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Concerns about not being employed trouble 39% of graduates – PPS Index

By: Thabi Madiba     26th June 2019 Financial services provider PPS has revealed that 39% of students are concerned that they may not be employed immediately after their tertiary education. PPS released its 2018 Student Confidence Index, which revealed that 36% of professionals thought the government should draft conducive policies... 

Calling for an inclusive and accessible Fourth Industrial Revolution

26th June 2019 The acceleration of information and communication technology (ICT) has blurred the line between virtual reality and the real world. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about networking the Internet of Things (IoT), where machines communicate with each other, and the Internet of People (IoP),... 

AfCFTA, collaboration key to increasing trade in Africa – panel 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th June 2019 The African Continental Free Trade Area plays a role in increasing intra-African trade, but Kenyan ambassador to South Africa Jean Kamau told delegates attending the Manufacturing Indaba, on Tuesday, that negotiations and collaboration between countries and the private sector were key to... 

Jobs spin-offs in focus as South Africa’s rooftop solar installed base grows beyond 400 MW  

By: Terence Creamer     25th June 2019 An analysis conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre outlines significant potential to create thousands of fulltime jobs and to nurture hundreds of small enterprises by supporting the further deployment of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) plants.... 

Bavaria seeks fast-track German coal exit in snub to Merkel plan

By: Bloomberg     24th June 2019 Bavaria, Germany’s industrial powerhouse, wants the nation to stop burning coal by 2030, eight years before Chancellor Angela Merkel’s deadline. Germany’s plan to exit the fossil fuel is unrealistic and won’t work unless a more aggressive target is set, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Soeder... 

Paladin sells idled Malawi mine to Hylea

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2019 Uranium miner Paladin Energy has struck a deal with ASX-listed Hylea Metals to divest of its shareholding in the Kayelekera mine, in Malawi, for A$5-million. Paladin owns 65% of the Kayelekera project, joint venture partner Chichewa holds a 20% interest and the Malawi government a 15% stake. 

CSIR announces new head of its Defence and Security Technology Sector Cluster

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced on Friday that Sipho Mbhokota had been appointed as the new executive manager of CSIR Defence and Security (previously Defence, Peace, Safety and Security). He has been at the CSIR since 2014, when he was appointed Competency... 

SA mining adopting, driving 4IR as its transformation journey continues 

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2019 The mining industry in South Africa is continuing its transformation journey as it adjusts to the ever-increasing pace of the prevailing technological revolution, with the 100-plus-year-old industry, steeped in tradition and at times crisis, seeking out new ways of adapting to this era of change.... 

Morocco’s ‘democracy’ back in the spotlight as Jasmine Spring resurges

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st June 2019 A … As protesters desert Khartoum after Sudanese security forces attack a civilian protest camp, killing several, and as military attitudes in Algeria harden ahead of elections on July 4, a resurgent Arab Spring has put Morocco’s political reforms back in the spotlight. 

SA mining adopting, driving 4IR as its transformation journey continues

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2019 The mining industry in South Africa is continuing its transformation journey as it adjusts to the ever-increasing pace of the prevailing technological revolution, with the 100-plus-year-old industry, steeped in tradition and at times crisis, seeking out new ways of adapting to this era of change.... 

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