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Education and Training

Domestic steel sales rose to record levels in 2006, imports at 30-year peak

18th January 2007 South Africa's domestic steel sales rose by 26,2% in 2006, to a record 5,34-million tons, according to data released by the South African Iron and Steel Institute on Thursday. Domestic sales in 2005 reached 4,23-million tons, 6,1% less than the previous year. Domestic sales amounted to 276 723 t... 

Varsity claims to be first to offer full specturm of engineering skills under one faculty

By: Jade Davenport     15th December 2006 The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) at the University of Johannesburg has become the first tertiary institution to offer the full spectrum of engineering skills under a single umbrella. 

Global nuclear body has 61 projects under way in SA

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2006 South Africa’s nuclear sector has benefited significantly in recent years, in terms of human capital development, from assistance from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 

First cockpit simulator heads for mid-2007 completion

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2006 Following its success in creating a flight simulator based on the nose section of a scrapped South African Air Force Mirage F1CZ fighter, local enterprise Dooley’s Flight Simulation is now in the process of producing a flight simulator for young pupil pilots seeking private pilot’s... 

National initiative includes manufacture of 'sustainable packaging' as World Cup special

By: Jade Davenport     8th December 2006 A nationwide initiative to avoid and reduce the potential negative impacts of excessive waste and pollution during the 2010 World Cup has been launched by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) the Institute for Zero Waste (Izwa). 

Vehicle group introduces online career development initiative

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 Automotive group McCarthy has introduced a new online initiative – a dedicated website called Careers at McCarthy – to recruit employees for its various business operations. 

Ensuring a future for SA's satellite capability

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2006 South Africa’s microsatellite design, development and manufacturing company, Sun Space & Information Systems (SunSpace) – which is a high-tech spin-off company from the University of Stellenbosch – has been running a ‘satellite trainee’ programme as part of the... 

South African radio astronomy faces rapid growth

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2006 With South Africa in the process of a large-scale and rapid expansion of its radio astronomy capabilities, the country is also looking to increase its corps of radio astronomers to take full advantage of the new instruments being developed. 

Union moves to support artisan-training drive

15th November 2006 The trade union Solidarity on Wednesday announced that it was to establish a new technical college, as part of its existing training company Sol-Tech, to concentrate specifically on training artisans in scarce and critical trades. 

Technology group launches first African cellular training institute in South Africa

By: Jade Davenport     10th November 2006 New York Stock Exchange-listed telecommunications multinational Motorola has launched the first Africa-based cellular engineering training facility in Johannesburg to help address the shortfall of technical cellular telecommunications skills in the region. 

Volkswagen to invest R400m in skills development

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2006 Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) will invest more than R400-million in training and skills development between now and 2010, in a project called “People for the Future”. 

Steps towards countering a serious skills shortage

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Petrochemicals giant Sasol will be investing R140-million into a skills development programme focused on combating the drastic artisan shortage. 

R6,8m contributed towards improving customer services at airport

By: Jade Davenport     20th October 2006 State-owned enterprise Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has identified human resources as a key focus for improved excellence and customer care at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), to be renamed OR Tambo International Airport as from next week. 

Curriculum review inadequate - Teta chief

By: Laura Tyrer     13th October 2006 South Africa’s further education and training institutions are failing to deliver the necessary services to develop urgently needed skills in the country, says Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta) CEO Dr Piet Bothma. 

Training academy to benefit the pump industry

6th October 2006 As a sign of its commitment to the pump industry in South Africa, the local subsidiary of Denmark-based Grundfos has built a world-class pump academy in Bedfordview. 

Pump training specialist tackles skills crunch

By: Clement Deane     6th October 2006 Pump training specialist 2KG Training is tacklng the skills shortage issue in South Africa, specifically with regard to the understanding of pumps. 

International pump specialist heads for SA

6th October 2006 Back by popular demand, the internationally acclaimed pump specialist and consultant, Larry Bachus will be presenting a comprehensive three-day seminar on Pumps and Pump Systems from 14-16 November 2006, at the Expo Centre at Nasrec. 

Completion of projects delayed by lack of contracting skills, R140-million approved for South African training

By: Jade Davenport     22nd September 2006 A shortage of global engineering contracting skills is delaying the execution of some of petrochemicals giant Sasol�s local and international projects. 

Skills-development academy launched

15th September 2006 The Development Bank of Southern Africa recently launched the DBSA Vulindlela Academy, an initiative to further enhance the DBSA’s contribution towards skills development and institutional capacity building. 

‘National effort’ needed to tackle engineering shortage

15th September 2006 If South Africa is to develop and achieve its full economic potential, a national effort will be required, with both government and private-sector support needed to boost enthusiasm among the youth to take up careers in engineering and science. 

University targets key skills through continuing education programme

15th September 2006 The need for skills development is a critical priority for South Africa and is currently receiving urgent attention from government. 

SA school chalkboard turns 50

15th September 2006 The year 2006 marks the 50th birthday of a product that three generations of South Africans have been exposed to since childhood - but most take for granted. 

IT company offers students practical business training

By: Clement Deane     15th September 2006 The Fujitsu head office in Rivonia has recently dedicated its time and energy into the training and development of young learners from two different high schools in Johannesburg. 

Students receive training in refrigeration, airconditioning

By: Clement Deane     15th September 2006 Students at the Open Trade Training Centre (OTTC) in Springs, on the East Rand, are receiving specialised training in industrial and commercial refrigeration, airconditioning and ammonia refrigeration. 

'Engineering TV' keeps industry updated

15th September 2006 With the ever-increasing workload burdening local engineers and the deployment of professionals to remote sites, the time and distance constraints can make accessibility to education and training challenging for local engineers, says South African Association of Consulting Engineering (Saace)... 

Association reports good response to training programme

By: Clement Deane     15th September 2006 Most of the feedback that the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has received so far regarding the continuing professional development (CPD) system has been positive, reports Daniella Melk, corporate communications manager of Ecsa. “We have had our teething problems, but we’re... 

Deputy President-led skills initiative prioritises 'organic' development over acquisistion

By: Helene Le Roux     15th September 2006 The Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa) is focusing on ‘organically growing’ the skills base that is required to make the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgisa) a success. While the initiators acknowledge that some specialist skills will... 

Government begins to tackle environmental-impact assessment backlog

By: Jade Davenport     8th September 2006 A five-point action plan has been developed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat), together with the various provincial environmentaldepartments, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of South Africa’s environmental-impactassessment (EIA) system. This is... 


By: Helene Le Roux     11th August 2006 The civil engineering curricula for tertiary qualifications at the national diploma- and B.Tech levels are being modernised. 

SA firm takes long-term approach to pandemic

By: Helene Le Roux     4th August 2006 The HIV/Aids pandemic is exacerbating the local skills shortage and causing a humanitarian crisis in South African society. 

South Africa and Russia to develop cooperation in space

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2006 South Africa and Russia are cooperating on a concept to develop an “Educational Satellite” (EduSat) for this country. 

Suitably-qualified and experienced artisans are not readily available

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2006 The training of artisans in South Africa has all but ceased since the 1990s. 

Construction industry will face shortages for some time

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2006 It will take some years yet for the South African construction industry to overcome its current skills shortages. 

Training assistance fast-tracking frigates into operation

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2006 The first of the South African Navy’s (SAN), four new frigates, the SAS Amatola, has recently undertaken its first overseas deployment, visiting Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, and S 

Stocks Building Africa looks offshore for qualified human resources

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2006 A senior management team from construction company Stocks Building Africa is visiting London this month, in order to recruit what it terms “suitably-qualified people”. 

Innovative teaching tool introduced to SA classrooms

By: Helene Le Roux     30th June 2006 Understanding maths, science and biology is a challenge to many South African school learners, who study at under-resourced schools. 

Father of the Indian software industry shares insight with SA

By: Laura Tyrer     16th June 2006 The Automotive Supplier Park (ASP), in Rosslyn, near to Pretoria, will have a new captain as from next month. 

Government, academia can play bigger role in growth of SMEs

By: Jade Davenport     2nd June 2006 During the last decade, there has been a global surge of interest in small and medium enterprise (SME) development owing to the information communication technology (ICT) revolution, the globalisation of markets, and political change that is opening up formerly inaccessible markets. 

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