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Platform ensures more effective communication

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 With ineffective communication often affecting the level of health and safety implementation and efficiency in industries that have stringent safety requirements, software company Wyzetalk provides more effective communication for such industries.  

Seifsa supports Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has partnered with Smart Procurement World to launch the Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing initiative, which is aimed at driving economic transformation and industrial progress in engineering and manufacturing. “The... 

Despite NDP ambitions, South Africa weighed down by corruption, State capture

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2017 It has been five years since the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP), with a second commission having been appointed to drive its implementation, aimed at guiding South Africa’s economic and developmental future. However, the two goals most core to the NDP’s ambitions – reducing... 

South Africa’s collective bargaining system on a knife-edge

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 South Africa’s centralised collective bargaining system is at a critical “turning point”, with the sustainability of the current model being widely questioned in light of growing opposition to the extension of wage settlements to non-parties to the negotiations. Steel and Engineering Industries... 

South Africa’s collective bargaining system on a knife-edge

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng
BMG World site, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Artisan training to benefit welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 By developing local skills and paying attention to quality and on-time delivery, Secunda-based fabrication company Hydra-Arc says it is possible to be successful and competitive in this challenging industry. "The demand for skills development is massive in South Africa, therefore, fully fledged... 

Artisan training  to benefit welders
IN ACTION Hydra-Arc’s Mshiniwami artisan academy is training 400 welders and 300 boilermakers this year

Automation presents growth opportunities for industry

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The recent slowdown in major capital investment projects has resulted in  a challenge in the employment environment within the South African welding industry. This has prompted businesses to reassess opportunities and efficiencies within their current fabrication methodology, says welding and... 

Automation presents growth opportunities  for industry
ENDLESS APPLICATIONS The Polysoude Orbital Welder is consistent, and increases productivity

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

Localisation key to welding industry growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Promoting local manufacturing in South Africa creates opportunities for the local welding industry, says South African science institution Agricultural Research Council and Agricultural Engineering (ARC-AE) research team manager for renewable energy, agricultural infrastructure and agroprocessing... 

Localisation key to  welding industry growth
AGRICULTURAL WELDING The Senotlelo feed mill is an example of how welding is used in the agriculture industry

NDT testing integral to safety foundation

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is Africa’s leading welder training organisation and also hosts the leading non-destructive testing (NDT) facility in Africa. The importance of NDT to the safety of structures must never be underestimated, SAIW systems and quality manager Harold... 

New local engineering education standards internationally recognised

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is preparing for a routine assessment by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) for continued recognition as a signatory of the Dublin and Sydney accords, which will ensure that ECSA-accredited new engineering technology and technician... 

New local engineering education standards internationally recognised
INCLUSIVE EDUCATION The new higher education qualifications subframework seeks to help students gain professional qualifications through a variety of pathways

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa

     15th September 2017 Specialty steel products integrated producer Scaw Metals Group's operation, Distribution Network, has extended its cooperation with lifting, rigging and securement applications manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby Platinum Line Grade 100 chain fittings to its product offering. Having made the... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITY REVAMPED Scaw Metals Group has expanded its chain-manufacturing factory

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap
PHAKAMILE BUTHELEZI The Federal Steel Company has invested in initiatives to monitor and facilitate the proper training of young artisans

Welding foundation industry collaboration empowers SA learners

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation aims to provide training to disadvantaged individuals in a range of areas that include welding and inspection, and the training of trainers for welding and related technologies. In addition, integrated steel and mining company... 

Welding foundation industry collaboration  empowers SA learners
WELDING KING Nndwakhulu Mufamadi (left) receiving his IWT certificate from SAIW president Morris Maroga

Welding key in driving economic growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Welding has been dubbed the “miracle career” by Johannesburg-based training institute, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), owing to the number of opportunities associated with it. Manufacturing is essential for economic growth and with welding forming a significant part of... 

Welding key in driving economic growth
QCTO IN ACTION A trainee practising his gas-tungsten arc skills in the Southern African Institute of Welding welding school

Training facility to mitigate skills deficit challenge in artisan industry 

     14th September 2017 Industrial rope access specialists Skyriders Access Specialists aims to bridge the rope access skills deficit in the artisan industry through offering training at its Midrand-based facility, in South Africa.  

Training facility to mitigate skills deficit challenge in artisan industry
Training facility to mitigate skills deficit challenge in artisan industry

Unido, WEC to disseminate sustainable energy solutions

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2017 The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) and the World Energy Council (WEC) have signed a joint declaration to support the global dissemination of sustainable energy solutions. The parties have committed to help develop leadership skills and the overall capacity of energy... 

'Dodgy' articles in academic journals threatens integrity of South African science

By: News24Wire      13th September 2017 University scholars who publish their research in "dodgy" online scientific journals may be compromising their integrity in the new race to publish swiftly and prolifically, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) acknowledged this week. The department was responding to queries... 

South African employers set for modest hiring in Q4

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 South African employers report modest hiring intentions for the fourth quarter of the year, with 10% of employers expecting to increase staffing levels, 5% forecasting a decrease and 84% anticipating no change, says workforce solutions multinational ManpowerGroup South Africa MD Lyndy van den... 

Transnet says retrenchment reports are misleading and inaccurate

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has described as “misleading” and “inaccurate” reports that it has embarked on a retrenchment process. Some media reports have suggested that the utility may retrench up to 8 000 workers. However, in a statement Transnet said it was not contemplating... 

Transnet says retrenchment reports are misleading and inaccurate

Company champions enterprise development in fledgling waste industry

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Skills and socioeconomic development company Bosch Ulwazi launched the first phase of its three-year Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) programme in KwaZulu-Natal, in July. The Petroleum and Waste Recycling programme will assist in developing five businesses that will offer products and... 

Company champions  enterprise development in fledgling waste industry
ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT The programme encompasses project and operations management, mentoring and skills development, as well as assistance with International Organisation of Standardisation accreditation

Indaba seeks to strengthen Africa’s machine learning expertise

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 International machine learning experts will present the latest theories and practices in deep learning and its applications at the Deep Learning Indaba to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) from September 10 to 15. More than 300 attendees from Africa and around the world will... 

Low-skilled labour plan could provide solution to unemployment challenge

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 Industrial research and development engineering company Greville Wood Developments (GWD) is awaiting funding to recreate a 1986 manufacturing proof study and farming plan, called the Warrenton Plan, which could collectively create about 2 300 jobs in Warrenton, in the Northern Cape, then rolled... 

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy... 

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the conclusion of the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries in Accra, Ghana, last month, members of the nine countries, represented by their science and technology Ministers and Deputy Ministers, signed a memorandum of understanding to... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy
PROJECT REVIEW The Square Kilometre Array Africa partner countries reviewed the African SKA, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network, and the Big Data Africa initiative

Nedlac rejects union bias claims

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th September 2017 The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on Thursday rebuffed claims that it was biased when issuing Section 77 certificates to applying trade unions.  Section 77 certificates protect workers who take part in socioeconomic protests. 

Nedlac rejects union bias claims

Zest WEG Group achieves Level 2 BBBEE status 

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 Motor and controls manufacturer WEG subsidiary Zest WEG Group has taken steps to create a broader-based and more sustainable ownership foundation to ensure its compliance with the new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice, which has seen the group achieve a Level 2... 

Zest WEG Group achieves Level 2 BBBEE status
Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring discusses the group’s new empowerment initiative. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Black industrialist bemoans lack of government support

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 Engineering and fabrication company Oro Projects is struggling to make headway in the engineering and fabrication industry, owing to a lack of support from government departments and financial support institutions, which have been vocal about their willingness to assist black-owned industry.  

Black industrialist bemoans  lack of government support
Photo by Duane Daws
BLACK INDUSTRIALIST Oro Project’s Benoni-based plant is a large industrial fabricator with significant potential to skill and employ people

Industry support evident despite challenges

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 Although the lack of meaningful government involvement has been one of the biggest challenges in the industry, the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) still get support from the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), which is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s... 

International summit features young industry professionals

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 This year, the Young Professional Forum, initiated by the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), will be held alongside the International Forum for Aviation Research’s open session that will take place on October 24. 

Local aviation industry needs to be technology ready

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 With commercial aviation a market that is rapidly growing globally, aviation components supplier Aerosud Aviation MD Johan Steyn says there is a need to stay abreast of technological advancements if South Africa is to remain competitive in aviation manufacturing. Owing to this, he notes that,... 

Local aviation industry needs  to be technology ready
Photo by Duane Daws
HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY The Aerospace industry requires advanced technologies

Radebe calls for acceleration in achieving 2030 Agenda for SDGs, support from private sector

By: Ilan Solomons     31st August 2017 Countries worldwide are facing many substantial challenges at this critical juncture in history. Therefore, there is a vital need to ensure accelerated inclusive growth to achieve the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which were adopted by... 

Radebe calls for acceleration in achieving 2030 Agenda for SDGs, support from private sector
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe

Zuma receives higher education report from Heher Commission

By: African News Agency      31st August 2017 President Jacob Zuma has received the final report of the Heher Commission on the feasibility of free higher education and would make it public in due course, his office said on Thursday. “The Chairperson of the Commission, Judge Jonathan Heher, presented the report to the President at his... 

Zuma receives higher education report from Heher Commission
President Jacob Zuma

More holistic view of transformation in built environment sector needed

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th August 2017 The skills pipeline in the built environment is a key enabler for transformation in the industry, with a holistic approach to tackling transformative ambitions key to breaking the barriers of the demographically skewed industry. This was one of the key messages emerging from the Council for the... 

More holistic view of transformation in built environment sector needed

Abundant skills development in bus transport

     25th August 2017 The Southern African Bus Operators’ Association (Saboa) and the Transport Education Training Authority (Teta) are working towards combatting the lack of skills development and training in South Africa’s transport sector. Teta’s primary goal is to establish a credible institutional mechanism for... 

Abundant skills  development in  bus transport
TAKING THE WHEEL Training bus drivers is essential to reducing fatalities and comply with international driving standards

Auditors trained to assess hazardous materials transport

By: Dylan Slater     25th August 2017 South African chemical industry representative organisation the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) is embarking on the training of “much-needed” auditors to assess the safety of transporting hazardous materials.  

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire risk assessments are the ideal way to develop and improve fire risk management, from documenting findings, categorisation of risk areas, recommendations or requirements for improvement as well as prioritisation of risk improvement measures, says the Fire Protection Association of Southern... 

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management
Photo by Bloomberg
CRITICAL PROTECTION Fire risk assessments are critical in the protection of life, assets and in ensuring the continuity of business operations
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