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Education & Skills Development News

Expectation gap emerging between engineering graduates, employers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th November 2011 Specialist recruitment agencies for the engineering sector are playing an unprecedented and strategically important role in helping to alleviate problems surrounding the recruitment and retention of engineers – and dealing with the gap between graduates’ expectations of a job and the realities of... 

Labour productivity in SA hits 40-year low

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     10th November 2011 South Africa’s labour productivity, a leading indicator of job creation, has fallen to the lowest level in 40 years, JSE-listed human capital group Adcorp’s employment index for October stated. Adcorp Labour market analyst Loane Sharp said on Thursday the negative trend in labour productivity... 

Gauteng, partners launch youth, graduate entrepreneurship initiative

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th November 2011 South Africa is faced with an increasingly challenging employment environment, as the latest labour statistics have shown that the rate of unemployment in the below-34 age group, which makes up two-thrids of the population, continues to grow.  

Korean energy companies ready to meet SA’s localisation, skills requirements

By: Schalk Burger     4th November 2011 Korean energy and transmission companies aim to transfer skills to South Africa and to boost local companies by using localisation programmes, says Korean electrical constructions company LPJ SA Engineering & Construction marketing manager Danny Lee. 

Municipalities slow to take up EPWP incentive grants  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     2nd November 2011 There was a slow uptake from municipalities for the incentive-based Phase 2 of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), Public Works Portfolio Committee chairperson Manana Mabuza said on Wednesday. An incentive grant was introduced in the second phase to encourage entities not only to make... 

Underspending may compromise EPWP jobs target

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     2nd November 2011 The target of creating 868 000 work opportunities under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) may be compromised because of underspending, Public Works officials warned on Wednesday. Given South Africa’s unemployment rate of 25%, new Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said it would be... 

Nzimande sees collaborative research key to shift to knowledge-based economy

By: Schalk Burger     28th October 2011 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says funding for collaborative research and development programmes will take precedence over single-body project funding because universities and research bodies must help to broaden and develop the skills of students and people in other... 

Formal apprenticeships programmes can yeild greater benefits

By: Dimakatso Motau     21st October 2011 An appropriate balance between theory and practice in apprenticeships programmes is required if South Africa is to produce artisans who are able cope with the practical demands of the workplace, while harnessing the theoretical knowledge behind the discipline.For this reason, mechanical... 

Department drives job creation through artisan training programme 

By: Tracy Hancock     14th October 2011 The Department of Public Works (DPW) has acknowledged the achievements of 98 learners who completed the theoretical training of its Artisan Development Programme at a graduation ceremony at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) nuclear research centre, Pelindaba, in the North... 

Africa needs decent work policies – Zuma  

By: Sapa     11th October 2011 Africa needs appropriate development policies in order to create decent work and put an end to poverty, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. "We need a co-ordinated effort to make this a priority," he said in opening the International Labour Organisation's 12th Africa regional meeting. 

Home Affairs expects to pilot ‘Smart ID Card’ in 2012/13 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2011 South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs expects to begin piloting a new ‘smart card’ identity document (ID) during the 2012/13 fiscal year. In a response to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s shadow Home Affairs Minister Annette Lovemore on when the department... 

Skills focus seen as key to reviving Gauteng manufacturing

By: Dimakatso Motau     7th October 2011 Focusing on technical skills training and a significant investment in training will ensure the growth and stability of the manufacturing and tooling sectors in South Africa. 

Women benefit economically from government reforms

By: Dimakatso Motau     7th October 2011 A new report from the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), released last week, has established that women still face legal and regulatory hurdles to fully participating in the economy. 

Incentives needed to attract and retain teachers in South Africa – study

7th October 2011 Incentives should be introduced to attract and retain better teachers as well as teachers in scarce subjects. International experience shows incentives for teacher performance do work and should be introduced, says development think-tank Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) executive... 

Internship programmes helping SA tackle skills shortages

By: Dimakatso Motau     7th October 2011 The South African government is taking the initiative to deal with the issue of key scarce skills shortages in the country, by offering young professional internships, in conjunction with the French government. 

Africa may be poised to reap ‘demographic dividend’, but risks persist 

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2011 While in no way assured, Africa may be poised to reap the benefits of a ‘demographic dividend’ in the coming decades as its young and increasingly affluent citizenry expands to number two-billion, the equivalent of one-fifth of the world's population by 2050. In a series of reports, Standard... 

Labour laws make employing unskilled workers too expensive 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     4th October 2011 Centre for Development and Enterprise executive director Ann Bernstein said the closure of clothing factories in Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal, reflected the constraints of existing labour legislation on job creation in South Africa. The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union said in... 

SA economy shed 395 000 jobs in 2010 – Stats SA  

By: Sapa     28th September 2011 About 395 000 jobs were lost in 2010, Statistics SA said on Wednesday. Around 13.1-million people were employed in 2010 compared to 13.5-million in 2009. "This indicates the country has not yet fully recovered from the economic downturn in 2009," Stats SA deputy director general for population... 

Trade unions can be liable for strike damage – court 

By: Sapa     28th September 2011 The Supreme Court of Appeal has found that trade unions can be held liable for damage caused by workers during strikes. In the judgment on Tuesday, which upheld an earlier ruling by the Western Cape High Court, Justice Mahomed Navsa wrote that the country "could not be subjected to the tyranny of... 

Centre of maths, science excellence launched in Senegal

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd September 2011 A second centre for excellence in maths and science in Africa has been opened under the auspices of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) this month. 

Engineers called upon to bolster Zuma’s infrastructure commission 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2011 Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde has called on the engineering fraternity to put forward names of individuals that could participate in the secretariat that will be established to support the newly formed Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission, which was convened for the... 

Black representation in JSE-listed companies remains low – Busa  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th September 2011 The representation of black people in general, and black women in particular, in executive positions in companies listed on the JSE remains low, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Tuesday. An independent study showed that the percentages of black exective directors, CEOs and CFOs were... 

Assembly approves FET colleges Bill 

By: Sapa     20th September 2011 The National Assembly approved the Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges Amendment Bill on Tuesday. Introducing the debate, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said the bill would strengthen and make the FET sector the centre of skills development in South Africa.  

NUM to march on Eskom over wage dispute

By: Sapa     16th September 2011 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will march to Eskom's Johannesburg office on Saturday over stalled wage talks. "Tomorrow (Saturday) will be a show of force. It will be an indication to Eskom that nothing about us without us is possible," NUM official Job Matsepe said in a statement on... 

SA signs agriculture MoU with Swaziland  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th September 2011 South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the government of Swaziland signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday, to collaborate on research, technology and capacity building. Deputy director-general for agriculture production and food security Kgabi Mogajane... 

Africa expected to become growth powerhouse in 2020

By: Jean McKenzie     26th August 2011 There are currently some 220-million Africans on the continent that are just able to meet their basic needs; however, by 2015 it is expected that these same people will become higher-lever consumers with more expendable income, said Frost & Sullivan business unit leader for the chemicals,... 

UN project supports tax revenue increase in Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     26th August 2011 In the past year, the tax revenue of governments across 23 African countries has increased by more than US$85-million as a result of the African Training & Management Services project, a United Nations (UN) Development Programme. Implementing the project, capacity and skills developer in the... 

DA launches youth wage subsidy campaign

By: Sapa     25th August 2011 If the National Treasury had implemented the youth wage policy subsidy on April 1, 2010 it would have already benefited almost 200 000 young people and created more than 80 000 new jobs, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday. 

No labour law easing on the cards – Cabinet 

By: Sapa     25th August 2011 Cabinet has moved to quash speculation that South Africa's rigid labour legislation might be eased in the interests of job creation following pronouncements on the matter from various quarters. 

DTI sets up new youth entrepreneurial unit

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th August 2011 The DTI is establishing a Youth Directorate that will deal specifically with entrepreneurship issues affecting young businessmen and women and aspiring entrepreneurs.  

Diesel engine firm in big SA skills development push

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th August 2011 Global manufacturer of diesel engines Cummins is making a significant contribution to engineering skills development, besides other corporate responsibility initiatives. 

SA still short of technical skills, placement group states

By: Dennis Ndaba     19th August 2011 Professional placement company DAV, which is part of JSE-listed Adcorp, says the country is still in a skills-short market in the engineering fields. 

Nuclear research paralysis in SA despite nuclear build programme

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2011 The announcement of the closure of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project has affected the prominence given to high-temperature nuclear research in South Africa, leading to the shunning of such research, despite interest and funding from international countries and organisations seeking to... 

CDE research backs Treasury’s wage subsidy for SA youth  

By: Loni Prinsloo     17th August 2011 The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) said on Wednesday that it supported the implementation of the National Treasury’s R5-billion wage subsidy for first-time job seekers. Speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg, CDE executive director Ann Bernstein said that the subsidy would... 

Half a million jobs could be lost over next 18 months  

By: Loni Prinsloo     10th August 2011 South Africa could shed nearly half a million jobs in the next 18 months, JSE-listed Adcorp said on Wednesday, as it reported a third consecutive month of job losses in July. This comes after South Africa already lost almost a million jobs during the recent global recession, after which a slight... 

Strategic migration needed to plug global skills gap – Manpower 

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th August 2011 With one third of employers worldwide reporting difficulty filling business-critical jobs, the ManpowerGroup suggested in its latest survey that moving people to where the work was should be one component of a coordinated public-private response to ongoing talent mismatches. Manpower CEO and... 

Expo to showcase MBA business schools

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2011 The South African Business School Association (Sabsa) will hold its sixth yearly business school expo later this month, showcasing the country’s 18 Masters of Business Administration (MBA)-accredited business schools. Sabsa president Professor Helena van Zyl said the MBA has become a sought... 

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