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Latest WEF global competitiveness report raises red flags for South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 The World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest findings in its Global Competitiveness Report for 2018/19 again raised several flags about factors in South Africa’s economic performance, which are having a serious negative impact on its international competitiveness, says North West University... 

Used oil industry offering significant job creation potential, says foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 Although still relatively young in South Africa, the economic contribution to the country through job creation in the used oil sector is looking very promising, according to a study commissioned by the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) Foundation. A survey commissioned by the foundation... 

Seifsa elects ‘most transformed’ board to date

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Arabela Holdings executive chairperson Elias Monage has been elected president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and chairperson of its board of directors, with effect from October 12. Monage was elected president during Seifsa’s seventy-sixth annual... 

Mobile tech laboratory using robotics to inspire love of science in children 

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 The latest mobile laboratory of the Inspired towards Science, Engineering and Technology (I-SET) science community engagement project has robotics kits that learners use to build and program robots, thereby inspiring them to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.... 

Mobile tech laboratory using robotics  to inspire love of science in children
i-Set project leader & Unisa lecturer Patricia Gouws discusses the i-Set Programme

Report error actually ranks S Africa 110 out of 162 in economic freedom   

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th October 2018 South Africa now ranks 110 out of 162 as an economically free country, according to the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index. The Free Market Foundation (FMF) revealed on Wednesday that South Africa had ranked 94 but an error in World Bank data, spotted and investigated by the FMF’s Eustace... 

Report error actually ranks S Africa 110 out of 162 in economic freedom

Was the Job Summit just a talk shop? 

9th October 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the outcomes of the Presidential Job Summit and how it fits into government’s bigger plan to get the economy on the right track again. 

Was the Job Summit just a talk shop?
Was the Job Summit just a talk shop?

India’s High Commission co-sponsors artisan centre of specialisation

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2018 The High Commission of India and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) on Monday jointly launched a centre of specialisation at the Tshwane South technical and vocational education and training college to train electricians, boilermakers, mechanical fitters and millwrights, the... 

Jobs crisis: We all took our eyes off the ball, says Busa vice president  

By: News24Wire      5th October 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) vice president Martin Kingston says the last decade saw "significant damage" being done to the country due to various stakeholders dropping the ball – and it will be a long time before that damage is undone. "We collectively took our eyes off the ball for the... 

 Jobs crisis: We all took our eyes off the ball, says Busa vice president
Photo by Creamer Media
Busa Vice President Martin Kingston

Petrochemicals becoming largest driver of global oil demand – IEA

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Petrochemicals are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, ahead of cars, planes and trucks, a study undertaken by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed. Petrochemicals, which are components derived from oil and gas that are used in all sorts of daily products such as... 

We are rooting out State capture, corruption to save and create jobs - Ramaphosa 

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said his government was determined to eliminate the capture of the State and its organs through corruption which he said was one of the greatest barriers to investment and job creation in South Africa. "One of the greatest barriers to investment, growth and... 

We are rooting out State capture, corruption to save and create jobs - Ramaphosa
Photo by Dylan Slater
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Jobs summit has raised expectations in SA – Labour Minister

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Thursday charged the jobs summit - bringing together government, business, labour and community formations - to identify solutions for jobs retention, and to identify job creation challenges and opportunities that each social partner can contribute towards.... 

Jobs summit has raised expectations in SA – Labour Minister
President Cyril Ramaphosa & Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Ramaphosa says jobs plan will create 275,000 jobs a year 

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday that a gathering of top officials and business leaders had agreed on a package of measures that would create an additional 275 000 jobs a year. Under pressure after the economy slipped into recession this year, Ramaphosa said the measures... 

Ramaphosa says jobs plan will create 275,000 jobs a year
Photo by Dylan Slater
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Dlamini-Zuma calls for collaboration as NDP is divided into smaller plans

By: Simone Liedtke     4th October 2018 Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday called for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors in South Africa as she announced that the National Development Plan (NDP) would be divided into smaller plans that would be attended to within five-year... 

Dlamini-Zuma calls for collaboration as NDP is divided into smaller plans
Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

No forced public service retrenchments as government readies for Jobs Summit

By: News24Wire      4th October 2018 Government will use the Jobs Summit starting on Thursday to promise that there will be no forced retrenchments in the 1.3-million-strong public service, says Madoda Vilakazi, executive director of Nedlac, which is running the presidential jobs extravaganza. Nedlac is the National Economic... 

No forced public service retrenchments as government readies for Jobs Summit

First African Rolls-Royce lease engine storage facility opens at SAAT

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2018 In the culmination of a two-year journey, Rolls-Royce and South African Airways Technical (SAAT) on Wednesday celebrated the official opening of Rolls-Royce’s first lease engine storage facility in Africa. This facility, based at SAAT’s premises in Kempton Park, Gauteng, marks a milestone event... 

First African Rolls-Royce lease engine storage facility opens at SAAT
(Left to Right) Rolls-Royce Africa customers VP Kevin Evans, Trade and Industry acting deputy director general Thandi Phele and SAAT acting CEO Wellington Nyuswa

SA's unemployment crisis in numbers 

By: News24Wire      2nd October 2018 The Jobs Summit, which will kick off later this week, is a joint effort by various stakeholders to find solutions to South Africa’s unemployment crisis. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the summit during his State of the Nation Address in February, and it is intended to yield practical... 

 SA's unemployment crisis in numbers

Davies to follow up on Saudi Arabia’s $10bn investment pledge

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will, this week, co-chair the eighth session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC), in Saudi Arabia, while simultaneously following up on Saudi Arabia’s $10-billion investment pledge to South Africa. This session of the JEC will... 

Record-high margins for aluminium sales

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Johannesburg-based precision water-cutting and -profiling company AquaJet Profiles noted record-high aluminium sales profit margins earlier this year, owing to the sanctions placed on Russian suppliers exporting to the US, claims AquaJet Profiles director Preeshan Naidoo. The sanctions were... 

Record-high margins for aluminium sales
Photo by Reuters
TARIFF SEE-SAW US tariffs have had a positive and negative effect on aluminium profit margins

Training courses reduce risk of falls

By: Thabi Madiba     28th September 2018 To mitigate the challenge of falls that might occur when people are working at 2 m or more above ground, work at height training institute Height Wise Training Academy marketing manager Mike Zinn says the academy has developed training courses. The academy offers rope access levels 1, 2 and 3;... 

Training courses  reduce risk of falls
FALLS MINIMISED Trainees displays rope access skills while at heights

Company minimising height-access difficulties

By: Thabi Madiba     28th September 2018 Rope access specialist RopeCrew Industrial Abseiling has positioned itself as a viable alternative for those wanting to opt to use rope access as a viable method of accessing areas at height, instead of scaffolding, which is limited and costly. RopeCrew MD Gerrie du Plessis states that rope... 

Job creation depends on B-BBEE compliance – Commissioner  

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th September 2018 The Commissioner of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission Zodwa Ntuli said job creation, as outlined in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus and recovery plan, would be easily achieved if companies were B-BBEE complaint. Ntuli was addressing the media in... 

Job creation depends on B-BBEE compliance – Commissioner
Photo by Sane Dhlamini
Commission's head of investigation and enforcement Joseph Melodi, Commissioner Zodwa Ntuli, senior manager for compliance Lindiwe Madonsela and senior manager on organisational strategy and performance Thembakazi Dondashe

Stats SA reports SA lost 69 000 jobs in second quarter

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Employment in South African's non-agricultural formal sector dropped by 69 000 between March and June 2018, Stats SA announced on Wednesday in its  latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) bulletin.  The QES results, published quarterly, are based on a sample survey conducted by Stats SA and... 

 Stats SA reports SA lost 69 000 jobs in second quarter

KSB Pumps and Valves obtains Level 1 BBBEE certification

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 Global pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has obtained Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) certification. This follows the acquisition of a 30% equity stake in the company by black women-owned firm Insikazi Synergies, which has joined the KSB board to play an active role in... 

KSB Pumps and Valves obtains Level 1 BBBEE certification

Culture imperative in facilitating safe workplaces

21st September 2018 Creating a safe working environment is a complex issue and requires a concerted effort by all stakeholders over a sustained period of time, posits cement, lime and related products supplier PPC technical and lime executive Hardie de Beer. “It is this understanding that is at the core of PPC’s... 

Culture imperative  in facilitating  safe workplaces
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFE APPROACH While there is no single formula for creating a safe workplace, there are certain basic principles that can be adapted to create an all-important safety culture

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 The Centres of Specialisation pilot programme has been launched by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to develop a focused and industry-led apprenticeship structure for 13 priority trades needed for infrastructure development. The objective is to test the effectiveness of... 

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

Lifestyle diseases impact on HVAC industry employees

By: Paige Müller     21st September 2018 Occupational health services provider Working Knowledge International has raised concerns about the lack of market education pertaining to risks associated with lifestyle diseases which impacts on employees working in the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry. Working... 

Lifestyle diseases impact on HVAC industry employees
HEALTH AND PRODUCTIVITY Working Knowledge provides companies with professional advice based on legislative requirements for employees working in the HVAC industry

Defence industry needs to adapt, optimise for Industry 4.0 – panel

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The South African defence industry will need to pilot new projects and adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution in order to grow the defence sector and create jobs in the process. To do this, however, Engineers Without Borders founder and CEO Wiebke Toussaint suggested the industry adopt the... 

Defence industry needs to adapt, optimise for Industry 4.0 – panel
Photo by Dylan Slater
(Left to Right) Department of Science and Technology chief director Beeuwen Gerryts, Security and Defence Technology Consulting CEO Zane Cleophas and Engineers Without Borders founder and CEO Wiebke Toussaint

Sasol, Solidarity unable to reach agreement

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 Trade union Solidarity and petrochemicals major Sasol were unable to reach an agreement during talks at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Wednesday. Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann said the mediation was deferred to get more clarity on the final Mining Charter’s... 

South Gauteng High Court overturns Nedlac decision on Solidarity strike

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 The South Gauteng High Court, in Johannesburg, on Friday overturned the National Economic Development and Labour Council’s (Nedlac’s) decision to reject trade union Solidarity’s application for all of its members at all places of work to be permitted to lawfully participate in protest action in... 

New tech will change nature of work, but could also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 New technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

Union to approach High Court to allow all members to strike in solidarity with Sasol employees

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Trade union Solidarity will approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday for the right of its 180 000 members to go on strike in solidarity with Sasol employees, who have been on strike since earlier this month. This follows after the National Economic Development and Labour Council... 

Oxford’s African Studies Centre to inaugurate International Advisory Board in Oct

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Oxford University’s African Studies Centre will inaugurate its International Advisory Board (IAB) on October 12, which is set to establish stronger ties with African governments, as well as leaders in business, finance, diplomacy and the arts. Supermarket chain Pick n Pay chairperson Gareth... 

Oxford’s African Studies Centre to inaugurate International Advisory Board in Oct
Pick n Pay chairperson Gareth Ackerman

Conservative hiring intentions by employers anticipated in the last quarter - survey

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2018 South African employers expect conservative hiring intentions, across all industries nationally, for the fourth quarter, the ManPowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS) has found. Fourteen per cent of employers expect to increase staffing levels, 8% forecast a decrease and 78% anticipate no... 

Solidarity CE writes open letter to Sasol directors amid ongoing strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann has written an open letter to two Sasol directors, on the eve of the union’s lawsuit to seek approval for a Section 77 application at the High Court, which will enable all the union’s members nationwide to strike along with those members employed at Sasol, who have... 

Solidarity CE writes open letter to Sasol directors amid ongoing strike
Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The latest mobile laboratory of the Department of Science and Technology, launched on Friday, has robotics kits that children use to build and program robots, thereby inspiring them to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The inspire science, engineering and... 

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children
i-Set project leader & Unisa lecturer Patricia Gouws discusses the i-Set Programme. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Technology changes the future of welding

7th September 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says it will use augmented or virtual welder training techniques in its new Future Welder Training Centre. “Augmented welder training, in essence, allows students to work with real three-dimensional objects combined with virtual computer-generated... 

SAIW develops NDT in SA

7th September 2018 Progression through the initial society for nondestructive testing (NDT) company-based training into the globally accepted personnel qualification and certification standard, referred to as International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) 9712, has evolved significantly over the past 30... 

SAIW develops NDT in SA
HAROLD JANSEN The International Organization for Standardisation 9712 has evolved significantly over the past 30 years

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