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Sustainability, growth tension to come to the fore in 2012 Budget

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who will present South Africa’s 2012 Budget on February 22, will need to strike a difficult balance between finding the resources required to implement growth-supporting policy objectives and debt sustainability, Deloitte economist Kay Walsh argues in her Budget... 

Mercedes, Merseta cofund technical learnership to help reduce skills dearth  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th February 2012 The scarcity of appropriately skilled technicians in the automotive sector has spurred Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) to extend their involvement in the training of technicians by initiating a technical learnership at St Anthony’s Education Centre (SAEC), in Boksburg. 

Skills projects could be better aligned with workplace demand

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2012 South Africa is in need of increased high-level integration of the country’s multiple programmes, policies and strategies to better align skills development initiatives with workplace demand, Production Management Institute (PMI) executive director for strategy John Botha said on Thursday.... 

Acsa consortium awarded R70bn Brazil airport contract

By: Henry Lazenby     8th February 2012 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), together with Brazilian joint venture partner Invepar, won a R70-billion ($9.2-billion) concession to overhaul and operate the busiest and most valuable of three Brazilian airports, Guarulhos, in São Paulo. “Acsa is pleased with the outcome of the... 

Zuma speech should boost investor confidence, support SMEs

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2012 Enterprise support, especially for small and medium-sized businesses (SME's), could be a key theme of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address in Parliament tomorrow, organised business said on Wednesday. Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said it hoped the President would seek to... 

Shortage of materials engineers hobbling South Africa

3rd February 2012 The shortage of technical engineering and technology skills, specifically materials engineers and concrete technologists, is threatening the future economic growth of South Africa, says Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI) MD Bryan Perrie. 

Gauteng to build 79 new schools, refurbish existing ones

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd February 2012 The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is seeking expressions of interest from building contractors for the construction of 79 new schools and the refurbishment of 12 Phase 1 schools and 285 existing schools in the province. The GDE admitted to having its “fair share” of the national schools... 

Study seeks to understand why engineering students fail to graduate

By: Dimakatso Motau     27th January 2012 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has embarked on a research campaign, the results of which will aid in understanding the challenges regarding tertiary institutions achieving higher pass rates in engineering bachelor’s degrees. 

Cosatu to intensify call for ban on business overlap in public service  

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2012 In the run-up to the African National Congress’ (ANC’s) June policy conference, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) plans to lobby aggressively for a change to the current public service framework allowing government officials to sustain their private business interests – a... 

Zuma to promote job-creating partnerships at WEF 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2012 President Jacob Zuma will market and promote opportunities offered through the New Growth Path (NGP) at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week. The President, who was accompanied by a number of Ministers including Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Trade and Industry... 

SA jobs target ambitious, says SAIRR 

By: Sapa     23rd January 2012 South Africa aims to create five-million jobs by 2020 but has only created 624 000 in the last decade, according to a survey released on Monday. 

Career guide to assist in creating jobs in plastics industry

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Industry association, Plastics South Africa’s (Plastics SA’s) training division plans to create an electronic career guide that will list the available skills and job opportunities in the local plastics industry. 

Intel’s investment arm turns its attention to African prospects

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2012 The new optimism surrounding future economic prospects for Africa – home to six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies over the past decade – is becoming more and more palpable. 

Amid global uncertainty Africa needs to seize emerging opportunities

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2012 There is renewed and growing investor interest in Africa, which is poised to continue to grow, despite the turmoil being caused by the eurozone sovereign debt crisis and the US’s debt problems, delegates to the Africa Frontiers Forum heard on Thursday in Johannesburg. Forum organiser Frontier... 

Minister Molewa unveils plan to deal with waste tyres  

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2012 A levy of R2.30/kg would be introduced on new tyres manufactured in or imported into South Africa from February 1 to pay for the collection and recycling of waste tyres, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced in Pretoria on Tuesday. Over 200 000 t of tyres become waste... 

2012 seen as make or break year for economic recovery 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2012 The world economy was at a critical juncture with United Nation (UN) economists predicting that 2012 would be a critical year to either maintain slow economic recovery or slip back into a recession. Persistent high unemployment, the eurozone sovereign debt crisis and premature fiscal austerity... 

Colleges can play a key role in closing SA skills gap - Nzimande 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2012 An expanded further education and training (FET) college sector has a central role to play in increasing artisan numbers and other mid-level skills, Minister Blade Nzimande said on Thursday. Unveiling the Green Paper for Post-School Education and Training, the Higher Education and Training... 

Universities fail to produce enough graduates in business-oriented fields 

By: Henry Lazenby     10th January 2012 South African tertiary institutions are failing to produce enough graduates in business-oriented fields, staffing solutions company Adcorp said on Tuesday, releasing its December Employment Index. The report pointed to there currently being nearly 600 000 unemployed university graduates in South... 

Ecsa seeks to improve engineering graduate output 

By: Henry Lazenby     10th January 2012 Despite an improvement in the 2011 matric results, the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has again warned that the country was not producing enough matriculants with the desired results in subjects required for admission to engineering programmes. Furthermore, Ecsa VP professor... 

IFC makes significant investment for Nigerian private schooling

By: Dimakatso Motau     16th December 2011 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is investing $5-million in the Funtaj International School to expand access to high-quality private education to hundreds of students in Nigeria. 

New welding school aims to produce skilled artisans 

By: Dimakatso Motau     16th December 2011 Construction group Aveng Grinaker-LTA has unveiled its first response to the National Development Plan's call for all sectors of society to mobilise around a national vision to create 11-million jobs by 2030 by investing in a new welding school, located at its Vanderbijlpark premises. The school... 

Guidance and mentorship significant for women engineers

By: Dimakatso Motau     16th December 2011 There is a need for women to be nurtured and provided with the necessary support structure to excel in the engineering field to make a significant contribution to industry. 

Skills training key to success of major projects

16th December 2011 When executed successfully, the skills legacy of a major project ensures the effective, ongoing operation and asset management of the completed project, says engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon. 

DST to fund 164 technology-linked interns

By: Henry Lazenby     14th December 2011 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) would fund the placement of 164 internships as part of its Science-, Engineering- and Technology- (SET-) linked internship programme, it said in a written response to a Parliamentary question on Wednesday. In response to a question posed by... 

More formal jobs in Q3 – Stats SA 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th December 2011 South Africa provided about 59 000 new formal jobs for people in the nonagricultaral sector during the third quarter of this year, the latest quarterly employment statistics survey (QES), undertaken by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), showed on Tuesday. This was a 0.7% change when compared... 

Canada-backed research grants available for African graduates

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th December 2011 Graduate students from Africa and Canada will have the opportunity to benefit from C$300 000 in funding, as the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant has called for applications for the 2012 graduate research grant programme. 

Engineering firm seeks to bridge education-workplace divide

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th December 2011 To alleviate South Africa’s growing shortage of skilled professionals in the engineering and construction sectors, industry role players should be assisting students to bridge the gap between secondary school, tertiary education and the working environment. 

Technology giant teams up with technical high schools in skills push

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2011 A new initiative by technology giant Samsung, the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy, aims to leverage the youth’s interest in electronics to support educational and skills-development improvements. 

Samsung Africa launches solar-powered Internet schools

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2011 Technology giant Samsung Africa has geared itself to increase accessibility to education and connectivity across Africa through the launch of its Solar Powered Internet School model at the Samsung Engineering Academy in Boksburg, South Africa, last month. 

More involvement from SA bosses cultivates success

By: Henry Lazenby     7th December 2011 South Africa’s employers have received a mixed report card, with slightly less than half of all survey respondents of the Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI) saying bosses have done a good job in preparing them for future success. The KGWI contains the views of about 97 000 people in 30... 

Anglo American launches entrepreneurial internships

By: Henry Lazenby     7th December 2011 Four to six aspiring entrepreneurs would be given an opportunity to take part in mining major Anglo American’s new Entrepreneur Internship Programme (EIP) in South Africa, the company said on Wednesday. The programme is intended to support economic growth. Entrepreneurs would be provided the... 

Millions to boost skills development

By: SA News     2nd December 2011 A R129-million agreement which is expected to improve the country’s skills development was announced on Friday by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.  

State IT firm promises to nurture small suppliers

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2011 The State Information Technology Agency (Sita) is focusing on growing the number of small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) involved in information technology services in South Africa by using its tender processes to nurture their development, says Sita COO Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. 

SA has to focus on raising the competitiveness bar

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 South Africa’s lack of economic competitiveness at the country level is a cause for concern and is undermining investor confidence, Frontier Advisory partner and Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) adjunct lecturer Abdullah Verachia argued at a recent roundtable discussion. 

Siemens says it will create green jobs in Africa during 2012

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 Diversified technology company Siemens aims to create about 500 green jobs in Africa, in 2012, as a continued growth strategy for the continent. 

Soweto training centre celebrates twentieth anniversary

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 The Builders Training Centre (BTC), based in Soweto, a division of the South African–German Training Services (SAGTS), celebrated its twentieth anniversary in November and hopes to continue developing building skills for the construction industry.  

Technical skills expo to provide career guidance

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 The shortage of skilled employees in the artisan and technical skills fraternity poses a threat to these industries, as the average working age of a qualified artisan has decreased from 54 years to 45 years in the last two years. 

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