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Education & Skills Development News

Job creation depends on B-BBEE compliance – Commissioner

By: Sane Dhlamini     Updated 51 minutes ago The Commissioner of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission Zodwa Ntuli said job creation, as outlined in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus and recovery plan, would be easily achieved if companies were B-BBEE complaint. Ntuli was addressing the media in... 

Stats SA reports SA lost 69 000 jobs in second quarter

By: News24Wire      Updated 5 hours ago Employment in South African's non-agricultural formal sector dropped by 69 000 between March and June 2018, Stats SA announced on Wednesday in its  latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) bulletin.  The QES results, published quarterly, are based on a sample survey conducted by Stats SA and... 

 Stats SA reports SA lost 69 000 jobs in second quarter

KSB Pumps and Valves obtains Level 1 BBBEE certification

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 Global pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has obtained Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) certification. This follows the acquisition of a 30% equity stake in the company by black women-owned firm Insikazi Synergies, which has joined the KSB board to play an active role in... 

KSB Pumps and Valves obtains Level 1 BBBEE certification

Culture imperative in facilitating safe workplaces

21st September 2018 Creating a safe working environment is a complex issue and requires a concerted effort by all stakeholders over a sustained period of time, posits cement, lime and related products supplier PPC technical and lime executive Hardie de Beer. “It is this understanding that is at the core of PPC’s... 

Culture imperative  in facilitating  safe workplaces
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFE APPROACH While there is no single formula for creating a safe workplace, there are certain basic principles that can be adapted to create an all-important safety culture

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 The Centres of Specialisation pilot programme has been launched by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to develop a focused and industry-led apprenticeship structure for 13 priority trades needed for infrastructure development. The objective is to test the effectiveness of... 

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

Lifestyle diseases impact on HVAC industry employees

By: Paige Müller     21st September 2018 Occupational health services provider Working Knowledge International has raised concerns about the lack of market education pertaining to risks associated with lifestyle diseases which impacts on employees working in the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry. Working... 

Lifestyle diseases impact on HVAC industry employees
HEALTH AND PRODUCTIVITY Working Knowledge provides companies with professional advice based on legislative requirements for employees working in the HVAC industry

Defence industry needs to adapt, optimise for Industry 4.0 – panel

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The South African defence industry will need to pilot new projects and adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution in order to grow the defence sector and create jobs in the process. To do this, however, Engineers Without Borders founder and CEO Wiebke Toussaint suggested the industry adopt the... 

Defence industry needs to adapt, optimise for Industry 4.0 – panel
Photo by Dylan Slater
(Left to Right) Department of Science and Technology chief director Beeuwen Gerryts, Security and Defence Technology Consulting CEO Zane Cleophas and Engineers Without Borders founder and CEO Wiebke Toussaint

Sasol, Solidarity unable to reach agreement

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 Trade union Solidarity and petrochemicals major Sasol were unable to reach an agreement during talks at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Wednesday. Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann said the mediation was deferred to get more clarity on the final Mining Charter’s... 

South Gauteng High Court overturns Nedlac decision on Solidarity strike

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 The South Gauteng High Court, in Johannesburg, on Friday overturned the National Economic Development and Labour Council’s (Nedlac’s) decision to reject trade union Solidarity’s application for all of its members at all places of work to be permitted to lawfully participate in protest action in... 

New tech will change nature of work, but could also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 New technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

Union to approach High Court to allow all members to strike in solidarity with Sasol employees

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Trade union Solidarity will approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday for the right of its 180 000 members to go on strike in solidarity with Sasol employees, who have been on strike since earlier this month. This follows after the National Economic Development and Labour Council... 

Oxford’s African Studies Centre to inaugurate International Advisory Board in Oct

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Oxford University’s African Studies Centre will inaugurate its International Advisory Board (IAB) on October 12, which is set to establish stronger ties with African governments, as well as leaders in business, finance, diplomacy and the arts. Supermarket chain Pick n Pay chairperson Gareth... 

Oxford’s African Studies Centre to inaugurate International Advisory Board in Oct
Pick n Pay chairperson Gareth Ackerman

Conservative hiring intentions by employers anticipated in the last quarter - survey

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2018 South African employers expect conservative hiring intentions, across all industries nationally, for the fourth quarter, the ManPowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS) has found. Fourteen per cent of employers expect to increase staffing levels, 8% forecast a decrease and 78% anticipate no... 

Solidarity CE writes open letter to Sasol directors amid ongoing strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann has written an open letter to two Sasol directors, on the eve of the union’s lawsuit to seek approval for a Section 77 application at the High Court, which will enable all the union’s members nationwide to strike along with those members employed at Sasol, who have... 

Solidarity CE writes open letter to Sasol directors amid ongoing strike
Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The latest mobile laboratory of the Department of Science and Technology, launched on Friday, has robotics kits that children use to build and program robots, thereby inspiring them to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The inspire science, engineering and... 

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children
i-Set project leader & Unisa lecturer Patricia Gouws discusses the i-Set Programme. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Technology changes the future of welding

7th September 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says it will use augmented or virtual welder training techniques in its new Future Welder Training Centre. “Augmented welder training, in essence, allows students to work with real three-dimensional objects combined with virtual computer-generated... 

SAIW develops NDT in SA

7th September 2018 Progression through the initial society for nondestructive testing (NDT) company-based training into the globally accepted personnel qualification and certification standard, referred to as International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) 9712, has evolved significantly over the past 30... 

SAIW develops NDT in SA
HAROLD JANSEN The International Organization for Standardisation 9712 has evolved significantly over the past 30 years

SAIW receives robot welding system for training  

By: Donald Makhafola     7th September 2018 South Africa-based Japanese automation and robotic company Yaskawa Southern Africa is handing over a complete robot welding system to the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for its new robot-welding training programme. The programme comprises the training of robotic-welding operators,... 

SAIW receives robot welding system for training
Yaskawa Southern Africa chairperson and key account manager Terry Rosenberg provides his perspective on robotic welding in South Africa, and Yaskawa’s relationship with the Southern African Institute of Welding. Camerawork & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Welding company embarks on massive expansion

7th September 2018 Secunda-based welding company Hydra Arc – ISO 3834 certified by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification has grown into a leading South African specialised welder that provides services for Southern Africa’s petrochemicals, power, mining and minerals processing industries.... 

Welding company embarks on  massive expansion
GROWTH Hydra Arc is undertaking a massive expansion of its Sky Hill facility to position the company as the 'can-do' destination for local and regional work

Seventy years of weld training

7th September 2018 Founded in 1948, this year, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is 70 years old and it has been one of the great success stories in South African industry. From its fledgling beginnings, when it acted mainly as the South African welding industry’s association, it has grown into the... 

Seventy years of weld training
SEAN BLAKE The Southern African Institute of Welding offers students world-class education in welding

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Energy Institute researcher, South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) Fellow, energy expert and passionate educator professor Philip Lloyd passed away last month. He championed the role of science and how one needs to learn the language of... 

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader
PHILIP LLOYD Philip Lloyd contributed to the nation as an eminent engineer, as well as through mathematics and science education programmes for underprivileged children

Metals, engineering collective agreement to be submitted for gazetting

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 Parties to the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) have voted in favour of the extension of the three-year agreement reached in the metals and engineering sector in 2017. Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) operations director Lucio... 

Water dept transfers R30m to Rand Water for War on Leaks programme

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has transferred R30-million to Rand Water for the War on Leaks (WoL) programme. The DWS noted in a statement on Tuesday that the money will assist Rand Water, as the implementing agent, to effect stipend payments to trainees. 

Unions call for full investigation into explosion at Rheinmetall Denel Munition plant

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th September 2018 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has confirmed that the fatal explosion which rocked its Somerset West plant, in the Western Cape, on Monday took place in the propellant operations building. “During operations an explosion occurred and destroyed the entire building and the immediate surrounding... 

Sasol launches contingency plan in light of Solidarity strike over share scheme

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 Petrochemicals company Sasol on Monday said it had activated contingency measures to minimise potential disruption to its operations, in light of trade union Solidarity’s plans to strike. Currently, parts of Sasol’s Secunda and Sasolburg operations are undergoing planned maintenance shutdowns,... 

Stellenbosch University receives R2.9m grant to develop fire engineering postgraduate degrees

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 Stellenbosch University’s Fire Engineering Research Unit (FireSUN) has received a grant of R2.9-million from Lloyd’s Register Foundation, to develop Africa’s first-ever postgraduate programme in fire engineering. This will help provide the expertise needed to keep the African continent safe in... 

Stellenbosch University receives R2.9m grant to develop fire engineering postgraduate degrees

Inequality, poverty worsening as broader unemployment rate rises – Uasa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 Despite South Africa’s past goals and targets to find solutions to its unemployment crisis, such as the government’s plan to halve unemployment by 2014, the unemployment rate is not declining at all. Instead the number of unemployed people has increased from 6-million to 9.6-million between... 

University students can apply for funding from today

By: African News Agency      3rd September 2018 Applications for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) open on Monday, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor has announced. Applicants can apply online. 

University students can apply for funding from today
Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor

New tech, automation to change but also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 New technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

Armscor report to aid in DLS’ employment equity strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has welcomed the report by the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) on the Denel Land Systems (DLS) division’s employment equity compliance status on the flagship Hoefyster project. The Hoefyster employment equity compliance assessment... 

Brady provides automatic label formatting

31st August 2018 Power distribution system supplier Magnet Group is dedicated to enhancing its extensive range of electrical equipment, industrial instrumentation and automation systems, to meet market requirements. 

Eskom, unions settle on salary adjustments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom has reached a three-year wage agreement with trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and Solidarity. In terms of the agreement, Eskom’s bargaining unit permanent employees will receive salary... 

Eskom, unions settle on salary adjustments

De Beers, UN Women to support women micro-entrepreneurs in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 Diamond miner De Beers and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in South Africa have launched a capacity-building programme, which aims to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the Blouberg and Musina communities, near De Beers’ Venetia diamond... 

Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The presidents of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa), the National African Farmers Union of South Africa (Nafu SA), Agri SA and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (Tau-SA), as members of the Agri Sector Unity Forum (Asuf), on Monday declared their intent to work... 

Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

Treasury slams excess cash on NSFAS books

By: News24Wire      21st August 2018 The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) had R153.8-million more cash left than projected at the end of the 2017/18 financial year, it has emerged. Speaking to Parliament's Standing Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday, Treasury’s deputy director general Dr Mampho Modise explained that... 

 Treasury slams excess cash on NSFAS books

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
Photo by Creamer Media
SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

Solidarity reaches wage agreement with AMSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Trade union Solidarity has reached common ground with steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has signed a wage agreement that is “favourable to all parties”. This follows after the union on July 13 referred its dispute with AMSA to the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining... 

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