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Education & Skills Development News

Demand for vaccines requires boost to enable full reopening of economy

By: Donna Slater     23rd August 2021 Despite an anti-vaccination contingent in South Africa’s society, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says common sense and rationality prevail for the most part in terms of acceptance and a willingness to get vaccinated – a factor that could soon mean the complete reopening of the... 

UJ provides two free, online open courses for students and citizens

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2021 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is offering two free massive open online courses (MOOCs) – one on artificial intelligence (AI) in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the other on African insights – to the public. The university introduced the course on AI in the 4IR in 2019 and, over... 

Mondelēz businesswomen offer advice for young leaders

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2021 Women have a role to play in building the South African and African economy, and much can be gained by leveraging women leaders’ traits for the growth of others and organisations, speakers said during a webinar hosted by multinational food company Mondelēz International on August 17. Mondelēz... 

R573 Moloto road upgrade to create subcontracting opportunities for Elias Motsoaledi community

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) upgrade of the portion of the R573 Moloto road from Slovo to Siyabuswa in the Elias Motsoaledi local municipality, in Limpopo, will create subcontracting opportunities for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the... 

Online course gains momentum

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 The success of the South African Light Steel Frame Association’s (Sasfa’s)  online training course for light steel frame building (LSFB) contactors, presented in March, has resulted in the course being scheduled again for next month, says Sasfa MD John Barnard. The course comprises eight sessions... 

Development of student accomodation by Sage Properties
STUDENT ACCOMODATION STAG PROPERTIES Sasfa reaches out to existing members to consider accepting students of its courses as interns on current building projects

Steel construction learning reinvisioned

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 Nonprofit organisation the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is evolving its technical learning sessions for steel construction to a digital platform. The SAISC has been offering technical sessions for engineers since early March and, according to SAISC marketing director... 

An image of Amanuel Gebremeskel the technical director of SAISC.
AMANUEL GEBREMESKEL The weekly technical sessions are the first step towards the future of structural steel training courses available to SAISC members

Association eyes expansion

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 Despite being faced with many challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, nonprofit trade association the Steel, Tube and Pipe Association of South Africa (Steasa), through its partnership with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), aims to reenergise and expand through the Master... 

An image of Keitumetse Moumakoe the CEO of the Steel, Tube and Pipe Association of South Africa
KEITUMETSE MOUMAKOE Steasa encourages more companies to come into the fold to build cooperation in the industry to ensure that all company interests are met through a well-coordinated and supportive industry

Institute key in developing steel industry

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 Associations, such as the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), allow for the further development of companies and the industry, as like-minded people are encouraged to share ideas, which, in turn, creates a better environment and prospects for the industry,” says software... 

An image of Doug Hunter, manager of customer and ecosystem enablement at Syspro.
DOUG HUNTER Ultimately, members of SAISC are better-suited customers for us and derive optimal value out of the software

Change drives steel supplier forward

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 The significant steel shortages have been a huge challenge for steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds since the start of the pandemic; however, through active in-house changes, the company has created opportunities to benefit from inceased volumes of product. Stewarts & Lloyds branch manager of steel... 

Steel supply at a Stewarts & Lloyds branch
STEEL SUPPLY The market has changed, and we have managed to grow our tonnages and do better than previous years overall

Supplier rejoins institution

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 Fasteners, bearings and welding equipment suppliers Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group has a long-standing historical association with the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) and has recently decided to rejoin the industry body. “Fasteners, bolts and nuts,... 

Renewable energy sustainability bound to just transition and positive impacts

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2021 The sustainability of renewable energy is linked to its long-term positive impact within host communities and close collaboration will help bring about a socially just transition to cleaner energy, says renewable independent power producer (IPP) Scatec sub-Saharan Africa GM Jan Fourie. He adds... 

New strike patterns have been emerging in recent years, says postdoctoral fellow 

By: Donna Slater     12th August 2021 An increase in strike action can be correlated with an increase in favourable economic conditions within a country, region or industry, as has been the case, for the most part, over the past 50 years, says University of the Witwatersrand Society, Work and Politics Institute postdoctoral fellow... 

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Influences behind a shift in strike action trends

Rising school dropout figures putting economic recovery at risk, says Mabuza

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th August 2021 Deputy President David Mabuza has called on government to address the issue of young people dropping out of school prior to matriculation as it "threatens the path to economic recovery". Speaking during the hybrid fourth Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) Summit, on August 10, he said that... 

Renewable energy sector sourcing specialist skills for long-term growth

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2021 The renewable energy sector is preparing for the August 16 close of submissions for Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), as well as the next two bidding rounds, by sourcing specialist skills to deliver on renewable energy projects, says... 

Employment, Labour Minister outlines interventions by dept following recent civil unrest

By: Simone Liedtke     11th August 2021 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has outlined interventions by the Department of Employment and Labour on how it will be assisting affected workers across the KwaZulu-Natal province following recent civil unrest. The Minister says the department is collating all the necessary workers’... 

109-strong Working on Fire team to help with firefighting in Canada

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s (DFFE's) Working on Fire programme will deploy 109 firefighters and management to Manitoba, in Canada, to assist with firefighting efforts. This is the fourth deployment of firefighters to Canada and the team will be deployed on the... 

Increased interest in temporary employment services

By: Darren Parker     6th August 2021 More of human capital solutions provider Workforce’s agricultural clients are agreeing to the value that Workforce Staffing – a temporary employment service provider subsidiary of Workforce – can bring to the table. Workforce Africa MD Darren Hollander tells Engineering News that compliance... 

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DARREN HOLLANDER In the agriculture sector, which mostly requires unskilled labour, not enough is being done to upskill workers

Rand Refinery looks back, and forward, as it marks 100 years of operations

By: Cameron Mackay     6th August 2021 Since it began operating in 1921, gold refiner Rand Refinery’s technological pioneering spirit has enabled it to transform into a “global powerhouse with a unique portfolio of products and services”, as it has continuously expanded its product portfolio and technical knowledge. Celebrating its... 

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PwC report highlights need for increased focus on diversity, inclusion and ESG

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2021 Professional services firm PwC’s ‘Executive directors’ practices and remuneration trends’ report, released on August 5, finds that companies’ journeys to what it says is “fair pay” requires them to embrace inclusivity and diversity, as well as an internal culture of belonging. In defining what... 

From a coal-to-gas conversion to a microgrid factory, Eskom builds Komati’s just energy transaction case 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is hoping to transform the workshops at the Komati power station – identified as the flagship site for the piloting of a broader ‘just energy transition’ programme that couples decarbonisation with social upliftment – into a factory capable of manufacturing... 

Photograph of the Komati power station
A file photo of the Komati power station, which has generated electricity since 1961

OHS report calls for consolidation of legislation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th July 2021 Although South Africa has a progressive occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation regime, it needs to fast-track the process of consolidating the related legislation and create a national policy on OHS, the Department of Employment and Labour’s (DEL’s) ‘Profile of Occupational Health and... 

Regenesys launches study now, pay later higher education initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th July 2021 Regenesys Business School on July 28 launched its EdForAll initiative – a technology-driven online higher education initiative delivering internationally recognised degrees, diplomas and certificate programmes from R500 a month to financially disadvantaged students across the world. The... 

Regenesys chairperson Dr Marko Saravanja
Regenesys chairperson Dr Marko Saravanja

Busa welcomes easing of restrictions, others caution of damage already done

By: Donna Slater     26th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s July 25 address to the nation and the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions from adjusted Alert Level 4, to adjusted Alert Level 3, has been welcomed by Business Unity South Africa (Busa), while the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has expressed concern... 

International partnership to provide African SMEs with IT skills

By: Schalk Burger     23rd July 2021 Financial services group Ecobank Group has partnered with various organisations to provide training to equip small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills and knowledge to succeed in today’s digital world. The partnership includes information technology... 

Report calls for freeze on new coal, warns of risks if energy transition is delayed  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2021 South Africa should freeze investment in new private coal plants, as delaying South Africa’s “inevitable” transition away from the carbon-emitting energy mineral will cause economic damage, a new Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) analysis on the country’s coal value chain states.... 

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Biovac/Pfizer vaccine partnership will boost mRNA hub – Nzimande 

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd July 2021 The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande has congratulated the Biovac Institute for its partnership with Pfizer and its German vaccine partner BioNTech which will see the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine being manufactured in South Africa for distribution within... 

Picture of Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande

Young African project leaders highlighted

23rd July 2021 Industry association Project Management Institute (PMI) announced its second yearly Future 50 list, which features 50 rising leaders using bold and innovative thinking to transform the world through notable projects. The 50 standout project leaders, highlighted in a new digital experience on the... 

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LEADING THE WAY The 50 individuals on the Future 50 list are changemakers whose range of projects exemplify the power and potential of transformation

Applications for Coega Global Scholars Programme to close this Friday

By: Simone Liedtke     21st July 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on July 21 reminded qualifying candidates to apply for the Coega Global Scholars Programme (CGSP) before the closing date on Friday, July 23 at 17:00. The CGSP is a talent identification and retention programme, which seeks to strengthen the capacity of the... 

Basa requests urgent meeting with Patel to save industry on the brink of collapse

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2021 In the wake of the recent civil unrest, which resulted in 161 liquor outlets and distribution centres being looted and damaged in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the beer industry is urgently calling for the alcohol ban to be lifted so that legal businesses can operate. Enabling liquor business to... 

Report shines light on empowerment of women in green industry

By: Donna Slater     20th July 2021 The virtual launch of a assessment report on the Empowerment of Women in the Green Industry Policy on July 20 has been welcomed by Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina, who delivered an address at the event. The report is the result of the collaboration between the... 

Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi laments youth unemployment crisis in South Africa

By: News24Wire      20th July 2021 Young unemployed South Africans had "it tough" even before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi. And, now that the full effect of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions is being felt, they find themselves in a situation that's deteriorating more and more with... 

UIF opens applications for extended TERS payments

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2021 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has signed a direction for the Unemployment Insurance Fund to implement a third extension of the Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme benefits. The Unemployment Insurance Fund will open the system for applications from July 19 and commence... 

Opportunities to improve artisan programme despite slow start

By: Cameron Mackay     16th July 2021 While the Artisan 4.0 programme is still in its first year, there are various opportunities to improve the programme going forward, says industry education entity the Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. CTC introduced the Artisan 4.0 programme last year in four phases, as the... 

All employers, regardless of industry, are at various stages of digitalization; and those that are further down the road of digitalization are showing more interest
JOHAN VENTER All employers, regardless of industry, are at various stages of digitalization; and those that are further down the road of digitalization are showing more interest

Manufacturer provides solutions for distance learning

By: Cameron Mackay     16th July 2021 Educational engineering equipment manufacturer and importer Amtec Techniquip has developed new products to assist in local distance learning at a time when learners cannot physically access their engineering learning institutions. “Two trends we’ve been adapting to are the integration of... 

Company designs science centre, educational mobile games

By: Cameron Mackay     16th July 2021 Design agency Formula D Interactive has completed the concept design for a science centre in Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit), Mpumalanga; the design for the centre has been commissioned by a local non-governmental organisation and social impact organisation for a school in the area. “We’re about to... 

Formula D Interactive is incorporating behavioural science into its design process, which is having a significant impact on the efficacy of these solutions.
WONDERDAL EDUTAINMENT CENTRE Formula D Interactive is incorporating behavioural science into its design process, which is having a significant impact on the efficacy of these solutions.

STEM skills important for Africa to realise growth opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2021 Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and education are a key lever for economic transformation and will form the foundation of the future workforce to support sustainable growth and development on a continent targeted for its investment potential, says engineering... 

Alcohol industry laments sales ban extension

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) and National Liquor Traders (NLT) note their disappointment in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to extend the current ban of alcohol sales by another two weeks. In a joint statement, the two organisations suggest that the decision to... 

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