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Education & Skills Development News

Business confidence slowly wanes as PMI edges lower in December

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2020 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) edged lower to 47.1 index points in December, down from the 47.7 index points recorded in November. The December figure is also about one point below the average recorded through 2019. 

Motshekga says more female candidates eligible for higher education institutions

By: Yvonne Silaule     8th January 2020 Female matriculants have bagged 63.8% of distinctions from the 2019 matric class, with their male counterparts garnering 36.2% of distinctions.  As a result, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says more female candidates are eligible for studies at higher education institutions. Female... 

Motshekga says more female candidates eligible for higher education institutions
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Robotics likely to be a school subject in 2021, says Motshekga

By: African News Agency      8th January 2020 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday night that select schools would be piloting subjects such as robotics this year and if successful, the subjects could be rolled-out to public schools as early as 2021.  The minister made the announcement at the Vodacom Dome in Midrand,... 

Ramaphosa says education is on an 'upward trajectory', urges matriculants who did not pass to persevere

By: News24Wire      8th January 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed the 81.3% matric pass rate, saying South Africans can be proud that education is on an "upward trajectory". The president made the statement after Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric results in... 

Ramaphosa says education is on an 'upward trajectory', urges matriculants who did not pass to persevere
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Success of renewables programme continues

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Over the past eight years, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has attracted about R209.4-billion in committed private-sector investment, with the successful fourth window bids being valued at about R56-billion. South African companies, such as... 

Success of renewables programme continues
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed

13th December 2019 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional renewable energy development zones for wind and solar PV energy projects. The renewable energy development zones support the responsible implementation... 

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 To improve access to information and bring economic infrastructure support closer to township and rural-based enterprises, government is expanding incubators and digital hubs to townships and rural areas, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies
Photo by SA Investment Conference
VIBRANT THINKING South Africa's small, medium-sized and microenterprises are demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking in business skills

Private-sector investment a key driver of growth  

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 Ahead of the 2019 South African Investment Conference, JSE-listed and diversified mining company Exxaro hosted a media tour, which started at The conneXXion – its head office in Centurion, Gauteng.  

Private-sector investment  a key driver of growth
InvestSA CEO Yunus Hoosen discusses the importance of domestic investments. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2019

Diversified miner announces R20-billion investment drive 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 JSE-listed diversified mining company Exxaro officially announced its commitment of R20-billion towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment drive for South Africa at the 2019 South African Investment Conference, which took place in Johannesburg, last month. 

Diversified miner announces R20-billion investment drive
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo discussed the company’s investments ahead of the 2019 South African Investment Conference. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2019

Afarak warns of retrenchments at South African subsidiaries 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 Specialist alloy producer Afarak has said two of its South African subsidiaries – Afarak Mogale and Ilitha Mining – might retrench some employees. The subsidiaries have issued a notice, in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act, to start to a 90-day period of consultations with workers... 

CSIR, TIA partner to accelerate local technology development

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Technology Innovation Agency have announced a five-year partnership on accelerating technology development and commercialisation in the country. The two organisations on Friday signed a memorandum of agreement in this regard. 

CSIR, TIA partner to accelerate local technology development
CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini (left) and TIA interim CEO Fuzlin Levy-Hassen signing the MoU

Trade union outlines business-rescue case for SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th December 2019 Trade union Solidarity has served court papers on embattled State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) and on the Ministers of Finance and Public Enterprises. The union has asked the court to put SAA into business rescue. If granted, it would mean the appointment of a business rescue... 

Sugar giant transforming business amid turmoil

By: Tracy Hancock     6th December 2019 In addition to its plans to exit sugar farming in South Africa, embattled agroprocessing business Tongaat Hulett expects to conclude a transaction to establish a transformative milling, refining and sugar marketing business by the end of this year. The developments are part of a strategic review... 

Sugar giant transforming business amid turmoil
FELIXTON MILL The initial assets of Tongaat Hulett’s transformative milling, refining and sugar marketing business have an installed capacity to produce more than one-million tons of sugar a year

Richards Bay Minerals wins top employer award for fourth year straight

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 Mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has won the Top Employers Institute’s Top Employer of the Year award for the fourth year in a row. The top employer certification recognises organisations that successfully demonstrate an exceptional human resources (HR) environment and employee... 

Jobs Fund to generate sustainable employment

By: Simone Liedtke     29th November 2019 The R9-billion Jobs Fund, established by the South African government to generate sustainable employment among previously disadvantaged South Africans, youth and women, recently published its list of partner projects for 2019. Four of these partnerships highlight the fund’s efforts to support the... 

Jobs Fund to generate sustainable employment
Jobs Fund head Najwah Allie-Edries

South Africa can learn from China in drafting 4IR policy, say experts 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th November 2019 In tackling the lack of awareness of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the skills gap that prevents South Africa from successfully implementing these technologies, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) suggests that universities broaden their scope of work-based training and that... 

Partnerships help pull domestic cotton industry out of doldrums

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2019 The South African cotton industry was in decline, having reached crisis point in about 2013. On the verge of collapse, a chain of events from three seemingly unassuming roleplayers set off a chain reaction that resulted in explosive growth and substantial redevelopment for the sector into an... 

Partnerships help pull domestic cotton industry out of doldrums

UK academy seeks to encourage business, academic partnerships in SA

By: Simone Liedtke     28th November 2019 The UK Royal Academy of Engineering has opened a new call for grant proposals which will support partnerships between businesses and university academics in South Africa, with up to £80 000 of funds to be made available for research and innovation. Applications will be led by academics, but in a... 

Barloworld Equipment opens new Isando showroom

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2019 Heavy-duty machines and services company Barloworld Equipment inaugurated a new 3 200 square metre showroom at its Isando campus, in Ekurhuleni, on Wednesday, and renamed its ten-year old learning academy in honour of Peter Bulterman. Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela, alongside Ekurhuleni mayor... 

Hoedspruit air force base solar water heating system proves efficient

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd November 2019 A solar water heating (SWH) installation at the South African National Defence Force’s air force base in Hoedspruit has proven to improve efficiency, as well as act as a catalyst for upskilling personnel from the Department of Defence (DoD). The training has produced 20 artisans, who have... 

SAA flight schedule to be reinstated as wage agreement reached 

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd November 2019 State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) announced on Friday that it had reached agreement with trade unions to end a seven-day long strike. The unions were the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Airways Cabin Crew Association. The agreement was ratified... 

SAA, unions reach wage deal – if funds are available 

By: News24Wire      22nd November 2019 South African Airways and unions the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association have reached an agreement, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration announced on Friday.  Following an eight-day strike that cost the airline some... 

 SAA, unions reach wage deal – if funds are available

SAA cabin crew trickle back as no-work, no-pay begins to bite

By: News24Wire      22nd November 2019 Cabin crew are returning to work at a growing pace as the one-week wage strike at South African Airways begins to bite with the imposition of a strict no-work, no-pay policy. "For Wednesday and Thursday, we had 70 cabin crew returning to work. The quantification of actual losses (to workers of... 

 SAA cabin crew trickle back as no-work, no-pay begins to bite

Internship programme taking off without limitations

22nd November 2019 The second edition of integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol and national administrative governing body South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) #Limitless internship programme is underway. 

Solidarity lodges business rescue application for SAA 

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st November 2019 Trade union Solidarity served court papers on embattled State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) and on the Ministers of Finance and Public Enterprises on Thursday. The union has asked the court to put SAA into business rescue. If granted, it would mean the appointment of a business rescue... 

Solidarity lodges business rescue application for SAA

Solidarity says SAA nearing 'total collapse', wants it placed in business rescue 

By: News24Wire      21st November 2019 Trade union Solidarity has served papers on cash-strapped airline South African Airways and the ministers of finance and public enterprises, asking a court to put the flag carrier in business rescue. The union made the announcement at a media briefing on Thursday, saying it has requested an... 

 Solidarity says SAA nearing 'total collapse', wants it placed in business rescue

Entrepreneurs remain upbeat despite sluggish economy – survey

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th November 2019 South African entrepreneurs are optimistic and resourceful even as the sector is enduring one of the most difficult economic periods, entrepreneurship developer Seed Academy’s ‘State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa’ report shows. The report, released on Tuesday, surveyed 1 000 entrepreneurs... 

SAA has to consult with representative unions of all its workers

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th November 2019 Three unions representing workers at South African Airways (SAA), and who have formed a coalition to jointly protect the interests of their members at the embattled State-owned airline, have warmly welcomed a ruling by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) in their... 

Gordhan says SAA may have no money for salaries this month 

By: News24Wire      20th November 2019 Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has warned that, while two unions at South African Airways are demanding salary increases for members, the airline might not even be able to pay any salaries at the end of the month. The minister said the strike was worsening the airline's financial... 

Gordhan says SAA may have no money for salaries this month
Photo by Reuters
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Angola considered an ‘excellent investment opportunity’

By: Simone Liedtke     20th November 2019 Angola faces considerable challenges as its economy evolves, but the focus must be on diversifying its economy, especially as it boasts “excellent investment opportunities in different sectors”, a panel of speakers agreed during a seminar hosted by law firm Webber Wentzel on Tuesday. Webber... 

SAA says it is ramping up operations as strike continues 

By: News24Wire      19th November 2019 A strike at cash-strapped airline South African Airways is set to continue, with unions and the airline's leadership still unable to find common ground.  The flag carrier's leadership is currently briefing the media on negotiations with workers at Airways Park in Gauteng. The media briefing is... 

 SAA says it is ramping up operations as strike continues
Photo by Reuters
SAA acting CEO Zuks Ramasia

Unions meeting with Gordhan as SAA strike enters fifth day

By: News24Wire      19th November 2019 Striking unions at South African Airways are meeting with Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan in Pretoria, as a strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association enters its fifth day.  Workers are demanding an 8% wage increase, no... 

 Unions meeting with Gordhan as SAA strike enters fifth day
Photo by Bloomberg
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

SAA acting head assures on flight safety as operational schedule begins to recover 

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th November 2019 South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO Zuks Ramasia on Sunday assured the country that the ongoing strike at the airline was not compromising the safety and security of its operations. She called on the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew... 

SAA acting head assures on flight safety as operational schedule begins to recover
Photo by Reuters
SAA acting CEO Zuks Ramasia

SAA losing R52m a day as unions and airline remain deadlocked 

By: News24Wire      15th November 2019 Unions and flag carrier South African Airways are still deadlocked as a national strike continues. "The unions are still sticking to their guns and we continue to urge unions to approach the situation with open minds," said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. He said that SAA cannot present anything... 

 SAA losing R52m a day as unions and airline remain deadlocked

SAA plays hardball as strike starts

By: News24Wire      15th November 2019 South African Airways (SAA) has not increased its wage hike offer to striking unions at the airline, spokesperson Tlali Tlali told Fin24 on Friday morning. The airline, which is technically insolvent, is sticking to its 5.9% offer. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South... 

 SAA plays hardball as strike starts

SAA flights largely grounded as wage strike begins

By: News24Wire      15th November 2019 Workers at national carrier South African Airways (SAA) began a two-day strike likely to cost the financially-strapped airline millions of rand as it was forced to cancel almost all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Workers affiliated to the South... 

 SAA flights largely grounded as wage strike begins

Cesa shines on international stage

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) was one of the big winners at the 2019 International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) Member Association (MA) Excellence Awards. 

Cesa shines on international stage
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL Consulting Engineers South Africa's aspirations are in sync with those of the country's National Development Plan
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