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Education and Training

Good growth prospects for short course activities

By: Jade Davenport     16th September 2005 The centralised management and administration of short academic course activities over all disciplines is a fairly new concept for South African tertiary institutions. 

First Stellenbosch-trained mechatronic engineers to graduate this December

By: Jade Davenport     16th September 2005 In December this year, the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University will deliver its first mechatronic engineers to the South African industry. 

Immigration gridlock

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2005 Growing frustration over processing of permits 

Skills development part of engine giant's pledge to Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2005 Rolls-Royce will be providing the SAAF with lifetime support for the Rolls-Royce Adour 951 engines that will power the SAAF’s new BAE Systems Hawks. 

Transforming SA's marine services

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2005 The process of creating representativity in the Marine Services division of the NPA has simultaneously been a process of South Africanising the division. 

Swiss training precision

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2005 South Africa’s oft-maligned skills strategy received a shot in the arm from the Swiss business community earlier this month, when it re-affirmed support for government’s learnership programme. 

Defence reserve pilot scheme targets student

By: Keith Campbell     26th August 2005 The South African Military Health Services SAMHS, formerly the South African Medical Service), in conjunction with the South African Army (SA Army) has launched a pilot project for a new programme to recruit highly- educated young South Africans as officers in the Reserve (once known as the... 

Contractors to get new safety manual

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2005 The need to adopt and implement safety regulations on construction sites, to create a safe work environment through training of workers to practise safe work habits, are becoming more important in the South African construction industry. 

Fragmentation inhibiting ICT sector growth

By: Jade Davenport     12th August 2005 The South African information and communications technology (ICT) sector is one of the world’s fastest growing, however, fragmentation and the lack of skills development continue to undermine the sector’s ability to reach its full potential. 

ICT sector gears for transformation

By: Jade Davenport     12th August 2005 Two years after initial negotiations were held at the ICT BEE Indaba in the Johannesburg-based Sandton Convention Centre to discuss the implementation of black economic empowerment (BEE), the South African information communication technology (ICT) sector is now preparing itself for a significant... 

Engineering industry bleeding as skills dearth continues

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The South African engineering industry is bleeding professionally and the shortage of people and skills will have an influence on the local engineering profession for years to come, reports SRK Consulting MD Brian Middleton. 

Navy employs overseas training to address submariner dearth

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 THE South African Navy (SAN) is currently addressing its shortfall of submariners by training personnel abroad, in India, Germany, and probably also Brazil. 

A new lease on life

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 Unemployed welders benefit from training initiative 

Funding required to tackle skills shortage

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 The South African welding industry is experiencing a severe shortage of highly-skilled welders and, according to Jim Guild, executive director of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), the shortage is going to get significantly worse in the near future. 

New training courses set for July

By: Jade Davenport     3rd June 2005 The Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa is a nonprofit organisation involved in corrosion control and prevention. 


By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd June 2005 The process of creating and maintaining skills in the transport sector is crucial for South Africa’s economic and social development, says the president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Willie Madisha. 

New learnership launched

20th May 2005 New National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 learnerships have been launched by adult basic education and training (Abet) company Media Works. 

High steel prices hamper reinforcing market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 The training committee of the South African Reinforced Concrete Engineers’ Association (Sarcea) has been particularly active over the past few years and, by the end of August, the association will have trained about 180 steel fixers. 

Cement sales buoyent, skills remain a challenge

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Cement sales are a good indicator of a country’s economic activity and last year was an outstanding year for the South African cement industry with several sales records being broken. 

Bringing taxi industry into training-levy loop a challenge

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th May 2005 Getting the taxi industry to participate in the levy system is one of the biggest challenges facing the Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta), says CEO Dr Piet Bothma. 

Engineering group in big training push

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th May 2005 At the launch of Sandvik Coromant’s productivity centre, the competence development manager for Sandvik SA, Sunet Marks, highlighted the importance and necessity of training, especially in South Africa. 

Brewery sponsorship to help develop SA rugby talent

By: abdul cook     6th May 2005 A three-year contract to develop 

Future of productivity scheme under review

By: Nicola Mawson     5th May 2005 A review of the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Workplace Challenge Programme (WCP) scheme has been submitted to the department, which is now in the process of studying the report and its recommendations. 

New pneumatics training course to benefit industry

By: Mariaan Webb     29th April 2005 “In order to overcome South Africa’s skills shortage, a new dicipline has emerged to become more multiskilled,” Festo Didactic manager Tom Webster tells Engineering News. 

Growth: how to score a six

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2005 A report on what the leaders of South African business think needs to be done to achieve 6% annual growth in the economy. 

HSRC report recommends higher-education PPPs

21st April 2005 A new Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) report has found that government policy should provide for public-private partnerships in higher education (HE). 

Institute looks to the future

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 The South African Institute for Foundrymen (SAIF) is busy restructuring so as to become a more professional body. 

Open-source hub opens in Joburg

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th April 2005 The launch of IBM South Africa’s first Linux competency centre – initially in Sandton, but with plans for relocation to the University of the Witwatersrand – is seen as a business and technology incubation platform, especially for emerging entrepreneurs. 

Private schools can have a positive effect on poor - study

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th April 2005 Contrary to popular belief, private schools are not always elitist and exclusive; in fact, research shows that they are burgeoning in several emerging countries, such as Nigeria and Ghana, and possibly even in South Africa. 

Top award for IT education provider

1st April 2005 The Johannesburg-based provider of information technology (IT) educational courseware, learner management systems and online e-learning solutions, Masterskill, has won an international top distributor award for the second successive year. 

Skills headache for rubber industry

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 The crisis in training and skills development in the local rubber industry is fast approaching crisis proportions, says Rubber Association of South Africa (Rasa) co-founder and rubber consultant Dave Ransom. 

Chemical incubator facilitates novel projects

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Chemin has been involved in more than forty projects since inception, receiving more than 150 expressions of interest. 

Toxicity-testing device to target mining sector

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 A new field-based method to measure toxicity was introduced to South Africa earlier this month. 

Local pipes launched in the US

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 The middle of January saw the first delivery of about 2 500 m of Petroplas pipes to the US – marking the export launch of a South African designed and manufactured product despite the unfavourable rand/dollar exchange rate. 

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Not all acrylic binders are equal

25th March 2005 “In recent years the paint market has been flooded with many 100% acrylic binders purporting to offer outstanding performance in all kinds of exterior applications,” says Rohm & Haas South Africa MD Forbes Merrigan. 

Construction sector moves to plug growing skills gap

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2005 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) is to launch a five-year sector skills plan (SSP) later this month in an effort to deal with increasing demand for crucial skills as various infrastructure projects are all lining up for completion over the next few years. 

World Bank expert warns that inequalities retard growth

By: Keith Campbell     18th March 2005 SOCIOECONOMIC inequalities, especially when exacerbated by ethnic, cultural and racial cleavages, and the concomitant marginalisation and exclusion, retard economic growth. 

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