to be released soon 

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2021 A list confirming which South Africans will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccination when the ‘Phase 2’ roll-out begins in late April or early May will be published in the “next week or two”, Department of Health deputy director-general Dr Anban Pillay reported on Friday. Phase 2 will focus on the... 

List outlining eligibility for ‘Phase 2’ vaccination roll-out to be released soon

UIF opens applications for Covid-19 TERS benefit extension

By: Donna Slater     5th March 2021 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has signed an updated Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) Directive, which was gazetted on March 4, laying the foundation for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to process claims for the new TERS extension. The new Directive is... 

Gender inclusivity to create sustainable work environment and world, says SAICE

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2021 Civil engineering organisation the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) has called for collaboration and working towards gender diversity and inclusivity to create a more sustainable working environment and world. SAICE president Vishal Krishandutt highlights the need for a... 

Metals and engineering sector must partner to address artisanal, engineering skills shortages - Seifsa

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called on businesses in the metals and engineering (M&E) sector and the wider manufacturing industry to ramp up training efforts. It suggests that this can be done by deepening partnerships with... 

Labour Court dismisses SAAPA's application for leave to appeal lawfulness of pilots lockout

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2021 Labour Court judge Andre van Niekerk on March 3 dismissed the South African Airways Pilot’s Association’s (SAAPA’s) application for leave to appeal the Labour Court’s December 2020 judgment, with a costs order in favour of South African Airways (SAA) and the business rescue practitioners (BRPs).... 

Glencore Ferroalloys launches enterprise and supplier development hub

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2021 Glencore Ferroalloys is helping to redress South Africa’s historical socioeconomic inequalities by supporting local small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) through the recent launch of its first Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Hub, in Rustenburg. Glencore opened the ESD hub,... 

Opinion: South Africa’s path to the 4IR – the role of digital skills

4th March 2021 In this opinion piece, the Industrial Development Think Tank discusses the need to develop digital skills in the manufacturing knowledge base for South Africa. The world economy is undergoing a period of structural and technological transformation with the arrival of the Fourth Industrial... 

Opinion: South Africa’s path to the 4IR – the role of digital skills

Companies committed to transformation honoured

26th February 2021 Entries are open for the seventh annual Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence and the federation is calling on all companies within the metals and engineering (M&E) industry to send in their submissions for the Most Transformed Company of... 

TRANSFORMATION GOALS 
The Most Transformed Company of the Year Award honours and celebrates companies that have been able to transform their workplaces meaningfully
TRANSFORMATION GOALS The Most Transformed Company of the Year Award honours and celebrates companies that have been able to transform their workplaces meaningfully
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