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Education & Skills Development News

Research should have an eye to commercialisation

By: Darren Parker     25th September 2009 The absence of innovation spells certain death for industry, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom said at the opening of the 2009 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS) annual symposium, in Midrand, last week. 

Still too few companies are dealing proactively with HIV/Aids

By: Darren Parker     25th September 2009 Only 45% of large South African businesses have an official HIV/Aids policy, said Swaziland sugar company Ubombo Sugar chief medical officer Dr Tim Nunn at Africa’s largest annual occupational risk management conference and exhibition, the Noshcon conference, at the end of August. 

Brewing giant seeks to tap new markets, ingredients, supply-chains with ‘home-brew’ alternative

By: Darren Parker     25th September 2009 For many Africans living outside of South Africa, buying a cold beer at the end of a long day is not a realistic option, owing to the fact that industrially produced, quality-assured beer is prohibitively expensive. 

Scholarship programme to enable 
young SA engineers to be trained in Japan

By: Darren Parker     18th September 2009 The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), in association with Japanese technology corporation Hitachi, has launched a new scholarship training programme for South African engineers in Japan, beginning this month. 

SA must focus on ‘critical’ elements of BEE to speed up implementation – KPMG  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     17th September 2009 The seven elements of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Codes of Good Practice on broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) should be rationalised to four, audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG proposed on Thursday. With the release of the results of the advisory firm’s 2009 BEE... 

Parliament calls on Nzimande to advance long-term skills strategy  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2009 The chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, Marius Fransman, on Wednesday called on Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande to “advance” a long-term strategy for skills development among the youth. The committee wanted Nzimande to put plans for... 

Economic crisis makes raising awareness of saving a priority

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2009 South African Savings Institute (Sasi) chairperson Elias Masilela says that the financial crisis has assisted in elevating the importance of saving and the need for financial literacy, not only in South Africa, but the world over. 

Educator of the Year Awards finds its winners

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2009 Telecommunications company Telkom’s corporate social responsibility wing, the Telkom Foundation, announced the winners of its Maths, Science and Technology Educator of the Year Awards at the end of August. 

ArcelorMittal SA to meet unions over short-time work hours 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th August 2009 Steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa on Friday confirmed that it would meet with labour unions Solidarity, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, and the United Association of South Africa (Uasa) during next week to discuss the short-time working hours. This came after Uasa on... 

Merseta unveils R80m assistance plan to prevent manufacturing retrenchments

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th August 2009 The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) on Wednesday launched an R80-million Retrenchee Assistance Plan (Rap), which it said was in line with the government’s bid to stem the loss of jobs in the current economic downturn. “This... 

Progress slow in achieving employment equity 

By: Sapa     24th August 2009 An amendment to the Employment Equality Act to penalise companies not abiding by racial diversification in the workplace was recommended to the labour department on Monday. The government's approach of persuasion was not having the desired effect and black and coloured people were bearing the... 

Sessa hoping to ‘plant the seeds of education’ with new youth initiative

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th August 2009 The Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) will launch its ‘Young Sessa’ division at the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) 2009 World Solar Congress, which it is co-hosting in October. Sessa will also launch its own ‘Sessa Green Certificate’, which will allow companies,... 

Crime and violent protests harm business confidence in SA

By: Chanel de Bruyn     14th August 2009 The increased “belligerence on the part of labour”, violent service delivery protests, as well as the increase in cash-in-transit heists in South Africa, was “substantially” harming confidence in the business environment, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) reported on... 

Dinaledi Schools initiative boosts maths, science pass rates 

By: Leandi Kolver     14th August 2009 Although government has identified mathematics and science as key school focus subjects to reach its education development goals - and mathematics has been made a compulsory subject in the general, further education and training bands to increase pass rates in the subject, continuing low pass... 

Engineering, medicine most appealing technical career choices  

By: Leandi Kolver     14th August 2009 Last week was National Science Week, and Engineering News took the liberty to speak to one of the 500 Dinaledi project school’s, to get to hear what its top science and math students see in their future. Jeppe Girls High school top science and math students Jessica Hill, Rechel Govender, Malikah... 

German company donates equipment to Soweto training centre 

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2009 German drainage company MEA Drainage Systems has donated a set of Meadrain drainage systems and equipment, to the value of R50 000, including tran, to the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s SA-German Training Services’ (SAGTS) Builders Training Centre (BTC), in Soweto. 

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... 

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