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Education & Skills Development News

DWS hosts workshop on water and sanitation

27th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWA) in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal held a water and sanitation training workshop for provincial councillors in January at... 

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Owing to ageing infrastructure and a shortage of skills in wastewater a number of the wastewater treatment plants of the country’s municipalities are discharging effluent that requires attention, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) MD Tumelo Gopane. Some... 

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance
NEW TECHNOLOGY Erwat installed its hybrid bacillus bacterium at its plant in Tsakane

PRASA steps in as union calls for payment of Autopax employees’ salaries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 The United National Transport Union (Untu) on Thursday demanded the South African government ensure that the employees of bus operator Autopax receive their salaries.  

Davies launches Lesedi skills development academy in Atlantis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Skills development is critical to the economy and is non-negotiable, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies.  

Davies launches Lesedi skills development academy in Atlantis
DTI Minister Dr Rob Davies at the Lesedi Skills Development Academy launch

Government unlocks billions more for free higher education 

By: News24Wire      24th April 2018 The government has made billions available for tertiary education, but students have to fulfil strict criteria to get the money. Satisfactory academic performance will be among the expectations university students will have to meet in order to qualify for government's funding scheme, said Higher... 

Government unlocks billions more for free higher education
Higher Education & Training Minister Naledi Pandor

Busa supports labour law amendments, but concerned about risks

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has voiced its support for amendments to legislation to introduce provisions to enhance labour relations stability and the implementation of a National Minimum Wage (NMW). Busa warned, however, that the risks to employment and business, particularly smaller and... 

Anglo American, department launch ambitious education programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American on Friday launched a new education programme, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), which will improve outcomes for learners in 100 early childhood development sites and 100 primary and secondary schools that are local to the company’s... 

UNTU negotiates 7.1% increase at Transnet

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) has signed a 7.1% wage increase agreement for its members at State-owned freight group Transnet. The three-year agreement is backdated to April 1, 2018.   

ABB forms digital research, innovation partnership with Wits

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2018 Power management multinational ABB on Wednesday signed a research and development and innovation partnership agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) with the view to support and tap into digital innovation to augment its own research, development and engineering work, said ABB... 

Extreme inequality in South Africa is constraining growth and investment  

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 New analysis by the World Bank has confirmed that South Africa’s is not only the world’s most unequal country, but that extreme inequality has become a major constraint to higher levels of economic growth, because it is undermining policy certainty and depressing investment. The bank’s latest... 

Extreme inequality in South Africa is constraining growth and investment
World Bank program leader Sebastien Dessus and country director Paul Noumba Um on the negative impact that extreme inequality in South Africa is having on growth and investment. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 10.4.2018

ATNS offers air traffic management bursaries to matriculants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is offering bursaries to individuals who have completed their matric studies, to study towards a career in air traffic management.  

ATProM to provide solutions for Eskom around ageing energy infrastructure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 A new research group Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM) is working on a study – based on an existing collaboration between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and State-owned power utility Eskom – to provide engineers with up-to-date research, students with real-world... 

Civil engineering shifts towards creative sphere

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 The manner in which civil engineers work and the methods they use to find solutions are shifting towards a design-led digital arena, suggests global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon digital practice leader Richard Matchett. “Digital technology and computers have changed the... 

Civil engineering shifts  towards creative sphere
Photo by Bloomberg
TECHNOLOGICAL SHIFT Digital technology has changed the way engineers work, and has enhanced the complexity of solutions they can produce

Sustainable strategy engenders results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 Consulting firm Knight Piésold’s sustainable, quality process ethos across the board, from executing projects to implementing transformation, has enabled the company to maintain its competitive advantage amid a currently turbulent consulting engineering industry. Knight Piésold CEO Vishal... 

Sustainable strategy engenders results
PROJECT EXPERTISE Knight Piésold is involved in a number of large-scale projects, including the second stage of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project

International Amateur Radio Union youth camp to be hosted in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 The Youngsters-on-the-Air youth camp, which brings together radio amateurs younger than 26, will be held for the first time in South Africa from August 8 to 15. Eighty young radio amateurs from across Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East are expected to attend the event, which will enable... 

Re-industrialisation will demand more skills – Seifsa

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd April 2018 Re-industrialisation has been identified as one of the key initiatives with the potential to unlock South Africa’s economic growth potential, which will, in turn, demand technical skills such as those offered by artisans. However, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa... 

Lack of carton collection reduces recycling processes

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Although paper and plastics packaging company Mpact has been processing liquid packaging successfully, not enough cartons are being collected to use for recycling. “Consumers don’t realise that liquid packaging, such as juice and milk cartons, are actually recyclable. We need to put in an effort... 

TNPA to launch dredging school this year

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 State-owned company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will launch its dredging school – the first of its kind in Africa – this year, says TNPA infrastructure and port planning GM Hamilton Nxumalo. “The TNPA Dredging School is a result of the Supplier Development (SD) Programme related to... 

TNPA to launch  dredging school this year
ILEMBE DREDGER This trailing suction hopper dredger is the largest of its kind in Africa

National Minimum Wage to reduce poverty, inequality 

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 South Africa's labour department on Wednesday, urged industries that were paying below the proposed National Minimum Wage (NMW) to “up their game”. Director of Employment Standards at the department, Stephen Rathai, said all sectoral determinations paying below the R20 per hour as proposed by NMW... 

National Minimum Wage to reduce poverty, inequality

UJ researchers discover promising anti-cancer drugs

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 A new family of very promising silver-based anti-cancer drugs has been discovered by researchers in South Africa. Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Professor Marianne Cronjé, said on Wednesday that the most promising silver thiocyanate phosphine... 

UJ researchers discover promising anti-cancer drugs

Next-gen cost saving strategies needed for digital disruption age - Deloitte

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Professional services firm Deloitte has revealed its next generation of cost savings strategies in the age of digital disruption.  

Communications Committee recommends removal of Icasa chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Communications has recommended the removal of Rubben Mohlaloga from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) council. This follows a request from Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to start the removal process after the Pretoria... 

Youth Employment Service to benefit 1m young people  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday launched the Youth Employment Service (Yes) initiative – a business-led partnership with government, labour and society, that aims to empower one-million young South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 through paid work experiences over the next three years.  

Youth Employment Service to benefit 1m young people
President Cyril Ramaphosa announces youth employment service launch. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Employment, wage prospects remain weak – Solidarity

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 The various market and political trends at play in South Africa could sway economic fortunes considerably in the years ahead, says trade union Solidarity. The trade union on Monday released its Labour Market Index (LMI) for the fourth quarter of 2017, which, at a neutral level just below 50,... 

Partnerships key to sustaining high-quality industrial training programmes

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 A combination of partnerships and an adherence to high-quality standards of training are necessary to provide the broadest, most impactful and valuable youth development initiatives for industries, says testing, inspection and certification multinational SGS South Africa certification and... 

LaunchLab calls for entries for 2018 Ideas Programme

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Stellenbosch University’s LaunchLab has officially launched the seventh iteration of its Ideas Programme, which calls on startup businesses in multiple industries to validate their business concepts with real market players and start their journey towards the maturity required to attracting... 

LaunchLab calls for entries for 2018 Ideas Programme
LaunchLab calls for entries for 2018 Ideas Programme

Phakeng elected UCT vice-chancellor

By: Thabi Madiba     19th March 2018 The University of Cape Town Council announced on Saturday that is has chosen Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, as the new vice-chancellor of the university, with effect from July 1, 2018. Currently deputy vice-chancellor: research and internationalisation, Phakeng will take over from Dr Max Price,... 

Phakeng elected UCT vice-chancellor
Newly elected UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng

Lakela Kaunda to join Cogta

By: Sane Dhlamini     16th March 2018 The Presidency’s chief operations officer (COO) and former President Jacob Zuma's most trusted adviser Lakela Kaunda was seconded, on Friday, to join the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) for the next twelve months with effect from March 20. The Ministry is headed... 

Lakela Kaunda to join Cogta

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

PEWA to set stage for African  energy investment once again
POWER UNITED Terrapinn is expecting about 8 000 attendees from more than 40 African countries, including 350 exhibitors and 300 speakers, to attend PEWA 2018

Programme to prepare digital talent in SA industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 The Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP) is a series of education courses that aims to equip junior and mid-level engineers and industry professionals with the necessary skills to harness artificial intelligence, the industrial Internet of Things and advanced analytics for their... 

Minigrids gradually becoming more connected in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     7th March 2018 Emerging power generation networks, which are minigrids that are off the grid, are gradually becoming more connected and providing a directional generation of supply to the demand in Africa, where about 625-million people are still without access to power. At a media roundtable discussion on... 

Wine industry continuously focuses on transformation, social development, says Vinpro 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 With every R1-million invested into the South African wine industry, almost five jobs are created, says wine industry representative Vinpro.  

Wine industry continuously focuses on transformation, social development, says Vinpro
Vinpro transformation and development manager Phil Bowes

Development programme encourages economic growth

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 To date, steel service centre and distributor Macsteel’s Usizo development programme has assisted in creating 175 new jobs in the steel sector. The programme was first initiated by Macsteel in May 2015 to assist small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the steel industry by... 

Development programme encourages economic growth
USIZO DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME The Usizo development programme, spearheaded by Macsteel, has led to an injection of R50-million into the South African economy

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 Prior to the Valentine’s Day resignation of now former President Jacob Zuma, popular industry sentiment pointed towards a better year in terms of manufacturing and gross domestic product (GDP) on the back of a recovering commodities market.  

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector  hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

Use of AI set to increase

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in businesses is set to grow, but CIOs should focus on using pilot projects to ready their businesses to use the technology, information technology market research multinational Gartner says. Its ‘2018 CIO Agenda Survey’ found that 46% of CIOs... 

Concrete products assuaging industry’s aesthetic predilection

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 With the recent trend of aesthetic appearance playing a more prominent role in construction and the built environment, construction chemicals company Chryso Southern Africa and its 100%-owned subsidiary a.b.e Construction Chemicals are offering a number of aesthetic concrete product ranges to... 

Concrete products assuaging industry’s aesthetic predilection
GOT IT GOING ON Luminescent concrete, which Chryso has termed ‘sexy concrete’, serves as an appealing primary source of light, and is currently very popular

Union threatens protest action at defence group Denel 

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 Trade union Solidarity warned on Friday that its members at State-owned defence industrial group Denel were ready to start protesting at the company. This follows the response by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to a recent urgent letter to her from Solidarity about, in the union’s words,... 

Union threatens protest action at defence group Denel
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
Various Denel products on display at the Group’s Head Office in Centurion, south of Pretoria. From front to rear, a portable launcher for the Ingwe missile, an Ingwe missile, a Badger infantry fighting vehicle, a Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (largely obscured), and a Casspir mine protected vehicle.

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