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Education & Skills Development News

SAA establishes new academy to train pilots 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th March 2012 South African Airways (SAA) on Monday announced plans to establish a new flight academy for the focused, expert training of new pilots. SAA said it was searching for a qualified and internationally recognised partner to launch the SAA Flight Academy, which would recruit previously disadvantaged... 

New green building to house varsity’s engineering programme

By: Dimakatso Motau     16th March 2012 The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Intensive Tuition for Engineers (Unite) programme officially unveiled its new building early this month, with the Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor delivering the keynote address. 

SABS, TIA move to augment support for young innovators

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2012 South African public entity the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) valued at R30-million over the next three years to give young innovators access to SABS standards, certification, training services... 

Information technology set to play a bigger role in education 

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2012 Information technology (IT) will increasingly be used in schools to improve the effectiveness of teaching and availability of materials, says Department of Basic Education (DBE) Curriculum Innovation and e-Learning Director Phil Mnisi. 

SA delegation shares World Cup experience with Brazil

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2012 The Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is currently undertaking in Brazil, will expose South African enterprises to the Brazilian market and give them an opportunity to showcase what they can offer in light of their experience in the hosting of... 

South African business leaders lag developed country peers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2012 South Africa’s business leadership potential is ahead of that in other countries in the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India and China) grouping but lags leadership levels in the developed G8 nations and is slightly below the global average, states talent assessment company SHL. 

Training scheme integrated into residential resort roll-out

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th March 2012 The development of Steyn City along the Jukskei river, in Johannesburg, provides an opportunity for residents of Diepsloot to acquire valuable skills and work oppotunities.  

Partnership to promote youth entrepreneurship in SA, Canada, Mexico and the US

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2012 Steel mining giant ArcelorMittal’s nonprofit organisation arm ArcelorMittal Foundation and entrepreneurial development organisation Ashoka report that they have signed a partnership to support youth entrepreneurship in areas where ArcelorMittal has operations.  

Municipality empowers apprentices through college tie-up

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th March 2012 Tuition has been offered to 73 apprentices by the City of Cape Town to further their education and develop their skills at Northlink College’s Bellville and Belhar campuses. 

Absa launches small-business funding, support programme 

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2012 Commercial bank Absa has launched a small, medium- and micro-sized enterprise (SMME) funding and support programme, including commercial skills development and support, to create thousands of SMMEs in South Africa in a reasonably short time frame, says Absa Business Markets head Marcel de Klerk. 

Skills shortage a weak link in the paper chain

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) is recruiting young postgraduate chemical engineering students into the paper and pulp industry and will, going forward, start its recruitment drive earlier in the year to ensure it meets its targets. 

Seta endorses TWP’s new drawing office training centre 

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2012 Engineering company TWP’s recently accredited drawing office training centre went through a rigorous assessment to receive its official recognition and has a number of tips to share with new schools aiming for this endorsement by the industry Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta), says... 

Gordhan calls for labour law reforms

By: Sapa     7th March 2012 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has called for labour market reforms, according to a report on Wednesday. "Given the scale of the unemployment challenge, no single policy offers the solution…. What is needed is a comprehensive set of reforms that maximise job creation," Gordhan said in an... 

Sydney Mhlarhi appointed to PPC board

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2012 JSE-listed Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) on Friday announced that it had appointed Sydney Mhlarhi as a nonexecutive director to its board with effect from March 1. Mhlarhi was appointed as a representative of the PPC consortium of strategic black partners and as a member the deal committee and... 

South Africa needs to relieve supply-chain constraints   

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2012 Research undertaken by logistics group Barloworld Logistics on Friday revealed the possibility that South Africa may soon lose its role as the world’s ‘gateway to Africa’ if it does not respond to rising competition from other African countries. In its ninth publication of ‘supplychainforesight’... 

SA group to boost technical education and use air team to attract young to study

By: Keith Campbell     2nd March 2012 Industrial and mining group Eqstra is to invest some R36-million in supporting technical education in the country over the next five years. “We’ve adopted ten technical high schools around the country,” reports company CEO Walter Hill. “Most of these schools have got boarding facilities and... 

Cabinet to consider labour amendments - Motlanthe

By: SA News     1st March 2012 Cabinet is to consider amendments to the Labour Relations Act in the coming months and is pursuing several measures to ensure more jobs are created, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told MPs on Wednesday. 

Sappi retrenchments scaled back, delayed - union

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th February 2012 Paper group Sappi’s expected retrenchment of 959 employees has been reduced by almost half and has been delayed by six months, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday. Intensive consultation with trade unions resulted in the paper group agreeing to retrench only 456 employees as part of its... 

African CEOs more bullish about economic prospects

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th February 2012 Despite the fact that CEOs globally are concerned about volatile economic growth in capital markets, CEOs in Africa have taken a more bullish outlook, said professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Southern Africa deputy CEO Stanley Subramoney. PWCs latest report in its government... 

Gauteng on jobs drive

By: Sapa     27th February 2012 Health and education will be the focus of Gauteng's infrastructure development programme to create jobs, the provincial government said on Monday.  

Proposed code changes add to BEE complexity – Grant Thornton 

27th February 2012 The proposed changes to the broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice will cause additional complexity for businesses, Grant Thornton verification services MD Wade van Rooyen said on Monday. “This will set companies back as they come to terms with additional... 

Diesel engine components remanufacturer tackles skills shortage

By: Gia Costella     24th February 2012 A shortage of skilled labourers remains one of the biggest challenges in the automotive industry, Germiston-based Metric Automotive Engineering operations manager Andrew Yorke tells Engineering News. 

Education a click away, online retailer argues

By: Dimakatso Motau     24th February 2012 Digitisation of the South African schooling system could prove beneficial for learners, states online retail giant kalahari.com 

E Cape IT graduates receive open source boost

24th February 2012 Thirty-five unemployed information technology (IT) graduates have boosted their marketability and chances of finding employment after an intensive, week-long open source software workshop organised by information communication technology (ICT) incubator, the Eastern Cape Information Technology... 

SA moves to find consensus on how to tackle tyre-mountain scourge 

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2012 It is common cause that South Africa requires a plan to deal with its growing ‘tyre mountain’ problem, which is growing at a rate of about 200 000 t a year, or one-million waste tyres each month.  

Cips and UP team up on supply chain management

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2012 The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (Cips) Southern Africa and the University of 
Pretoria (UP) have partnered to further professionalise the procurement and supply chain profession, Cips announced on Thursday. The parties signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on... 

Eqstra to boost technical education, use air team to attract young to study

By: Keith Campbell     21st February 2012 Industrial and mining group Eqstra is to invest some R36-million in supporting technical education in the country over the next five years. “We’ve adopted ten technical high schools around the country,” reported company CEO Walter Hill on Tuesday. “All these schools have got boarding facilities... 

SA seeks to align education strategy with big projects push

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2012 The Department of Higher Education and Training is preparing to move forward on strategies to meet the skills requirements for South Africa’s ambitious infrastructure programme announced last week, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Friday. In his recent State of the Nation... 

Poor maths results hamper engineering sector, says recruitment firm

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th February 2012 Less than 105 000 matriculants out of the 496 000 that sat for their final exams in 2011, are able to pursue studies in engineering this year.  

Study shows up correlation between school management, matric pass rates

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th February 2012 An exercise to measure the link between matric results in KwaZulu-Natal and the introduction of school management programmes in the province shows up a strong correlation between the efficiency of school management and pass rates. Principals Management Development Programme (PMDP) project... 

Samsung honours first crop of electronics graduates 

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th February 2012 Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy’s first class of matriculants graduated last month, at a ceremony held at the Alberton Civic Centre, in Boksburg, Gauteng.  

Posco teams up with IFC to pursue African investments

By: Henry Lazenby     15th February 2012 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and South Korea's Posco, the world's No 3 steelmaker, on Wednesday announced a yearlong memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on business development in sub-Saharan Africa. Under the accord, the two organisations will pursue investment... 

Proudly SA pushes ‘buy local’ campaign on Valentine's Day

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2012 A Proudly South African Buy-Local campaign event on Tuesday, aimed at creating awareness for the support of local goods, products and services, was deemed a success. Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Thandi Tobias-Pokolo joined a number of South African personalities, celebrities and Proudly SA... 

Minister Pandor announces 60 new research chairs

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2012 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has appointed 60 new research chairs as part of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), which is aimed at retaining excellence in research and innovation in the South African science system. The new research chairs increased the total... 

Transnet Ports continuing talks with UAL on Saldanha lease

By: Henry Lazenby     10th February 2012 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) this week continued negotiations with shipping company Universal African Lines (UAL) to save an investment deal at the Saldanha port. Last week it was announced the Dutch-headquartered group would withdraw from the Saldanha Oil and Gas Service... 

ICT skills development push gains private boost

10th February 2012 Information and communications technology (ICT) skills development in South Africa received a boost after business systems software giant SAP and the Media, Advertising and ICT Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta) partnered to place PhD and Masters candidates into research... 

Connectivity, mobility affecting youth employment choices – study

10th February 2012 The desire of young professionals and college students to use social media, mobile devices and the Internet more freely in the workplace is strong enough to influence their future job choice, sometimes more than salary, according to an international study published by information technology... 

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