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Education & Skills Development News

Pamsa opens applications for Masters of Engineering bursary programme

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2021 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) Masters of Engineering (MEng) bursary programme is now open for applications for the 2022/23 intake. Applications can be submitted via Pamsa’s website by June 30. 

Macsteel launches third Macsteel Express franchise partnership

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 Steel merchant Macsteel has launched the third of its independently owned Macsteel Express franchise partnerships, in Nelspruit, on June 1. Macsteel launched the first of its two franchise partner concept outlets in February this year in Klerksdorp and Welkom, respectively.   

Absa PMI rises in May, suggesting another quarterly expansion

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 57.8 points in May  from 56.2 the month before, with four of the five subcomponents remaining well above the neutral 50-point mark.  Only the employment index dipped back into negative terrain for May. 

New global report highlights growing demand for wind workforce training in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa is identified in a new international report as one of ten countries where training efforts will need to be intensified and accelerated over the coming five years to match the skills demand that will be created during the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of new... 

New global report highlights growing demand for wind workforce training in South Africa

Free online youth vocational training app launched in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2021 Online learning company Trace, in partnership with Senghor University, in Egypt, and the French Development Agency (AFD) have launched a free online vocational training platform – Trace Academia. The platform has been built for young South Africans to build their skills and to find or create jobs. 

EWSETA planning to bolster domestic hydrogen development readiness, capabilities

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2021 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) is planning to work closely with hydrogen sector role-players in South Africa in an effort to ensure that as the uptake of this technology grows, young people are being capacitated with the knowledge and skills needed to see... 

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2021 The number of private vaccination sites will need to be ramped-up aggressively in the coming weeks if South Africa is to reach the daily inoculation tempo of 192 000 required by the start of June to position the country to consume the millions of vaccine doses that have been secured for its... 

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule

Geospatial issues impact inequality levels in Southern Africa 

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st May 2021 Professor Vimal Ranchhod from the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) says data show there is a strong geospatial component when it comes to serious inequality in Southern Africa. He was addressing a virtual debate organised by the Embassy of... 

Geospatial issues impact inequality levels in Southern Africa

Safety critical to ensuring ‘solid business case’ for projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2021 Safety excellence is not separate from construction or operational excellence – a safe site avoids the cost of incidents and improves personnel’s motivation and the company’s relationships with clients, thereby forming a “solid business case” for a project, says South Africa-based contractor... 

CRAIG LAWRENCE
The Covid-19 pandemic has added a layer of difficulty to focusing on safety
Concor’s Craig Lawrence talks about the company’s health and safety approach and protocols

Government releases competition policy strategy for jobs, industrial development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2021 More than R25-billion has been committed by major firms for investment in factories, refineries and construction projects in South Africa over the last five years, following agreement with government in terms of the provisions of the Competition Act. Further, more than R3-billion has been... 

Lebone Litho Printers invests in tech, people  

19th May 2021 Print solutions company Lebone Litho Printers’ infrastructure and technological investments, as well as its skills development and small, medium-sized and microenterprise focus, are engendering benefits for the company. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Lebone Litho Printers invests in tech, people
Lebone Litho Printers invests in tech, people

Negotiations for new metals, engineering wage agreement to start in June

By: Donna Slater     19th May 2021 With the current wage and working condition agreement in the metals and engineering sector close to expiration, it was agreed at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council management committee meeting on May 18 that the main agreement wages and conditions of employment negotiations... 

DSI, DHET collaborate to establish a national open learning system

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th May 2021 The departments of Science and Innovation (DSI) and Higher Education and Training (DHET), are working together to establish a National Open Learning System that will provide online learning opportunities in the post school education and training system. The departments are also considering the... 

Construction starts on Boardwalk Mall in Gqeberha

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2021 Property investor Flanagan & Gerard (F&G) and Sun International subsidiary Emfuleni Resorts have officially started construction of the Boardwalk Mall, in Gqeberha (previously known as Port Elizabeth). The first phase of construction is set to be completed and launched in December this year,... 

The sod turning at the Boardwalk Mall's official development launch, in Gqeberha.
The sod turning at the Boardwalk Mall's official development launch, in Gqeberha.

CCMA, Salga forge partnership to promote labour equity

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to solidify their strategic partnership aimed at promoting labour peace and equity. The strategic partnership will... 

Exxaro partners with Saica Enterprise Development for finance programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources is collaborating with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (Saica’) Enterprise Development (ED) unit to implement a financial excellence programme for the miner’s suppliers. The programme is aimed at enhancing the financial management systems... 

DeepMind provides machine learning scholarships for four Wits Master's students

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 Artificial intelligence (AI) research and applications company DeepMind has donated scholarship funding for four University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) students to complete their Master's degrees in the field of machine learning (ML). The scholarships will fund students registering for MSc... 

Business needs job creation urgency amid transition to a lower-carbon economy, PwC says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2021 A transition to a lower-carbon economy is occurring rapidly around the world and is critical for South Africa. The transition is being driven both by a realisation of the urgency required to save the environment and by economic reasons, and comes with both positive and negative impacts on... 

Winde says focus on governance has reaped good rewards for W Cape

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th May 2021 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said on Tuesday that focusing on governance over the last few years has helped to keep the Western Cape’s unemployment rate lower than in other provinces. He was speaking with journalist Bruce Whitfield during the PSG think big series webinar, under the topic ‘The... 

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

Stellenbosch’s LaunchLab proves invaluable to agritech startup

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2021 What started as a homemade picking harness solution has grown into an agricultural company called Adagin Technologies that offer a full suite of high-tech solutions to help farmers monitor and optimise their operations. Adagin founder and joint MD FG Adriaanse says his first solution was borne... 

Lebone reaping benefits of technology, people investments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th May 2021 Print solutions company Lebone Litho Printers’ infrastructure and technological investments, as well as its skills development and small, medium-sized and microenterprise (SMME) focus, are engendering benefits for the company. This, combined with its diversification into digital, has enabled the... 

Local e-waste skills NGO joins global recycling initiative

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Local recycling skills development nongovernmental organisation (NGO) The Appliance Bank (TAB) has partnered with global recycling initiative Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) in a project that aims to create economic opportunities while ensuring workable and safe solutions for the... 

Online organisational transformation course launched for project managers

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Project professionals association the Project Management Institute (PMI) has launched an online course to support organisational transformation. The new course provides project professionals with the building blocks and fundamental knowledge needed to understand how organisations transform... 

Online data science courses launched for students in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 South African data science training institute Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) is making a range of online data science and data engineering courses available to students in the rest of Africa, but with a specific focus on youth and talent within Nigeria and Kenya. The aim with the data... 

Programme launched to build green skills, enterprise development

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2021 A solar photovoltaic (PV) green skills, enterprise development and sustainability research programme was launched on May 4 with the aim to upskill 900 youth, women and entrepreneurs over the next three years. The programme is aimed at ensuring the participation of the youth, women and... 

Training Academy embraces Industry 4.0  

5th May 2021 Occupational technical skills and safety training facility Murray & Roberts Training Academy has made some upgrades that embrace the Industry 4.0 mindset. Darren Parker tells us more. 

Training Academy embraces Industry 4.0
Training Academy embraces Industry 4.0

Patel unpacks employee share ownership schemes progress

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel is drafting guidelines on employee ownership and other broad-based ownership schemes. He intends to publish, in the coming week, a practice note dealing with some clarifications around community trusts and individual ownership schemes.  

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Eskom to hold wage talks next week

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom will start regular wage discussions with the company’s recognised labour representative unions on May 4. It warns that these discussions may be “unpredictable” and that it may result in rising tensions. 

Finland supports 4IR education and reducing the digital divide in Southern Africa

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2021 Local Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) laboratory and education facility Forge Academy on April 28 said Finland has reiterated its intention to help narrow the digital divide in Southern Africa by focusing on skills development in the technology sector. “The global digital divide poses a... 

Mchunu calls for proposals to resolving government-labour wage negotiations deadlock

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2021 Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu is calling for citizens to come forward with proposals that could help to resolve the deadlock between government and organised labour over the current public service wage negotiations. Government and labour reached a deadlock on... 

Stellenbosch University establishes School for Climate Studies

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2021 Western Cape-based Stellenbosch University (SU) has established a new School for Climate Studies, which will be officially launched in June, as part of its efforts to tackle the battle against climate change. According to SU research, innovation and postgraduate studies deputy Vice-Chancellor... 

Stellenbosch University research, innovation and postgraduate studies deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Eugene Cloete
Stellenbosch University research, innovation and postgraduate studies deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Eugene Cloete

Transnet wage negotiations stall

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2021 Following a second round of talks, wage negotiations between State-owned freight logistics group Transnet and its affiliated labour unions have reached a deadlock. The negotiations took place with the South African Transport and Allied Union (Satawu) and the United National Transport Union... 

SA is at war against corrupt activities in public service – Mchunu   

By: Yvonne Silaule     23rd April 2021 Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu announced that Cabinet has approved the Public Service Amendment Bill and the Public Administration Management Amendment Bill for public comment, as he provided an update on the current public service wage negotiations. Mchunu welcomed the... 

Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu
Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu

Covid clouds metal fabrications industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     23rd April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a ripple effect on the metal fabrications industry, resulting in low investment, job losses and a decrease in opportunities and development, among other challenges, says structural, mechanical and welding engineering provider New Age Engineering Solutions operational... 

Shadow Work
New Age Engineering Solutions prioritises skills development
Shadow Work New Age Engineering Solutions prioritises skills development

Investment needed to revive industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     23rd April 2021 South African metal fabricators and government have to invest in the industry to compete with cheap imports from countries such as China, says valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control executive director and COO Mlungisi Cele. Although there is demand for metal fabricators, owing to construction... 

Mlungisi Cele 
Only locally manufactured products should qualify as local content
Mlungisi Cele Only locally manufactured products should qualify as local content

Saai, Neasa ink partnership to improve labour relations in the agriculture sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Family farming organisation Saai and employers’ organisation the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) on April 22 signed a partnership agreement to bridge labour issues in the agriculture sector and to assist farmers with labour problems, as well as influencing policy-making.... 

Saai chairperson Dr Theo de Jager and Neasa CE Gerhard Papenfus
Saai chairperson Dr Theo de Jager and Neasa CE Gerhard Papenfus

UP appoints Kuseni Dlamini council chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 The University of Pretoria (UP) has appointed Kuseni Dlamini chairperson of the University Council, with effect from April 1. The 30-member council of the 113-year-old university is responsible for governance, policymaking and monitoring. That includes setting down guidelines relating to... 

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