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Education & Skills Development News

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.  

Solidarity says 4.1% engineering sector wage offer too low 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th June 2011 A wage offer of 4.1% over the next five years from the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) would “not be accepted”, Solidarity spokesperson Ilze Nieuwoudt said on Thursday. “The offer is below the current inflation rate and given the possibility that inflation... 

New R9bn fund launched to create 150 000 jobs  

By: Loni Prinsloo     7th June 2011 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday launched a R9-billion jobs fund aimed at creating 150 000 new jobs over the next three years, as part of the government’s drive to reduce unemployment. The fund, which was announced in President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation speech in February, is... 

Mahlangu-Nkabinde moves to debunk some skills-dearth myths 

By: Sapa     1st June 2011 The number of CVs recently received by the public works department "belies the myth of [a] total skills shortage", Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde said on Wednesday. 

Patel calls for improvement to SA’s labour market stats  

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2011 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has called on researchers and academics to help government improve South Africa’s labour market statistics, which he believes remain distorted by the flawed information gathering processes of apartheid and possibly also by the increased deployment of... 

Project to revive stainless steel cutlery manufacturing in South Africa under way

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2011 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) aims to revive local cutlery manufacturing and reduce the country’s dependence on Chinese imports by implementing its Ama Izi Puni Teaspoon project.  

Three trade exhibitions to be hosted simultaneous in June

27th May 2011 The simultaneous hosting of the Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa, WaterTec Africa and Petro.t.ex Africa 2011 conference and exhibition offers a platform for stakeholders to formulate strategies and solutions for the African continent.  

Nzimande wants Setas to link students to employers

By: Loni Prinsloo     26th May 2011 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Thursday that limited access to workplace experience had left thousands of students from universities of technology and Further Education Training (FET) colleges unable to qualify. He said that the Sector Education and Training... 

Career guidance needed to up learnership pass rates − PMI

By: Loni Prinsloo     26th May 2011 While South Africa has sufficient national interest programmes and institutional funding arrangements in place to effectively implement skills development priorities, there was still a low delivery of certified skills coming into the economy, said the Production Management Institute (PMI) on... 

14% of SA employers struggling to fill key positions – survey 

By: Loni Prinsloo     23rd May 2011 Employers in South Africa are struggling to fill key positions, with 14% indicating that that they have difficulty in finding the right talent, Manpower South Africa’s latest talent survey showed on Monday. The 2011 survey showed that the hardest jobs to fill were drivers, machine operators and... 

Lack of work experience leaves graduates unemployed 

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th May 2011 Every year, South Africa’s higher education and training sector produces 3 000 graduates that cannot find jobs, a third of which are trained in the engineering and science fields, a skills expert revealed on Friday. South Africa’s National Skills Development Handbook editor Mike Stuart said that... 

Engineers seek to respond to Nzimande’s call to deal with skills bottlenecks

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th May 2011 The Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has stressed that the need to develop a skilled and capable workforce is derived principally from underlying, problematic issues concerning the post-school education system and other structural weaknesses within the local labour market. 

Competition seeks ‘concrete’ sustainable designs

20th May 2011 The Future African City is the theme of the fifth yearly Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) architectural sustainable design competition.  

South Africa joins global push to raise tourism’s economic profile

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th May 2011 President Jacob Zuma became the first African head of State to sign the United Nations World Tourism Organisation's (UNWTO) Global Leaders for Tourism campaign at the beginning of May. This joint campaign by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the UNWTO, known as the Golden Book,... 

New push to make engineering attractive and to meet 2014 graduate target 

By: Eleanor Seggie     13th May 2011 Since the announcement was made that government plans to spend R215-billion on education and skills development and that priority would be given to ensuring that 30 000 more engineers were integrated into the South African economy by 2014, there has been a surge in initiatives to draw school... 

Israel backs clean-energy goals with policy, laws and R&D

By: Eleanor Seggie     13th May 2011 Israel aims to reduce coal-generated power to about 40%, increase the use of natural gas to 40%, and have 20% of power generated by renewable sources by 2020, says Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor Director General Sharon Kedmi.  

Global alliance seeks to promote renewable solutions for rural electrification

By: Eleanor Seggie     13th May 2011 Africa, whose electricity consumers already pay more for power than is the case in other regions, should turn its attention to renewable sources to deal with current shortfalls and high prices, particularly in rural areas, Belgium-based Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) secretary general... 

New push to make engineering attractive to youth, women and to meet 2014 graduate target

By: Eleanor Seggie     13th May 2011 Since the announcement was made that government plans to spend R215-billion on education and skills development and that priority would be given to ensuring that 30 000 more engineers were intergrated into the South African economy by 2014, there has been a surge in initiatives to draw school... 

Metal industry wage negotiations making progress 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     12th May 2011 Talks between the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) and six trade unions were showing “some progress”, as employers and unions tried to reach a new wage agreement, with the current four-year agreement ending in June, the federation said on Thursday. The... 

Immigration laws contribute to skills shortage, 829 800 high-skilled posts vacant – survey  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     10th May 2011 There are as many as 829 800 unfilled positions in high-skilled occupations in South Africa, human capital group Adcorp said on Tuesday, releasing the latest findings of its latest employment index. The shortage of high-skilled occupations included senior management, professionals in the... 

Nzimande reaches agreement with Setas on transformation  

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2011 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande on Monday reached an agreement with members of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (Seta) forum to support his proposed transformation of the Seta landscape and to distance themselves from the ongoing case between the Minister and... 

South Africa among countries into which Kraft Foods will inject ‘disproportionate investment’

By: Eleanor Seggie     6th May 2011 South Africa is now a priority market for global food giant Kraft Foods, says Kraft Foods developing markets president Sanjay Khosla. 

Lack of skilled workforce a constraint to business growth  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th May 2011 The lack of a skilled work force is a significant constraint to business growth in the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) grouping of emerging market economies, 42% of business owners in these countries revealed in Grant Thornton’s 2011 ‘International Business Report’. For the... 

Nzimande critical of short courses  

By: Sapa     3rd May 2011 South Africa has invested a lot of its skills levy fund on short courses which are of "dubious value" amid a backlog in artisans, accountants and engineers, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday. Nzimande said he did not advocate the scrapping of short courses, but that there... 

Govt ‘on top of things’ with regard to water security – Minister

29th April 2011 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa last week assured South Africans that the department was “on top of things” with regard to water security, allaying “concerns and fears that the country may run out of water in the future”. 

Consortium gearing up for construction of Medupi low-pressure systems

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th April 2011 The LP Services Consortium, which won the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the supply of the low pressure services for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi project, in Lephalale, Limpopo, reports that it is gearing up for the construction phase of the installation. 

Medupi contractor passes safety milestone

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th April 2011 LP Services Consortium has received a bronze award from State-owned power utility Eskom, for achieving 250 000 lost-time injury-free (LTIF) worker hours on site at its Medupi project, in Lephalale, Limpopo. 

Firm launches free newsletter emailing service for schools 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     29th April 2011 Email and short message service (SMS) marketing software company pMailer has announced the launch of its pMailer Education Project, which will give access to free newsletter emailing and discounted services for South African schools. pMailer CEO Josh Adler tells Engineering News that the social... 

Services Seta showdown intensifies

By: Loni Prinsloo     26th April 2011 The Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) has called on the suspended Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) CEO Dr Ivor Blumenthal, as well as and the entire board of the Seta, to step down in support of steps being taken by South Africa’s Higher Education Minister... 

City of Joburg poured R31bn into capital projects in last five years – outgoing mayor

By: Eleanor Seggie     22nd April 2011 The City of Johannesburg executive mayor councillor Amos Masondo has released his End of Term Report (2006 – 2011), entitled ‘Sharing the Legacy’ revealing the progress of the municipality during this period. 

Kraft Foods spends R160m to triple capacity of Botswana facility

By: Eleanor Seggie     22nd April 2011 In tripling the capacity of its Cadbury Botswana facility, diversified global food company Kraft Foods has developed and successfully implemented an innovative skills transformation pilot programme. 

Govt to focus on stimulating productive capacity to boost jobs

By: Mariaan Webb     19th April 2011 Stimulating South Africa’s productive capacity will be key to creating more jobs, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday, as he warned that the country is likely to take longer to recover from the job losses of the recession in 2009. Zuma said in a speech delivered at a labour summit on job... 

Western Cape pupils learn about solar cookers, build vegetable tunnels

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th April 2011 Learners at Sophakama Primary School in Du Noon in the Western Cape recently got a lesson of a different sort, as they worked together to assemble solar cookers, and start-up a vegetable garden. 

South Afican postgraduate student begins internship at Airbus in France

15th April 2011 The first South African post-graduate engineering student has begun serving an internship at leading commercial airliner manufacturer Airbus, in Toulouse, France, under a scheme set up with South Africa’s National Aerospace Centre, which is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

Employment in March at two-and-half year high, says Adcorp

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th April 2011 Employment in South Africa showed strong growth of 5,6% in March, with positive growth recorded across all sectors for the first time in two-and–a-half years, said JSE-listed Adcorp on Monday. Adcorp publishes a monthly employment index. The highest employment growth rates included transport at... 

Gauteng academy to train John Deere artisans

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     8th April 2011 Black-owned artisan training academy Ikhaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy (IFTA), based in Gauteng, will be assisting farm equipment manufacturer John Deere to train its artisans as it rolls out dealership and distribution outlets in Central Africa. 

Task team set up to action plan to accelerate SME payments

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th April 2011 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has called for better cooperation between big and small business to reduce the turnaround time for payments, particularly, to small, micro and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs,) and to expand outsourcing and subcontracting opportunities.  

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