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Education & Skills Development News

Nigerian wins the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2017 Nigerian systems engineer Godwin Benson has won £25 000 as the winner of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. He developed an online digital platform called Tuteria, which links students to qualified tutors in their area and within their budget. Users find the skill they want to learn on... 

Competition Commission approves Denel buy of local aero-engine company

By: Keith Campbell     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that State-owned defence and aerospace group Denel be allowed to buy local aero-engine company Turbomeca Africa (TMA). The recommendation was given to the Competition Tribunal. The Commission announced this decision on Thursday.  

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 Management consultancy company Adcorp’s shares fell as much as 8% on Wednesday morning to R10.80 a share, from Tuesday’s close of R11.74 a share, after it posted a headline loss a share of 27.9c for the year ended February 28. Its normalised earnings a share decreased by 76% year-on-year to... 

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

Influx of job seekers to Gauteng threatens economic momentum

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Although it has made “remarkable progress” in creating jobs over the mid-term, between May 2014 and November 2016, the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) still faced a rapid increase in the economically active population owing to migration, Premier David Makhura said in his Midterm Report on... 

Solidarity approaches court to revoke Eskom’s employment equity plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Friday approach the Labour Court in Johannesburg to have State-owned power provider Eskom’s current employment equity plan declared invalid and revoked. Eskom’s employment equity plan is expected to be in force until 2020. Solidarity Centre for Fair Labour Practices... 

Eskom Academy trains over 500 contractors

     19th May 2017 Over the last three years, State-owned power utility Eskom’s enterprise development programme, the Contractor Academy, trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces, with the youth accounting for about 60% of participants. The programme started as a pilot programme in 2008 and has since grown... 

Eskom Academy trains over  500 contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
ESKOM CONTRACTOR ACADEMY The academy trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces

Expo creates new opportunities for young scientists

     19th May 2017 Earlier this month, three learners departed to participate in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in Houston, US. The three learners did exceptionally well in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Finals in October last... 

Training facility in final stages

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Valve company Invincible Valves is in the final stages of completing its new training facility on-site at the company’s factory in Knights, in Germiston.  

Training facility in final stages
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER Employees undertake basic valves, control valves and working with valves training

Valves association provides platform for training

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 With poor product design, poor selection and inefficient processes in the manufacture of valves becoming a concern, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) says there is a need for training to be emphasised to avoid this reality becoming entrenched.  

Valves association provides  platform for training
Photo by Bloomberg
WORKING WITH VALVES Knowledge within specialised industries such as valves is essential for economy-wide maximum growth and productivity

Young innovative entrepreneurs offer renewable-energy solutions

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Development Foundation’s yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) continues to discover businesses bringing about positive socioeconomic changes to the benefit of communities and the country. The latest such business is solar energy company Lamo Solar, which... 

Young innovative  entrepreneurs offer  renewable-energy solutions
LAMO SOLAR Co-owners Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu and Elmond Khoza

Higher education dept to invest R6.9bn in infrastructure in 2017/18

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2017 The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) will invest R6.9-billion on major new infrastructure developments at local universities and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the 2017/18 financial year. Addressing a media briefing ahead of the department’s... 

Higher education dept to invest R6.9bn in infrastructure in 2017/18
Photo by Duane Daws
Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

Necsa signs skills-related MoU with French utility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and French electric utility company Electricité de France (EDF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance training of and development of technical skills and, for the continuous education and training of technicians, in the... 

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has pledged its support for the SUNfarming Food & Energy project run by North-West University (NWU), in Potchefstroom, in the North West province, which promotes the growing of and provides an opportunity to grow affordable and... 

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Minister Senzeni Zokwana and NWU Faculty of Engineering Prof LJ Grobler survey the SUNfarming Food & Energy project

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 An element often overlooked by the construction industry when laying screeds for floor surfaces is the importance of laying concrete subfloors correctly for flooring suppliers, says interior flooring supplier and installer KBAC Flooring senior contracts manager Ian Duncan. He tells Engineering... 

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors
Photo by Bloomberg
UNDER THE SURFACE Poorly laid concrete floors are problematic for flooring installers, who have to remedy this before laying floor coverings

New audit service to support concrete product manufacturers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Cement and construction materials supplier AfriSam is providing additional support for its Concrete Product Manufacturers (CPMs) customers through its new Efficiency Audit service offering. AfriSam national sales manager Amit Dawneerangen says there has been a downturn in infrastructure projects... 

New audit service to  support concrete  product manufacturers
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AfriSam’s Centre of Product Excellence offers customers an additional Efficiency Audit service

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

New research facility enhances offerings
NORMAN SEYMORE New Chryso products are the continual evolution of improvements on existing products

Online concrete technology courses launched

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 To improve ease of access to education and training courses as well as pass rates in the South African construction sector, cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology launched its online e-learning platform in January. 

Online concrete technology courses launched
MOVING WITH THE TIMES The Concrete Institute is now able to track delegates’ progress through the online platform to ensure that they prepare adequately before sitting the exam

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 A new online education platform, Agricolleges, aims to help create a fresh wave of farmers and agriculturalists in Africa. It is expected to assist in the provision of education and training for small-scale farmers on the continent, which is one of four factors identified by the World Economic... 

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

Labour Minister to take hardline stance on noncompliance with EE Act 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2017 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Tuesday slammed calls for the scrapping of employment equity (EE) and affirmative action policies, stating that the objectives of the policies have not yet been achieved and a harsher approach to noncompliance is on the cards. Highlighting the dismal outcomes... 

Urgent reforms needed to ensure Africa creates the 450m jobs it needs in 20yrs

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th May 2017 Less than a quarter of the 450-million new jobs needed for Africa’s youth over the next two decades will be created unless urgent reforms to boost productivity and competitiveness are undertaken. The ‘Africa Competitiveness Report 2017’ reveals that Africa’s working age population is growing... 

Festo Didactic providing Industry 4.0 training for tertiary education

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2017 Employees in industry as well as students at vocational colleges and universities will need to be specially trained to work with Industry 4.0 systems to develop their understanding of fully automated digital production technologies, and knowledge of the layout and programming of digital system... 

Internship academy launches young professionals platform

     5th May 2017 In response to the youth unemployment epidemic on the African continent, internship facilitators  Africa Internship Academy (AIA), will be launching its Young Energy and Power Professionals (YEPP) platform at the 2017 African Utility Week, which takes place at the  Cape Town International... 

Internship academy launches young professionals platform
NURTURING POTENTIAL The launch intends to establish a network of graduates attempting to solve Africa’s power and energy issues

Aspiring South African space cadet receives US space exposure

By: Dylan Slater     28th April 2017 Engineering services and aerospace systems company Honeywell recently hosted Eastern Cape resident Matthew Arnolds at its yearly aerospace training initiative, the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy.  

Aspiring South African space cadet receives US space exposure
MATTHEW ARNOLDS The space cadet recently completed training and space simulations overseas at the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy

CNH Industrial launches local youth training programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th April 2017 Capital goods company CNH Industrial launched the new TechPro2 2017 programme in Ennerdale, Johannesburg, last month. TechPro2 is a technical training programme for young people, with the aim of preparing highly qualified personnel to be placed in the automotive industry. The joint initiative is... 

CNH Industrial launches local youth training programme
LOCAL SUPPORT TechPro2, a technical training programme for young people, aims to prepare highly qualified personnel to be placed in the automotive industry

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 The uptake of new information technology (IT) in industrial automation has traditionally been at a slower rate compared with that of the broader information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, says the Society for Automation Instrumentation, Measurements and Control (SAIMC) professional... 

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry
TRIED AND TESTED Companies still use more traditional tried and tested architectures for projects locally

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 Digital devices and systems are crucial components of almost all professions and are changing industries and economies worldwide. Familiarity and competence with these technologies are usually the result of education and access to the technologies. Technology multinational IBM’s Digital-Nation... 

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

Financial services firm’s mentorship and training scheme delivers

By: David Oliveira     28th April 2017 Financial services provider Vunani Securities, a subsidiary of Vunani Group, paid homage to the 23 equity analyst alumni who received training and mentorship through its Vunani Securities Training Academy (VSTA) initiative at a gala dinner in Sandton last month. The event also coincided with the... 

Financial services firm’s mentorship and training scheme delivers
ARNOLD WERBELOFF It’s no good saying we’ll just take everyone else’s qualified people because that just doesn’t help

Machines produce components for isotope facility

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

Wastewater management short course presented

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to ageing water infrastructure as well as the increasing drought crisis that has affected various regions in the country, Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) notes that its short courses on water quality management and effluent treatment challenge attendees to come up with... 

Herbert Smith Freehills to launch legal learnership programme in Johannesburg

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th April 2017 Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is set to extend its innovative Alternative Legal Services (ALT) business to Johannesburg. The business will combine a mix of legal expertise, process efficiency and technology to handle high-volume or document-intensive work more efficiently and cost... 

Herbert Smith Freehills to launch legal learnership programme in Johannesburg

More than 2 million tertiary students get NSFAS funding – Nzimande 

By: African News Agency      24th April 2017 More than two million students studying at South Africa’s public Universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges have been funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) since 2013, the Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande said... 

More than 2 million tertiary students get NSFAS funding – Nzimande
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande

Alternative power supply approach to benefit low-income areas

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Alternative energy supply company Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is making significant headway in driving the large-scale implementation of its solar-powered distributed direct current microgrids, which incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) to supply energy to low-income areas in the form of... 

Education technology must empower educators, learners

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2017 The focus of any education technology must be on the skills that students and learners need and how technology can be used as an enabler to develop skills, says technology multinational Microsoft South Africa MD Zoaib Hoosen. The role of any education technology must be to empower educators and... 

Education technology must empower educators, learners
TECHNICAL SKILLS Learners can explore complex and technical topics more effectively through interactive media

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Limpopo to use open-source software to boost enterprise and industry development

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2017 The Limpopo government has adopted a free and open-source software (Foss) strategy and aims to leverage the low-barriers to entry to these systems to boost its enterprise development and services sectors and initiatives, says German enterprise open-source software subsidiary SUSE Africa indirect... 

Eskom pumps R4m into renewable-energy research at Stellenbosch 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 To further fund research in the renewable-energy space, Eskom will, through its Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI), donate a further R4-million to the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), based at Stellenbosch University. It donated R2.6-million to CRSES last year. 

Company seizes opportunities in power sector

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Many utility power plants are approaching the end of their design life, with engineers conducting life extension studies for boilers and related auxiliary equipment. To accommodate a changing operating environment, redesigning components and equipment to replace those which have reached the end... 

Company seizes opportunities in  power sector
VERSATILE OFFERING Steinmüller Africa offers turnkey solutions for header-type, tube sheet-type, shell and tube heat exchangers
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