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De Beers, UN Women to support women micro-entrepreneurs in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 Diamond miner De Beers and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in South Africa have launched a capacity-building programme, which aims to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the Blouberg and Musina communities, near De Beers’ Venetia diamond... 

Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The presidents of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa), the National African Farmers Union of South Africa (Nafu SA), Agri SA and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (Tau-SA), as members of the Agri Sector Unity Forum (Asuf), on Monday declared their intent to work... 

Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

Treasury slams excess cash on NSFAS books

By: News24Wire      21st August 2018 The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) had R153.8-million more cash left than projected at the end of the 2017/18 financial year, it has emerged. Speaking to Parliament's Standing Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday, Treasury’s deputy director general Dr Mampho Modise explained that... 

 Treasury slams excess cash on NSFAS books

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
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SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

Solidarity reaches wage agreement with AMSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Trade union Solidarity has reached common ground with steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has signed a wage agreement that is “favourable to all parties”. This follows after the union on July 13 referred its dispute with AMSA to the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining... 

DA proposes free trade, cost and regulatory reductions to stimulate manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     7th August 2018 Political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), on Tuesday proposed increased free trade and reducing regulatory burdens and energy costs to stimulate manufacturing in South Africa. In its policy proposal, ‘Manufacturing a new economic future’, the party states that “an effective trade policy... 

Pillay has engineering industry members hot under the collar over opinion piece

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th August 2018 Professional organisation Women in Engineering, engineering company Aurecon, and the University of Cape Town (UCT), as well as the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), have expressed their dismay at Saice CEO Manglin Pillay following an opinion piece he wrote on women in the... 

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 State-owned Eskom expects it will take up to 30 days for the power system to recover from the effects of the recent industrial action, which interrupted continuous processes at the power stations. During the 30-day recovery period, the risk of load-shedding remains high, it warned on Friday. 

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high

BBBEE Commission urges govt, private sector to do more on transformation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 JSE-listed companies have only 38% representation by black people on their boards, with males accounting for 20% and females accounting for 18%, a report produced by the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission on the national status and trends on BBBEE transformation for 2017... 

Enhancing safety in the fishing industry

3rd August 2018 South Africa has become the twenty-fifth State to sign up to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The STCW-F Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for... 

Enhancing safety in  the fishing industry
MAKING IT OFFICIAL Although initially taken on in 2016, the treaty was formally signed last month

Rail company supports community development

3rd August 2018 Train manufacturer Gibela launched its Make a Difference campaign, which recognises the importance of educational support at all levels in the communities neighbouring its Dunnottar factory, in Gauteng, in May. The company launched the campaign at an event at Mom Sebone Secondary School in... 

Rail company supports community development
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ON FLEET The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa assigned Gibela the task of replacing its ageing metro fleet with a modern service

Gauteng launches school of specialisation to bridge skills gap

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2018 The Gauteng Department of Education on Tuesday relaunched Rhodesfield Technical High School, in Kempton Park, as the Rhodesfield Engineering School of Specialisation, with a special focus on aviation, engineering and mathematics. The school curriculum will focus on core subjects and courses of... 

Bombela sets Gautrain contingency plan in motion as strike goes ahead

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Wage negotiations between Gautrain operator Bombela Operating Company (BOC) and trade union, the United National Transport Union (UNTU) have reached a deadlock and, owing to this, UNTU-affiliated workers have embarked on a “no work, no pay” strike from Monday. BOC offered an 8.5% increase in... 

Bombela sets Gautrain contingency plan in motion as strike goes ahead

UNTU, Bombela to continue weekend talks to avoid planned Gautrain strike

By: Simone Liedtke     27th July 2018 Following the meeting held on Thursday between Gautrain operator Bombela Operating Company (BOC) and trade union, the United National Transport Union, negotiations to find a settlement in the current wage dispute have resumed on Friday and will continue over the course of the weekend. If no... 

UNTU, Bombela to continue weekend talks to avoid planned Gautrain strike

Google SA works with Johannesburg libraries to give youth digital skills

By: African News Agency      27th July 2018 The city of Johannesburg's library department has collaborated with Google SA to provide free online-training in digital and entrepreneurial skills programmes in 12 of its eLearning classrooms, the mayor's office said on Friday. Johannesburg has a population of around 4.9-million people and... 

Conference to address shortage of STEM graduates

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 The second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference and Career Expo will aim to address a shortage of technically skilled STEM graduates in South Africa. The conference will be held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from July 27 and 28. STEM... 

AECOM focused on funding STEM education for women

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 This year, integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM’s Educational Trust received more that 4 000 applications for bursaries for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) degrees from universities across South Africa – a significant increase from the 50 applications received last... 

AECOM focused on funding STEM  education for women
TSHILIDZI LUTSINGE Keabetswe Beverly Sehoole and Nokubonga Lady-Peace Nxumalo will receive funding from the AECOM Educational Trust this year

Blended learning can improve maths, science results

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 Blended learning, a combination of traditional classroom learning and online learning, can assist South African high school and university students in understanding complex formulas in mathematics and science, says wireless connectivity firm Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan... 

Graduate programme ensures pipeline of new talent

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 Sixteen graduates have been accepted into Southern African Caterpillar dealer Barloworld Equipment’s two-year graduate programme this year, during which time they will gain industry knowledge and an understanding of the mining, construction and power sectors in which the company operates. “The... 

Graduate programme  ensures pipeline of new talent
GRADUATE PROGRAMME Of the 16 graduates accepted this year, only one is male

Sappi to combat artisan skills dearth with two new centres

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 To ensure an adequate supply of skilled labour and artisans, pulp and paper company Sappi has opened training centres in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Sappi opened a training centre at its Saiccor mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal, in January and at its Ngodwana mill near Mbombela, in Mpumalanga,... 

Sappi to combat artisan skills dearth with two new centres
ARTISAN TRAINING The two new training centres aim to combat the dearth of artisan skills in South Africa

Limited gas exploration affects South Africa’s energy mix

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 Gas could soon become an important element in the South African energy mix, despite the amount of gas used currently being very low, with limited imports and exploration activities, says South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA) CEO Niall Kramer. “South Africa’s gas usage is about 3% of our total... 

Limited gas exploration affects South Africa’s energy mix
NIALL KRAMER The gas industry has the potential to grow and catalytically influence our economy

Strong demand forecast for pilots, technicians and cabin crew in Africa and globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th July 2018 Africa will need 29 000 pilots over the next 20 years, US aerospace group Boeing has forecast. The continent will also need 28 000 technicians and 29 000 cabin crew. These predictions were made in the group’s 2018 “Pilot & Technician Outlook”, released on Tuesday. The report divides the world... 

Strong demand forecast for pilots, technicians and cabin crew in Africa and globally
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A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Ethiopian Airlines

Solidarity unhappy with AMSA's wage offer

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Trade union Solidarity has called ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) proposed wage offer for this year “nothing but a slap in the face of hard-working employees”. The union on Tuesday said AMSA had proposed an increase of 6.5% in its contribution to employees’ medical aids. 

Gautrain employees to embark on a strike from July 30

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Gautrain employees who are members of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) will embark on a protected strike from July 30. The majority of UNTU members working for the Gautrain voted in favour of a strike at an UNTU mass meeting held in Midrand, on Monday. 

Gautrain employees to embark on a strike from July 30

LEIP MoU signed, 101 669 potential jobs created

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2018 Up to 101 669 jobs could be created during the first five years of construction of the Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park (LEIP), which Eco-Industrial Solutions (EIS) CEO Deshika Kathawaroo on Monday said would “fundamentally change” the Limpopo province’s contribution to South Africa’s strategic... 

LEIP MoU signed, 101 669 potential jobs created
Photo by Simone Liedtke
(Left) Limpopo Economic Development Agency group CEO Ben Mphahlele and (right) Eco-Industrial Solutions CEO Deshika Kathawaroo (right) at the signing ceremony on Monday

Occupational disease prevention campaign launched

By: Schalk Burger     20th July 2018 Workplace health and safety compensation funds Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company and the Department of Labour Compensation Fund, as well as the Department of Mineral Resources have launched the Occupational Disease Prevention Campaign. Preventing injuries... 

SAA gives assurances to union about its future plans, including privatisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th July 2018 In a letter to trade union Solidarity, and released by the union at a recent media briefing, South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has given a number of assurances about the plans for the future of the beleaguered State-own national flag carrier. The letter followed a meeting between... 

SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 The Youth Employment Service (YES) aims to create one-million jobs within three years to help alleviate the situation of six-million unemployed youths in South Africa, 60% of whom reside in townships and rural areas. YES was established by the CEO Initiative, which is a partnership created... 

SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape
YES CEO Tasmia Ismail-Saville discusses the first hub opening and company involvement towards the initiative. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Certified NDT personnel needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 A major challenge facing the nondestructive testing (NDT) sector is that companies require NDT personnel who are certified, says technical solutions specialist African NDT Centre Level 3 consulting manager Abdur-Rahman Mahomed. However, to acquire certification, technicians must meet certain... 

Certified NDT  personnel needed
PROVIDING RESOURCES Employers who do take in personnel and assist them in gaining experience are required to provide safety training, medicals and workman’s compensation cover

S African project managers require business competencies

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 In the early stages of a project management career, some professionals have a lack of understanding of the link between business strategy and projects, and with this, the acumen to know what business information emanating from the project is useful to extract, interpret and provide to the... 

S African project managers require business competencies
Photo by Bloomberg
PROJECT MANAGERS Project Management South Africa members are currently undergoing assessment on the designations that require a review of the competencies associated with project management

Stellenbosch Business School ranks top business school in S Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has been ranked as the top business school in South Africa by Eduniversal – an international education rating agency based in Paris. The ranking is the result of voting by deans of business schools around the world, based on a list of... 

South African initiative wins prestigious global education award

By: News24Wire      18th July 2018 The impact that a South African programme has made on the education of children has earned it a prestigious international award. Partners for Possibility, the flagship programme of Symphonia for South Africa, was one of six winners in the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) awards, which... 

South African initiative wins prestigious global education award

South African engineers invited to enter Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation programme

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2018 Entries are open for engineers from South Africa and other sub-Saharan African countries to participate in the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. The deadline for entries is July 23. 

Skills deficit a leading cause of cable installation failure

13th July 2018 There has been a marked increase in the amount of failures of medium voltage (MV) cable joints and terminations in South Africa, says manufacturer and supplier of cable accessories Tank Industries. The company states that for installation of house wiring, a formal trade test is mandatory,... 

Skills deficit a  leading cause of cable  installation failure
CALL FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Tank Industries identified an industry need to increase the level of knowledge and skills, which led to the company forming a training academy

Property sector must do more on transformation – PSCC

By: Schalk Burger     12th July 2018 The South African property sector is making reasonable efforts towards transformation, but it needs to pick up the pace, says the Property Sector Charter Council (PSCC). The PSCC this week released the results of its ‘2016-2017 State of Transformation Report’, which sampled institutional... 

Accountability, ethical remuneration needed to boost corporate governance – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2018 Rules on executive bonuses and incentives need to be tightened to boost corporate governance, professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) ‘Executive Directors: Practices and Remuneration Trends’ report has found.  

Eskom wage talks: Unions want meeting with Nene, Gordhan

By: News24Wire      11th July 2018 Having reached a “sensitive stage” in the wage negotiation process, unions representing Eskom workers have asked to meet with Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to resolve the matter. This is according to a statement issued by the National Union of... 

Eskom wage talks: Unions want meeting with Nene, Gordhan
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

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