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Education & Skills Development News

Labour laws make employing unskilled workers too expensive 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     4th October 2011 Centre for Development and Enterprise executive director Ann Bernstein said the closure of clothing factories in Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal, reflected the constraints of existing labour legislation on job creation in South Africa. The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union said in... 

SA economy shed 395 000 jobs in 2010 – Stats SA  

By: Sapa     28th September 2011 About 395 000 jobs were lost in 2010, Statistics SA said on Wednesday. Around 13.1-million people were employed in 2010 compared to 13.5-million in 2009. "This indicates the country has not yet fully recovered from the economic downturn in 2009," Stats SA deputy director general for population... 

Trade unions can be liable for strike damage – court 

By: Sapa     28th September 2011 The Supreme Court of Appeal has found that trade unions can be held liable for damage caused by workers during strikes. In the judgment on Tuesday, which upheld an earlier ruling by the Western Cape High Court, Justice Mahomed Navsa wrote that the country "could not be subjected to the tyranny of... 

Centre of maths, science excellence launched in Senegal

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd September 2011 A second centre for excellence in maths and science in Africa has been opened under the auspices of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) this month. 

Engineers called upon to bolster Zuma’s infrastructure commission 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2011 Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde has called on the engineering fraternity to put forward names of individuals that could participate in the secretariat that will be established to support the newly formed Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission, which was convened for the... 

Black representation in JSE-listed companies remains low – Busa  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th September 2011 The representation of black people in general, and black women in particular, in executive positions in companies listed on the JSE remains low, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Tuesday. An independent study showed that the percentages of black exective directors, CEOs and CFOs were... 

Assembly approves FET colleges Bill 

By: Sapa     20th September 2011 The National Assembly approved the Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges Amendment Bill on Tuesday. Introducing the debate, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said the bill would strengthen and make the FET sector the centre of skills development in South Africa.  

NUM to march on Eskom over wage dispute

By: Sapa     16th September 2011 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will march to Eskom's Johannesburg office on Saturday over stalled wage talks. "Tomorrow (Saturday) will be a show of force. It will be an indication to Eskom that nothing about us without us is possible," NUM official Job Matsepe said in a statement on... 

SA signs agriculture MoU with Swaziland  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th September 2011 South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the government of Swaziland signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday, to collaborate on research, technology and capacity building. Deputy director-general for agriculture production and food security Kgabi Mogajane... 

Africa expected to become growth powerhouse in 2020

By: Jean McKenzie     26th August 2011 There are currently some 220-million Africans on the continent that are just able to meet their basic needs; however, by 2015 it is expected that these same people will become higher-lever consumers with more expendable income, said Frost & Sullivan business unit leader for the chemicals,... 

UN project supports tax revenue increase in Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     26th August 2011 In the past year, the tax revenue of governments across 23 African countries has increased by more than US$85-million as a result of the African Training & Management Services project, a United Nations (UN) Development Programme. Implementing the project, capacity and skills developer in the... 

DA launches youth wage subsidy campaign

By: Sapa     25th August 2011 If the National Treasury had implemented the youth wage policy subsidy on April 1, 2010 it would have already benefited almost 200 000 young people and created more than 80 000 new jobs, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday. 

No labour law easing on the cards – Cabinet 

By: Sapa     25th August 2011 Cabinet has moved to quash speculation that South Africa's rigid labour legislation might be eased in the interests of job creation following pronouncements on the matter from various quarters. 

DTI sets up new youth entrepreneurial unit

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th August 2011 The DTI is establishing a Youth Directorate that will deal specifically with entrepreneurship issues affecting young businessmen and women and aspiring entrepreneurs.  

Diesel engine firm in big SA skills development push

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th August 2011 Global manufacturer of diesel engines Cummins is making a significant contribution to engineering skills development, besides other corporate responsibility initiatives. 

SA still short of technical skills, placement group states

By: Dennis Ndaba     19th August 2011 Professional placement company DAV, which is part of JSE-listed Adcorp, says the country is still in a skills-short market in the engineering fields. 

Nuclear research paralysis in SA despite nuclear build programme

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2011 The announcement of the closure of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project has affected the prominence given to high-temperature nuclear research in South Africa, leading to the shunning of such research, despite interest and funding from international countries and organisations seeking to... 

CDE research backs Treasury’s wage subsidy for SA youth  

By: Loni Prinsloo     17th August 2011 The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) said on Wednesday that it supported the implementation of the National Treasury’s R5-billion wage subsidy for first-time job seekers. Speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg, CDE executive director Ann Bernstein said that the subsidy would... 

Half a million jobs could be lost over next 18 months  

By: Loni Prinsloo     10th August 2011 South Africa could shed nearly half a million jobs in the next 18 months, JSE-listed Adcorp said on Wednesday, as it reported a third consecutive month of job losses in July. This comes after South Africa already lost almost a million jobs during the recent global recession, after which a slight... 

Strategic migration needed to plug global skills gap – Manpower 

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th August 2011 With one third of employers worldwide reporting difficulty filling business-critical jobs, the ManpowerGroup suggested in its latest survey that moving people to where the work was should be one component of a coordinated public-private response to ongoing talent mismatches. Manpower CEO and... 

Expo to showcase MBA business schools

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2011 The South African Business School Association (Sabsa) will hold its sixth yearly business school expo later this month, showcasing the country’s 18 Masters of Business Administration (MBA)-accredited business schools. Sabsa president Professor Helena van Zyl said the MBA has become a sought... 

Not ‘either/or’ between small and large farming, both needed

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2011 It is not a case of South Africa needing to support either small- or large-scale farming, but that both are important for the country’s development, says business organisation Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) CEO Dr John Purchase. 

Acsa, Transnet negotiating sale of portion of old Durban International Airport site

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th August 2011 Negotiations between the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) and Transnet on the sale of a portion of the old Durban International Airport site are continuing, says ACSA group communications manager Solomon Makgale. 

Banking Association teams up with Khula to establish SME credit bureau

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     2nd August 2011 The Banking Association South Africa and development finance institution Khula Enterprise Finance would establish a small and medium enterprises (SME) credit bureau, the organisations announced on Tuesday. Banking Association South Africa MD Cas Coovadia said the credit bureau would be the first... 

Cisco adds security, management solutions to its portfolio

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th July 2011 Networking company Cisco has introduced new security and management solutions to its Borderless Networks portfolio. 

Many businesses unaware criminal liability for certain cartel behaviour already exists – lawyers

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th July 2011 The business community has been prevailing under the misapprehension that criminal liability for cartel behaviour will only become a reality once the Competition Amendment Act, No 1 of 2009, is promulgated.  

Corruption, lack of business integrity continue to challenge consulting engineers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Corruption and a lack of business integrity in South Africa remains a significant concern for consulting engineers, says consulting engineering firm SSI CEO Naren Bhojaram. 

Manufacturing, mining jobs take a knock as unemployment hits 25.7% 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     28th July 2011 Unemployment climbed to 25.7 % in the second quarter, with the manufacturing, mining and trade sectors taking the largest knock in terms of job losses, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported in its ‘Quarterly Labour Force’ survey released on Thursday. The second quarter, which runs from... 

Public Works says call for retired, unemployed engineers yields fruit 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     27th July 2011 The Department of Public Works (DPW) said on Wednesday that of the 9 000 applications it received from engineers and artisans in the built environment, some 4 800 applicants were in the process of being absorbed into the department’s construction management programmes. This follows the... 

Nzimande stresses importance of Setas to build skills

By: Jean McKenzie     22nd July 2011 The Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) are important institutions in the post-school landscape of South Africa and should be used more effectively to improve skills development in the country, Higher Education and Training Minster Dr Blade Nzimande said on Friday. Nzimande was... 

Youth in Construction expo to be held in PE

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2011 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) will, in August, co-host a Youth in Construction expo, in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, says CIDB communications manager Kotli Molise. 

Amendments aimed at promoting zero-harm culture in construction

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2011 Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act No. 85 of 1993 will impact on the construction industry by formalising and increasing compliance requirements for construction projects, companies and employees, and will help to reduce the number of fatalities, says safety consultation and... 

Small construction enterprises to benefit from conference

22nd July 2011 The second Small Enterprise Development in Construction (SEDiC) conference and exhibition, which will be held later this month, will focus on new business opportunities, learning to survive current market instability and understanding and overcoming macroeconomic threats. 

Seifsa inks wage deal, while Neasa refuses to sign industry agreement  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th July 2011 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) signed a three-year wage agreement with six trade unions on Monday, but said that the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) did not endorse the settlement agreement. According to Seifsa, Neasa did not sign... 

Company encourages project management internships

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2011 To meet the growing demand for project management skills in industry, project management education company Davis & Dean is developing an internship programme for students to gain valuable working experience at South African companies. 

Alliance to provide encompassing training solution

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2011 Health and safety training and equipment provider Action Training Academy (ATA) has joined forces with consulting and training firm KBC Health & Safety (KBC) and working-at-height training provider Height Wise Training Academy to develop an encompassing health and safety training solution. “This... 

Computer-based programme to improve financial management of projects

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2011 Global project management education company Davis & Dean will expand its local service offering in the next two months when it introduces a computer-based simulation focused on the financial aspect of project management. 

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