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Education and Training

Norway supports capacity building in SA

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The Norwegian and South African governments announced the kick-off of a local government capacity-building support programme in March, following an investment of about R40-million by Norway in December. Norway has been contributing in various ways to the transformation of South Africa to a... 

Company teaches the ropes of industrial access in Gauteng

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Industrial rope-access company Praxis, of Pretoria, and Centurion-based government inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) have had a working agreement since 1997. “IIS makes use of Praxis services for rope access on inspections carried out for other companies,”... 

South Africa lacks telecom standards

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Telecom is the fastest-growing industry in the world, but in South Africa there is currently no formal body for the generation of training standards for the industry. The field of telecom is a wide and technologically-skilled field, where technology changes at such a rapid rate that there are... 

Running water tops

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE provision of running water is seen by South Africans as the most important service priority, followed by affordable housing, electricity, health care and local policing. These findings regarding service delivery emerged from the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) latest survey of... 

R110m for research, student bursaries

By: System Author     12th March 1999 MORE than R110-million will be allocated by the Foundation for Research Development (FRD) for research grants and student bursaries during 1999. At present more than 1 200 grant holders and a large number of team members undertaking research will benefit from these grants to be awarded by the... 

Rural development gets boost following acquisition

By: System Author     12th March 1999 In a departure from its historic focus, the Land Bank has acquired a 35% stake in 12-year-old entrepreneur support organisation Rutec, together with the Mineworkers Development Agency’s (MDA) acquisition of 40%. The R70-million-a- year business’s focus on micro-economic development... 

Catering company offers a wide spread

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Catering company Royal Food Services, of Gallo Manor, Gauteng, has established a national network of offices, and operates catering contracts at health, education, South African National Defence Force and mining institutions countrywide, as well as a number of industrial and corporate contracts... 

What are we getting for our money? – Gill Marcus

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A KEY question that begs an answer as many South African government departments experience crippling financial crises is why, despite the huge increases in the funding allocated to departments such as education, there still remains an apparent lack of capacity. This was the view of Deputy Finance... 

R80m upgrade for Johannesburg zoo

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The Johannesburg Zoo is seeking sponsors to help transform its nature park into a stimulating display of ecology and wildlife which exhibits animals as part of interdependent ecosystems. In an exclusive interview with Engineering News, Johannesburg Zoo director Dr Pat Condy says plans to upgrade... 

Modderfontein complex faces renaissance

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A PRIME slice of real estate in the heart of Gauteng, development in Modderfontein – an explosives and chemical manufacturing complex – has resulted in development taking place around it rather than absorbing the area into the urban fabric. This is no longer the case, since more land... 

Majuba conveyor feasible

By: System Author     26th February 1999 STUDIES to date have shown that the transportation of coal by rail or conveyor to Majuba power station near Volksrust in Mpumalanga will definitely be economically feasible, provided the volume of coal transported is large enough. Due to lower-than-expected growth in electricity demand, the... 

R94-million roll-out for innovation drive

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Funding to the value of R93,6-million will be provided by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (Dacst) to local innovators over the next three years. Dacst chief economist Johan Neethling tells Engineering News that the 19 projects funded by the department at present are mostly... 

Moves to integrate multiple standards

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A significant shift in focus has been experienced in commerce and industry towards management of business processes and their relationship to international benchmarks and standards, reveals Southern African Auditor and Training Certification Association (Saatca) director Tony Cunningham. The era... 

Insulated panelling finds roosting place

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A total of 22 500 m2 of 30 mm Mega- span panelling has been used by Earlybird Chicken Farms in Magaliesburg in the construction of 21 new chicken houses. The Megaspan sandwich panel, developed by thermal insulation company Sagex for this project, consists of widespan box profile roof sheeting, 30... 

Rural schools and villages go solar

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE lights were switched on in October last year in the first Northern Province rural school to benefit from a joint Bavarian government and South African Department of Minerals and Energy pilot solar power project. Dzimauli School, in Folovhodwe village, is one of three schools, 582 homes and... 

Technical training courses

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A series of technical training courses will be run during the course of the year by Wearcheck Africa to help maintenance managers develop their staff and improve the efficiency and benefits of their oil-analysis programmes. “The advantages of oil analysis – extending the life of... 

‘Slapdash’ attitude to maintenance

By: System Author     19th February 1999 AS hefty increases in new equipment costs hit the South African market, companies which use forklifts are increasingly looking at ways to extend the life of their existing vehicles, both in terms of preventive maintenance and correct driver training. David Milligan, marketing director of forklift... 

Serving the electronic commerce market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Computer company IBM has unveiled a new range of AS/400e enterprise servers as part of a drive to advance electronic commerce and offer customers a wider range of business-management solutions. Equipped with faster processors, the new AS/400e server line consolidates multiple server models into a... 

New accreditation body raises its head

By: System Author     12th February 1999 In order to comply with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Act, which states that no single body can provide accreditation and education, the South African Institute of Materials-Handling (SAIMH) has established the Centre for Logistics Excellence which will be the accredited... 

Supply-chain management event on the cards

By: System Author     12th February 1999 This year marks the twenty-first year that Sapics, the education society for supply-chain management, (previously known as the South African Production and Inventory Control Society), is holding its yearly conference and exhibition. Since 1976 the conference has been South Africa’s foremost... 

New centre set to lift training courses

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The South African Qualifications Authority Act of 1996 has resulted in the South African Institute of Materials-Handling splitting and forming the Centre for Logistics Excellence which, under the new law, will be the provider of education while the institute will accredit the courses, explains... 

Company mounts expedition

By: System Author     12th February 1999 STAFF members of Puregas are aiming to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya in aid of an ongoing community project known as the Community and Individual Development Association (Cida). This is a training organisation focusing on the development of teachers and students in township schools in South... 

New framework recognises former skills

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The new national qualifications framework (NQF) will form the building blocks for further training in a skills-bereft country by introducing a learning and certification system that can be used with all levels of skills. Metal and Engineering Industries Education and Training Board (MEIETB)... 

University introduces postgrad polymer course

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The University of Pretoria (UP) has introduced a course in polymers at postgraduate level as a new area of specialisation. The course is presented under the auspices of the department of chemical engineering, but also involves assistance from the departments of chemistry and physics, as well as... 

Training effort bolstered

By: System Author     5th February 1999 In a programme to further improve its training efforts, the Plastics Industry Training Board (PITB) is to place new emphasis on the role of coaches at plastics companies around the country this year. “We’ve named 1999 as the ‘year of the coaches’ to emphasise the... 

R18m flying school contract completed ahead of schedule

By: System Author     5th February 1999 An R18-million resurfacing of the runway and standing areas at Langebaan Central Flying School in the Cape was completed by Concor in December, two months ahead of schedule, reports Concor Roads MD Chris Barclay. The contract originally specified the laying of a premix asphalt overlay on top of... 

Master’s degree programme through Internet

By: System Author     5th February 1999 THE Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch is offering Master’s degree programmes as well as individual postgraduate modules through the Internet and interactive television on a distance-education basis. This will be the first time that Master’s degree... 

New training accreditation for sector

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE Civil Engineering Industry Training Board (CEITB) plans to implement a new process of accreditation for providers of training in the industry in February. It became necessary to make certain changes to the existing process because of shortfalls in the process. New legislation also provides... 

New training scheme for air force appies

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 The South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) School of Logistics Training (SLT) has introduced a new training system based on that developed by the Swiss Pilatus company, manufacturer of the SAAF’s PC-7 Mark II Astra basic training aircraft. “We needed a training system which... 

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