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Education & Skills Development News

UIF lifts delay of Covid TERS benefit payments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th August 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has resumed payment of Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits after a 24-hour delay which was necessitated by the need to address some control deficiencies in the Covid TERS online payment system. This is the usual step where, if... 

B4SA disappointed at TERS payment suspension

By: Donna Slater     26th August 2020 Business for South Africa (B4SA) is disappointed that all payments of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits have been halted pending investigations by the Auditor-General (AG). It is understood that the AG is investigating system integrity... 

DPWI, AgriSeta to train 400 artisans

By: Simone Liedtke     24th August 2020 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has provided about R66-million to AgriSeta to train 400 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) participants to become artisans. The funding was provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET’s) National Skills Fund... 

DPWI, AgriSeta to train 400 artisans

Climate-resilient economy is necessary – Ramaphosa  

By: Sane Dhlamini     24th August 2020 As South Africa tries to develop an urgent economic recovery programme, it is important that the new economy be resilient in the face of climate change. This was according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly column to the nation. He said a climate-resilient economy was vital in protecting... 

Climate-resilient economy is necessary – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

More interns to join South Africa's healthcare workforce

By: Yvonne Silaule     21st August 2020 Forty-one medical interns who studied abroad have passed their exams and are being sent to various provinces in South Africa. This adds to the 2 369 interns who have joined the Department of Health (DoH) from the beginning of this year. 

Sibanye, Wits collaborate to make face shields

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st August 2020 JSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have collaborated to produce face shields for frontline healthcare workers in communities around the miner's South African operations and in the Eastern Cape province. The face shields are being made by students and... 

Clean coal can still play meaningful role in S Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 Coal is relatively cheap and widely available; therefore, if it is used cleanly and efficiently, it can be a vital part of the economic development of South Africa, says the IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEACCC). 

Clean coal can still play meaningful role in S Africa
Photo by Creamer Media
GROWTH POINT About 18 000 jobs were created during the peak of construction at Eskom’s Medupi power plant

Noncarbon future epitomises ideal energy mix

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 In about 2060, the ideal energy mix would be one with only non-carbon sources, such as wind, solar, pumped hydro and hydrogen, says global energy advisory UL. 

Noncarbon future epitomises ideal  energy mix
JAMES TRUDEAU It is “very critical” that Eskom increases its energy storage capacities to support a more diversified energy portfolio

Reliable infrastructure needed to meet fibre demand  

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 With physical distancing encouraged amid Covid-19, the need for reliable fibre connectivity and infrastructure has increased, says open access network provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) strategy, mergers and acquisitions and innovation executive Vino Govender.  “We have seen a significant increase... 

Reliable infrastructure needed to meet fibre demand
Dark Fibre Africa strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation executive Vino Govender discusses the increased demand for bandwidth and data during Covid-19. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 23.07.2020

Bridgestone to close PE tyre manufacturing plant

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2020 Bridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) has announced the proposed closure of its bias tyre manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth. It has initiated a Section 189 notice and a consultative process in compliance with the South African Labour Relations Act.  About 252 jobs will be lost. 

Informally employed women have been hit hardest by economic hardship, says ISER

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th August 2020 The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University says the informal economy has been affected disproportionately by the Covid-19 crisis. The informal sector comprises about 20% of South Africa’s total employment.  

Informally employed women have been hit hardest by economic hardship, says ISER

Anglo’s July Ndlovu says coal underpins societal development

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2020 Despite coal being a commodity “that some have chosen to hate”, Anglo American Coal South Africa CEO July Ndlovu says it will continue to remain relevant, as it “underpins societal development”. Ndlovu, recently appointed as World Coal Association chairperson, emphasised during the virtual Coal... 

Anglo’s July Ndlovu says coal underpins societal development
Anglo American Coal South Africa CEO July Ndlovu

SIU appears before Scopa to discuss investigations related to Covid-19 pandemic

By: Sane Dhlamini     19th August 2020 Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head of investigations Leonard Lekgetho has told the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that his unit is, among other cases, investigating the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development’s alleged irregular procurement during the coronavirus... 

SIU appears before Scopa to discuss investigations related to Covid-19 pandemic

University of Pretoria’s School of Engineering ranked best in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th August 2020 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) School of Engineering – Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) – has been ranked first in South Africa and Africa according to the 2020 US News and World Report Rankings on the Best Global Universities for... 

Payroll survey launched to gain insight into payroll deductions environment

By: Donna Slater     18th August 2020 The South African Payroll Association (Sapa) is conducting a survey to obtain insights into South Africa’s payroll deductions landscape. The survey results will assist in accelerating the process of finalising an informed, robust and comprehensive regulatory position on payroll deductions in... 

Nehawu to strike at National Health Laboratories Service

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th August 2020 The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union is preparing for a strike at the National Health Laboratories Service to amicably resolve a salary dispute dating back to August last year. The decision follows an “unsuccessful meeting” convened yesterday with the management of the NHLS... 

Nehawu to strike at National Health Laboratories Service

UJ, Merseta announce collaborative skills development initiative

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th August 2020 The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) has announced funding support to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and its consortium partners to fortify the research, innovation and advancement capacity of rapid technology towards... 

UJ, Merseta announce collaborative skills development initiative
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala

Now is time for swift action to kickstart economy – B4SA

By: Donna Slater     17th August 2020 Business for South Africa (B4SA) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement to move the country to Covid-19 Alert Level 2, which will enable South African businesses and entrepreneurs to resume trading in virtually all sectors of the economy.   B4SA steering co-chairperson Martin... 

Covid-19 severely impacts business confidence, unemployment

By: Donna Slater     17th August 2020 Strategy and investment consulting firm Singular Group says the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted South Africa’s economy, to such an extent that business confidence is at an all-time low, 22% lower than during the 2008 global financial crisis and currently ranking in the 8% range. During... 

More German experts coming to help reactivate South African industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2020 The German embassy in South Africa expects further technical experts from that country to arrive in South Africa, subject to the approval of the South African government. The first contingent of these experts, sent to help reactivate and upgrade German-owned factories and service companies in... 

UIF TERS extended July/August applications to open next Monday

By: Donna Slater     13th August 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will open and begin processing the July/August Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits applications from August 17. This follows the signing of the new directive on the extended period of benefits by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas... 

PwC, Unicef collaborate to boost skills of youth in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th August 2020 Professional services firm PwC and the United Nations Children's Fund South Africa are collaborating to help prepare young people with relevant skills to enter the workforce. This is part of a three-year global collaboration between the two entities in support of Generation Unlimited, a... 

Nestlé launches initiative to tackle youth unemployment

By: Donna Slater     12th August 2020 Food and beverage company Nestlé is offering 100 young people an opportunity to join its newly established virtual internship programme as part of the organisation’s ongoing interventions aimed at reducing youth unemployment, across the East and Southern Africa region (Esar). The virtual... 

Study finds remote working does not decrease output

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2020 Being allowed to spend time with children during the work day is a major success factor for remote working, a study conducted by World Wide Worx, on behalf of Cisco, has found. The 'Remote Working in South Africa 2020' study was compiled using insights from information technology decision-makers... 

Tourism Minister publishes amended Risk Adjusted Strategy

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th August 2020 The amended Risk Adjusted Strategy for Tourism Facilities, Services and Products has been announced by Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Guided tour operators, which includes overland safari vehicle operators, will now be permitted to operate in national parks from August 7, provided... 

Tourism Minister publishes amended Risk Adjusted Strategy
Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Mobile factories reduce time, costs

By: Cameron Mackay     7th August 2020 Agricultural processing equipment supplier Dryers for Africa supplies containerised processing factories fitted with agricultural dryer units which enable clients without access to a factory to buy a mobile factory with the required components and equipment prefitted, reducing installation costs... 

Mobile factories reduce time, costs
ACCESS TO INFRASTRUCTURE Small-scale farming can be encouraged to provide produce for the containerised factory, which comes prefitted with dryer units

EIB, Afreximbank direct €300m of support to Africa's Covid-19 response 

By: Donna Slater     6th August 2020 The European Investment Bank (EIB), an arm of the European Union, and multilateral trade finance institution, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), are directing €300-million of financing to support the resilience and recovery of African nations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The... 

PwC says pandemic forces a relook at remuneration policies  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2020 It has been a year that has exposed the vulnerabilities of lower-level workers and, coupled with the context of job insecurity and food insecurity in South Africa, there have been increasing calls for executive pay cuts. Consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in its latest 'Executive... 

PwC says pandemic forces a relook at remuneration policies
Two PwC executives discuss the changing landscape for remuneration amid Covid-19

Jobs Fund raises R271m from partners to support up to 70 000 beneficiaries

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2020 With unemployment ballooning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Jobs Fund has reiterated its commitment to fighting unemployment, with its partners having committed R271-million to Covid-19 support interventions. The Jobs Fund is a multiyear R9-billion fund administered by the National... 

Nzimande opens 2021 NSFAS applications

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th August 2020 Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande officially opened applications for the 2021 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) cycle, on Monday. This year, the NSFAS application cycle will run for four months starting from August 3 to November 30, and applications... 

Nzimande opens 2021 NSFAS applications
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande

UIF will continue to process new claims

By: Sane Dhlamini     4th August 2020 The Department of Employment and Labour together with the  National Economic Development and Labour Council social partners have announced that the Unemployment Insurance Fund will continue processing new claims for April and May until a cut-off date is announced.  A 14-day notice window will be... 

UIF will continue to process new claims
Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi

Corruption during a national disaster is heinous – Ramaphosa  

By: Sane Dhlamini     3rd August 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday addressed the corrupt activities that have recently made headlines, labelling corruption during a national disaster as a heinous crime and revealed that he would be receiving interim progress reports every six weeks, on various cases. He promised that... 

Corruption during a national disaster is heinous – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

'Relief' as Toyota confirms R2.5bn hybrid production in Durban

By: African News Agency      29th July 2020 KwaZulu-Natal's MEC for economic development, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, on Wednesday expressed "relief" after Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) confirmed a R2.5 billion investment in the province's automotive economy.  The company will be building a hybrid synergy drive (petro-electric) car at its plant... 

 'Relief' as Toyota confirms R2.5bn hybrid production in Durban
Photo by Supplied by KZN EDTEA
KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs during a meeting with Toyota South Africa

Mkhize calls for occupational health and safety committees at every level

By: Yvonne Silaule     29th July 2020 In a bid to ensure continuous engagement with all stakeholders critical to the fight against Covid-19, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has given a directive for occupational health and safety committees to be created at a provincial, district and local hospital level. This was according to a... 

Mkhize calls for occupational health and safety committees at every level
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

SA loses 3 000 jobs in first quarter of 2020, but impact of lockdown not felt yet

By: News24Wire      28th July 2020 Total employment in SA's non-agricultural formal sector fell by 3 000 between December 2019 and March 2020, Statistics SA announced on Tuesday in its latest Quarterly Employment Statistics bulletin.  The QES results are based on a sample survey conducted by Stats SA and include findings on... 

SA loses 3 000 jobs in first quarter of 2020, but impact of lockdown not felt yet

Gauteng SACP, Cosatu united in condemning corruption  

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th July 2020 The Gauteng branch of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have called on the Gauteng provincial government to act decisively and swiftly on allegations of corruption relating to coronavirus (Covid-19) efforts. The unions said action... 

Gauteng SACP, Cosatu united in condemning corruption
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Gauteng Premier recovers from Covid-19, resumes duties

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd July 2020 Gauteng Premier David Makhura has recovered from the novel coronavirus and has already resumed his official duties by joining Thursday’s virtual sitting of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, where the Adjustment Budget was tabled as part of the province’s Covid-19 response. He expressed his... 

Gauteng Premier recovers from Covid-19, resumes duties
Gauteng Premier David Makhura
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