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Education & Skills Development News

Limited gas exploration affects South Africa’s energy mix

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 Gas could soon become an important element in the South African energy mix, despite the amount of gas used currently being very low, with limited imports and exploration activities, says South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA) CEO Niall Kramer. “South Africa’s gas usage is about 3% of our total... 

Strong demand forecast for pilots, technicians and cabin crew in Africa and globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th July 2018 Africa will need 29 000 pilots over the next 20 years, US aerospace group Boeing has forecast. The continent will also need 28 000 technicians and 29 000 cabin crew. These predictions were made in the group’s 2018 “Pilot & Technician Outlook”, released on Tuesday. The report divides the world... 

Strong demand forecast for pilots, technicians and cabin crew in Africa and globally
Photo by Konstantin von Wedelstaedt/GNU
A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Ethiopian Airlines

Solidarity unhappy with AMSA's wage offer

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Trade union Solidarity has called ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) proposed wage offer for this year “nothing but a slap in the face of hard-working employees”. The union on Tuesday said AMSA had proposed an increase of 6.5% in its contribution to employees’ medical aids. 

Gautrain employees to embark on a strike from July 30

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Gautrain employees who are members of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) will embark on a protected strike from July 30. The majority of UNTU members working for the Gautrain voted in favour of a strike at an UNTU mass meeting held in Midrand, on Monday. 

Gautrain employees to embark on a strike from July 30

LEIP MoU signed, 101 669 potential jobs created

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2018 Up to 101 669 jobs could be created during the first five years of construction of the Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park (LEIP), which Eco-Industrial Solutions (EIS) CEO Deshika Kathawaroo on Monday said would “fundamentally change” the Limpopo province’s contribution to South Africa’s strategic... 

LEIP MoU signed, 101 669 potential jobs created
Photo by Simone Liedtke
(Left) Limpopo Economic Development Agency group CEO Ben Mphahlele and (right) Eco-Industrial Solutions CEO Deshika Kathawaroo (right) at the signing ceremony on Monday

Occupational disease prevention campaign launched

By: Schalk Burger     20th 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 have launched the Occupational Disease Prevention Campaign. Preventing injuries... 

SAA gives assurances to union about its future plans, including privatisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th July 2018 In a letter to trade union Solidarity, and released by the union at a recent media briefing, South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has given a number of assurances about the plans for the future of the beleaguered State-own national flag carrier. The letter followed a meeting between... 

SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 The Youth Employment Service (YES) aims to create one-million jobs within three years to help alleviate the situation of six-million unemployed youths in South Africa, 60% of whom reside in townships and rural areas. YES was established by the CEO Initiative, which is a partnership created... 

SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape
YES CEO Tasmia Ismail-Saville discusses the first hub opening and company involvement towards the initiative. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Certified NDT personnel needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 A major challenge facing the nondestructive testing (NDT) sector is that companies require NDT personnel who are certified, says technical solutions specialist African NDT Centre Level 3 consulting manager Abdur-Rahman Mahomed. However, to acquire certification, technicians must meet certain... 

Certified NDT  personnel needed
PROVIDING RESOURCES Employers who do take in personnel and assist them in gaining experience are required to provide safety training, medicals and workman’s compensation cover

S African project managers require business competencies

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 In the early stages of a project management career, some professionals have a lack of understanding of the link between business strategy and projects, and with this, the acumen to know what business information emanating from the project is useful to extract, interpret and provide to the... 

S African project managers require business competencies
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PROJECT MANAGERS Project Management South Africa members are currently undergoing assessment on the designations that require a review of the competencies associated with project management

Stellenbosch Business School ranks top business school in S Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has been ranked as the top business school in South Africa by Eduniversal – an international education rating agency based in Paris. The ranking is the result of voting by deans of business schools around the world, based on a list of... 

South African initiative wins prestigious global education award

By: News24Wire      18th July 2018 The impact that a South African programme has made on the education of children has earned it a prestigious international award. Partners for Possibility, the flagship programme of Symphonia for South Africa, was one of six winners in the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) awards, which... 

South African initiative wins prestigious global education award

South African engineers invited to enter Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation programme

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2018 Entries are open for engineers from South Africa and other sub-Saharan African countries to participate in the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. The deadline for entries is July 23. 

Skills deficit a leading cause of cable installation failure

13th July 2018 There has been a marked increase in the amount of failures of medium voltage (MV) cable joints and terminations in South Africa, says manufacturer and supplier of cable accessories Tank Industries. The company states that for installation of house wiring, a formal trade test is mandatory,... 

Skills deficit a  leading cause of cable  installation failure
CALL FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Tank Industries identified an industry need to increase the level of knowledge and skills, which led to the company forming a training academy

Property sector must do more on transformation – PSCC

By: Schalk Burger     12th July 2018 The South African property sector is making reasonable efforts towards transformation, but it needs to pick up the pace, says the Property Sector Charter Council (PSCC). The PSCC this week released the results of its ‘2016-2017 State of Transformation Report’, which sampled institutional... 

Accountability, ethical remuneration needed to boost corporate governance – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2018 Rules on executive bonuses and incentives need to be tightened to boost corporate governance, professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) ‘Executive Directors: Practices and Remuneration Trends’ report has found.  

Eskom wage talks: Unions want meeting with Nene, Gordhan

By: News24Wire      11th July 2018 Having reached a “sensitive stage” in the wage negotiation process, unions representing Eskom workers have asked to meet with Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to resolve the matter. This is according to a statement issued by the National Union of... 

Eskom wage talks: Unions want meeting with Nene, Gordhan
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

Solidarity trade union reports SAA assurances about its future plans, including privatisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th July 2018 In a letter to trade union Solidarity, and released by the union at a media briefing on Tuesday, South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has given a number of assurances about the plans for the future of the beleaguered State-own national flag carrier. The letter followed a meeting between... 

Solidarity trade union reports SAA assurances about its future plans, including privatisation

Eskom wage negotiations continue

By: African News Agency      10th July 2018 Wage negotiations between power utility Eskom and unions resumed on Tuesday in Johannesburg. National Union of Mineworkers (Num) spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu told television news channel eNCA that unions have given Eskom two options of a one year deal or a three year one. Eskom on Friday... 

 Eskom wage negotiations continue

DWS notes concerns about War on Leaks programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is worried about the War on Leaks (WoL) programme, since not all Phase 1 trainees have been placed within the projected timelines.  

DWS notes concerns about War on Leaks programme
Photo by Dylan Slater
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

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... 

29 South African students, scholars receive Fulbright Scholarships to study in the US
Twenty-nine South African students and scholars have received Fulbright scholarships to conduct research and complete postgraduate studies at US academic institutions

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

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