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Education & Skills Development News

Ecsa moves to support 2014 vision of 30 000 engineers a year 

By: Petronel Smit     16th March 2011 The Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has launched a national initiative to tackle the chronic shortage of engineering skills, in line with government’s plan to spend R215-billion on education and skills development and to develop 30 000 engineers by 2014. The initiative, called... 

Busa-led forum seeks fair inclusion of women in new SA policies 

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th March 2011 Even though South Africa has one of the most progressive constitutions as far as gender equality goes, it still had some way to go in closing the gap between policy statements and the actual implementation thereof, influential female speakers said on Tuesday. Speaking at a Business Unity South... 

30% of Eskom engineers near retirement 

By: Sapa     14th March 2011 Almost one third of artisans, technicians and engineers at Eskom are approaching retirement, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Durban on Monday. To avert the approaching skills crisis, the state utility had invested R780-million in training over the last financial year, Gigaba... 

Industrial group hunts for growth prospects

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th March 2011 Diversified industrial group Bidvest wants to reinforce its competitive position in South Africa and is looking for new openings and opportunities.  

Massmart staff, suppliers not at risk as Walmart enters, CEO avers

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th March 2011 Massmart CEO Grant Pattison does not believe that competitors and suppliers of Massmart will suffer as a consequence of the Walmart deal. 

Engineering student intake rises, but schooling pipeline remains a binding constraint

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th March 2011 The dean of the Faculty of Engineering at one of South Africa’s top universities says that the number of engineers per capita in South Africa has become so low that any foreseeable growth in numbers in the immediate future would not bring the country to a competitive level, especially seen... 

NGO to host Joburg green economy business briefing next month  

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th March 2011 Sustainable living nongovernmental organisation Mama Earth will host a green economy business breakfast in Johannesburg on April 11, 2011, where the link between government’s industrial policy plans and South Africa’s sustainable development commitments will be explored. 

Global spotlight on the importance of chemistry in society

4th March 2011 The International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011 is well under way, with activities including a global water experiment taking place at schools around the world. 

Steelmaking giant takes delivery of 12 articulated dump trucks

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th March 2011 Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has acquired a fleet of 12 articulated dump trucks (ADTs) from local heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment. 

Eastern Cape university installs renewable-energy harvesting system

4th March 2011 The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) School of Engineering has installed a renewable energy harvesting system on the roof of its North Campus building.  

Labour law changes could stifle BPO and offshore job growth – association  

By: Loni Prinsloo     3rd March 2011 South Africa’s business process outsourcing and offshoring industry had significant potential to boost employment numbers in line with the country’s New Growth Path, but could be paralysed by the proposed amendments to labour laws, said industry body BPeSA on Wednesday. Speaking to Engineering... 

GE Healthcare in big South African skills development push

By: Eleanor Seggie     25th February 2011 Medical technology and service provider General Electric (GE) Healthcare is embarking on a local healthcare professionals training campaign, specifically targeting clinical and mechanical engineers.  

R5bn youth employment subsidy to be implemented next year 

By: Loni Prinsloo     23rd February 2011 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has set aside R5-billion over the next three years for the youth employment subsidy, which will be implemented next year. The subsidy, which unions criticised when it was announced in last year’s Budget, would be available for workers between 18 years and 29 years... 

Public Works wants retired engineers to help with training 

By: Petronel Smit     22nd February 2011 Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde on Tuesday launched a campaign recalling retired built environment engineers and artisans to provide practical skills and training to a growing number of trained, but unqualified, engineers and artisans. Mahlangu-Nkabinde said that the Department of... 

R450m revamped Soweto campus to ‘inspire learners’

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     18th February 2011 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has officially opened its 2011 academic year with the rededication and opening of the R450-million Soweto Campus, in Johannesburg. 

Pelindaba visitor centre set up in bid to ‘demystify’ nuclear energy

By: Eleanor Seggie     18th February 2011 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) visitors centre will serve to ‘demystify’ nuclear energy and to bring the general public closer to Necsa’s role and activities, said Necsa CEO Rob Adam. 

Jobs before decent work – Mantashe

By: Sapa     16th February 2011 African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe reiterated on Tuesday that job creation should be the government's main aim while letting the quest for decent work conditions continue alongside. "We must put the focus on what the actual challenge of society is – more work," he... 

Propose labour law changes could spur job losses, lawyers warn

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th February 2011 South Africa’s proposed amendments to its labour laws lacked clarity and definition and were likely to attract material criticism from both business and trade unions at public hearings next week, a commercial and labour law experts said on Friday. The amendments, as was proposed by the Minister... 

Survey shows that salary alone is not enough to retain an engineer

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th February 2011 Salary is the biggest pull factor for engineering recruitment and career growth, and the biggest push factor in retention.  

Gigaba outlines his ‘robust leadership’ vision for State enterprises 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2011 South Africa’s youthful Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, who will turn 40 only on August 30 this year, shows few signs of wanting to imitate the low-key, albeit influential, style of his predecessor, Barbara Hogan. 

Trust launched to help previously disadvantaged students  

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th February 2011 The Arup Education Trust (AET), which owns 30% of consulting engineering firm Arup, was officially launched on January 28, 2011, at its head office in Johannesburg, with the aim of uplifting previously disadvantaged individuals through education. 

Adcorp employment index up, labour law changes could cost jobs

By: Loni Prinsloo     10th February 2011 JSE-listed Adcorp’s latest employment index released on Thursday showed that employment rose slightly by 0,9% in January, compared to the previous month. However, all sectors of the South African economy showed a decline in employment for the month, except for an 8,8% rise in community and... 

SA reports modest Q4 jobs growth

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th February 2011 South Africa’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 24% of its labour force in the fourth quarter of 2010, from 25,3% in the third quarter, with the number of unemployed people decreasing by 259 000 people, a report released on Tuesday showed. The Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) survey also... 

SA moves to develop new cadre of ‘real’ economists  

By: Petronel Smit     7th February 2011 Collaboration between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has led to the introduction of a new capacity building programme to tackle the skills shortage in the field of development economics and industrial policy. The DTI on Monday announced... 

Intensive pumps training course offers students comprehensive industry overview

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th February 2011 Eleven students are undergoing training in this year’s 23-week-long Professional Pump Sales & Technology programme at the Grundfos Training Academy.  

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.  

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