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Education & Skills Development News

School gets two sponsored teachers on joining Dinaledi Schools initiative

By: Leandi Kolver     14th August 2009 Jeppe Girls’ High School became a part of the Dinaledi school project in 2007, when the Department of Education invited of their participation in the initiative aimed at driving science and maths in schools to upskill the country’s future workforce. 

SA must ensure recession does not destroy productive capacity – Patel  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     13th August 2009 Government and business were in agreement that the country had to ensure that its productive capacity was not destroyed by the recession, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday. Following a meeting with Business Unity South Africa (Busa), Patel told journalists the means... 

Bell Equipment cuts 1 200 global jobs   

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th August 2009 By the end of next month, heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment would have retrenched about 1 200 employees in an effort to streamline its business in the face of slowing demand, CEO Gary Bell said on Wednesday. Bell told Engineering News Online that about 1 200 employees, from an initial... 

Solidarity says Eskom is delaying minimum service agreement

By: Chanel de Bruyn     6th August 2009 Labour union Solidarity on Thursday said that Eskom was oppressing its employees by hindering the implementation of a minimum service agreement, which would specify the conditions for a strike at the power utility. Fellow union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), this week continued to... 

SA sets up R2,4bn job fund – Zuma  

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2009 South Africa will create a R2,4-billion job fund to assist workers and employers affected by the recession, President Jacob Zuma announced on Wednesday. The training layoff scheme, which would be launched next month, would entail the temporary suspension of work of employees to be used for... 

NUM won’t meet Eskom for mediation, threatens strike 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     5th August 2009 Labour union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), continues to warn that it plans to go on strike over wages at power utility Eskom, while the utility says it still believes strike action is avoidable. NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka confirmed that the union’s members were planning to go on... 

Imperial’s new academy to help dent 
shortage of auto technicians

By: Darren Parker     31st July 2009 Motor vehicle dealer Imperial Holdings officially opened its R24-million Technical Training Academy in Germiston earlier this month. 

Union declares wage dispute with Murray & Roberts

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th July 2009 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday announced it had declared a wage dispute with engineering, contracting and construction service company Murray & Roberts (M&R). The union is demanding a 15% wage increase, while the firm has offered only 9%. 

RheinMetall Denel Munitions laying off 210 workers – union

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2009 Labour union Solidarity has rejected a move by defence firm RheinMetall Denel Munitions (RDM) to retrench 210 employees, saying this was “unfair dismissal”. The union reported on Friday that RDM, which was established in September last year when Germany’s Rheinmetall bought a 51% stake in the... 

Downturn brings about remuneration rethink

By: Dennis Ndaba     24th July 2009 The economic downturn is putting paid to the spiralling salaries, three-to-six-tier bonuses and incentive schemes that became the norm in the context of the longest economic growth period the world has known, says Landelahni Business Leaders CEO Sandra Burmeister. 

New tax website to help with strategic planning

By: Darren Parker     24th July 2009 Tax experts Deloitte announced last week that continued professional development (CPD) hours for chartered accountants (CAs) and tax practitioners can be accumulated through the use of the company’s new Tax Management Consulting (TMC) website. 

Thousands of nominations 
pour in for teacher awards

By: Darren Parker     24th July 2009 The polls have closed and the first batch of nominations has been counted for the Telkom Educator of the Year Awards, aimed at recognising and rewarding the best maths, science and technology educators in South Africa. 

NUM members picket outside Eskom head office  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd July 2009 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday said thousands of its members had held a lunchtime picket outside Eskom’s Megawatt Park and other Eskom regional offices, to remind the utility of its wage increase demands. The NUM, Solidarity and the National Union of Metalworkers of South... 

Deputy Minister Ntuli urges investors to help SA reach job creation goal  

By: Christy van der Merwe     21st July 2009 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) needed assistance from investors, both inside South Africa and outside the country, if the government was to reach its goals of job creation and halving poverty by 2014, Trade and Industry deputy Minister Bongi Maria Ntuli said on Tuesday. 

New energy efficiency learning hub launched

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2009 Global energy management company Schneider Electric has announced the debut of Energy University, a vendor-neutral, online educational community that provides the fundamentals needed to implement successful energy efficient solutions scaling various applications.


New Minister wants greater higher education 
and training choice 

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2009 The Department of Higher Education and Training will, towards the end of this year, be finalising a draft White Paper proposing a range of measures to enhance and expand training and further and higher education opportunities, Higher Education and Training minister Blade Nzimande said in his... 

Construction workers to return to work on Thursday 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2009 Striking construction workers would return to work on Thursday morning, after more than a week of protest action over a wage dispute, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday. This comes as unions and the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) reached... 

Construction strike in sixth day, unions to meet Safcec on Tuesday

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2009 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Monday that it was finalising the draft document outlining its remaining concerns, before handing the document to the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) on Tuesday. This came after the unions and Safcec reached a... 

Safcec optimistic workers will accept deal to end strike  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th July 2009 The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) said on Friday that it remained optimistic that employees would accept the framework agreement that was drafted on Thursday, despite reports that some workers had rejected the proposals. Safec and labour unions had reached a... 

Automation group opens new Midrand training college

By: Darren Parker     10th July 2009 Automation and control company Honeywell has opened its Automation Training College at its head office in Midrand, Johannesburg. 

Construction workers continued with strike action on Thursday

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th July 2009 Strike action by some 70 000 construction workers continued for a second day on Thursday, as South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) and unions were meeting with the Labour Minister to bring an end to the industrial action, which threatens to delay a number of 2010... 

Construction sector strike could damage investor confidence – Sacci

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th July 2009 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Thursday expressed its concern over the impact that the construction strike would have on the country’s economy and the perception of investors in the local business environment. “Strikes are used as an instrument of influence too... 

Safcec, unions to meet Labour Minister on construction strike  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th July 2009 Labour unions and the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) would meet with Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana on Thursday to discuss a possible solution to the nation-wide strike. “We will go there with an open mind. We are open to explore areas of settlement,”... 

Construction strike judgement expected on Monday

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd July 2009 The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) said on Friday that judgement regarding its interdict against the proposed construction strike on July 8, would be handed down on Monday. Speaking to Engineering News Online, Safcec spokesperson Joe Campanella said that... 

Analyst sees no sign of big 
policy shifts in the short term

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd July 2009 No major policy changes were expected in the near future, the University of Witwatersrand Graduate School of Public and Development Management political scientist and professor of public policy Susan Booysen said at the recent Economic Outlook conference held in Johannesburg. Instead, the... 

Nonfarm jobs fell by 2,1% in Q1 – Stats SA

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd June 2009 The number of people employed in the formal non-agricultural business sector in South Africa declined by 2,1% or 179 000 people in the first quarter of 2009, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey shows. At the end of March 2009, 84 000 less people... 

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