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Education & Skills Development News

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... 

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

Workplace-based learning programmes to address skills shortages

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th February 2021 Business development service ProudAfrique Human Capital has partnered with the University of Johannesburg’s training hub, Resolution Circle, to provide focused workplace-based learning programmes for the plastics manufacturing, computer numerical control (CNC) and injection-moulding industries.... 

DEON OBERHOLZER 
Apprentice programmes provide good entry-level education, as well as crucial on-the-job training and experience
DEON OBERHOLZER Apprentice programmes provide good entry-level education, as well as crucial on-the-job training and experience

Education dept makes headway on national rollout of coding, robotics curriculum 

By: Yvonne Silaule     25th February 2021 The Department of Basic Education is making headway on the national rollout of coding and robotics, with Grade R to 3 pupils from 200 schools to participate in pilot programme using a draft curriculum this year. Grade 7 pupils from 1 000 schools will also be piloting the curriculum, President... 

SAIW seeks to alleviate key skills shortages

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2021 The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is gearing up to present its internationally recognised nondestructive testing (NDT) Level 3 Workshop in March. The workshop builds on pre-existing Level 1 and 2 NDT qualifications to enable attendees to take on a more senior managerial role within an... 

SAIW seeks to alleviate key skills shortages

Agri SA warns 4 000 jobs are at stake this year as a result of minimum wage increase 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th February 2021 After surveying 577 participants among member companies, industry association Agri SA has found that a potential 4 384 jobs could potentially be lost in 2021/22 as a result of the increase in the national minimum wage for farmworkers. Agri SA reports that 549 of the 577 participants will exceed... 

A 'more conducive business environment’ needed for South Africa to recover – report

By: Simone Liedtke     18th February 2021 With the largest number of jobs created in 2021’s economic recovery expected to come from the private sector, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that government will need to continue working with the private sector to create “a more conducive business environment” as an enabler of job creation.... 

TIPS encourages South Africa to leverage just transition imperatives already in place

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2021 According to Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), South Africa is in a position where it has a multitude of policies, processes and interventions that could be leveraged towards affecting a just transition to a green economy. During a development dialogue webinar hosted by the... 

KZN Premier launches R252m science, technology academy

By: Yvonne Silaule     15th February 2021 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala on February 15 officially opened the R252-million Anton Lembede Mathematics, Sciences and Technology Academy, in Durban. The academy comprises 20 classrooms, one specialist classroom, a library, three computer laboratories and an administration block. 

Drone cinematography programme launched to boost skills

By: Donna Slater     15th February 2021 As part of its Human Capital Development programme, provincial State entity and film industry support organisation, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Film Commission has launched the Drone Technology Training programme. Since 2014, when the KZN Film Commission says the use of drones in filmmaking became... 

Ramaphosa’s SoNA holds bold promises, but lacks finer details, says BLSA

By: Donna Slater     15th February 2021 In his February 13 State of the Nation Address (SoNA), President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted factors that will serve to lift the economy, tackle Covid-19 and boost ailing electricity infrastructure, says Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso. Of particular interest, she says,... 

Job initiative to train youths to install solar geysers made from recyclable materials

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2021 Youth employment organisation Lulaway's social impact division Lulalab Foundation has developed a youth employment initiative that trains youths to assemble, install and maintain gravity-fed solar geysers that are made from recycled materials in informal settlements. The pilot phase of the... 

Partnership ensures basket of training opportunities

12th February 2021 Manufacturer Gabion Baskets has partnered construction training specialist Tjeka Training Matters to provide practical instruction in the installation of its products. Under this new arrangement, customers will receive a certificate of competency from the training provider once they have... 

ROCK SOLID TRAINING
The partnership between Gabion Baskets and Tjeka Training Matters aims to raise the standards of gabion structure installations in South Africa
ROCK SOLID TRAINING The partnership between Gabion Baskets and Tjeka Training Matters aims to raise the standards of gabion structure installations in South Africa

Project aims to transform HVAC-R sector

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th February 2021 The Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, together with the Bavarian Environment Agency, has entered into bilateral cooperation with the Western Cape government in what is known as the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) partnership project. The project being... 

UP metallurgical engineering degree programme ranked first in South Africa by METF

By: Schalk Burger     11th February 2021 The metallurgical engineering degree programme offered by the University of Pretoria (UP) Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT), has been ranked the best of its kind in South Africa for... 

Agri associations warn of farmworker jobs losses as minimum wage increased

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2021 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has announced that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for each ordinary hour worked has been increased from R20.76 to R21.69 for 2021, effective March 1. The NMW legislation came into effect on January 1, 2019, starting with R20 an hour, which is the... 

Govt has secured vaccines for 26-million people 

By: Sane Dhlamini     5th February 2021 Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed on Friday that government had secured enough Covid-19 vaccines for 26-million people, so far, with more agreements in the pipeline. He revealed that China could be one of the countries that South Africa procures vaccines from. On Monday, the country... 

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize
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