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Education & Skills Development News

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. 

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

Ramaphosa defends national minimum wage

By: African News Agency      27th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended the proposed national minimum wage of R20 per hour or R3 500 a month, saying that it was a victory for workers. On Wednesday, the country came to a standstill when thousands of workers joined in on the general strike organised by the South African... 

 Ramaphosa defends national minimum wage

Unions at odds over SAA business rescue

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity believes that business rescue is the only way that jobs can be saved at embattled State-owned national flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the company put back on a sustainable footing. This was made clear at the media briefing at the union's head office on... 

Reformist SA, French Presidents increase mutual investment attraction

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 French companies are confident in the South African market and in its future, French Embassy Economic Counsellor William Roos assured South African journalists at a recent briefing. He pointed out that some 400 French companies had already set up business in South Africa and others are interested... 

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... 

DWS hosts workshop  on water and sanitation
SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT The Department of Water and Sanitation's cleaning of the banks of the Jukskei river formed part of the National Water Week and the City of Johannesburg's clean-up campaign, A Re Sebetseng

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

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