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Education & Skills Development News

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... 

Growing need to understand flooring principles

9th April 2010 The Cement and Concrete Institute’s (C&CI’s) one-day industrial flooring training course is gaining popularity as more designers, specifiers and contractors feel the need to understand the underlying principles of concrete industrial flooring.  

SA seeks to align development zones with sector thrust, mulls additional incentives

By: Lindsey Berry     9th April 2010 Since their inception as a part of the South Africa’s post-1994 industrial development policy, the country’s industrial development zones (IDZs) have seen some success. But a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) review of the policy surrounding IDZs has prompted discussion about which aspects... 

Davies says 75% of SA private sector not fully BEE compliant

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th April 2010 While some strides have been made in black ownership of South African companies, broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) was still showing a "lacklustre" performance, especially in the areas of enterprise and skills development, said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Tuesday.... 

Design software targets students

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th March 2010 Software company PTC’s sub-Saharan distributor ProductONE aims to greater expose its solution Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire to entry-level users and learners throughout the educational system, says ProductONE MD Charles Anderson.  

Stainless steel body aligns programmes 
with South Africa’s new industrial strategy

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th March 2010 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is adding value to the stainless steel industry by implementing a number of projects that will align with government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP). 

Development agencies team up on municipal exchange programme

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th March 2010 South African development finance institution, the,Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with its French counterpart Agence Française de Développment (AFD) has sent 15 young professionals to France on a three-month exchange programme to learn international best practices in... 

Eastern Cape incubator tackles quality control for SMEs

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 Quality control in the products produced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remains a challenge, but chemical technology incubator Chemin has various strategies in place to tackle this issue. 

New framework for skills development

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) is tackling the skills shortage in the paper industry through the implementation of its newly developed national research framework. 

Consumer Protection Act in sync with requirements of modern economy – National Consumer Forum

By: Dennis Ndaba     5th March 2010 This year is going to be a memorable year for most citizens of this country, National Consumer Forum chairperson Thamsanqa Bolani told the Swiss Chamber Southern Africa luncheon, last month. 

Unions may bring forward power strikes 

By: Reuters     4th March 2010 South Africa's powerful trade union federation on Thursday threatened strikes before October over big electricity price rises and declined to say whether action could start before the soccer World Cup in June. "The last thing we want to do is disrupt the World Cup but our interest is bigger than... 

Young Sessa initiative launched

By: Lindsey Berry     26th February 2010 The Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) launched its Young Sessa initiative with a presentation and workshop at Northcliff High School, in northern Johannesburg, on Thursday. 

Steel industry lags behind in skills development

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 The South African steel industry lacks technical and engineering skills and training given that, from 1998 to 2007, only 12,9% of the students enrolled across all engineering courses at universities and technikons achieved a degree or diploma (41 480 of the almost 321 460 enrolments). 

Local IT company tackles skills challenge

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th February 2010 Business information technology (IT) solutions company iSolve is tackling the skills shortage in South Africa, by providing basic IT training to unemployed school leavers and graduates with no experience. 

Fundamentals in place to make engineering the profession of choice

By: Lindsey Berry     19th February 2010 Africa has been pegged as one of the key hubs for development in the future and the availability of engineering skills will be critical in the implementation of much-needed new infrastructure on the continent. 

Industrial policy success hinges on job creation, Davies says

By: Jade Davenport     18th February 2010 An estimated 825 706 direct and 2,5-million indirect jobs could be created over the next ten years through the successful implementation of South Africa's now much-vaunted Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap), the second round of which would run from 2010/11 to 2012/13, Trade and Industry... 

SA aims to raise youth employment with wage subsidy

By: Chanel de Bruyn     17th February 2010 Given that job creation and high levels of youth unemployment were two of South Africa's biggest challenges, government would aim to raise the employment levels of young school leavers by an additional 500 000 by 2013, through a proposed youth wage-subsidy scheme. About 870 000 jobs were lost in... 

Chabane outlines plan to improve govt performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th February 2010 Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane on Friday outlined some of the 12 performance outcomes that government has set itself. He noted that Cabinet had already approved nine of the 12 outcomes last year, with the remaining three to be discussed in... 

Emergency programmes under way to assist municipalities

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Engineering and environmental consultants SSI has devised a number of emergency projects to assist the municipalities of the southern Cape coastal belt, in light of the severe drought that the area is experiencing. SSI communications manager Robin Hayes says that during December, tourists flood... 

Informal jobs prop up Q4 employment figures after big '09 losses

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th February 2010 An estimated 89 000 jobs were created during the fourth quarter of 2009, as signs of stability in the labour market emerged, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. The increase in the number of jobs created came after three consecutive quarters of massive job losses, however,... 

Limpopo cooperative to produce sanitation systems

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th January 2010 Precast concrete infrastructural products and solutions specialist Rocla, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, has issued a license to a community-owned and operated factory in Vhembe, in the Limpopo province, for the manufacture of some of its products. 

Anglo American unveils SA job creation plan

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2010 Diversified miner Anglo American plans to establish 12 new enterprise development hubs in high unemployment areas in South Africa in an attempt to create 25 000 new jobs and up to 1 500 new businesses over the next seven years. The mining group announced on Thursday that it has committed itself... 

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