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Education & Skills Development News

Vaccine nationalism may create conditions for increased political turmoil – Zane Dangor

By: Sane Dhlamini     4th February 2021 Special advisor to Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Zane Dangor stated on Thursday that vaccine nationalism is the opposite of the solidarity approach that was spoken of at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. Dangor was addressing an online discussion on ‘Trade, Patent Law... 

Gibela calls for applicants for engineering bursaries

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2021 Train-maker Gibela is looking for eligible candidates for the 210 bursaries it is offering this year, for post-matric study in an array of engineering-related fields. Established in 2013 as a black economic empowerment company, the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium comprises French rail company... 

Gibela bursaries
Gibela bursaries

UP’s Maharaj appointed first African Dean to chair GEDC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd February 2021 The Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment & Information Technology Professor Sunil Maharaj has been appointed the new chair-elect of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). He is the first Dean in Africa to occupy this position.  

University of Pretoria Engineering, Built Environment & Information Technology Faculty Dean Professor Sunhil Maharaj
University of Pretoria Engineering, Built Environment & Information Technology Faculty Dean Professor Sunhil Maharaj

Success of programme to interest Singaporean Girl Guides in STEM celebrated

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th January 2021 A joint initiative, between UK-based global major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems and Girl Guides Singapore, launched in 2019, has resulted in nearly 800 Singaporean girls undertaking engineering challenges and earning a 'She Solves' badge. The purpose of the initiative is to encourage... 

Girl Guides Singapore's She Solves engineering challenge badge
Photo by BAE Systems
Girl Guides Singapore's She Solves engineering challenge badge

SA fails to make progress in Corruption Perceptions Index

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th January 2021 Civil rights group Corruption Watch pointed out, on Thursday, that corruption has impacted the ability of countries around the world, including South Africa, to manage their health care responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Recent statistics from the Corruption Perceptions Index reveals that... 

Executive director of CW David Lewis
Photo by Creamer Media
Executive director of CW David Lewis

Tjeka Training Centre poised for upskilling as infrastructure greenshoots appear 

27th January 2021 Construction academy Tjeka Training Centre, based in Randfontein, is poised for the training and upskilling of future construction industry artisans, according to the centre. While the anticipated infrastructure boom is yet to happen, Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke finds out what the... 

Tjeka Training Centre poised for upskilling as infrastructure greenshoots appear
Tjeka Training Centre poised for upskilling as infrastructure greenshoots appear

Transitioning fossil-fuel labour forces into new sectors critical for ‘clean, just energy transitions’ 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2021 The chair of a new global commission established to offer governments guidance on making their energy transitions more “people-centred” says that the creation of green jobs and the transitioning of existing fossil-fuel labour forces into new sectors will be “key factors for a clean, just energy... 

Transitioning fossil-fuel labour forces into new sectors critical for ‘clean, just energy transitions’
Danish Energy and Climate Minister Dan Jørgensen, who chairs the International Energy Agency’s new global commission on people-centred clean energy transitions, on the need to integrate social justice with the energy transition. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Survey shows decline in local pipe market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd January 2021 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has released the findings of a qualitative and quantitative pipe survey that shows a decline in infrastructure investment, particularly in the local pipe market, of 15%. According to the survey, conducted by business management... 

TREADING CAREFULLY The manufacturing process is a continuous one and, therefore, sensitive to volume and excessive stoppages
TREADING CAREFULLY The manufacturing process is a continuous one and, therefore, sensitive to volume and excessive stoppages

Company facilitates workshops, audits for road compliance

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Local auditing company JC Auditors has played an integral supporting role in the efforts of the Road Transport Management System’s (RTMS’) National Steering Committee by conducting audits and hosting RTMS workshops, having hosted the first RTMS workshop in 2003.   RTMS is an industry-led and... 

VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS
JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year
VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year

Report finds educational attainment gaps limit success of women-owned businesses in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2021 A new report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on women entrepreneurship, has found that educational attainment gaps limit the success of women-owned businesses in Africa. The report also offers potential solutions to tackle the imbalance. 

MultiChoice to give bursaries to 236 students, worth R26m

By: Simone Liedtke     20th January 2021 About 236 students will benefit from bursaries to be awarded by MultiChoice South Africa (SA), worth R26-million, in 2021. The bursaries will be provided to students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, broadcasting, media, film and television, human resources,... 

Second wave of infections delays training at Tjeka Training Centre

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2021 Construction training academy Tjeka Training Centre, based in Randfontein, has seen a slowdown in the onboarding of participants for the new year, mostly owing to the second wave of Covid-19 infections in South Africa, says Tjeka Training Matters CEO Frans Toua. He tells Engineering News that the... 

A class and training room at Tjeka Training Centre, in Randfontein.
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
A class and training room at Tjeka Training Centre, in Randfontein.

R68 766 000 invested in Covid-19 research – Nzimande  

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th January 2021 The Higher Education, Science and Innovation Ministry on Monday announced that it has invested R68 766 000 towards coronavirus (Covid-19) research and development. Addressing the media, Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said the funds were approved to support Covid-19 research and development in... 

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

Department of Basic Education delays reopening of schools by two weeks 

By: Sane Dhlamini     15th January 2021 The Department of Basic Education and the National Coronavirus Command Council announced on Friday that the reopening of private and public schools will be delayed by two weeks. The new dates for the reopening of private schools will vary depending on the calendar that they follow. For public... 

Department of Basic Education delays reopening of schools by two weeks

53% of adults think schools should not re-open amid rising Covid-19 infections – survey

By: Sane Dhlamini     13th January 2021 Round three of the University of Johannesburg/Human Sciences Research Council Covid-19 Democracy survey has revealed that 53% of adults think schools should not re-open until the situation concerning the coronavirus pandemic improves. Schools are due to open on January 27 as infections continue... 

53% of adults think schools should not re-open amid rising Covid-19 infections – survey

UCT launches open-access, African-centric research platform 

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th January 2021 University of Cape Town Libraries director of research and learning services Dr Reggie Raju revealed on Tuesday, the institute’s newly developed continental platform for open access publishing in Africa. The African research community can now create and share its own scholarly content – open... 

UCT launches open-access, African-centric research platform

Solidarity publishes return-to-work Covid-19 safety plan

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2021 Trade union Solidarity has compiled and distributed a ten-point plan outlining its strategy for the return-to-work of hundreds of employees following the festive season. Solidarity says the premise of the plan is that employers should be “fearless against the [Covid-19] virus”, as well as... 

Return2Work Initiative, Solidarity Fund launch videos to advance workplace safety

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th January 2021 The Return2Work Initiative has launched a range of accessible safe back to work videos to address the need for workplace safety as thousands of South Africans return to work from all over the country. These videos are available free online for use and distribution to any business, union, employee... 

Dept urges health, safety of employees as second wave continues

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2021 The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) is urging all businesses to prioritise the health and safety of their employees and to take all necessary steps to ensure they are not exposed to the Covid-19 virus. “It is crucial that industries, businesses and entities, both private and in the... 

Western Cape welcomes agriculture interns

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th December 2020 About 120 agricultural graduate interns took up their two-year internship within the Western Cape agriculture sector on December 9. Western Cape Agriculture Minister Ivan Meyer welcomed the placement of the interns, saying that the provincial department had prioritised the structuring of... 

REIPPPP requires more traction to address challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th December 2020 The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) continues to take years to move through the various phases – from initiating tenders to delivering energy to the end-user – which, considering the challenges that South Africa is facing, is a luxury the country cannot... 

PROCUREMENT ROAD MAP
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will seek to procure 6 800 MW of solar photovoltaic and wind renewable energy from 2022 to 2024
PROCUREMENT ROAD MAP The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will seek to procure 6 800 MW of solar photovoltaic and wind renewable energy from 2022 to 2024

South Africa must be cognisant attracting skills happens against backdrop of global demand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2020 While South Africa is seeking critically skilled individuals, recent reports have shown that the number of South Africans seeking opportunities abroad has increased significantly over the past five to ten years owing to concerns about South Africa's low economic growth, independent immigration... 

Second wave, cuts to Covid relief are ‘main threats’ to economic recovery  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th December 2020 South Africa’s economic recovery, which outperformed forecasts by the International Monetary Fund, is in danger of regressing as a second wave of the Covid-19 virus − fueled by Christmas socialising and travel − and the planned termination of two large relief programmes hit the country. The... 

Second wave, cuts to Covid relief are ‘main threats’ to economic recovery

Local company confirms hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing plan at students' graduation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th December 2020 South African hydrogen energy company Bambili Energy CEO Zanele Mavuso Mbatha has confirmed that her company will start production of hydrogen fuel cells next year. She was addressing a graduation ceremony on Thursday forstudents who had completed a six-week training course to skill them in the... 

Sacpo, Huawei to roll out ICT academies across South African TVET colleges by 2021

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th December 2020 The South African College Principals Organisation and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding to roll out information and communication technology academies in all of South Africa’s 50 technical and vocational education and training colleges, by 2021, Higher Education, Science and... 

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande

US-South Africa joint ‘space programme’ for Gauteng learners launched

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2020 The US Consulate General in Johannesburg has announced the launch of The Earth We Share-Space Race programme for school learners. The other partners in this programme are the  Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. The programme will take place during... 

Eskom business investment competition entries open

By: Donna Slater     4th December 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom has opened entries for its Development Foundation’s business investment competition (BIC). The BIC is open to registered black-owned small and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa that have been operating for 24 months or longer. Enterprises operating in the... 

Localisation supermarket to showcase products

By: Halima Frost     4th December 2020 Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) business development manager Hoosain Mahomed says the AIDC EC is embarking on Phase 2 of its localisation supermarket. The localisation supermarket is a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are imported,... 

LAID OUT
The products on offer thought the Locatisation Supermarket are available to view on an online portal available at the AIDC EC's website
LAID OUT The products on offer thought the Locatisation Supermarket are available to view on an online portal available at the AIDC EC's website

Fall in energy efficiency investment threatens climate goals – IEA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2020 Investment in energy efficiency worldwide is on course to fall by 9% in 2020, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts, warning that the Covid-induced slump threatens international climate goals. The agency’s ‘Energy Efficiency 2020’ report estimates that global primary energy intensity... 

Upscaling of wind technician training needed to support 14.4 GW roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd December 2020 The planned growth of South Africa’s wind-energy sector over the coming decade, and beyond, will require a material upscaling of the country’s training infrastructure to ensure that there are sufficient South African wind technicians trained to support the building and maintenance of an expanding... 

Trainee wind technicians being put through their paces as the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre
Photo by Saretec
Trainee wind technicians being put through their paces as the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre

UP opens new engineering research facility

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2020 The University of Pretoria (UP) has opened its new Engineering 4.0 facility, which focuses on research on smart transport, cities and infrastructure. The facility, on the Hillcrest campus, is part of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT), the university... 

UP opens new engineering research facility

Balwin Foundation, CMF to support contractors through construction training programme

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2020 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) the Construction Management Foundation (CMF) has entered into a strategic collaboration with fellow NPO Balwin Foundation to support the organisation in its continued quest to train emerging and small contractors from communities surrounding developments by JSE-listed... 

GIZ calls for expressions of interest for a project to improve artisan training in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2020 German international cooperation for sustainable development and international education agency GIZ has issued a call for expressions of interest from service providers in South Africa to manage a process to improve the quality and market relevance of technical and vocational education and... 

Pandemic serves as catalyst for blended learning 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has acted a catalyst for a future of blended learning in Africa; however, it has also highlighted a number of challenges that this learning model poses for the continent, which must first be dealt with, Future of Education Summit founder Rakesh Wahi said on November 26. He... 

Rakesh Wahi
Future of Education Summit founder Rakesh Wahi outlines the impact of the pandemic on education and the blended learning model of the future.

Nzimande announces multidisciplinary team to manage Covid-19 outbreaks in tertiary education

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th November 2020 A multidisciplinary investigation team that includes members from the World Health Organization, the Department of Health and the National Health Laboratory Service has been assembled to manage and contain Covid-19 outbreaks in the tertiary education sector. According to the Minister of Higher... 

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande

CIDB acts on conviction that creation of construction jobs is at centre of economic recovery

By: Donna Slater     25th November 2020 In a sector hit hard by job losses and a general lack of work, initiatives in the construction industry designed to support the growth, and survival, of emerging contractors, should attract greater public attention and draw the support from established companies in the construction industry,... 

Saice launches career growth platform for engineers

By: Donna Slater     25th November 2020 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has launched an innovative new platform – Saice Connect – that enables its members to network and engage with potential employers and like-minded individuals. The platform is designed to bridge the gap between skills shortages in many... 

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