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Education & Skills Development News

Sustainability and collaboration emerge as key African themes for International Year of Chemistry

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th February 2011 The role of chemistry in Africa’s future development was the theme of the fortieth South African Chemical Institute (SACI) convention, held recently at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg. The convention was the first in a series of events planned by the International Union of... 

Business analytics software firm tops list for workplace culture

4th February 2011 Business analytics software provider SAS is again No 1 on Fortune magazine's yearly 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  

R32m artisan training programme launched 

By: Petronel Smit     31st January 2011 The Public Works Department has invested R32-million in the development of essential skills for young people, particularly in the built environment sector. A hundred learners from the Northern Cape attended their first day of the Northern Cape Artisan Development Programme at the Nuclear Energy... 

Service station doubles as a community information centre

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     28th January 2011 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and the Department of Energy (DoE) have opened a new Integrated Energy Centre (IEC) for the community of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape. 

Austrian welding academy awarded local accreditation

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     28th January 2011 The Austrian Welding Academy Trust (AWA) has been awarded Authorised Training Board (ATB) status by the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and International Institute of Welding Programme (IIW). 

New strings to be added to green building conference bow

21st January 2011 The Green Building Conference 2011, to be held on July 13 and 14, at the Sandton International Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, will incorporate new features for delegates and exhibitors. 

eThekwini expands enterprise development model

21st January 2011 A mentorship initiative has been introduced on eThekwini’s R400-million water and sanitation project, to supply potable water and toilet facilities to more than 300 informal settlements throughout the municipality. 

Building body to use training to boost on-site safety

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st January 2011 Statistics released by private assurance company Federated Employers Mutual (FEM) Assurance Company show that the average cost of a construction-related accident is R14 800.  

From vehicles to cables, microdot technology gains asset recovery traction

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st January 2011 Microdot technology, which is a process whereby valuable assets are given a ‘DNA’ invisible to the naked eye, appears to be gaining an increasing acceptance as a helpful asset recovery tool among crime-wary South Africans. 

SA school system not producing the skills needed – PMI 

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th January 2011 South Africa’s national schooling system is not producing the range and kind of skills required for meaningful socio-economic development in the country, the Production Management Institute (PMI) said on Thursday. Strategic projects GM Johan Botha said that business throughout South Africa would... 

Mantashe says five-million new jobs possible 

By: Sapa     17th January 2011 The ANC is confident that five million jobs can be created in the next decade, with rural development contributing an expected half a million jobs and manufacturing 350 000, ruling party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday. A big increase in public sector employment would help South... 

Research significant in strengthening engineering education

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th January 2011 Research undertaken by the Centre for Research in Engineering Education (Cree), during 2009/10, points out that the pressures faced by engineering students are overwhelming and have contributed to the low success rate for first-year students.  

Chemical incubator receives fresh support

14th January 2011 The South African Chemical Technology Incubator, Chemin, has been awarded two significant grants that will be used to enhance training and upgrade its facilities. 

Private sector’s IP law fears mostly unfounded, says attorney

14th January 2011 Private sector scepticism over South Africa’s new intellectual property rights law for universities may prove unfounded, says Werksmans Attorneys director Roux de Villiers.  

Industrial theatre still making a workplace safety impression 

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th January 2011 Industrial theatre company the Learning Theatre Organisation (LTO) is continuing to to find success in using drama as a training aid. A new workplace safety play, entitled ‘Superman goes Nowhere’, which was originally created for Sasol Oil, has subsequently been performed for a variety of... 

New skills strategy puts emphasis on occupational-directed training 

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th January 2011 The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) on Thursday launched the third National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS3) geared towards wiping out the skills deadlock that constrains the country’s economy. Speaking at the strategy launch in Midrand, DHET Minister Blade Nzimande said... 

Database of retired professionals, artisans being developed by E Cape agency

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th December 2010 The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) will soon launch its database for retired professionals and artisans to support local small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development. 

DHET to take a more ‘hands on’ approach in Seta governance 

By: Loni Prinsloo     7th December 2010 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday said that his department would take a much more “hands-on” approach in the governance and management of Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas). Speaking at a Seta forum in Pretoria, Nzimande said that some drastic... 

High wage demands possibly causing job losses – IMF 

By: Sapa     3rd December 2010 Inflexible wage demands by SA's workers are the likely reason for massive job losses since the start of the global financial crisis, the International Monetary Fund's mission chief for Africa told MPs on Friday. Abebe Selassie said during a briefing to the standing committee on finance that job... 

Bank, conservation group have supported 170 projects over 20 years

By: Eleanor Seggie     3rd December 2010 Conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) and South Africa’s fourth largest banking group Nedbank have donated over R100-million in funds towards the Green Trust, over the course of their partnership.  

Competition gives learners glimpse into world of biomedical engineering

By: Petronel Smit     3rd December 2010 Gauteng school learners ventured into the biomedical engineering discipline when they robots to compete to complete a series of taxing tasks, in the regional finals of the SAP First Lego League Robotics Tournament, which took place at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, during November. 

Busa calls for a ‘delivery’ State, more jobs pragmatism  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2010 Organised business in South Africa has called for the country’s economic policies to prioritise the creation of a ‘delivery’ State ahead of a so-called ‘developmental’ State, asserting that, unless there is an increase in public sector capacity and skills, basic service delivery will suffer... 

New body launched to coordinate artisan training programmes 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2010 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday said that the country would move towards implementing a simple, single approach apprenticeship-based artisan development system, as opposed to the current Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) driven process, which has... 

Focus on safety and quality pays off

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th November 2010 Construction firm Grinaker-LTA Earthworks Engineering business unit has almost halved its lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) during the past year. 

Employee development at forefront of process automation

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2010 Skills development is a key component of the development of South African economy, says process field instrumentation specialist company Endress+Hauser marketing manager Hennie Blignaut. 

Astronomy can stimulate learners
to study maths and science

By: Keith Campbell     26th November 2010 Astronomy and space science can be used to stimulate children and especially teenagers to study maths and science. So argues Massachussets Institute of Technology aerospace engineering professor and retired US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) astronaut Dr Jeffrey Hoffman.

Business warns salary cap could hurt investment

By: Chanel de Bruyn     24th November 2010 Business organisations and analysts on Wednesday cautioned that government’s proposed plans to cap wage and salary increases by legislation could curb foreign direct investment (FDI). In a framework document detailing South Africa’s new economic growth path, which was released on Tuesday, the... 

SA needs to produce 30 000 more engineers by 2014 – govt 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd November 2010 Government is targeting the training of at least 30 000 additional engineers by 2014 and at least 50 000 additional artisans by 2015, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel revealed in a framework document for the new economic growth path on Tuesday. The new growth path policy was aimed at... 

Focused on training

19th November 2010 Specialist steel fabricator for the structural steel and mining industries Tass Engineering will run the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) assembler training programme for the third time, owing to the company’s past success. “Three individuals from the first training... 

Study calls for migration overhaul, govt says review under way 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2010 A fundamental shift in South Africa's migration policy is required to deal with the country's prevailing skills crisis, a newly published report argues, adding that even much-needed improvements to the domestic education and training environment will not be sufficient to deal with what is a... 

New learnerships for freight forwarding

By: Jessica Hannah     12th November 2010 The Transport Education Training Authority (Teta) in partnership with the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (Saaff) has introduced new learnerships in the freight forwarding industry. 

R350m baby-care products manufacturing facility opens in Joburg

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     12th November 2010 Multinational firm Procter and Gamble (P&G) officially opened a manufacturing plant for its baby care brand Pampers, in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, and at the same time celebrated 15 years of the nappy brand in South Africa. 

New growth path imperatives form basis for Seta overhaul

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th November 2010 Three underperforming, or subeconomic, sector education and training authorities (Setas) have been axed as part of the long-awaited restructuring exercise, while others are to be realigned and restructured in line with South Africa's emerging growth imperatives. The three entities that have been... 

Mobile science lab reaches 12 780 learners, 
thanks to donated van 

By: Petronel Smit     5th November 2010 The donation of a Nissan PrimaStar van from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2009 has enabled the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, in Newtown, Johannesburg, to extend the reach of the Emasondondo mobile science laboratory project to reach 23 schools and 12 780 learners in 2010. 

Economic prospects improving, but jobs still a concern

By: Chanel de Bruyn     5th November 2010 While South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth was expected to moderate in the second half of this year, after having accelerated to an annualised rate of 3,9% in the first six months, the economy was still expected to grow by 3% in 2010. Economic growth in the second half of the year... 

Remove bottlenecks in skills pipeline — Nzimande

By: Sapa     2nd November 2010 Artificial bottlenecks in the skills development pipeline need to be removed and equity and access for all achieved, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday. Briefing the media on his delivery and performance agreements with President Jacob Zuma, Nzimande said... 

Mentoring seen as vital to bridging gap created by South Africa’s dearth of engineers

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     29th October 2010 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) says that the country has about half the engineers it needs to meet its development potential.  

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