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Education and Training

Virtual paper school to be established soon

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 The South African Paper Manufacturers Association (Pamsa), in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has established a forum with the mandate to investigate opportunities to promote growth in the industry. 

Liberalisation could herald broadband boom

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th March 2005 UK-based business development manager for Motorola - a leading provider of integrated radio communications and information solutions - Paul Budgen, tells Engineering News that if South Africa’s deregulation policy is successful, broadband will increase exponentially within the next three... 

South Africa has a serious project-management shortfall

By: Keith Campbell     4th March 2005 SOUTH Africa is short of tens of thousands of skilled project development personnel, Da Vinci Holdings CEO Professor Roy Marcus tells Engineering News. 

CAD-in-schools plan to build design culture

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th February 2005 The roll-out of a computer-aided (CAD) design initiative at secondary-level schools, aims to transform South Africa into a country that has a powerful design culture, says the CSIR’s National Product Development Centre (NPDC) manager Willie Du Preez. 

Supply-chain management course being developed

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2005 The Transport Education Training Authority (Teta) is developing a supply-chain qualification that CEO Dr Piet Bothma says should be finalised next month. 

Onsite brick production creates jobs, cuts costs

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Kimberley-based Shelter Fabrication and Construction was awarded the contract of the Soul City Project in the Northern Cape early last year. 

Soweto roads upgrade complete this month

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 This month will see the completion of 7,2 km of newly-upgraded and tarred roads in Soweto, Gauteng, by the Nyoni Africa Joint Venture. 

SA expert to spearhead Beijing traffic project

18th February 2005 Consulting engineering company Stewart Scott International (SSI) has been given a chance to participate in the development and implementation of a traffic-signal system for Beijing, China. 

Sustainability should be the aim of emerging contractors

18th February 2005 Emerging contractor Jacob Letsebe believes that standard of work, conduct on site – and sustainability – are vital qualities emerging contractors should aim for. 

When is a consulting engineer really an engineer?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th February 2005 I’m probably going to be shot down for this, but the fact is that as we enter our eleventh year after the first democratic election, things on the consulting engineering front couldn’t be worse. 

South-South education lessons

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2005 IT is widely acknowledged that one of the pillars of the economic and developmental success of the countries of East Asia and parts of South East Asia has been the high average quality of their state school systems. 

Skills, safety, charter priorities for civil engineering

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2005 THE single biggest challenge facing South African civil engineering over the next ten years will be a shortage of skilled personnel. 

Africa's e-schooling project all set to go live

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2005 The demonstration project to link schools in Africa to the global digital community should be rolled out this year, and then completed in 2006, says New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) e-Africa Commission executive deputy chairperson Henry Chasia. 

Institute to hold tribology course next week

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 Next week the South African Institute of Tribology will be holding its first course this year at the Science Park, in Kelvin, Gauteng. 

Simple devices no replacement for skilled people

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th January 2005 I was writing an exam in air navigation theory and one of the sample questions was kinda sort of ... 

Small business, SA's biggest test

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th January 2005 Despite good economic growth prospects, job creation, or the lack of it, remains the chief concern for South Africa and its economic planners. 

Aerospace training centre opens its doors

14th January 2005 The Denel Centre for Learning and Development (DCLD), the largest public skills-development and training programme in Africa for the aerospace and defence industry, has opened its doors 

Small business, SA's biggest test

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th January 2005 Urgent need to build enterprise-development ethic 

Correct this educational curriculum oversight

By: Riaan de Lange     10th December 2004 You are no doubt familiar with the extent of change taking place in the South African educational system, specifically in relation to the revision of the various curricula to facilitate and promote life-skills training. 

Labour minister proposes Seta funding changes

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2004 In a media briefing in Pretoria yesterday Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana revealed that the proposed new National Skills Strategy contains a proposal to reduce the period before which unclaimed funds held in trust by the various Setas can be re-assigned and used for discretionary purposes. 

Commissioning of power infrastructure set for early 2005

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Engineering company Alstom, which started building the R190-million bulk electricity infrastructure at the Port of Ngqura in mid-2003, reports that commissioning will be completed early next year. 

Bridging the gap between students and business

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd December 2004 Last month, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) launched a metal casting and jewellery-design technology station at the Technikon Witwatersrand in Gauteng bringing the total number of technology stations in the country to ten. 

New fund to liberate small-business agency

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The imminent launch of the Apex Fund, which targets micro businesses, will allow Khula Enterprise Finance, South Africa’s State-owned financing agency, to focus its attention exclusively on small and medium enterprises (SMEs). 

Maintenance is critical for transmission systems

19th November 2004 Correct motor selection, storage, installation, operation and maintenance are critical for the efficient performance and optimum safety of power-transmission systems, says Leroy-Somer MD Grant Robertson. 

Maths and science are priority learning areas - Minister

By: jenny furness     10th November 2004 Education Minister Naledi Pandor has reaffirmed her department's commitment to increase enrolment and performance of pupils in mathematics and science subjects at higher-grade level, as well as increasing the number of qualified teachers for these subjects. 

Rob Katz

29th October 2004 Full name: Rob F Katz Position: CEO Damelin Education Group – May 2004 Main activity of the company: Private tertiary education and training provider Date and place of birth: August 4, 1955, Cape Town Education: Rondebosch Boys’ High School, matric, 1973; University of Cape Town, BSc... 

Science fund to support nuclear science in SA

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2004 South Africa’s nuclear industry is poised to grow, and the country needs to find the skills to assist this growth. To this end industry and government have formed the Science and Technology Fund (Stef), specifically aimed at training newly-graduated, newly-employed individuals in the field... 

Scholars to benefit from e-schools initiative

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Execution of the Nepad e-schools initiative is planned to take place in three phases, each phase consisting of between fifteen and twenty countries, reports e-schools demonstration project manager Matthew Chetty. 

River basin initiative progresses

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Four shared river basins have been selected to pilot the implementation of the principles of integrated water-resources management and development, reports Nepad secretariat water and sanitation infrastructure head Reatile Mochebelele. 

Seta revamp will pose challenges for the engineering industry

By: Zonika Botha     22nd October 2004 The planned reshuffling of the Seta landscape through mergers, dissolutions and the establishment of new Setas will be one of the key challenges facing the steel and engineering industry from April 2005. 

Setas here to stay - Minister

20th October 2004 Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana this week reiterated that it was not government's plan to do away with Sectoral Education and Training Authorities (Seta's) - emphatically adding that these skills development implementation institutions are here to stay. 

Metalworker shortage leads to academy

By: Keith Campbell     15th October 2004 THE acute shortage of young skilled sheet-metal workers in SA today has led medium-sized engineering group Foxtron to create its own training academy. 

Virtual-reality training tool developed for lathe operators

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2004 Pretoria-based company Naledi3d Factory has developed a virtual-reality (VR) training tool for lathe and milling machine operators for the Department of Labour’s National Skills Fund. 

Engineering punted at career clinic

By: Zonika Botha     8th October 2004 Learners from various Gauteng schools were exposed to the engineering profession at a recent career clinic held in Sandton. 

Limpopo pupils benefit from German book aid

By: andrea marais     24th September 2004 A possible public-private partnership (PPP) project is being developed by the German Development Service (DED) and a leading book manufacturer.? 

R163m distributed last year to support innovative R&D

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th September 2004 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP), which is managed on its behalf by the National Research Foundation (NRF) disbursed R163-million to 2 566 students, 65 postdoctoral candidates and 1 105 researchers during the... 

Resources giant opens career guidance centre

By: jenny furness     20th September 2004 Global diversified resources miner BHP Billiton on Friday launched its careers centre at the Sci Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, in which it invested R13,5-million through its corporate social investment arm, the BHP Billiton Development Trust. 

Tyre group launches learnership programme

17th September 2004 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear is contributing to skills development in the manufacturing industry through a learnership programme that will help 42 previously-unemployed individuals obtain formal qualifications for the manufacturing industry, while earning a salary, the group reported this week. 

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