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Education & Skills Development News

Initiative changing development narrative in townships, rural economies

     16th February 2018 A three-year partnership between tyre manufacturing company Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s (SA’s) iconic tyre brand, Dunlop, and development finance agency Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s Small Business Growth Enterprise division will see a minimum of 25 containerised tyre fitment... 

Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school 

     15th February 2018 Alstom Ubunye has unveiled its latest educational initiative, a new welding school at a Secondary School in the Duduza township near Nigel. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school
Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Trade conditions remain strong – Sacci

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 With general business confidence at its highest level in two-and-a-half years, trade expectations have maintained an improved level going into this year, the South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Tuesday.  

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

Untrustworthy PPE leads to higher injury rates

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Companies buying personal protective equipment (PPE) without conducting adequate market research on vendors and the products supplied may result in more harm than good, says labour, financial assistance, broad-based black economic empowerment and PPE outsourcing company Innovative Solutions Group... 

Untrustworthy PPE leads  to higher injury rates
A GROWING INDUSTRY The personal protective equipment industry had a turnover of about R57-million over the last financial quarter of 2017 and an 11% turnover increase from 2016 to 2017

Employees electing not to join medical aid schemes a concern

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Construction and civil engineering industry professionals are reluctant to join medical aid schemes, citing monetary concerns as a primary deterrent. The Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund (BCIMA) states that this is a concerning trend, given the number of work-related injuries... 

Employees electing not to join medical aid schemes a concern
THE MEDICAL AID OF CHOICE The Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund was elected the industry fund of choice by the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

World-class speakers confirmed for exhibition

     2nd February 2018 Africa’s only dedicated heating, energy, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration trade exhibition FRIGAIR expo will fly in three world-class American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) speakers to present topical short courses during the show. The... 

World-class speakers  confirmed for exhibition
KNOWLEDGE CORNER Courses at FRIGAIR expo can benefit engineers, architects, contractors and designers

Industry body authorised as verification authority

     2nd February 2018 The Department of Labour has authorised industry body the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) to be the verification authority for the natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industrial equipment industry for South Africa.  All industrial equipment needs to conform to the SANS 329 and... 

Wage negotiations in bus sector ongoing, but progress made

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 The South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) along with four other unions in the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac) on Monday said it would take employers' wage offers to their members for approval. Last week, labour unions Satawu, the Transport and Allied... 

Rosatom competition winners tour nuclear facility

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom’s African subsidiary Rosatom Africa sponsored an all expenses paid trip to Russia for winners of the yearly student competition, held for the third time last year. The students visited the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant (NPP), as well as its training... 

Rosatom competition winners tour nuclear facility
RED SQUARE The prize comprised of a site visit to a Nuclear Power Plant and a cultural tour of Moscow, including Red Square and the Museum of Cosmonautics

Study in the US – Fulbright Foreign Student Program now open

By: Sane Dhlamini     25th January 2018 The US Mission to South Africa and the National Research Foundation on Thursday opened applications for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for 2019-2020. The Fulbright Program hopes to attract students interested in pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree at any accredited institution in the US. 

Study in the US – Fulbright Foreign Student Program now open

South Africa’s labour laws contributing to mass unemployment – FMF

By: Anine Kilian     24th January 2018 Many of South Africa’s 9.4-million unemployed citizens are being denied the right to work on their own terms, says Free Market Foundation (FMF) director Eustace Davie. Speaking at an event focused on unemployment in South Africa, on Wednesday, he said labour laws actively prevent people from... 

MEIBC changes welcome, but should take employer into consideration

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd January 2018 Although the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) main agreement negotiation process, that took place from June to August last year, was riddled with technical issues and procedural hurdles, the extension to all nonparty employers and employees falling within the scope of... 

Wine industry sees positives despite expected R700m shortfall

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The smaller wine grape harvest anticipated by industry body Vinpro for this year is expected to result in a R700-million shortfall at farm gate, at a time when production costs have doubled in the past decade and the minimum wage for farm workers is set to increase by 17% in May. However, despite... 

Wine industry sees positives despite expected R700m shortfall

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).  

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image
BERNHARD MAHL The characteristics of plastics, including being lightweight, versatile and durable, allow for a strong contribution to a more environmentally sustainable South Africa

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 The latest plastics recycling figures released by industry body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) indicate that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which bodes well for local environmental sustainability.  

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment
Photo by Bloomberg
RESIN FOR REUSE The largest market (comprising 20%) for recyclate is flexible packaging with low-density polyethylene sold to refuse and carrier bag manufacturers

Hose company effects transformation, achieves results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2018 Industrial hose and allied products provider Chick Henderson is propagating and successfully executing transformation, and is reaping the benefits of implementing these ideals. Established in 1968, Chick Henderson will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary during the year. Chick Henderson Benrose... 

Hose company effects  transformation, achieves results
EXPANSION Chick Henderson’s move to a new distribution centre this year will allow the company to streamline its provision of industrial hose and allied products

Gauteng education dept says it has placed only a fraction of learners for 2018

By: African News Agency      16th January 2018 The Gauteng province’s education department has placed only 2,565 new learners in schools for the 2018 academic year out of 32,935 applicants, provincial head Panyaza Lesufi said on Tuesday. “Notwithstanding our efforts to get all parents to apply on time so that we can improve on our planning... 

Gauteng education dept says it has placed only a fraction of learners for 2018

Transnet digs heels in over revised wage offer

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th January 2018 State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has tabled a revised – and final – three-year wage offer, as the company reiterates its “difficult” financial situation since ratings agencies downgraded the country to junk status. Transnet proposed a 6.5%, 7.25% and 7.5% increase in 2018,... 

Public engagements on SA's national minimum wage set to resume

By: African News Agency      15th January 2018 The Department of Labour will this week resume its national series on worker engagement about the implementation of the national minimum wage and amendments to labour legislation. The national minimum wage of R3,500 a month, or R20 per hour for major sectors, is scheduled for implementation from... 

 Public engagements on SA's national minimum wage set to resume

Monash South Africa launches engineering offering  

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 Private higher education institution Monash South Africa (MSA) is extending its academic offering this year by offering engineering within its expanded faculty of business, engineering and technology.   MSA is the first private higher education institution to offer a Bachelor of Engineering... 

Labour dept urges 2017 EE report filings as deadline looms

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2018 With the impending January 15 deadline looming, the Department of Labour (DoL) on Monday urged employers to file their employment equity (EE) online reports. The 2017 EE online and manual reporting season opened on September 1, and while the manual reporting submissions closed on October 1,... 

SA ruling party lauds exam results, but opposition, unions not impressed

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 South Africa’s governing ANC on Friday applauded a higher pass rate from the 2017 school ending examinations, but opposition said the results were much weaker when factoring in a worryingly high dropout rate. The African National Congress said the National Senior Certificate examination results... 

SA ruling party lauds exam results, but opposition, unions not impressed

Free tertiary education in SA will be phased in, says higher education minister

By: African News Agency      4th January 2018 South African Higher Education Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said on Wednesday that free tertiary education will not be implemented immediately, but rather be part of a new system to be phased in over the next five years. Mkhize was briefing the media on the registration process at tertiary... 

Free tertiary education in SA will be phased in, says higher education minister
Photo by Duane Daws
Higher Education Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize

We have not crossed the Rubicon – Motshekga

By: African News Agency      4th January 2018 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has conceded that more still needs to be done to improve the level of education in South Africa despite a number of gains in the last few years. This comes as Motshekga announced that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination pass rate in 2017,... 

We have not crossed the Rubicon – Motshekga
Photo by Government-ZA
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

IEB achieves 98.76% matric pass rate

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 The Independent Examination Board (IEB) has announced an increase in the pass rate in last year’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric examinations to 98.76%, from 98.67% in 2016. There were 11 464 full-time and 666 part-time candidates across South Africa. This is also an increase from 2016... 

IEB achieves 98.76% matric pass rate

UDM wants more details on free higher education in SA

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa on Tuesday urged South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to provide full details on funding of free higher education in order to avoid a crisis at the country’s universities and colleges. “President Zuma and his cabinet must urgently spell out... 

UDM wants more details on free higher education in SA

Steinhoff says will have to restate 2015 financial statements

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Beleaguered retailing group Steinhoff International Holdings said on Tuesday its 2015 financial statements, in addition to the 2016 accounts, could no longer be relied upon. In a statement, Steinhoff, which was engulfed by an accounting scandal last month, leading to the resignation of CEO... 

Steinhoff says will have to restate 2015 financial statements

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

South Africa ranks low on global knowledge index 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 South Africa has scored 42 points on The Knowledge Project’s first Global Knowledge 100-point Index, against a world average of 47. The index identifies knowledge as an integral part of human life, affecting its social, economic and cultural aspects, as well as an engine for comprehensive and... 

South Africa ranks low on global knowledge index

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The rehabilitation of 7 km of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry Road (M22) and the R300, and the addition of a third lane in both directions, will be completed by the end this year, under the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (WCDTPW). 

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year
LIGHTING THE WAY The upgrade will provide better ride quality, safety and visibility

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 Munich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched
MYLAB LAUNCH Wacker’s MyLab officially opened at its new South African home at IMCD

National road network at core of local growth

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The national road network has been steadily growing over the years and this improves connectivity between cities and regional hubs, which is essential given that it is on this network that the majority of South African citizens commute and conduct business, says South African National Roads... 

National road network at core of local growth
LOCAL HUB The national road network has been steadily growing over the years and has improved connectivity between cities and regional hubs

Emphasis on infrastructure development catalyst for growth and sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 A development agenda themed ‘Vision 2022’, currently being pursued by the Swaziland government, is putting emphasis on infrastructure development as a catalyst for long-term growth and sustainable development, says engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon bridges technical director... 

Emphasis on infrastructure development catalyst for growth and sustainability
SIPHOFANENI BRIDGE The Siphofaneni bridge and road project is going to be the standard for future infrastructure projects in Swaziland

Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation 

     14th December 2017 Real estate investment trust Inkunzi Student Accommodation Fund, which listed on the JSE in November, will acquire nine purpose-built, student accommodation assets valued at R1.7-billion. Anine Kilian has the story. 

Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation
Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation

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