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Education & Skills Development News

World Cup gives business confidence a boost

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th July 2010 Despite indications that the global economy may remain depressed over the medium term, the successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup could boost domestic business confidence, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday. The chamber, which reported a 2,8 point... 

Busa calls on Eskom and its unions to keep talking

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2010 Organised business on Friday urged Eskom and its trade unions to continue with collective bargaining efforts to resolve the current wage negotiation stalemate, indicating that it was "deeply concerned" at the prospect of industrial action at the power utility, which is classified as an essential... 

Engineers needed to provide economic growth impetus

By: Petronel Smit     2nd July 2010 Inadequate economic growth can partly be ascribed to the lack of engineers in the country. About 60% to 75% of enrolled engineering students finish their degree. 

Association supports small-scale growers

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The small-scale cane growers sector is currently operating below potential, with sharply reduced yields and a 20 % decline in the number of growers in this sector, over the past five years, reports the South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers).  

Industry research efforts make headway

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI) reports that its research and development (R&D) initiatives have resulted in a number of commercial opportunities that will add significant value to sugar-cane processing.  

Land reform delays cause uncertainty in the sugar industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The ongoing land reform programme remains an area of significant focus for the South African sugar industry, reports the South African Sugar Association (Sasa).  

NUM ready to defy strike ban, Solidarity rejects new offer, Eskom makes contingency plans 

By: Sapa     30th June 2010 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday formally notified Eskom of its intention to go on strike next week over wages, a union spokesman said. "Today [Wednesday] we started mobilising our members for the strike," said NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka. 

Jobs must take centre stage in SA growth plans – Patel 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th June 2010 For South Africa to achieve results in growing the economy, existing packages could not simply be repackaged and jobs had to be at the centre of the country’s common goal, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday. Patel and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies met with... 

SA economy shed 79 000 formal jobs in Q1

By: Chanel de Bruyn     22nd June 2010 The number of people employed in the formal sector declined by 1%, or 79 000 employees, during the first quarter of this year, compared with the fourth quarter of 2009, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest Quarterly Employment Statistics showed on Tuesday. Year-on-year, the number of... 

SA to continue creating jobs after World Cup – Zuma

By: Chanel de Bruyn     22nd June 2010 South Africa has “serious plans” to create new jobs after the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with government’s R800-billion infrastructure plans expected to assist in this, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. Speaking at a Reuters newsmaker event in Sandton, he noted that the 2010 FIFA World Cup was a... 

Inspectors undergoing training in legal aspects of health, safety

By: Petronel Smit     11th June 2010 Inspectors from the Department of Labour (DoL) are currently being trained in health and safety law to improve their competences from a legal perspective. 

Joburg academy receives millions for artisan training

By: Petronel Smit     11th June 2010 The five-year partnership agreement, to 2013, between social development body the Tiso Foundation and the Ikhaya Ioku Fundisa Techniskills Academy (IFTA) has seen R15,7-million allocated to the Artisan Development Programme for the training of learners in critical and scarce skills. 

SA employers report cautiously optimistic hiring plans for Q3 – survey

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th June 2010 South Africa's employment outlook dropped slightly to a "cautiously optimistic" 7% for the third quarter compared with the second quarter, but employer hiring intentions still improved with five percentage points compared with the third quarter last year, stated ‘The Manpower Employment Survey'... 

New body aims to bridge divide between cost engineers, quantity surveyors

By: Jacqueline Holman     4th June 2010 Midrand-based cost management company Planning and Cost Engineering Services (PaCE) and quantity surveyors Bingelela Consulting Professionals have joined forces to open the first Southern African Project Controls Institute (SAPCI) chapter in Durban. 

Company seeks to offer soft landing for aspirant entrepreneurs

By: Petronel Smit     4th June 2010 New and existing entrepreneurs are being given the opportunity to improve and grow their businesses through a training and empowerment programme, launched this year. 

Business confidence falls, labour demands threaten recovery

By: Chanel de Bruyn     3rd June 2010 A 2,2 point decline in the May Business Confidence Index (BCI) had neutralised earlier gains, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday, while warning that the recent spate of labour demands would likely prolong the country’s path to economic recovery. The BCI... 

Bridging the skills divide

By: Karishma Thakurdin     28th May 2010 The current global skills shortage, which is also a challenge for the project management industry, could have detrimental long-term consequences for this industry if a greater effort is not made to bridge the skills gap 

Training institute receives accreditation

28th May 2010 Business analysis and project management training organisation Faculty Training Institute (FTI) has been accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a registered education provider (REP) for its exam preparation workshop, diploma in Internet solution project management and a short... 

Esteq, Siemens install CAD software at KwaZulu-Natal college

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th May 2010 Local technology partner Esteq, with support from technology group Siemens, has formed a strategic partnership with the Coastal KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) College to install 50 Solid Edge and 50 NX core computer-aided design (CAD) software licences at the college this year, as well as provide training... 

Govt wants Merseta to be involved in push to scale up artisan training

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th May 2010 The South African government aims to combat the current artisan shortage by scaling up artisan training, with the assistance of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta), Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said at... 

Striking SA workers call sympathy stoppages 

By: Reuters     25th May 2010 Striking South African transport workers have called for possible sympathy stoppages, including at the national airline, and electricity workers also threatened to strike less than three weeks before the World Cup. The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), which represents... 

New induction programme seeks to help 
student-to-professional transition

By: Jacqueline Holman     21st May 2010 Petrochemicals giant Sasol bridges the gap between university and the working world for its engineering bursary graduates and other recently qualified individuals with its Young Professionals Induction programme. Their professional development is governed by the Graduate Development Programme (GDP). 

New apprenticeship curriculum planned for
struggling South African tooling industry

By: Petronel Smit     21st May 2010 Industry association the National Tooling Initiative (NTI) plans to implement a re-orientation programme and an apprenticeship curriculum within the next four years in its aim to localise qualifications and standards in the struggling local tooling industry. 

SA mulls the costs, benefits of transition to green economy

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th May 2010 Industrial competitiveness emerged as a key topic for debate on the second day of the Green Economy summit, in Johannesburg, as delegates started to grapple with the issues involved with the transition to a so-called green economy. Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) head of research and... 

Green energy sector could create 300 000 jobs – Patel 

By: Christy van der Merwe     18th May 2010 South Africa's green economy role players must move with speed, as there were many other countries competing to get a slice of the global green economy, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday. The green economy played a key role in South Africa's shift to a "new growth... 

Logistics company builds R1m training centre

By: Jacqueline Holman     14th May 2010 Logistics company Cargo Carriers has spent over R1-million on opening a training centre at its Sasolburg branch, which is expected to see about 17 students a year go through two training processes. 

Nzimande wants workplaces to be sites of training

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2010 Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande appealed to business on Tuesday to provide artisans and learners with access to their facilities to gain "structured workplace experience", the lack of which he described as the main constraint to meeting South Africa's skills development... 

Ramaphosa unveils black-owned business directory 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th May 2010 A new directory of 100% black-owned South African businesses, dubbed the ‘Black Pages', was unveiled on Friday by Shanduka Group executive chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa. The publication was an initiative undertaken by Shanduka Black Umbrellas, an incubation and mentoring initiative for black-owned... 

SA unemployment rate back above 25% 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     4th May 2010 South Africa’s unemployment rate rose by 0,9 percentage points quarter-on-quarter to 25,2%, or 4,31-million people, in the first quarter of this year, and while this could, in part, be ascribed to seasonal impacts, seasonality could not entirely be blamed for the job losses, Statistics South... 

Public works programme could ‘easily’ exceed jobs target – Doidge

By: Chanel de Bruyn     3rd May 2010 The second phase of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP II) had seen the creation of just under 604 000 work opportunities in the first year of the programme’s implementation, Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge said on Monday. At a media briefing in Cape Town, he noted that this exceeded... 

Spearheading the use of wireless sensors

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th April 2010 Global building efficiency company Johnson Controls is spearheading the use of wireless sensors, to ensure that sensors are easier and faster to install and more reliable. 

Equipment supplier joins forces with college 
to help ease skills crisis

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th April 2010 In an attempt to ease the effects of the current skills crisis, capital equipment supplier Toolquip & Allied has joined forces with a private further education and training (FET) college Ikhaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy (Ifta) to provide a training academy for aspiring artisans. 

University takes on the skills challenge

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 Industries, such as pneumatics and hydraulics, have experienced a significant slump, owing to the global recession, but there appears to be an upswing in the economy and the sentiment is that companies are willing to invest in automation, says Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

Courses aim to enhance skills, improve industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African hydraulics and pneumatics industry will always have room for improvement as technology advances, increasing the need for skills in maintenance and advanced engineering, says Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses president, Garnett Cross. 

Affected by the recession, focusing on skills – association

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) believes that, although a number of its member companies have felt the strain of the economic crunch over the past few years, the companies have managed their resources well and the industry will not experience a further decline. 

IDC and UIF launch R2bn fund to help create jobs 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     14th April 2010 South Africa’s high level of unemployment has prompted the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Unemployment Equity Fund (UIF) to launch a R2-billion fund to assist local industries to create new permanent jobs and to preserve permanent jobs. The fund would be capitalised by the UIF... 

African economies should focus on job creation – IOE 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     9th April 2010 African economies had to ensure that job creation intensity improved, as countries moved to expand economic growth following the global economic crisis, International Organisation of Employers (IOE) president Wiseman Nkuhlu said on Friday. Speaking at a conference about creating employment and... 

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