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Education & Skills Development News

Exxaro, SBI partner again on small business initiatives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2020 JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro and the Small Business Institute (SBI) have announced they will collaborate to promote the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa. The partnership will focus on the functional and economic viability of small towns beyond the... 

Ramaphosa urges youth to take economic opportunities during Covid-19 

By: Sane Dhlamini     20th July 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has applauded South Africa’s entrepreneurial youth for using the Covid-19 pandemic to create good business ideas and he is calling on more young South Africans, particularly in townships, to take advantage of economic opportunities during this time. In his weekly address... 

Ramaphosa urges youth to take economic opportunities during Covid-19
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Pandemic presents e-learning opportunity for university

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 Globally, higher education institutions are facing unprecedented challenges resulting from physical distancing practices owing to Covid-19. 

Pandemic presents e-learning opportunity for university
DIGITAL LEARNING The University of Pretoria, as the leading adopter in the late 1990s of online teaching and learning management platforms, has always supported faculties to engage in online activities

4IR skills map way forward  

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 With continuous improvements in technology, there is a need for concurrent upskilling across all sectors, especially as the reality of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has set in locally. 

4IR skills map  way forward
Polytech Africa MD ​Astrid Straussner​ tells ​Engineering News ​about the company’s Mechatronics Academy. Camerawork: ​Creamer Media’s​ Kutlwano Matlala​.​ Editing: ​Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd​.​ Recorded: 28.02.2020

TEC programme benefits local colleges, communities

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 As vocational students were graduating with skills that were not in demand by industry, engine manufacturer Cummins and multinational corporation Komatsu have partnered at eight Technical Education for Communities (TEC) sites globally, including the South African site launched in 2017. 

TEC programme benefits local colleges, communities
HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT The Technical Education for Communities programme at the Sedibeng Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, in Gauteng is supported by the Department of Higher Education and Training

Technology company adapts to signals of change

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 ABB University – which operates under the auspices of technology provider ABB – has adapted successfully to the different education and training environment ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Technology company adapts to signals of change
CULTURE SHIFT All prospective students are now urged to complete the online prerequisites at their own place of work or home, prior to attending the practical training at ABB

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 With the acoustics industry experiencing little to no growth, owing to new project developments being halted, acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy) principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy argues that stringent noise control regulations, sets... 

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry
NOISE DEFENDERS Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa

Brick supplier completes Gauteng school project

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 Face brick supplier Corobrik has completed the supply of its bricks for the construction of Noordgesig Primary School’s administration block and hall. 

Brick supplier completes Gauteng school project
WINTER SEASON BENEFITS The Corobrik clay face brick offers enhanced thermal comfort by retaining warmth in winter

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 The Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM Consult), a business unit of research organisation Enterprises University of Pretoria (UP), can serve the local industry with key capabilities through its expertise in vibration-based condition monitoring and structural health monitoring. “These... 

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing
SPECIALIST TESTING CAPABILITIES C-AIM provides engineering consulting services to assist industry in optimally managing the structural integrity of physical assets over their life cycles

IZA publishes ‘Essentials of Galvanizing’ booklet

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2020 The International Zinc Association (IZA) has published its newest guide on the ‘Essentials of Galvanizing’, the primary purpose of which is to be a key reference for engineers and designers globally. Speaking during the booklet’s virtual launch on July 15, IZA’s Simon Norton explained that the... 

Drones Council launched to expedite advancement of regulatory environment

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2020 The Drone Council South Africa (DCSA) was launched on July 15 with its first webinar to update global stakeholders in the private and public sectors on progress being made in the drones industry, both internationally and in South Africa. The DCSA was formed in part to address South Africa’s... 

US agency provides oxygen support to South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2020  The US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $3.5-million (R59-million) to support South Africa's Department of Health’s oxygen supply, demand and reticulation strategy, as well as the department's efforts to procure supplies and... 

New US development finance institution doubles down on investments in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2020 Development finance institution (DFI), the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is doubling down on investments in Africa amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, as it believes this is an essential time to drive investments and to bring liquidity facilities quickly to the continent... 

Deloitte says Covid-19 has shown the necessary collaboration between humans, tech

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2020 Consultancy Deloitte in its latest 'Human Capital Trends' report says the “social enterprise” which it first introduced in its 2018 'Human Capital Trends' report, has gone to work, with technology and human collaboration at the forefront of discussions. The 2018 report embodied a new social... 

UIF resumes payments after beefing up TERS security system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has introduced new, more stringent controls to verify banking details, to ensure that the Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) does not fall prey to criminal elements. As a result of having to implement the security changes, the fund has had to... 

Samsung South Africa launches new equity equivalent investment programme initiatives

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2020 Samsung South Africa has announced its Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP) plans, which are aimed at empowering previously disadvantaged South Africans, with a focus on women and youth in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The programme initiatives are set to... 

Sisulu calls for action against individuals “blocking development”

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th July 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called for strong and immediate action to be taken against individuals who are preventing people from being moved into their new homes in the City of Cape Town. This comes after reports that a group of people from a Cape Town... 

Pandemic encourages larger project scope

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have encouraged inter-country trade organisation the Competence Centre for Mineral Resources (CCMR) to increase the scope of its Health & Safety on South African Mines project. “It’s important to remember that if you are running a project over three years, you... 

Pandemic encourages larger project scope
RENÉ ZARSKE It is a win-win situation. We have many German companies that want to invest into South Africa, while local mining operations are looking for investors

S Africa crucial for centre’s growth into SADC

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 South Africa is vital for inter-country trade organisation the Competence Centre for Mineral Resources’ (CCMR’s) goal of expanding its network into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, according to CCMR head René Zarske. “South Africa is an important gateway for this, and the... 

S Africa crucial for centre’s  growth into SADC
VITAL ECONOMIC PARTNERS Last November the CCMR invited eight South African companies to Germany to liaise with equipment suppliers, with follow-up delegations planned once travel restrictions are lifted

At work, women disproportionately affected by Covid-19, says labour dept

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th July 2020 Women seem to be bearing the biggest brunt of contracting Covid-19 at work, according to the claims lodged with the Compensation Fund which indicate that more than 8% of the cases received so far involve women and this is consistent in all provinces, says the Department of Employment and Labour... 

Committee calls for speedy investigations into fraudulent UIF claims

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th July 2020 The Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour has called on law enforcement agencies to speed up investigations into fraudulent claims paid out by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). The Department of Employment and Labour and the UIF had briefed the committee on fraudulent claims and... 

Massmart warns up to 1 800 Game employees could be retrenched 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2020 Retail firm Massmart has started consultations with organized labour and other relevant stakeholders, with respect to the possible retrenchment of up to 1 800 employees in its Game stores in South Africa. The consultation process forms part of the firm’s opportunities assessment to improve Game... 

RBR progressing with training operations in Mozambique

By: Donna Slater     7th July 2020 Resource, construction and oil and gas service provider RBR Group, which has operations in Mozambique, reports that its Palma training, labour and general corporate administration operations are progressing, while its Wentworth training and operations base’s refurbishment is reaching... 

SA receives additional ventilators from US

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th July 2020 The US government through the US Agency for International Development, has delivered a second shipment of 100 ventilators to South Africa to assist with its national response to the coronavirus pandemic. USAID will also train up to 10 000 critical care nurses and physicians and support supply... 

SA receives additional ventilators from US

UFS expanding virtual student support services

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2020 The University of the Free State (UFS) on July 6 announced that it was adding tutoring and mentoring services to its student support initiatives. These would be funded by the youth education nonprofit organisation Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The projects the university will implement are... 

Roles of govt, business in restarting economy need clearer definition, says BLSA

By: Donna Slater     6th July 2020 In her weekly newsletter, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says a clearer perspective of the roles and responsibilities of business and government needs to be established as the country grapples with restarting its economy. She notes that, on one level, there are common... 

Roles of govt, business in restarting economy need clearer definition, says BLSA
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

ECSA suspends four Satellite Centres in light of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged and shifted the premise upon which the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA’s) Satellite Centres were introduced, leading to the suspension these four centres, says ECSA acting strategic services executive Millicent Kabwe. In email correspondence to... 

Youth recruitment, training sets Enel Green Power South Africa apart from competitors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 Amid the youth unemployment rate rising to 58.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, energy company Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) has reaffirmed its commitment to youth employment and training. “South Africa’s people must now contend with a pandemic that has dealt a massive blow to the... 

Get going with galvanizing: new book for engineers from IZA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd July 2020 The International Zinc Association (IZA) will launch its new publication, The Essentials of Galvanizing, during a webinar hosted by Creamer Media Contract Publishing on July 15, 2020. The publication offers the civil engineering and construction industry valuable insights into the importance of... 

Get going with galvanizing: new book for engineers from IZA

Academy attains artisan training certification

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd July 2020 The Lesedi Skills Academy received its Trade Test Centre certification from the National Artisan Moderation Body, which enables the academy to perform trade testing of mechanical artisans. 

Academy attains artisan training certification
NICKY VAN DER POEL Skills development and practical experience are critical requirements that enable youth to enter the formal job market

Proudly SA launches new ‘buy local’ campaign

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2020 Proudly South African (SA) this week launched its new “Buy Local” consumer education campaign that will go live on various platforms, including television, on July 3. The campaign calls on all South African citizens to contribute to putting the local economy and South Africans back to work by... 

UIF continues to accept Covid-19 TERS claims

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Commissioner has indicated that the fund will continue to accept and process Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) claims submitted for April, May and June as per the directive issued by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on March... 

GIBS appoints new Dean

By: Simone Liedtke     1st July 2020 The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has appointed Dr Morris Mthombeni as Dean. He took up the position on July 1, succeeding Professor Nicola Kleyn, who resigned from the position after having held it for the past five years. 

Myriad of economic opportunities available for youth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2020 Young people pursuing entrepreneurship opportunities and hoping to make a positive, meaningful contribution to the economy must look to the intersection of science, technology and human development challenges, and understand that opportunities lie in finding solutions for these, Department of... 

STEMulator seeks to get more schoolgoing children interested in STEM careers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th June 2020 Visual education platform STEMulator has embarked on a campaign to create awareness of its offering and inviting contributors to the platform either to enhance its content or to help take the platform further to schools in South Africa. STEMulator is a knowledge portal concentrating on science,... 

STEMulator seeks to get more schoolgoing children interested in STEM careers
STEMulator landscape

We must be guided by facts, not rumours – Ramaphosa on Covid-19 

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday expressed concern for frontline health workers who have died owing to the coronavirus and has also warned against the stigmatisation of people who have tested positive for the novel virus. In his weekly column to the nation said the country must be guided by... 

We must be guided by facts, not rumours – Ramaphosa on Covid-19
President Cyril Ramaphosa

De Lille launches Sustainable Infrastructure System, methodology 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2020 Infrastructure investment, together with the use of public land and buildings, is a critical lever to achieve spatial and economic justice by connecting South Africa’s citizens, integrating its communities and bringing people closer to work opportunities, Public Works and Infrastructure Minister... 

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