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Education & Skills Development News

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.  

Sustainable farming partnership begins to take shape on farm near Bronkhorstspruit

By: Petronel Smit     22nd October 2010 The Mphiwe Siyalima farming project was officially launched at the end of September, as a result of a successful collaboration between government, strategic partners and a young man with a farming diploma and a significant amount of passion and enthusiasm. 

SA’s maths and science potential not being realised, study finds

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     22nd October 2010 About 40% of the potential of the South African schooling system to produce university entrance passes in mathematics and science is being wasted, states a major new study of the performance of the South African schooling system 

PhDs at the forefront of R&D

22nd October 2010 The term tetramisation may not mean much to the average individual, but synthetic fuels and chemicals producer Sasol believes that its advances in this field may soon improve the quality of many everyday items used by people all over the world, owing to innovative research and development... 

Young Cape welder to represent South Africa 
at London event 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     22nd October 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has named Chris van Zijl, from the Western Cape, as the country’s ‘2010 Young Welder of the Year’.

Van Zijl, who won the carbon steel category, will represent South Africa in London next year at the World Skills competition. 

Apprenticeship programme in place for tooling industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th October 2010 The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) will embark on a new competency-based apprenticeship programme with 450 students, in 2011, reports Gauteng Tooling Initiative CEO Henk Snyman. 

Partnerships identified as 
key in the upliftment of 
poor communities

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th October 2010 Public-private partnerships (PPP) have been highlighted as critical in the fight against poverty, improving infrastructure and providing basic services to people in poor, rural areas. 

Stellenbosch University, US business school collaborate on leadership development programme

By: Petronel Smit     8th October 2010 The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) and the University of Stellenbosch Executive Development (USB-ED) have partnered to launch the Innovative Futures Programme in October, designed to give emerging South African leaders tools to build the country’s capacity in business,... 

Concern about labour environment leads to surge in demand for legal training

By: Dennis Ndaba     8th October 2010 South African management training company AstroTech says there has been a surge in enquiries from companies for employee training in labour law and in emotional intelligence.

South African engineers leave for five-month 
training course in Japan

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     8th October 2010 Three electrical engineers, from State-owned power utility Eskom, who are this year’s recipients of the Hitachi-Department of Science and Technology Scholarship Programme for South African Engineers, have left for Japan as part of a five-month training programme. 

SA’s ‘greatest entrepreneurs’ share insight with the next generation

By: Petronel Smit     8th October 2010 Prospective entrepreneurs are being given the opportunity to receive insight and advice from 22 of the most successful and dynamic business visionaries to have built empires in and beyond South Africa, in a new publication. 

CIDB, Nedbank join forces to assist emerging contractors

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st October 2010 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and the Small Business Services division of banking group Nedbank on Friday agreed to collaborate on assisting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the contractor sector. The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding to work... 

Sonjica and MECs set environmental goals 

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th September 2010 In an attempt to step up service delivery, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Thursday signed a contract agreement with provincial Members of the Executive Council (MECs) responsible for the environmental portfolio, which identified a lengthy list of deliverables. 

Recognition of prior learning would slash skills shortage, youth unemployment

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     24th September 2010 The recognition of prior learning (RPL) could be the key to the alleviation of South Africa’s critical skills shortage and reduce the high numbers of unemployed young South Africans. However, research shows that the system is not being effectively employed. 

Big business fleshes out 2040 ‘developed country' vision  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2010 Big business in South Africa is beginning to add flesh to its vision for transitioning the country from a developing to developed one by 2040, which would involve, among other things, raising per capita income from $10 000 to $30 000 a year - the average level achieved by Organisation for... 

Govt to double efforts to grow SMMEs – Matona

By: Loni Prinsloo     17th September 2010 South Africa's six-million small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) are keeping one in six people economically active in the country, the FinScope South Africa Small Business Survey 2010 showed on Friday. In total, the sector provides around nine-million employment opportunities and... 

Working towards an updated local aerospace skills strategy

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 To determine what aerospace skills are needed in South Africa and to enable tertiary institutions to structure relevant courses to meet the industry’s long-term demands, a well-defined, updated and relevant aerospace sector strategy is needed, says National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NACoE)... 

Institute focuses on education to secure industry’s future

By: Tracy Hancock     17th September 2010 While there are significant opportunities for individuals prepared to study and excel in the science of refrigeration and air-conditioning, a challenge experienced in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry is the lack of education, says the South... 

Society prepared for international aerospace symposium

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 The International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa (IASSA) 2010 will be held from November 23 to November 25, in Cape Town, and will be convened by the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) and the Flight Test Society of South Africa. 

Technology to feature strongly during education expo

By: Petronel Smit     17th September 2010 Technology in education will be a strong focus at this year’s Education Week Convention and Learning Expo in Johannesburg, with about 1 000 education professionals expected to attend the event from September 28 to 30, 2010. 

Aerospace company advances its footprint

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 Aerospace company Denel Aviation, part of the State-owned Denel Group, is embarking on an aggressive marketing strategy to pursue markets beyond South Africa’s borders. 

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