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Education & Skills Development News

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... 

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

Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2018 To ensure South Africa has the skills required for advanced manufacturing, industry needs to invest in high-end skills, National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) CEO Dirk van Dyk said on Tuesday. Addressing delegates at the release of the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) for the... 

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 A social impact study done by infrastructure investment managers Umoya Energy has found that the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) is effective in delivering on social benefits through meaningful initiatives.  

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs
Hopefield Wind Farm

SARB communications head resigns

28th May 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Monday announced the resignation of its head of communications Jabulani Sikhakhane. Sikhakhane’s last day at SARB is May 31 and chief of staff Bulelwa Boqwana will act as communications head until the vacancy is filled. 

SARB communications head resigns

Digital Skills Academy offers digital solution development free of charge to SMEs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 Digital Skills Academy – a premier industry provider of online BSc degrees in digital skills – is inviting South African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to register as industry partners and participate in its industry partner programme.  

AfDB, Aims partner to strengthen, leverage maths, science skills in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Aims) aimed at identifying opportunities for potential partnership between the two institutions.  

KSB assists UP in building of controlled-temperature test unit

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 KSB Pumps and Valves has assisted the University of Pretoria (UP) in the construction of a large controlled-temperature test unit, which will form the backbone of ongoing research into heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. This unit will allow students to plug directly into hot,... 

KSB assists UP in building of controlled-temperature test unit
UP School of Engineering Professor Josua Meyer and KSB Sales Representative Dylan Mitchell

Young Professionals Forum, Cesa to mobilise young professionals in the industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2018 The Young Professionals Forum (YPF), which is part of Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), will host six prominent events this year to aid the advancement of young professionals within the consulting engineering industry.  

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

New research group  to bridge skills gap  at Eskom
Photo by Creamer Media
HANDS ON Engineering students will get real world experience while helping tackle challenges Eskom faces

Science enhancement initiative expands to EC

18th May 2018 State owned power utility Eskom has signed an agreement with the Technology Research Activity Centre South Africa (TRAC SA) to increase the coverage of the Eskom Science Enhancement Initiative support programme, TRAC 2. In partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Education, Eskom signed... 

Ramaphosa off to Geneva to assume co-chair of ILO global commission

By: African News Agency      15th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday assume the position of Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Future of Work of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The South African president, who left for Geneva on Monday, will attend the working dinner, to consider... 

 Ramaphosa off to Geneva to assume co-chair of ILO global commission
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Aurecon partners with EWB-SA for Afrikan Design Innovation workshops

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 Being able to approach a design challenge with a deep empathy for the final users and without preconceived ideas is a skill that needs to be cultivated when people are still young, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon. It is for this reason that Aurecon continues to... 

Aurecon partners with EWB-SA for Afrikan Design Innovation workshops
The first Afrikan Design Innovation workshop was held on May 5, with the second workshop scheduled to take place on May 12

Substantial need for skills development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 There is a massive need for skills development in the construction industry, particularly in the concrete industry, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. “However, with relatively little work available and companies retrenching... 

Substantial need for skills development
Photo by Bloomberg
CONCRETE FLOORS Bryan Perrie will present a workshop about typical problems associated with concrete industrial floors at the Totally Concrete Expo

Open, informed approach imperative in African ventures

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2018 It is important that companies take an open approach when operating and expanding in Africa by undertaking credible market research to fully understand local conditions, posits independent market research company Ask Afrika account director Jean Moolman. “While traditionally, South Africa is... 

Open, informed approach  imperative in African ventures
AFRICA IS NOT A COUNTRY African countries are diverse, and it is important to understand local conditions before conducting business

Hydraulics industry on the rise

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 After a two-year-long hydraulic industry slump, the South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) predicts a sustainable boom in demand for new hydraulic equipment. Safpa VP Dustin Pereira told Engineering News that the hydraulics industry has been in a slump since the last quarter of 2015. He... 

Hydraulics industry on the rise
A BRIGHTER FUTURE The hydraulics industry will enjoy a boom for five to ten years

Skills shortage worrisome for industry

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 The South Africa hydraulics industry is feeling the effects of a brain drain of skilled and qualified personnel, says hydraulic and pneumatic equipment manufacturers and suppliers Germiston Hydraulics CEO Archie Leitch. Although the fluid power industry is enjoying a positive industry upturn,... 

Skills shortage worrisome for industry
GERMISTON HYDRAULICS Capital equipment investments worth R5-million have allowed for a higher standard of equipment production

1 000 SA youths to get healthcare skills

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2018 As many as 1 000 South African youths stand to benefit from a healthcare skills development programme in line with government's call to create opportunities for young people to gain work experience. The opportunities, which have been made available by Netcare, will be spread over a five-year period. 

 1 000 SA youths to get healthcare skills

Ramaphosa calls for equal pay for men and women #MayDay

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for equal pay for men and women in South Africa. Ramaphosa was speaking at a Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) May Day Rally held at a packed Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth where he was warmly received... 

Ramaphosa calls for equal pay for men and women #MayDay

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