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Education & Skills Development News

If Sars fails, our democracy fails – Kieswetter 

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th September 2019 South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Edward Kieswetter on Thursday said that if Sars fails our democracy fails. He was addressing delegates at the eleventh Premier Corporate Governance conference in Montecasino organized by Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa. 

‘More inclusive’ Nedlac needed for crafting of growth-igniting compact  

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2019 Business and government acknowledged on Thursday that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) needs to be more inclusive and representative if it were to have any chance of crafting a social compact that lifts the South African economy out of its current low-growth and... 

‘More inclusive’ Nedlac needed for crafting of growth-igniting compact
Watch Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi and Business Unity South Africa president Sipho Pityana calling for Nedlac to be more inclusive and representative. Camerawork and video editing: Darlene Creamer 26.9.2019

South Africa’s ICT skills gap requires holistic intervention – report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th September 2019 The skills gap in South Africa’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector is considerable and is widening as a result of digital transformation and this requires greater intervention. This is according to the tenth edition of the ‘Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) –... 

SA lost 30 000 construction jobs over the past year 

By: News24Wire      26th September 2019 New numbers released by Statistics SA show a bloodbath in construction jobs over the past months, while the mining sector is steadily employing more people – for now. The Quarterly Employment Statistics survey for the second quarter of the year showed that almost 10.2-million people were employed... 

 SA lost 30 000 construction jobs over the past year

Interdicted banking strike a warning for SA to plan better – Cape Chamber of Commerce  

By: African News Agency      26th September 2019 The Cape Chamber of Commerce on Thursday said the banking strike which was planned for Friday and which could have resulted in a complete shutdown of systems, including ATMs, should be seen as a warning to South Africa that better planning is necessary to deal with the changes brought about by... 

Interdicted banking strike a warning for SA to plan better – Cape Chamber of Commerce

Sasbo to appeal bank strike court interdict  

By: African News Agency      26th September 2019 Finance trade union Sasbo will launch an urgent appeal against the labour court judgment that barred banking sector members from embarking on a strike. The trade union's mother body, the Congress of South African Trade Unions said the battle against job losses at banks has only been "postponed... 

Sasbo to appeal bank strike court interdict

Public Works Academy discontinued, Skills Development Programme still a go  

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2019 The plan to establish the Public Works Academy has been discontinued in light of cost-cutting measures that are being applied within the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and in the public service sector as a whole. However, Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille... 

Economic difficulties creating OHS challenges in South Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     20th September 2019 South Africa continues to have a high injury-on-duty rate despite its advanced occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation and regulations, and adoption of best international practices, says industry body South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh) president Sanjay... 

Economic difficulties creating OHS challenges in South Africa
ZERO HARM QUESTIONED Is zero harm possible, considering the complexities and varying risks associated with different industries?

Health and safety practitioners need tech roadmap

By: Tracy Hancock     20th September 2019 Health and safety practitioners need to develop a technology roadmap to provide a foundation for planning aspects of safety that support technological advancements, says Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) director-general Thobile Lamati. “The roadmap will allow for the expansion or... 

Health and safety practitioners need tech roadmap
SAFETY EVOLUTION Occupational health and safety practitioners need to become more familiar with emerging technologies to support safety efforts

Institute establishes drive for CO2 as natural refrigerant

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Local heating, refrigeration and air conditioning (HVAC) industry body the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) has established a drive to introduce the option of using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a natural refrigerant, referred to as R744, through technical talks... 

Skills development to take ‘centre stage’ across all sectors

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2019 Skills development will take centre stage across all sectors, including that of fuel retail, as the country prepares for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSeta) CEO Tom Mkhwanazi averred on Wednesday. Speaking at the Fuel... 

Skills development to take ‘centre stage’ across all sectors
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
W&RSeta CEO Tom Mkhwanazi

Solidarity starts construction on new Sol-Tech campus in Pretoria

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2019 Trade union Solidarity on Friday started construction on its Sol-Tech campus, in Kloofsig, Pretoria. The R300-million campus and residence development is being undertaken by Kanton – Solidarity Movement’s new property investment company – and is expected to open in January 2021.  

Numsa to challenge 'compulsory balloting' before strikes

By: African News Agency      13th September 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Friday said it intends to challenge the decision by the Department of Labour (DOL) to make balloting compulsory before engaging in any strike.  "We believe the changes to the Labour Law are nothing more than a further unjustified... 

 Numsa to challenge 'compulsory balloting' before strikes

Parly committee against retrenchments at Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy is opposed to any retrenchments at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in order to cope with the corporation’s current financial crisis. This was made clear during an oversight visit by the Committee to Necsa, late... 

Company inspires with a certifiably powerful team of women

13th September 2019 Testing, verification and certification multinational company Bureau Veritas Southern Africa continues to spark interest in the Southern Africa professional working environment. The company – renowned for services and innovative solutions to ensure client products, infrastructure and processes... 

Company inspires with  a certifiably powerful team of women
SAL GOVENDER Increasing the number of women in female leadership roles has been high on the Bureau Veritas agenda globally and in Southern Africa

CSIR setting up a reference smart factory to stimulate local manufacturing

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is going to set up a National Reference Smart Factory on its main campus in Pretoria/Tshwane. This will play a key part in achieving a major CSIR objective – the revitalisation and modernisation of the South African manufacturing industry.... 

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use its photonics facility

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is calling for proposals from anyone who wishes to turn a demonstrated idea into a working prototype using the photonics prototyping facility at the CSIR, in Pretoria. 

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use  its photonics facility
PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGY The photonic prototyping facility was designed for individuals or organisations who wish to design photonics products

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Coating technology specialist Thermaspray has recently launched and installed its new laser cladding system, which has broadened the scope of the industries it serves. 

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings
LASER PRECISION Thermaspray’s laser cladding system was launched at its Olifantsfontien facility

African private businesses investing in digital tech to drive growth

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2019 African private businesses are optimistic about their prospects for growth over the next year and are investing in digital systems to support that growth, advisory and professional services multinational PwC Africa says. The inaugural ‘Africa Private Business Survey’ surveyed 200 unlisted,... 

African private businesses investing in digital tech to drive growth
GERT ALLEN Companies want to have people on their boards who understand the benefits that can be realised from digital technologies

Lawlessness should be addressed through shared responsibility – business leaders, govt 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2019 Following the recent spate of violence across South Africa, Police Minister Bheki Cele on Monday reiterated that government considered this form of behaviour to be “acts of criminality”. He added that government was not denying the undercurrent of anti-foreign national sentiment among those... 

Numsa says motor retail, components industry wage negotiations deadlocked 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called on employers in the motor retail and components industry to approach wage negotiations with “an attitude to resolving the dispute”. The union and employers have reached a deadlock and will meet again at the Motor Industries... 

Company committed to youth empowerment

6th September 2019 Young chemical engineer Nokubonga Ngqulunga is one of many whose horizons have broadened thanks to oil company Engen. 

Company committed to youth empowerment
NOKUBONGA NGQULUNGA Anything and everything is possible if you put in the hard work and believe in yourself

Foundation partners with companies to develop welding skills

6th September 2019 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation is inviting players in the welding industry to channel their social responsibility budgets towards a noble cause – helping train young people to give them a life-time career in the welding industry. The SAIW Foundation is currently... 

Foundation partners with companies to develop welding skills
SIDE BY SIDE SAIW provides the required institutional training, while the partner company can either provide workplace training or assist in placing the apprentices with an employer organisation Seen here is:Landi Xaba, SAIW lecturer David Makoge and Mmaphete Boipeto Robin Phete

Institute focused on upskilling of welders

6th September 2019 The welding industry and the economy in South Africa are experiencing challenging times, which has an impact on the business of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW),  says caretaker executive director Jim Guild. “In tough times perhaps more than any other time, it’s important for... 

Institute focused on upskilling of welders
JIM GUILD Welding is a primary production process across all industries and offers opportunities at all levels of education and in all types of fields

Positive response to SAIW’s newly launched programme

6th September 2019 There has been an encouraging response to the revamped Welding Inspectors Programme recently launched by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), says training services manager Shelton Zichawo. “After a deep analysis, extensive research and taking into account the needs and desires of... 

Positive response to SAIW’s newly launched programme
SHELTON ZICHAWO From a local industry perspective, the advantages of the new Welding Inspectors programme are enormous

SAIW ventures into Kenyan training programme

6th September 2019 For many years, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been extending its services all over Africa. In the latest venture, the SAIW partnered with a local organisation and played a major role in training two Kenyan trainers to be able to run training courses in Shielded Metal Arc... 

SAIW ventures into Kenyan training programme
SETTING UP SHOP The SAIW works with local organisations to help them set up and establish suitable training facilities with skilled staff

South Africa can add 1.2-million jobs by 2030, McKinsey says

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2019 Digitization and automation advancements could add 1.2-million jobs in South Africa by 2030, McKinsey & Co said in a report Thursday. Technology-related gains could triple South Africa’s productivity growth, more than double growth in per-capita income and add more than a percentage point to the... 

Minerals Council calls for govt intervention as Gauteng violence continues 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday said it was “deeply concerned and saddened” at the violence that had erupted in and around Gauteng over the course of the last few days. In particular, the council said the mining industry was “disturbed” at the xenophobic character of the violence. 

Radio astronomy can attract attention and stimulate education

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th September 2019 Astronomy in general, but radio astronomy in particular, can be a very powerful force to attract and hold public attention and to promote education. So argued Italian astrophysicist Dr Tiziana Venturi in a lecture co-hosted by the Academy of Science in South Africa and the South African National... 

Radio astronomy can attract attention and stimulate education
Photo by Event Horizon Telescope
The M87 Black Hole

Jobs crisis tops list of risks for Africa’s businesses, new WEF analysis finds

By: African News Agency      4th September 2019 Executives in sub-Saharan Africa rate unemployment and underemployment as the top risks for doing business in the region, followed by challenges related to governance, energy prices, infrastructure, and debt.  This is according to the finding of a new analysis of regional risks by the World... 

CSIR encouraging South African manufacturers to attend international conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd September 2019 Later this month the World Manufacturing Forum (WMF), which was founded in May 2018, will be holding its annual conference, in Italy. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is associated with the WMF and CSIR Manufacturing Cluster Executive Manager Martin Sanne is... 

President Ramaphosa meets with social partners on jobs crisis in South Africa

By: African News Agency      3rd September 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza on Monday held their first monthly meeting with the leaders of business, labour and communities to tackle the country’s employment crisis, the Presidency said in a statement. The jobs summit presidential working committee, set up to... 

Absa PMI drops more than expected in August 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2019 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined to 45.7 index points in August, down from 52.1 in July. Absa on Monday said that, although the decline was larger than anticipated, it was not entirely unexpected. 

Absa PMI drops more than expected in August

Policy implementation a key challenge

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2019 Legislative body Council for the Built Environment (CBE) will host its third Transformation Indaba, themed Breaking the Barriers, to address the lacklustre implementation of transformation policies within the built environment professions. The event will be held on October 9 and 10, at Diep in... 

Policy implementation a key challenge
PRISCILLA MDLALOSE Men and women are equally capable but different

Cesa aims to fix ‘leaky pipeline’

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2019 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has established a gender diversity forum to table issues of gender inequality among its member companies to address, among other challenges, the issue of qualified women leaving the sector and factors affecting their progression in... 

Cesa aims to fix  ‘leaky pipeline’
JESHIKA RAMCHUND Cesa’s new gender diversity forum aims to engage all stakeholders and develop strategies to improve diversity and inclusivity

Parliamentary Committee opposed to retrenchments at Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th August 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy is opposed to any retrenchments at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in order to cope with the corporation’s current financial crisis. This was made clear during an oversight visit by the Committee to Necsa on... 

Parliamentary Committee opposed to retrenchments at Necsa
Photo by Necsa
Necsa logo

4IR will see 'some jobs go', says labour minister

By: News24Wire      28th August 2019 The Fourth Industrial Revolution will be disruptive to everyone, and upskilling and retraining will be necessary to ensure the workforce can adapt, says Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi. SA's current workforce does not necessarily have the skills required for artificial intelligence... 

 4IR will see 'some jobs go', says labour minister
Photo by Creamer Media
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi.
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