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Education and Training

‘Simple land transfer not enough’

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 While South Africa’s land reform policies are changing the demographics of the cane growing industry, the South African Cane Growers Association says that simple land transfer is not enough to ensure integration. In response, the organisation is working to provide the necessary support... 

New SA-France coopertation in water research

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2006 South Africa and France last week inaugurated a new R4,8-million cooperation programme in the area of water research, designated SAFe Water. 

Accreditation changes may necessitate course revision

By: Laura Tyrer     12th May 2006 Changing accreditation requirements may necessitate the revision of the ‘Working with Valves’ course offered by the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association’s (SAVAMA). 

German, Indian navies help SA Navy fast track training as new submarines surface

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2006 To accelerate the entry into full operation service of its three new submarines, the SA Navy has being taking advantage of offers of training facilities and instructors from the German and Indian navies. 

Problem is not just local, affects all economic sectors

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2006 There is a global, as well as local, shortage of supply chain management skills, and it affects all sectors of the world & SA economies. 

Reserach says skills squeeze is worsening

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2006 Stellenbosch-based think-tank the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) indicates in its latest building industry business survey – conducted in the first quarter of this year – that the skills crisis has worsened since last year. 

SA students impress leading international aero-engineer

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2006 Chief Aerodynamicist for the Airbus A380 double-decker super-jumbo airliner, Frank Ogilvie, on enthusiasm of Sa engineering students for aviation & on latest on A380. 

New power company to evaluate engineering, manufacturing and erection capabilities of 45 local firms

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 In preparing to bid for Eskom’s new coal-fired base-load power station, recently-launched Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) has engaged in a local capability survey. The survey is examining the engineering, manufacturing and erection capabilities of about 45 South African engineering companies.... 

Public-private engagement needed to preserve local construction sector

By: Liezel Hill     14th April 2006 Urgent action is called for to ensure that the local construction industry is prepared to compete against an onslaught by contract-hungry foreign, and Chinese in particular, companies, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) has warned. 

Fear of big salary rises as focus shifts from retaining to attracting staff

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2006 There is talk of a 30% increase in salaries in the construction industry as the emphasis shifts from retaining staff to attracting new staff, says South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) economist Pierre Blaauw. 

Can built-environment professionals now name their price?

By: Liezel Hill     7th April 2006 It�s not breaking news that all employees, save, perhaps, at top executive level, occasionally feel a little short-changed when the salary slips are circulated at the end of the month. But the picture is not quite as cut-and-dried for the South African construction industry, as it prepares to... 

South African woman head for UAE for infrastructure training

By: Helene Le Roux     7th April 2006 Although comprehensive plans and concrete commitments for the implementation of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa) will only be ready by June for commencement in July, the initiative has already started to roll out a number of projects. 

Skills dearth a threat to nontyre rubber industry

By: Laura Tyrer     31st March 2006 With South Africa’s nontyre rubber industry in the midst of a slow decline, inadequate skills development and training is still the sector’s main concern. South Africa’s Institute of Materials (IOM) northern branch chairperson, Dave Clague, tells Engineering News that dwindling... 

New enrolments give hope, but gap remains

By: Liezel Hill     31st March 2006 A recently-published study on employment equity in the mining sector offers worthy insight into the much-discussed engineering-skills crunch facing South Africa’s public and private sectors. 

Lost generation

By: Laura Tyrer     17th March 2006 SA's instrumentation industry hit hard by 'brain drain' - claim South Africa’s ‘brain drain’ has depleted the country’s instrumentation-and-control industry of almost an entire generation of instrumentation specialists, South African Institute of Measurement and... 

Lack of thought claimed as new work-permit categories are released

By: peter cromberge     10th March 2006 After mounting frustration at the failure of the Department of Home Affairs to publish the quotas necessary for the issue of quota work permits, the long-awaited quotas were released last month. 

It's necessary to give African countries the means to search for their own solutions - Lula da Silva

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 Brazil is expanding its technical assistance to Africa. 

SA steel sector expected to deliver the goods

By: Laura Tyrer     3rd March 2006 Plans for extensive capital expenditure on infrastructure development projects, due to be implemented over the next decade, have cast doubt on the capacity of the South African steel industry’s ability to execute these projects. The South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC),... 

Financier helping steel sector to gear up for expenditure programmes

By: Laura Tyrer     3rd March 2006 Self-financing national development finance institution, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is particularly focused at present on job creation and development with regional development focuses. 

Economists cautious over State’s ability to deliver

By: Liezel Hill     3rd March 2006 While encouraged by a shift in national spending patterns away from defense and welfare-focused expenditure, towards economic services and housing and community development, Econometrix director and chief economist Azar Jammine indicated last month that he remains cautious over whether government... 

A new paradigm

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The name is Project Paradigm, and it is IST’s vehicle for black empowerment within and around the company, in every aspect of its operations and business. 

BEE, women empowerment left out in the cold

By: Laura Tyrer     17th February 2006 As an organisation representing black-owned suppliers, consulting engineers and contractors, the refrigeration and air-conditioning empowerment forum of South Africa (RAEFSA) is working towards growing the South African cooling industry. RAEFSA, which was established three years ago, exposes it... 

R200m revamp planned at the University of Pretoria

By: Helene Le Roux     16th December 2005 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) School of Engineering plans to invest R200-million in upgrading teaching facilities. 

SA faces critical artisan shortage 

By: peter cromberge     16th December 2005 South Africa is facing a serious shortage of artisans. 

Manufacturing skills base set to benefit from R5bn initiative

By: Helene Le Roux     16th December 2005 Relief, in the form of an estimated R5-billion public private partnership (PPP), is on its way for the South African manufacturing industry’s skills plight. 

HR division targets skills recruitment

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 Since the major capital expansion projects of Eskom assets in the 1970s and 1980s, the electricity utilities giant and, in fact, South Africa, have lost numerous engineering, project management and artisan skills, primarily due to the turbulent political climate of the 1980s and early 1990s. 

Indian group hopes to align SA imports with exports

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2005 Indian group Tata Motors is determined to widen & deepen its involvement in SA, and use this country as a base for exports & has also opened new training centre in SA. 

Airforce mulls regime change

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 A feature of the South African Air Force (SAAF) that has puzzled foreigners and, indeed, local observers, is its expensive approach to flying training. 

FET and Setas vital for socio economic development

31st October 2005 The chairperson of the National Board for Further Education and Training (FET), Dennis George, says a good relationship between the SETAs and public FET colleges will play a meaningful role in the development of institutions of excellence and in unlocking the potential of students. 

Concrete school aligns with new CPD requirements

28th October 2005 The School of Concrete Technology's Education Programme for next yearmakes provision for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that will, from next year, be compulsory for practicing engineers wishing to renew their registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa), the... 

Training a priority for this BEE NDT service provider

14th October 2005 The fully black-owned De-Tect, a nondestructive testing (NDT) service provider in nuclear, places great emphasis on training and, over the last three years, it has invested substantially in training programmes. 

Civil engineering body puts spotlight on skills shortages

By: Liezel Hill     14th October 2005 South Africa will need an additional 1 500 to 4 000 civil engineers over the next ten years to cope with the growing pipeline of large projects, in both the private and public sectors, a research report published yesterday by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) suggests. 

SA-Japan in capacity-for-development pact

By: Liezel Hill     7th October 2005 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) Secretariat yesterday signed an agreement of cooperation to develop and implement a public-finance-management capacity-building programme for... 

Science centre opens in Limpopo

6th October 2005 Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena has officially opened a science centre in Limpopo to bolster learner interest in science subjects. 

German company contributes to student technology contest

23rd September 2005 For the first time in the history of the competition, German-based Festo will be contributing components, valued at over R250 000, to Cyber Junkyard, an inter-tertiary technology contest aimed at exposing tertiary institution students to a real-world project requirement and the products and... 

German group looking to expand dominant market position

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 Power, transport sectors identified as key growth areas 

Secondary education a significant concern for local universities

By: Jade Davenport     16th September 2005 The high standard of engineering and the built-environment education at South African universities has always been well-respected internationally. 

New training programme to advance technology education

By: Jade Davenport     16th September 2005 The first ten years of South Africa’s nonracial democracy has been characterised by political freedom but, as the country attempts to consolidate this, the focus of the nation has now turned to greater economic freedom, especially concerning previously-disadvantaged communities. 

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