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Education and Training

Engineering students seeking work

21st November 2003 These engineering students are seeking experiential training: 

Lula unveils African action plan

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2003 BRAZIL could invest more than R1,2-billion in Africa between now and the end of 2006. 

Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo, University of Pretoria

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2003 Full Name: Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo Position: Executive director from 2003, Rectorate, University of Pretoria Main activity of the company: Higher education Date and place of birth: November 15, 1954, Johannesburg Education: Matric, 1974; BA Economics and Public Affairs, 1981; MA, 1983; PhD, 1985 First... 

Cell company promotes democracy and science

By: candice haase     31st October 2003 Although South Africa’s third cellular phone network operator is still in its formative years, Cell C has already confirmed its commitment to the Office of the Presidency’s three focal areas – the rights of women, the rights of children and volunteerism. 

Education is a focal point for auto group

By: candice haase     31st October 2003 With South Africa’s unemployment figure hovering around 40%, BMW South Africa hopes to next year establish an entrepreneurial development programme to assist new graduates to create job opportunities for themselves. 

One-year hydraulics course to start next year

By: zeena isaacs     24th October 2003 International hydraulics company Goldquest is on track to offer its first one-year hydraulics training course during next year. 

Rail utility implements Aids management programme

24th October 2003 State-owned rail utility Spoornet has launched a lifestyle management programme to address the impact of HIV/Aids within the company. 

Sound banking will be key to unlocking Africa’s markets

24th October 2003 The key to developing Africa’s financial markets is to first get the fundamentals right instead of rushing headlong into premature expansion, says executive Jill Mann of Rand Merchant Bank (RMB). 

Nigeria lists two for SLeone-based refinery

24th October 2003 Nigeria has shortlisted two oil firms bidding for its controlling stake in Sierra Leone-based West African Refinery (WARCo), an official said yesterday. 

BHP pushes Algerian oil project back to mid-2004

24th October 2003 Global oil and mining group BHP Billiton said yesterday that it had postponed the start-up for its 80 000 barrel aday (b/d) ROD oil project in Algeria by about three months to mid-2004. 

Union puts 113 shop stewards through IT training

16th October 2003 The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) announced yesterday that 113 of its shop stewards graduated at Peninsula Technikon (Pentech) yesterday. 

Grant funding for experiential training

10th October 2003 Learners studying for an engineering diploma at a technikon are required to undergo two six-month periods of practical experience by working for a company in the engineering industry. 

Nuclear training pact between SA, France

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd October 2003 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement with French company Areva, which will provide training to South Africans in exchange for credits in terms of the industrial participation programme. 

Gauteng gears up for industrial expo

30th September 2003 Gauteng is gearing up for what is set to be the largest gathering of industrialists of the year at the Blue IQ Smart Industry Expo to be staged at the Sandton Convention Centre, from October 22 to 24, 2003. 

Cleaner-production centre’s first training course only the beginning

26th September 2003 In May, this year, the recently-launched National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) ran its first training course aimed at developing and transferring skills and know-how in the field of cleaner production (CP). 

Mining contractor’s injury rate drops by more than 50%

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts RUC has more than halved its injury rate from August last year to this year. 

Tertiary safety, health and environment course is proving popular

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 The University of Southern Queensland (USQ), in Australia, has increased the intake of students for its safety, health and environment (She) postgraduate course by 50% this year, with 100% employment rate of its graduated students. 

Training course on offer for radiation protection officers 

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 At the beginning of the month measuring equipment supplier Mecosa hosted a training course for radiation protection officers in Sandton, highlighting important facts about nuclear radiation. 

Joburg sets up science hub

By: Zonika Botha     26th September 2003 Johannesburg will soon boast a world-class science centre, which could not only boost Gauteng’s economic growth by producing a more scientific and technologically minded workforce, but also encourage tourism by attracting more visitors to the Newtown Precinct. 

Getting the policy mix right for effective skills training

By: katharine mckenzie     26th September 2003 The news that the Department of Labour has planned a national conference in October to look at skills issues is good, particularly if the organisers are able to elevate the proceedings above the usual talk shop, and undertake planning that can be implemented. 

Labour department sets learnerships target

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th September 2003 Though South Africa’s sector education and training authorities (Setas) are performing well, numerous challenges still remain to be overcome, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana told a recent media briefing. 

Automation technicians need hands-on experience, believes company

By: candice haase     19th September 2003 Artificial intelligence is only as good as the information accumulated and submitted to it. 

Maritime training academy launched

By: Jill Stanford     12th September 2003 President Thabo Mbeki launched the South African Maritime Training Academy (Samtra) at a ceremony in Simon's Town, in the Western Cape, this week. 

Show & Tell

By: candice haase     5th September 2003 The sole local vendor for British information and communication technology (ICT) group Promethean, Imaging Innovations, has introduced an interactive tool called the ActivBoard Classroom to the local education sector. 

Expo to support commercialisation of South African craftwork

By: Deborah Spicer     5th September 2003 The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) last week displayed the fruits of its R90-million investment in a Poverty-Investing in Culture programme at the Bus factory in Newtown, Johannesburg. 

Grant funding for experiential training

22nd August 2003 Learners studying for an engineering diploma at a technikon are required to undergo two six-month periods of practical experience by working for a company in the engineering industry. 

Technology management advocates speak out

By: elizabeth rebelo     22nd August 2003 Management of technology is being formalised in response to the pervasive impact that technical expertise is having on today’s world. 

Acquisition awaits shareholder approval

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 Intellectual capital and technology are the pillars of a supply-chain management company, says Super Group Supply Chain Management MD Philip Smith. 

R50bn-a-year industry weighted strongly towards imports

By: zeena isaacs     15th August 2003 The information and communications technologies industry (ICT) in South Africa is worth about R50-billion a year. 

Chieta conference to highlight training targets

13th August 2003 The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) says one of its major objectives is to ensure that, by the end of March 2005, 84 000 or 70% of the 120 000 permanently employed people in South Africa’s chemical industry will have achieved at least a General Education and... 

Making Public Works work for jobs

By: nkolola halwindi     11th August 2003 Although the South African economy has indicated positive yearly growth of nearly three per cent, the country is experiencing unacceptable levels of structural unemployment. 

Impact of SA brain drain still unknown

By: Deborah Spicer     8th August 2003 There appears to be little clarity on the exact effect on South Africa of the brain drain, or the net loss of professionals from South Africa to other countries. 

Housing industry in the process of professionalisation

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 The Institute for Housing of South Africa (IHSA) is a voluntary-based organisation, with only head office in Johannesburg having full time employees, namely the executive director, a researcher and an executive secretary. 

Cape Town outlines energy management strategy

By: Jill Stanford     8th August 2003 National Energy Efficiency Week, celebrated from July 21 – 25, saw Cape Town showcase its plan for proper energy management and promoting energy efficiency in the greater Cape Town area. 

Urgent need to boost engineering intake

By: Keith Campbell     8th August 2003 SOUTH Africa’s scientific research and development (R&D) has been in decline for 16 years now and the lack of local science (and engineering) graduates suggests that this trend is not set to reverse soon, despite government attempts to stimulate R&D and innovation. 

Making Public Works work for jobs

By: nkolola halwindi     8th August 2003 Although the South African economy has indicated positive yearly growth of nearly three per cent, the country is experiencing unacceptable levels of structural unemployment. 

First SA Corollas land in Australia

1st August 2003 The first shipment of South African built Toyota Corollas arrived in Australia early in April. 

Maths, science TV channel launched

By: Zonika Botha     1st August 2003 A multimedia satellite television network has been launched to help address some of the key educational and healthcare challenges in South Africa 

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