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Academy supports applications for international science fellowships

27th April 2012 The Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) reports it will once again be facilitating applications by South African scholars for postgraduate training and postdoctoral fellowships advertised in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Pakistan and Malaysia. 

Engineering employers encouraged to seek out Red Seal artisans

By: Dimakatso Motau     27th April 2012 Skilled, well-trained artisans are worth their weight in gold in the industry and employers operating in the engineering sector should do everything in their power to attract and retain these skills, states recruitment agency Network Recruitment. 

Artisan training on strong growth path - Nzimande 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th April 2012 Artisan training in South Africa has grown rapidly during the 2011/12 financial year, with data from Sector Education Training Authorities in South Africa (SETAs) showing that 24 378 artisan learners entered the system, 861 more than in the previous year. Higher Education and Training Minister... 

Ban Ki-moon appoints PIC’s Masilela to UNGC board

23rd April 2012 United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has appointed the CEO of South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) board. Elias Masilela would be expected, besides others, to serve as a champion of the UNGC and its missions for a period of three... 

Offering global prospects bolsters African talent pool, says consultancy

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2012 Multidisciplinary engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon reports significant success in its young professionals exchange programme geared at retaining professional engineers and specialists within its business by enabling them to travel to, and work in, Aurecon... 

Better driver behaviour improves business efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2012 Driver behaviour systems, which measure a host of metrics as a person drives, improve drivers’ behaviour, leading to reduced maintenance costs, fuel use and risk to companies, says fleet management and vehicle tracking company Ctrack strategic projects director Deon du Rand. 

Skills training a success

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 Nuclear energy research and development company the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has seen an almost twofold increase in the number of people enrolled in its skills development programme over the past three years. 

SA immigration rules may be eased to attract engineers for infrastructure push 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2012 The prevailing shortage of engineers has been identified by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) as a major potential impediment to the effective implementation of South Africa’s ambitious infrastructure investment programme, which currently comprises 17 Strategic... 

EPWP non-State programme could be expanded - Nxesi  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th April 2012 The success of the Non-State Sector Programme (NSS), a component of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), indicated that the programme could be expanded, Public Works Minister Thulasi Nxesi said on Friday. The NSS was introduced as a division of the EPWP in 2009. Since then, more than 35... 

Professional supply-chain body hosts first SA forum

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th April 2012 The newly formed Professional Body Forum aimed at dealing with issues in the supply chain management and purchasing training landscape, held its inaugural meeting in March, in Centurion and 26 professional bodies participated at the event. 

Digital media being deployed as a learning tool 

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th April 2012 In the digital age we live in, a project, which started off as a pilot during the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, is bringing twenty-first century learning to South African youth, teaching them about the use of multimedia tools as a learning tool and communication platform. 

Real wage growth outpaces productivity, stifles job creation 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2012 The finding of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) working paper that the rapid growth of real wages in South Africa, which outpaced labour productivity growth in most sectors, was suppressing employment creation was concerning, said the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on... 

Van Schalkwyk unveils rural tourism strategy  

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2012 A new tourism strategy, released by the National Department of Tourism (NDT) on Wednesday, emphasised the development of rural tourism in stimulating job creation and economic benefits. Speaking at the release of the National Rural Tourism Strategy, Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the... 

Govt expert appointed to Walmart study

By: SA News     11th April 2012 Nobel laureate and economist, Professor Joseph Stiglitz, has been appointed as the government’s expert to serve on the Walmart study. This follows the judgement by the Competition Appeal Court in March that a study be commissioned to “determine the most appropriate means together with the... 

Adcorp says March employment up, union membership down

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2012 A total of 108 826 new jobs were created in South Africa in March, an increase from the 24 000 jobs created in February and 80 000 jobs created in January, the latest Adcorp Employment Index showed on Tuesday. This was the strongest monthly showing of job creation since the 2009 recession, with... 

New energy training centre opens at Vaal University of Technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th April 2012 Energy management specialist Schneider Electric South Africa has teamed up with the French Ministry of Education and tertiary institution the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) to launch a centre aimed at developing programmes to train technicians and higher technicians in the fields of energy,... 

Second Phelophepa health train set to reach 370 000 patients a year 

By: Dimakatso Motau     6th April 2012 South African transport utility Transnet has launched the R82-million Phelophepa II health train, which, together with Phelophepa 1, has the potential to make a difference to the lives of 370 000 patients a year.  

Varsity students seek to promote entrepreneurship 

By: Dimakatso Motau     6th April 2012 Nonprofit organisation Students in Free Enterprise (Sife) South Africa aims to continue to promote entrepreneurship and get more university students involved in its efforts to reach more communities and contribute to tangible change. 

Wits hopes ‘science stadium’ will set stage for new science champions 

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2012 Tertiary capacity for engineering, science and mathematics students has been boosted by the construction of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Science Stadium, which boasts a 435-seat lecture auditorium, two 330-seat lecture auditoria and two 240-seat lecture auditoria all equipped with... 

Saica to assist colleges with CFO capacity building, turnaround strategies

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2012 The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) will from the end of the month assist struggling Further Education and Training (FET) colleges by providing chartered accountants on a contractual basis to step in as CFOs, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on... 

Zuma announces R2.5bn for FET colleges  

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2012 The National Skills Fund and the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) are to allocate R2.5-billion towards the refurbishment and construction of new college campuses over the next three years, President Jacob Zuma announced on Wednesday. The money will be used for expanding and... 

Lonrho to open ‘easyHotel’ in Joburg

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd April 2012 Investment company Lonrho on Tuesday announced, in conjunction with Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s easyGroup, that it would open the first easyHotel.com in Africa in Johannesburg’s central business district at the end of the year. London- and Johannesburg-listed Lonrho entered into an exclusive... 

Zuma to meet FET college principals

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2012 President Jacob Zuma will meet with the principals of 50 Further Education and Training (FET) colleges on Wednesday to examine the role FETs play in the country's skills development strategy. The meeting in Pretoria, which would also look at the current level of skills in South Africa, aimed to... 

Second Jobs Fund bidding window officially opens 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2012 South Africa’s Jobs Fund, which has been allocated R9-billion to support job creation initiatives over three years, has issued its second call for proposals, having approved 26 projects and grant funding worth R1.5-billion during the first window, which closed on July 31, 2011. For 2012/13,... 

Tractor technician training scheme launched 

By: Dimakatso Motau     30th March 2012 Global manufacturer of farm equipment John Deere has extended its artisan training programme with black-owned artisan training academy Ikaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy (IFTA), in Roodepoort, by signing a contract worth R8,5-million. 

India-SA move to bolster technology partnerships

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2012 The High Commission of India in South Africa is committed to expanding the ties between the two countries in the vital information technology (IT) sector, while the South Africa government is committed to expanding the application of IT to various sectors, says High Commissioner of India to South... 

Law firm appoints new chair to lead African push

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th March 2012 South African and global law firm Eversheds reports it has appointed Lavery Modise as chairperson of Eversheds South Africa. Modise, a former acting Labour Court judge, has served as deputy chairperson of the company since July 2009. 

Eskom launches welding school as Gigaba commits SoEs to training  

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom on Thursday launched the Welding School of Excellence, its latest addition to the Eskom Academy of Learning (EAL). The Midrand-based welding school, which falls under the EAL’s Artisan, Operating and Maintenance Centre of Excellence, would train over 700 potential... 

Sephaku names new CEO, financial director

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th March 2012 JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings said on Monday Dr Lelau Mohuba will become as CEO at the end of March 31. Mohuba, who is currently the chairperson, will replace current CEO Neil Crafford-Lazarus, who has been appointed as financial director. 

Labour bills could stifle job growth, business organisations warn 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2012 Business organisations have voiced concern over amendments to South Africa’s labour legislation, approved by Cabinet last week, but welcomed a decision not to ban labour broking. The Steel and Engineering Industries’ Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) said that the Basic Conditions of... 

Study into R20bn Umzimvubu dam, power project under way 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2012 A detailed feasibility study for the Umzimvubu water project, in the Eastern Cape, was started in January, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in a written response to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s Gareth Morgan. The dam is intended to supply... 

Infrastructure needed, but keeping tenders clean will be a challenge

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2012 Reducing regulatory hurdles for all sizes of companies, as well as reducing corruption and maladministration in governmental departments will be key to ensuring delivery on Budget 2012's stated goal of improving the environment for job creation, two commentators have argued. 

Joburg to invest R100bn on infrastructure 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2012 The City of Johannesburg will spend over R100-billion on economic and social infrastructure over the next ten years, City of Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau said on Thursday. To enable Johannesburg to facilitate local economic activity and create an enabling environment for growth, the... 

Cosatu unhappy over labour bills

By: Sapa     22nd March 2012 The tug of war between the government and Cosatu on labour broking is set to continue after Cabinet approved two key labour bills without ceding to the union federation's demand for a ban on the practice. Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant told a post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday that the Basic... 

Come to the party, govt tells business  

By: Sapa     22nd March 2012 South Africa's business sector was on Thursday urged to "come to the party" and join the government in creating jobs. Briefing the media following Cabinet's fortnightly meeting on Tuesday, government spokesman Jimmy Manyi said a date and venue would soon be announced for a meeting between... 

SA's Q4 non-farm employment up 0.3%

By: Reuters     20th March 2012 The number of people employed in South Africa's formal sector inched up only 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2011 with the manufacturing sector among the few that added jobs, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. Chronic unemployment remains one of the biggest challenges facing Africa's biggest... 

Special economic zones risky, says FMF’s Louw 

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2012 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) initiative to create special economic zones (SEZs) may potentially provide significant and sustained economic benefits, but is also fraught with pitfalls that could undermine its efficacy, Free Market Foundation executive director Leon Louw said on... 

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