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Education & Skills Development News

29 South African students, scholars receive Fulbright Scholarships to study in the US

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2018 Twenty-nine South African students and scholars have received Fulbright scholarships to conduct research and complete postgraduate studies at US academic institutions. The US Department of State-funded Fulbright Program provides scholarships to university graduates seeking a Master’s or Doctoral... 

Second-hand textbook sales app wins e-commerce competition

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 A second-hand textbook transaction application (app) written by a University of Cape Town (UCT) student was used from the start of the current academic year, and is being developed further to manage transactions after it won the UCT incubation competition. The app, Quillo, was developed by UCT... 

Schneider Electric expands education training collaboration with DHET

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Energy management and automation multinational Schneider Electric South Africa has signed a letter of intent with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to expand their Access to Education training collaboration. Working towards the promotion of vocational training and training of... 

Occupational disease prevention campaign launched

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Workplace health and safety compensation funds Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company and the Department of Labour Compensation Fund, as well as the Department of Mineral Resources, on Thursday launched the Occupational Disease Prevention Campaign, in... 

Cheap valve imports taking over the local market

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) laments the substantially cheaper and poor-quality Chinese valves and associated products that find their way onto the local market. “In the current market, we find that price supersedes... 

Russian nuclear group further develops cooperation with Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. The MoU covers cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This is the first agreement between the two countries regarding the... 

STEM career expo seeks to link youth with prospective employers

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Career Expo will provide school goers, undergraduates and graduates with the opportunity to interact directly with companies to determine what careers are available to those interested in STEM, says STEM Career Expo CEO Eric Wright. The... 

Testing and verification multinational launches women education trust

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas has launched the iThemba Trust, which will fund the degrees of disadvantaged girls and young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, says Bureau Veritas South Africa VP Sal Govender. The trust is... 

Testing and verification multinational launches  women education trust
ITHEMBA TRUST MEMBERS Beatrice Scharneck, Hennie Knight, Sal Govender, Onwell Msomi and Yvonne Kgame at the trust launch

Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry 

5th July 2018 To ensure South Africa has the skills required for advanced manufacturing, industry needs to invest in high-end skills, according to National Tooling Initiative Programme CEO Dirk van Dyk. Anine Kilian has the story. 

Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry
Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry

Radebe says labour cannot be 'left behind' in energy transition 

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe urged business to support government in ensuring that South Africa’s energy transition is a “just” one for labour, especially those operating in the coal-mining sector. In an engagement on Friday with business leaders in Johannesburg, following a meeting of the energy... 

Radebe says labour cannot be 'left behind' in energy transition
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson  

By: Nadine James     28th June 2018 South Africa must create ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial activity and multistakeholder collaboration, while furthering innovation and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields, if it is going to benefit from opportunities that result from the Fourth... 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson
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World Economic Forum executive chairperson Professor Klaus Schwab

STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training  

28th June 2018 Simulated Training Solution’s world-first VR blast wall and its VR cube have resulted in efficient, effective and memorable training programmes for Anglo American Platinum’s Engineering Services Training Centre and Murray and Roberts Cementation Training Academy. Nadine James has the story. 

STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training
STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training

Starting Eskom wage talks at 0% may have been 'tactically wrong' - Jabu Mabuza 

By: African News Agency      25th June 2018 Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza on Monday said it may have been “tactically wrong” to start wage negotiations with unions representing employees at the power utility at zero per cent. “When you deal with the issues of wages, I think we could have handled this issue better as Eskom. It was perhaps... 

 Starting Eskom wage talks at 0% may have been 'tactically wrong' - Jabu Mabuza
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Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Govt eyes staff cuts, hiring caps after wage deal

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Government is considering layoffs and early retirement packages for staff in the public sector to avoid breaking its pledge to cut spending after unions clinched above-inflation wage increases, the Treasury said on Friday. Under a deal reached in May, the government will raise salaries of public... 

Govt eyes staff cuts, hiring caps after wage deal

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

SAGCC, partners aim  to digitalise industries
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NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains

Two approaches for energy transformation in South Africa

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Solar photovoltaics (PVs) and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South Africa says it wants to be part of the transformation of the energy system in South Africa using two approaches. One approach entails informing South Africans and local companies about the advantages and possibilities of... 

Two approaches for  energy transformation in South Africa
ENERGY TRANSITION Solar power could transform the South African energy sector

Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Last month, the German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association held a symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a delegation of 13 high-profile and diversified member companies to present their products and services to the South African food processing and packaging industry.... 

Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry
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MARKET POTENTIAL The German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association says there is a demand for food technology in South Africa

NCPC-SA reduces small-enterprise energy consumption by 50%

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 Since the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) did a steam system optimisation (SSO) at the Klein River Cheese farm, the farm’s overall energy consumption has reduced by 50%, says NCPC-SA project manager Sashay Ramdharee. The NCPC-SA scoped the steam system at Klein River... 

NCPC-SA reduces small-enterprise energy consumption by 50%
SASHAY RAMDHAREE The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa makes sure to track whether the companies it works with have been or are saving energy as they planned to do

Skills development and in-house training crucial for boiler industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 Stainless steel fabricator and welding services firm Hlakani Engineering strongly advocates the importance of skills development and in-house training, says director Gerhard Holtshauzen, as this significantly improves boiler making and other skills. “We provide people with a chance to become a... 

Cummins and Komatsu launch S Africa’s first TEC programme at Sedibeng TVET 

21st June 2018 Cummins Africa Middle East and Komatsu Africa have teamed up to bring the first Technical Education for Communities, or TEC, programme to South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Cummins and Komatsu launch S Africa’s first TEC programme at Sedibeng TVET
Cummins and Komatsu launch S Africa’s first TEC programme at Sedibeng TVET

Trade unions to respond to Eskom's 4.7% wage offer increase

By: African News Agency      20th June 2018 Trade unions involved in wage negotiations with Eskom will give a joint response to the power utility's revised 4.7 percent wage offer when the talks resume for the second day on Wednesday morning. In a joint statement, the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of... 

 Trade unions to respond to Eskom's 4.7% wage offer increase

Trade unions to debate Eskom's 4.7% wage offer increase

By: News24Wire      20th June 2018 All recognised trade unions at Eskom met with South Africa's power utility on Tuesday to restart wage talks and would debate the new offer, the unions said. In a joint statement, the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, and Solidarity said they met... 

 Trade unions to debate Eskom's 4.7% wage offer increase

Eskom wage talks off to a bad start – union

By: News24Wire      19th June 2018 Talks between Eskom and unions got off to a bad start on Tuesday, with the power producer reneging on its earlier agreement to include "high-powered" members in its delegation, a union spokesperson said. "The talks started this morning, but we are not happy with Eskom’s failure to honour its... 

 Eskom wage talks off to a bad start – union

Civil engineering sector concludes three-year wage deal

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2018 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) on Tuesday announced the signing between all parties in the civil engineering sector of a three-year settlement agreement regarding wages and conditions of employment. The parties agreed to a 7.5% wage increase across the board for... 

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to act as the consultants in the welding aspect of the Centres of Specialisation Programme. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor outlined in March that the... 

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative
SEAN BLAKE A good skills set, local labor and governments investment are what is needed

Aerospace facility aims to help country master new technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 In South Africa, the aerospace and defence industries have a responsibility to provide technological leadership for the rest of the economy. This is because they are leading sectors for the development, introduction and use of innovations and new technologies, argues Centurion Aerospace Village... 

Solidarity-ETM labour market index shows drop in job, wage security

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity and ETM Analytics’ Labour Market Index (LMI), in the first quarter of this year, halted its continuing improvement since the first quarter of 2016.  

Balance between mechanisation, job creation must be maintained

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 Specialist equipment supplier Multotec believes that a balance between the mechanisation of manufacturing operations and job creation must be maintained, says COO Jannie de Jonge. He tells Engineering News that it is something Multotec believes and practices. 

Balance between mechanisation, job creation must be maintained
LABOUR RELATIONS The manufacturing industry is labour intensive – it employs almost two-million people locally and sound labour relations, as well as policies, are crucial in this industry

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector
LATEST TECHNOLOGY Weba Chute Systems uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimum accuracy during the design and engineering phases, which also facilitate improved efficiencies

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Industry pursuing better management  of energy use
YOLANDA DE LANGE The Energy Training Foundation is looking forward to expanding further into West Africa

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday launched a four-pronged initiative to address and mitigate the impacts of the global steel crisis on local steel producers in an attempt to save jobs and local manufacturing capacity. Solidarity deputy general secretary for metals engineering Marius Croucamp... 

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis
The old Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium plant in eMalahleni

NUM kicks against Eskom’s 0% wage increase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members in the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging region who are employees at Eskom have resolved not to accept the utility’s offer of a 0% wage increase.  

NUM kicks against Eskom’s 0% wage increase

Robben Island SleepOut event to celebrate Mandela’s centenary

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 On July 18 – what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centenary – 67 global influencers, business leaders and celebrities will spend the night inside the former maximum-security prison and courtyard on Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 years, with the aim to raise $6.7-million. On the same... 

Robben Island SleepOut event to celebrate Mandela’s centenary
Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter and Patron of The 2018 SleepOut Movement Dr Makaziwe Mandela with Pan African Parliament ambassador for food security Dr Brylyne Chitsunge

Rail operator to occupy its rail services hub this month

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Locomotive and rail operator Traxtion Sheltam plans to move into its rail services hub in Rosslyn, Pretoria, later this month, says CEO James Holley. The company started this project last year owing to its requiring a hub to service its own fleet of locomotives, wagons and cabooses. 

Rail operator to occupy its rail services hub this month
RAIL SERVICES HUB The first phase of Traxtion Sheltam Rosslyn rail services hub is about 90% complete and includes a fully functioning workshop

Global atomic agency stresses importance of safety skills development

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed two agreements with African nuclear regulatory bodies at the National Nuclear Regulator's (NNR’s) recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference. The agreements were designated "Practical Arrangements" and were between the IAEA and the... 

Gender inequality in earnings hampers human capital wealth, economy – World Bank Group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Globally, countries are losing $160-trillion in wealth because of differences in lifetime earnings between women and men, says World Bank Group.  

Gender inequality in earnings hampers human capital wealth, economy – World Bank Group
World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva

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