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Education & Skills Development News

Gordhan calls for labour law reforms

By: Sapa     7th March 2012 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has called for labour market reforms, according to a report on Wednesday. "Given the scale of the unemployment challenge, no single policy offers the solution…. What is needed is a comprehensive set of reforms that maximise job creation," Gordhan said in an... 

Sydney Mhlarhi appointed to PPC board

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2012 JSE-listed Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) on Friday announced that it had appointed Sydney Mhlarhi as a nonexecutive director to its board with effect from March 1. Mhlarhi was appointed as a representative of the PPC consortium of strategic black partners and as a member the deal committee and... 

South Africa needs to relieve supply-chain constraints   

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2012 Research undertaken by logistics group Barloworld Logistics on Friday revealed the possibility that South Africa may soon lose its role as the world’s ‘gateway to Africa’ if it does not respond to rising competition from other African countries. In its ninth publication of ‘supplychainforesight’... 

SA group to boost technical education and use air team to attract young to study

By: Keith Campbell     2nd March 2012 Industrial and mining group Eqstra is to invest some R36-million in supporting technical education in the country over the next five years. “We’ve adopted ten technical high schools around the country,” reports company CEO Walter Hill. “Most of these schools have got boarding facilities and... 

Cabinet to consider labour amendments - Motlanthe

By: SA News     1st March 2012 Cabinet is to consider amendments to the Labour Relations Act in the coming months and is pursuing several measures to ensure more jobs are created, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told MPs on Wednesday. 

Sappi retrenchments scaled back, delayed - union

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th February 2012 Paper group Sappi’s expected retrenchment of 959 employees has been reduced by almost half and has been delayed by six months, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday. Intensive consultation with trade unions resulted in the paper group agreeing to retrench only 456 employees as part of its... 

African CEOs more bullish about economic prospects

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th February 2012 Despite the fact that CEOs globally are concerned about volatile economic growth in capital markets, CEOs in Africa have taken a more bullish outlook, said professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Southern Africa deputy CEO Stanley Subramoney. PWCs latest report in its government... 

Gauteng on jobs drive

By: Sapa     27th February 2012 Health and education will be the focus of Gauteng's infrastructure development programme to create jobs, the provincial government said on Monday.  

Proposed code changes add to BEE complexity – Grant Thornton 

27th February 2012 The proposed changes to the broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice will cause additional complexity for businesses, Grant Thornton verification services MD Wade van Rooyen said on Monday. “This will set companies back as they come to terms with additional... 

Diesel engine components remanufacturer tackles skills shortage

By: Gia Costella     24th February 2012 A shortage of skilled labourers remains one of the biggest challenges in the automotive industry, Germiston-based Metric Automotive Engineering operations manager Andrew Yorke tells Engineering News. 

Education a click away, online retailer argues

By: Dimakatso Motau     24th February 2012 Digitisation of the South African schooling system could prove beneficial for learners, states online retail giant kalahari.com 

E Cape IT graduates receive open source boost

24th February 2012 Thirty-five unemployed information technology (IT) graduates have boosted their marketability and chances of finding employment after an intensive, week-long open source software workshop organised by information communication technology (ICT) incubator, the Eastern Cape Information Technology... 

SA moves to find consensus on how to tackle tyre-mountain scourge 

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2012 It is common cause that South Africa requires a plan to deal with its growing ‘tyre mountain’ problem, which is growing at a rate of about 200 000 t a year, or one-million waste tyres each month.  

Cips and UP team up on supply chain management

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2012 The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (Cips) Southern Africa and the University of 
Pretoria (UP) have partnered to further professionalise the procurement and supply chain profession, Cips announced on Thursday. The parties signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on... 

Eqstra to boost technical education, use air team to attract young to study

By: Keith Campbell     21st February 2012 Industrial and mining group Eqstra is to invest some R36-million in supporting technical education in the country over the next five years. “We’ve adopted ten technical high schools around the country,” reported company CEO Walter Hill on Tuesday. “All these schools have got boarding facilities... 

SA seeks to align education strategy with big projects push

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2012 The Department of Higher Education and Training is preparing to move forward on strategies to meet the skills requirements for South Africa’s ambitious infrastructure programme announced last week, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Friday. In his recent State of the Nation... 

Poor maths results hamper engineering sector, says recruitment firm

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th February 2012 Less than 105 000 matriculants out of the 496 000 that sat for their final exams in 2011, are able to pursue studies in engineering this year.  

Study shows up correlation between school management, matric pass rates

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th February 2012 An exercise to measure the link between matric results in KwaZulu-Natal and the introduction of school management programmes in the province shows up a strong correlation between the efficiency of school management and pass rates. Principals Management Development Programme (PMDP) project... 

Samsung honours first crop of electronics graduates 

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th February 2012 Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy’s first class of matriculants graduated last month, at a ceremony held at the Alberton Civic Centre, in Boksburg, Gauteng.  

Posco teams up with IFC to pursue African investments

By: Henry Lazenby     15th February 2012 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and South Korea's Posco, the world's No 3 steelmaker, on Wednesday announced a yearlong memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on business development in sub-Saharan Africa. Under the accord, the two organisations will pursue investment... 

Proudly SA pushes ‘buy local’ campaign on Valentine's Day

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2012 A Proudly South African Buy-Local campaign event on Tuesday, aimed at creating awareness for the support of local goods, products and services, was deemed a success. Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Thandi Tobias-Pokolo joined a number of South African personalities, celebrities and Proudly SA... 

Minister Pandor announces 60 new research chairs

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2012 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has appointed 60 new research chairs as part of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), which is aimed at retaining excellence in research and innovation in the South African science system. The new research chairs increased the total... 

Transnet Ports continuing talks with UAL on Saldanha lease

By: Henry Lazenby     10th February 2012 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) this week continued negotiations with shipping company Universal African Lines (UAL) to save an investment deal at the Saldanha port. Last week it was announced the Dutch-headquartered group would withdraw from the Saldanha Oil and Gas Service... 

ICT skills development push gains private boost

10th February 2012 Information and communications technology (ICT) skills development in South Africa received a boost after business systems software giant SAP and the Media, Advertising and ICT Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta) partnered to place PhD and Masters candidates into research... 

Connectivity, mobility affecting youth employment choices – study

10th February 2012 The desire of young professionals and college students to use social media, mobile devices and the Internet more freely in the workplace is strong enough to influence their future job choice, sometimes more than salary, according to an international study published by information technology... 

Sustainability, growth tension to come to the fore in 2012 Budget

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who will present South Africa’s 2012 Budget on February 22, will need to strike a difficult balance between finding the resources required to implement growth-supporting policy objectives and debt sustainability, Deloitte economist Kay Walsh argues in her Budget... 

Mercedes, Merseta cofund technical learnership to help reduce skills dearth  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th February 2012 The scarcity of appropriately skilled technicians in the automotive sector has spurred Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) to extend their involvement in the training of technicians by initiating a technical learnership at St Anthony’s Education Centre (SAEC), in Boksburg. 

Skills projects could be better aligned with workplace demand

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2012 South Africa is in need of increased high-level integration of the country’s multiple programmes, policies and strategies to better align skills development initiatives with workplace demand, Production Management Institute (PMI) executive director for strategy John Botha said on Thursday.... 

Acsa consortium awarded R70bn Brazil airport contract

By: Henry Lazenby     8th February 2012 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), together with Brazilian joint venture partner Invepar, won a R70-billion ($9.2-billion) concession to overhaul and operate the busiest and most valuable of three Brazilian airports, Guarulhos, in São Paulo. “Acsa is pleased with the outcome of the... 

Zuma speech should boost investor confidence, support SMEs

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2012 Enterprise support, especially for small and medium-sized businesses (SME's), could be a key theme of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address in Parliament tomorrow, organised business said on Wednesday. Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said it hoped the President would seek to... 

Shortage of materials engineers hobbling South Africa

3rd February 2012 The shortage of technical engineering and technology skills, specifically materials engineers and concrete technologists, is threatening the future economic growth of South Africa, says Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI) MD Bryan Perrie. 

Gauteng to build 79 new schools, refurbish existing ones

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd February 2012 The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is seeking expressions of interest from building contractors for the construction of 79 new schools and the refurbishment of 12 Phase 1 schools and 285 existing schools in the province. The GDE admitted to having its “fair share” of the national schools... 

Study seeks to understand why engineering students fail to graduate

By: Dimakatso Motau     27th January 2012 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has embarked on a research campaign, the results of which will aid in understanding the challenges regarding tertiary institutions achieving higher pass rates in engineering bachelor’s degrees. 

Cosatu to intensify call for ban on business overlap in public service  

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2012 In the run-up to the African National Congress’ (ANC’s) June policy conference, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) plans to lobby aggressively for a change to the current public service framework allowing government officials to sustain their private business interests – a... 

Zuma to promote job-creating partnerships at WEF 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2012 President Jacob Zuma will market and promote opportunities offered through the New Growth Path (NGP) at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week. The President, who was accompanied by a number of Ministers including Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Trade and Industry... 

SA jobs target ambitious, says SAIRR 

By: Sapa     23rd January 2012 South Africa aims to create five-million jobs by 2020 but has only created 624 000 in the last decade, according to a survey released on Monday. 

Career guide to assist in creating jobs in plastics industry

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Industry association, Plastics South Africa’s (Plastics SA’s) training division plans to create an electronic career guide that will list the available skills and job opportunities in the local plastics industry. 

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