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Education & Skills Development News

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... 

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

SAIW receives robot welding system for training  

By: Donald Makhafola     7th September 2018 South Africa-based Japanese automation and robotic company Yaskawa Southern Africa is handing over a complete robot welding system to the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for its new robot-welding training programme. The programme comprises the training of robotic-welding operators,... 

SAIW receives robot welding system for training
Yaskawa Southern Africa chairperson and key account manager Terry Rosenberg provides his perspective on robotic welding in South Africa, and Yaskawa’s relationship with the Southern African Institute of Welding. Camerawork & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Welding company embarks on massive expansion

7th September 2018 Secunda-based welding company Hydra Arc – ISO 3834 certified by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification has grown into a leading South African specialised welder that provides services for Southern Africa’s petrochemicals, power, mining and minerals processing industries.... 

Welding company embarks on  massive expansion
GROWTH Hydra Arc is undertaking a massive expansion of its Sky Hill facility to position the company as the 'can-do' destination for local and regional work

Seventy years of weld training

7th September 2018 Founded in 1948, this year, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is 70 years old and it has been one of the great success stories in South African industry. From its fledgling beginnings, when it acted mainly as the South African welding industry’s association, it has grown into the... 

Seventy years of weld training
SEAN BLAKE The Southern African Institute of Welding offers students world-class education in welding

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Energy Institute researcher, South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) Fellow, energy expert and passionate educator professor Philip Lloyd passed away last month. He championed the role of science and how one needs to learn the language of... 

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader
PHILIP LLOYD Philip Lloyd contributed to the nation as an eminent engineer, as well as through mathematics and science education programmes for underprivileged children

Metals, engineering collective agreement to be submitted for gazetting

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 Parties to the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) have voted in favour of the extension of the three-year agreement reached in the metals and engineering sector in 2017. Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) operations director Lucio... 

Water dept transfers R30m to Rand Water for War on Leaks programme

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has transferred R30-million to Rand Water for the War on Leaks (WoL) programme. The DWS noted in a statement on Tuesday that the money will assist Rand Water, as the implementing agent, to effect stipend payments to trainees. 

Unions call for full investigation into explosion at Rheinmetall Denel Munition plant

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th September 2018 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has confirmed that the fatal explosion which rocked its Somerset West plant, in the Western Cape, on Monday took place in the propellant operations building. “During operations an explosion occurred and destroyed the entire building and the immediate surrounding... 

Sasol launches contingency plan in light of Solidarity strike over share scheme

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 Petrochemicals company Sasol on Monday said it had activated contingency measures to minimise potential disruption to its operations, in light of trade union Solidarity’s plans to strike. Currently, parts of Sasol’s Secunda and Sasolburg operations are undergoing planned maintenance shutdowns,... 

Stellenbosch University receives R2.9m grant to develop fire engineering postgraduate degrees

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 Stellenbosch University’s Fire Engineering Research Unit (FireSUN) has received a grant of R2.9-million from Lloyd’s Register Foundation, to develop Africa’s first-ever postgraduate programme in fire engineering. This will help provide the expertise needed to keep the African continent safe in... 

Stellenbosch University receives R2.9m grant to develop fire engineering postgraduate degrees

Inequality, poverty worsening as broader unemployment rate rises – Uasa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 Despite South Africa’s past goals and targets to find solutions to its unemployment crisis, such as the government’s plan to halve unemployment by 2014, the unemployment rate is not declining at all. Instead the number of unemployed people has increased from 6-million to 9.6-million between... 

University students can apply for funding from today

By: African News Agency      3rd September 2018 Applications for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) open on Monday, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor has announced. Applicants can apply online. 

University students can apply for funding from today
Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor

New tech, automation to change but also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 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... 

Armscor report to aid in DLS’ employment equity strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has welcomed the report by the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) on the Denel Land Systems (DLS) division’s employment equity compliance status on the flagship Hoefyster project. The Hoefyster employment equity compliance assessment... 

Brady provides automatic label formatting

31st August 2018 Power distribution system supplier Magnet Group is dedicated to enhancing its extensive range of electrical equipment, industrial instrumentation and automation systems, to meet market requirements. 

Eskom, unions settle on salary adjustments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom has reached a three-year wage agreement with trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and Solidarity. In terms of the agreement, Eskom’s bargaining unit permanent employees will receive salary... 

Eskom, unions settle on salary adjustments

De Beers, UN Women to support women micro-entrepreneurs in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 Diamond miner De Beers and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in South Africa have launched a capacity-building programme, which aims to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the Blouberg and Musina communities, near De Beers’ Venetia diamond... 

Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The presidents of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa), the National African Farmers Union of South Africa (Nafu SA), Agri SA and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (Tau-SA), as members of the Agri Sector Unity Forum (Asuf), on Monday declared their intent to work... 

Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

Treasury slams excess cash on NSFAS books

By: News24Wire      21st August 2018 The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) had R153.8-million more cash left than projected at the end of the 2017/18 financial year, it has emerged. Speaking to Parliament's Standing Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday, Treasury’s deputy director general Dr Mampho Modise explained that... 

 Treasury slams excess cash on NSFAS books

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
Photo by Creamer Media
SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

Solidarity reaches wage agreement with AMSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Trade union Solidarity has reached common ground with steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has signed a wage agreement that is “favourable to all parties”. This follows after the union on July 13 referred its dispute with AMSA to the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining... 

DA proposes free trade, cost and regulatory reductions to stimulate manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     7th August 2018 Political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), on Tuesday proposed increased free trade and reducing regulatory burdens and energy costs to stimulate manufacturing in South Africa. In its policy proposal, ‘Manufacturing a new economic future’, the party states that “an effective trade policy... 

Pillay has engineering industry members hot under the collar over opinion piece

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th August 2018 Professional organisation Women in Engineering, engineering company Aurecon, and the University of Cape Town (UCT), as well as the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), have expressed their dismay at Saice CEO Manglin Pillay following an opinion piece he wrote on women in the... 

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 State-owned Eskom expects it will take up to 30 days for the power system to recover from the effects of the recent industrial action, which interrupted continuous processes at the power stations. During the 30-day recovery period, the risk of load-shedding remains high, it warned on Friday. 

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high

BBBEE Commission urges govt, private sector to do more on transformation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 JSE-listed companies have only 38% representation by black people on their boards, with males accounting for 20% and females accounting for 18%, a report produced by the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission on the national status and trends on BBBEE transformation for 2017... 

Enhancing safety in the fishing industry

3rd August 2018 South Africa has become the twenty-fifth State to sign up to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The STCW-F Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for... 

Enhancing safety in  the fishing industry
MAKING IT OFFICIAL Although initially taken on in 2016, the treaty was formally signed last month

Rail company supports community development

3rd August 2018 Train manufacturer Gibela launched its Make a Difference campaign, which recognises the importance of educational support at all levels in the communities neighbouring its Dunnottar factory, in Gauteng, in May. The company launched the campaign at an event at Mom Sebone Secondary School in... 

Rail company supports community development
Photo by Creamer Media
ON FLEET The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa assigned Gibela the task of replacing its ageing metro fleet with a modern service

Gauteng launches school of specialisation to bridge skills gap

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2018 The Gauteng Department of Education on Tuesday relaunched Rhodesfield Technical High School, in Kempton Park, as the Rhodesfield Engineering School of Specialisation, with a special focus on aviation, engineering and mathematics. The school curriculum will focus on core subjects and courses of... 

Bombela sets Gautrain contingency plan in motion as strike goes ahead

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Wage negotiations between Gautrain operator Bombela Operating Company (BOC) and trade union, the United National Transport Union (UNTU) have reached a deadlock and, owing to this, UNTU-affiliated workers have embarked on a “no work, no pay” strike from Monday. BOC offered an 8.5% increase in... 

Bombela sets Gautrain contingency plan in motion as strike goes ahead

UNTU, Bombela to continue weekend talks to avoid planned Gautrain strike

By: Simone Liedtke     27th July 2018 Following the meeting held on Thursday between Gautrain operator Bombela Operating Company (BOC) and trade union, the United National Transport Union, negotiations to find a settlement in the current wage dispute have resumed on Friday and will continue over the course of the weekend. If no... 

UNTU, Bombela to continue weekend talks to avoid planned Gautrain strike

Google SA works with Johannesburg libraries to give youth digital skills

By: African News Agency      27th July 2018 The city of Johannesburg's library department has collaborated with Google SA to provide free online-training in digital and entrepreneurial skills programmes in 12 of its eLearning classrooms, the mayor's office said on Friday. Johannesburg has a population of around 4.9-million people and... 

Conference to address shortage of STEM graduates

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 The second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference and Career Expo will aim to address a shortage of technically skilled STEM graduates in South Africa. The conference will be held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from July 27 and 28. STEM... 

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