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Education & Skills Development News

Alliance to provide encompassing training solution

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2011 Health and safety training and equipment provider Action Training Academy (ATA) has joined forces with consulting and training firm KBC Health & Safety (KBC) and working-at-height training provider Height Wise Training Academy to develop an encompassing health and safety training solution. “This... 

Computer-based programme to improve financial management of projects

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2011 Global project management education company Davis & Dean will expand its local service offering in the next two months when it introduces a computer-based simulation focused on the financial aspect of project management. 

Training centre for construction tools opened in Sweden 

15th July 2011 Atlas Copco Construction Tools, a division of industrial group Atlas Copco’s construction and mining technique business area, has established a training centre, in Kalmar, Sweden. 

Crime awareness campaign launched for SA airports

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th July 2011 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) is undertaking a national drug smuggling awareness campaign, which it plans to roll out to all airports in the country. 

Academy launches upgraded work-at-height training facility  

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2011 Work-at-height training provider Height Wise Training Academy has invested about R60 000 in the infrastructure and equipment of a training facility, in Midrand, Gauteng, which is equipped to train fall arrest technicians and level 1 to 3 rope access technicians.  

Institutions need to align courses to facilitate further education 

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2011 The difficulties further education and training (FET) college graduates are experiencing in obtaining credits for overlapping courses from universities of technology and traditional universities is creating a dilemma in government's focus on education and skills development, says consulting... 

UN report paints mixed picture of global progress on MDG goals 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     12th July 2011 Sustained growth in developing countries is keeping the world on track to reduce the global poverty rate to below 15% by 2015, the United Nations (UN) said at the launch of ‘The Millennium Development Goal Report 2011’ on Tuesday. This is significantly below the 23% target prescribed in the... 

Africa must sustain room for industrial-policy manoeuvre in all trade talks  

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2011 African countries should invest in trade-negotiating capacity to defend the policy space they will require to pursue industrialisation programmes that could support the expansion of competitive manufacturing industries, a new United Nations study argues. Policymakers should also apply their... 

Adcorp jobs index declines for second month in a row

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     11th July 2011 South Africa, which currently has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, saw its employment rate declining by 8.3% in June for the second consecutive month, human capital group Adcorp labour market analyst Loane Sharp said on Monday. Citing its latest index findings, Adcorp... 

Seifsa ‘cautiously optimistic’ about wage negotiations

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     11th July 2011 The Steel Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) remained “cautiously optimistic” that an agreement could be reached to end the nationwide metals and engineering worker’s strike, Seifsa executive director David Carson said on Monday. Seifsa and the National Union of... 

Strike causes new rebar supply uncertainties

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th July 2011 The South African Reinforced Concrete Engineers Association (Sarcea) said on Friday that is members would be forced to import steel, as the five-day metal and engineering worker's strike has affected local steel output. Sarcea director Rod Mountford said the association’s members have been... 

Association presents course for light steel frame building contractors

8th July 2011 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) is presenting a light steel frame (LSF) building training course, in Kwazulu-Natal, this month. 

R5.6m science centre to be launched

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 South Africa's largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) will launch a third science centre, at Madadeni, in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, in August this year. 

Regenesys offering potential students chance to try out first module of its MBA course

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th July 2011 Leading management and leadership institution Regenesys Business School is offering potential students the opportunity to try out the first module of its MBA degree for free for a first month. 

New institute aims to train 500 artisans a year

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th July 2011 A new engineering artisan training facility, which aims to deliver 500 artisans into the South African economy every year, has been launched by private higher education institution Production Management Institute (PMI), in Johannesburg.  

Creating space for entrepreneurs a key African success theme – World Bank

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2011 A new World Bank report narrating 26 so-called African success stories highlights the catalytic role that some governments have played in stimulating these achievements by intervening in a manner designed to allow the private sector to flourish, rather than seeking to control the enterprise or... 

Engineering strike only the start in Cosatu's living wage push - president

By: Sapa     6th July 2011 The engineering sector strike was only the beginning of workers' fight for a living wage, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said on Wednesday. "All sectors ultimately will be affected," Dlamini said on the sidelines of the International Metalworkers' Federation regional conference in Newtown,... 

Companies fronting as BEE may face penalties, blacklisting 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2011 Proposed changes to South Africa’s broad-based black-economic empowerment (BBBEE) legislation would result in penalties and blacklisting of parties guilty of fronting, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) deputy director-general for empowerment and enterprise development Sipho Zikode said on... 

New fund will seek to leverage private resources for enterprise development

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2011 The Enterprise Development Fund (EDF), launched on Wednesday with a R75-million contribution from the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), will seek to support black enterprise development in South Africa’s industrial value chain, as well as act as a catalyst for accelerating job creation in line... 

Power generation equipment maker sees Africa as ‘the next big market’ 

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st July 2011 US-based designer and manufacturer of engine, power-generation equipment and related technologies Cummins has a vision of achieving US$2-billion in sales and leading market share positions in Africa, by 2020.  

New standard to save energy, costs – Energy Cybernetics MD

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st July 2011 The launch of ISO 50001, which specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving energy management systems, is likely to add further impetus to the energy management momentum building in South Africa, reports local energy optimisation company Energy Cybernetics. 

New Gauteng facility aims to train 500 artisans a year 

By: Eleanor Seggie     28th June 2011 A new engineering artisan training facility, which aims to deliver 500 artisans into the South African economy every year, was launched in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg on Tuesday. Apprenticeships and learnerships for electricians, boilermakers and welders, as well as specialist short courses... 

New publication outlines ‘sustainable concrete’ protocols

24th June 2011 The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) has produced the first in a series of new, free publications on the sustainability of concrete. 

Consumer Protection Act will force businesses to change their attitudes

By: Eleanor Seggie     24th June 2011 Businesses should take the Consumer Protection Act seriously and not doubt its enforcement by government, warns Divorcelink owner and Pravda & Knowles Attorneys consultant Roger Knowles.  

Checklist established in bid to reduce corporate fraud risks

By: Eleanor Seggie     24th June 2011 A new corporate fraud checklist compiled by Werksmans Attorneys forensics specialist and director David Loxton offers insight into some of best practices being deployed to reduce the risk of corporate fraud. 

New toolkit aims to help municipalities improve waste performance

By: Eleanor Seggie     24th June 2011 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) unit has launched a toolkit entitled ‘Municipal waste management – good practices,’ to help improve practice in waste management in municipalities. 

Anglo aims to create 25 000 new SA jobs by 2015 

By: Loni Prinsloo     23rd June 2011 Mining giant Anglo American (Anglo) aims to create 25 000 new jobs by 2015 through the funding and development of new enterprises in South Africa, said CEO Cynthia Carroll on Thursday. The miner would drive this commitment through its Zimele programme, which had been running for the past 22... 

Formal employment edges up 0.6% in Q1

By: Reuters     21st June 2011 The number of people employed in South Africa's non-agricultural sectors increased by 0.6% in the first quarter of 2011 compared with the fourth quarter of last year, data showed on Tuesday. Statistics South Africa said the number of employed people in the formal sector rose to 8.298-million,... 

SA hiring expectations ‘stuck in low gear’ − survey

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     17th June 2011 South African employers are reporting “cautious” third-quarter hiring intentions, according to the latest 'Manpower Employment Outlook Survey', with hiring expectations “stuck in low gear”, Manpower South Africa MD Peter Winn said. Globally, employment was expected to increase, in varying... 

German subsidiary launches local training centre

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 Liquid dosing technology company sera DoseTech South Africa, a subsidiary of the German-based sera Group, says it is in the final preparation stages of opening a skills training centre at its Bartlett premises, in Boksburg, Gauteng, by the end of June. 

Entrepreneurial networking platform offered

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 The Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) hosted a business seminar, on May 24, to create a networking platform for entrepreneurs and provide an opportunity for them to learn how to further grow their businesses. 

Industry bodies team up to train deaf boat builders

17th June 2011 Industry representative the Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) has collaborated with Cape Town-based nonprofit organisation Whisper Boat Building Academy (WBBA) for the Deaf on a one-year pilot project to train 30 deaf students in the skill of working with composites. 

Multimaterial 3D printer could help accelerate prototyping  

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th June 2011 Injection-moulding solutions company DemaPlasTech has been appointed as sole Objet distributors for Israeli-based three-dimensional (3D) printing innovations company Objet Geometries’ range of 3D printing products, for Africa, including the Connex multi-material‐based 3D printer – a first for the... 

Job creation is government’s current fixation – Zuma 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     14th June 2011 Job creation, as well as delivering on the New Growth Path’s aspiration to create five-million jobs over the next ten years, remained the primary focus of government for 2011, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday, stressing that government would work with other sectors, especially business, to... 

Interactive gaming systems being used as teaching aid

10th June 2011 Teachers in a Vryheid primary school, in Kwazulu-Natal, are using information technology (IT) giant Microsoft’s interactive hands-free gaming systems, Xbox Kinect, to improve English literacy among learners. 

Plastics body maps industry career prospects, skills gaps

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th June 2011 Industry representative and training services provider the Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) is currently working on promoting skills and careers within the plastics industry. 

New recruitment solution launched

10th June 2011 Issues such as skills shortage and changing requirements, the need for experienced employees, job security and increasing costs-to-company are making it harder for local job seekers to secure employment.  

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