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Education & Skills Development News

South Africa should promote entrepreneurship to grow economy  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th July 2010 South Africa’s economy was falling further and further behind the rest of the continent owing to deficiencies in the education system and its skills development efforts, which was, in turn, eroding the country’s competitive ability, Econometrix chief economist Azar Jammine said on Thursday.... 

Regulations now in place for SA's R20bn large project tax incentive

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2010 Regulations for South Africa's long-awaited R20-billion tax incentive for large-scale industrial projects have been published, potentially opening the way for significant new manufacturing sector investments. The incentive will officially continue until December 31, 2014, but could be closed... 

SA economy shed 61 000 jobs in Q2, jobless rate ticks up 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     27th July 2010 South Africa's unemployment rate increased marginally to 25,3% in the second quarter, compared with the 25,2% recorded in the first quarter of the year, official data showed on Tuesday. This was 1,7 percentage points higher than the unemployment rate of 23,6% in the second quarter of 2009. 

Guiding the youth in construction

By: Karishma Thakurdin     23rd July 2010 Role-players in the civil engineering and construction industry have joined forces to encourage school learners and students to join the industry, through the Youth in Construction Week initiative. 

Focused on skills

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd July 2010 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan South Africa (NSA) believes that developing skills is significant to its business growth and is focused on enhancing the skills of its current employees and on developing new skills. 

Public–private partnership to develop BBBEE

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd July 2010 The Gauteng Department of Economic Development reports that the recent initiative to establish an incubation centre to nurture black-owned component suppliers at vehicle manufacturer’s Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) plant in Silverton, Pretoria, heralds a new way of stimulating the... 

Green technology on the road soon

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd July 2010 Seventy members of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) operating minibus taxis on a pre-determined route will take part in a project where their vehicles will be converted to run on both petrol and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) says. 

Canada pledges R140m to help develop African mathematical sciences hubs 

By: Petronel Smit     23rd July 2010 The Canadian government has pledged support of more than R140-million towards the establishment of five African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) centres in Africa over the next four years. 

South Africa’s artisan shortage cloud may have a training silver lining 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     23rd July 2010 It is widely accepted that South Africa's artisan shortage is a chronic problem and that the training initiatives to build a new cadre of artisans have failed, thus far, to fully address the backlog. 

New programme for draughting academy

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Consulting engineers and project implementation company Hatch has developed and implemented a training programme for draughting education and training institution African Academy. 

Job shadow month to expose learners to the engineering environment

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Consulting engineering company SSI is participating in the Consulting Engineers South Africa’s National Job Shadow Month, in July, which aims to expose learners to the engineering environment, particularly consulting engineering. 

Investing in early skills development

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Software development company Dariel Solutions sponsors the independent, nonprofit Vuleka School by setting up computers, networking, asymmetric digital subscriber lines and Internet connectivity through Internet service providers, to expose the learners to information technology (IT) at an early... 

Competition underscores mechatronics

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has won this year’s Cyber Junkyard Challenge, a mechatronics competition that drew entries from 11 engineering tertiary institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.  

SAQA sets up career advice helpline 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th July 2010 he South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has established the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and Career Advice Helpline, in line with the expectations of Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande. The helpline services would be accessible by phone, SMS, the Internet,... 

Youth agency and Higher Education join forces on skills development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th July 2010 The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande have agreed to collaborate on a number of projects to improve education and skills development among South Africa’s youth. NYDA chairperson Andile Lungisa met with Nzimande earlier this week to look at... 

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). 

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