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Education and Training

New learnership project to boost skills development

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th May 2004 The South African Department of Labour yesterday launched 21 pilot Employment and Skills Development Lead Employer (ESDLE) agencies, as part of a pilot learnership project. 

SA to speed up skills development – Mbeki

24th May 2004 South African President Thabo Mbeki told Parliament that government will speed up the process of developing the skills of many South Africans and also focus on identified shortfalls in this regard. 

Put on your lateral-thinking cap to manage projects properly

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st May 2004 I give various training courses one of which is a course on lateral thinking and problem solving. 

Project management training initiative is bearing fruit

By: Helene Le Roux     21st May 2004 The largest organisation representing local project managers, Project Management South Africa (PMSA), reports that initiatives to broaden local education and training opportunities in the discipline of project management are bearing fruit. 

Cell giant launches new skills programmes

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th May 2004 Mobile telecommunications giant Vodacom yesterday launched five learnership programmes, aimed at equipping 128 young South Africans with practical and entrepreneurial skills needed by the country’s economy. 

Valves skills course receives the go-ahead

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 The South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association’s (Savama’s) long-awaited short skills course ‘Working with Valves’ was finally approved by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (Merseta) in March this year. 

BEE fund launched to finance business students

10th May 2004 A broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) fund, that will buy stakes in SMEs, has been launched by the Cida City Campus, a move that will, in return, finance the institution's students. 

Varsity seeks industry input on the education of engineers

By: Helene Le Roux     7th May 2004 The department of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at the University of Pretoria (UP) has become one of the first units of its kind in the country to appoint a departmental advisory board. 

Services Seta awards first three-star rating

27th April 2004 Risk-management company Irca is the first organisation to be awarded all three stars under the Services Seta's far-reaching 3 Star Grading System. 

Chemicals industry learnership programme has been launched

23rd April 2004 South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana launched the Chemical Industry Sectoral Education and Training Authority (Chieta) learnership programme, known as the shutdown, maintenance and construction project, accelerating the enrolment of unemployed learners into learnerships. 

Gauteng auto-training scheme being replicated in E Cape

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2004 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is replicating its recently completed three-year Gauteng tertiary education programme in the Eastern Cape. 

Varsity opens new chemeng facility

By: Jill Stanford     23rd April 2004 THE University of Cape Town has opened its new chemical engineering building. 

Survey suggests foundry industry has growth potential

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 South Africa casts some 500 000 tons of metal a year, generating a turnover of R10,3-billion a year, and contributes 0,32%to the country’s total gross domestic product. 

Firefighting learnership being investigated for introduction next year 

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 The Eskom Emergency Services Academy reports that steps are under way to implement a professional fire-fighters learnership next year. 

Mdladlana launches new learnership programme

6th April 2004 South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana launched the Chieta learnership programme (Shutdown, Maintenance and Construction Project), accelerating the enrolment of unemployed learners into learnerships The Shutdown, Maintenance and Construction Project is an investment of R365-billion... 

Builders’ council launches R10m training programme

2nd April 2004 The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has set aside a fund of R10-million for a modular training programme, in order to build the capacity of homebuilders, with specific emphasis on historically-disadvantaged South Africans. 

EU programme to support FDI in SADC

By: candice haase     2nd April 2004 Over the next five years, an €18-million programme funded by the European Union, will leverage the development of foreign investment in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. 

Increasing apprentice training

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 South Africa’s metal industry companies have had a long tradition of training apprentices. 

Understanding our labour history to tackle unemployment crisis

By: Seeraj Mohamed     26th March 2004 I am preoccupied with the South African unemployment crisis. I struggle with this problem. It feels like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube but it is not a cube; there are many more sides to this puzzle. 

Instrumentation companies’ challenge to ensure that manufacturers’ goods are high quality is outlined

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 Owing to current industry demands, which necessitate quicker services at lower costs, instrumentation companies have to ensure that their prices are competitive while maintaining high-quality products. 

Education prepares one for a future imperfect

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th March 2004 I was a guest at the graduation ceremony of Bond University in Johannesburg recently. Bond is based in Australia and has quite a substantial presence in South Africa. 

Engineering body sets up temporary employment unit

By: candice haase     19th March 2004 The requirement for flexible staffing in the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) sector was the catalyst in the Constructional Engineering Association’s (CEA) decision to create a temporary employment services division (TESD) within its structure. 

Team SA approach is needed to tackle human-resource challenge

5th March 2004 The human-resource development challenge in South Africa is too broad-based and complex for any organisation, or even government, to tackle alone, a new study argues. 

Top engineers show University of Pretoria the way

1st March 2004 The Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, of the University of Pretoria, has made history by appointing a departmental advisory board to advise the department on strategic issues that impact on its activities. 

The great IP debate

By: candice haase     27th February 2004 What is the purpose of universities in an era governed by commercialisation and rapid technological evolution? 

Jackie Carroll, Media Works

27th February 2004 Full name: Jackie Carroll Position: MD of Media Works, since 1995 Main activity of the company: Adult basic education and training Date and place of birth: December 23, 1968, Johannesburg Education: Matriculated from Potchefstroom Girls’ High, 1986; Higher diploma in education, JCE, 1990;... 

Skills are crucial for oil and gas boom

By: Jill Stanford     20th February 2004 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry has begun an ambitious programme to place up to 150 student artisans with employers in the region. 

Architectural firm in BEE move

By: candice haase     13th February 2004 An architectural practice, SemArcH, conceived during the early years of outsourcing by the mining industry, has sold 51% of its shares to newly-appointed marketing director Christopher Moletsane. 

Lifting-machine operators’ training course revamped

By: zeena isaacs     6th February 2004 The South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) reports that significant changes are scheduled to take place in education and training courses in the materials-handling sector later this year. 

Storytelling heritage of Africa is preserved thanks to technology

6th February 2004 Storymaker is a software program designed to preserve South Africa’s rich storytelling heritage. 

Cape Town moves to boost skills among youth

By: Jill Stanford     30th January 2004 The City of Cape Town with its public and private sector partners is helping improve the employability of its youth by equipping them with the type of skills and practical experience demanded by employers. 

Construction sector faces widespread skills dearth

By: Zonika Botha     30th January 2004 Like many other industries in South Africa, the construction sector also faces a skills shortage in various disciplines. 

Seta on target for set learnership programmes

26th January 2004 Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana says he's confident that the Sector Education and Training Authorities (Seta) will meet the learnership intake target of 72 000 young, unemployed learners by May this year as agreed at the 2002 Growth and Development Summit. 

Choppy waters

By: Deborah Spicer     16th January 2004 Momentum is building for the concessioning of the Durban container terminal, but even those close to discussions are unsure about how the country’s busiest port will be restructured. 

SA’s steel pricing policies need attention – study

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2003 A study into employment trends in the South African metals and engineering sector has highlighted import parity pricing (IPP) as a key factor impeding job creation and has called for urgent intervention to reduce its impact. 

FMCG maker in maths and science education drive

By: candice haase     28th November 2003 Fast-moving consumer goods producer National Brands’ (NBL) first group of Grade 12 learners to emerge from a maths and science programme, run in association with Star Schools, were encouraged to begin applying to tertiary institutions and for bursaries last month. 

Navy in global submariner-training talks

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2003 THE South African Navy is in talks with its German, Indian & Brazilian counterparts over the possibility of its future submariners receiving training in those countries. 

Wine industry to set empowerment goals

By: candice haase     21st November 2003 The wine industry will be the next sector to be restructured through an empowerment charter. 

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