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Education & Skills Development News

UJ researchers discover promising anti-cancer drugs

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 A new family of very promising silver-based anti-cancer drugs has been discovered by researchers in South Africa. Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Professor Marianne Cronjé, said on Wednesday that the most promising silver thiocyanate phosphine... 

Next-gen cost saving strategies needed for digital disruption age - Deloitte

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Professional services firm Deloitte has revealed its next generation of cost savings strategies in the age of digital disruption.  

Communications Committee recommends removal of Icasa chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Communications has recommended the removal of Rubben Mohlaloga from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) council. This follows a request from Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to start the removal process after the Pretoria... 

Youth Employment Service to benefit 1m young people  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday launched the Youth Employment Service (Yes) initiative – a business-led partnership with government, labour and society, that aims to empower one-million young South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 through paid work experiences over the next three years.  

Youth Employment Service to benefit 1m young people
President Cyril Ramaphosa announces youth employment service launch. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Employment, wage prospects remain weak – Solidarity

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 The various market and political trends at play in South Africa could sway economic fortunes considerably in the years ahead, says trade union Solidarity. The trade union on Monday released its Labour Market Index (LMI) for the fourth quarter of 2017, which, at a neutral level just below 50,... 

Partnerships key to sustaining high-quality industrial training programmes

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 A combination of partnerships and an adherence to high-quality standards of training are necessary to provide the broadest, most impactful and valuable youth development initiatives for industries, says testing, inspection and certification multinational SGS South Africa certification and... 

LaunchLab calls for entries for 2018 Ideas Programme

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Stellenbosch University’s LaunchLab has officially launched the seventh iteration of its Ideas Programme, which calls on startup businesses in multiple industries to validate their business concepts with real market players and start their journey towards the maturity required to attracting... 

LaunchLab calls for entries for 2018 Ideas Programme
LaunchLab calls for entries for 2018 Ideas Programme

Phakeng elected UCT vice-chancellor

By: Thabi Madiba     19th March 2018 The University of Cape Town Council announced on Saturday that is has chosen Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, as the new vice-chancellor of the university, with effect from July 1, 2018. Currently deputy vice-chancellor: research and internationalisation, Phakeng will take over from Dr Max Price,... 

Phakeng elected UCT vice-chancellor
Newly elected UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng

Lakela Kaunda to join Cogta

By: Sane Dhlamini     16th March 2018 The Presidency’s chief operations officer (COO) and former President Jacob Zuma's most trusted adviser Lakela Kaunda was seconded, on Friday, to join the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) for the next twelve months with effect from March 20. The Ministry is headed... 

Lakela Kaunda to join Cogta

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

PEWA to set stage for African  energy investment once again
POWER UNITED Terrapinn is expecting about 8 000 attendees from more than 40 African countries, including 350 exhibitors and 300 speakers, to attend PEWA 2018

Programme to prepare digital talent in SA industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 The Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP) is a series of education courses that aims to equip junior and mid-level engineers and industry professionals with the necessary skills to harness artificial intelligence, the industrial Internet of Things and advanced analytics for their... 

Minigrids gradually becoming more connected in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     7th March 2018 Emerging power generation networks, which are minigrids that are off the grid, are gradually becoming more connected and providing a directional generation of supply to the demand in Africa, where about 625-million people are still without access to power. At a media roundtable discussion on... 

Wine industry continuously focuses on transformation, social development, says Vinpro 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 With every R1-million invested into the South African wine industry, almost five jobs are created, says wine industry representative Vinpro.  

Wine industry continuously focuses on transformation, social development, says Vinpro
Vinpro transformation and development manager Phil Bowes

Development programme encourages economic growth

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 To date, steel service centre and distributor Macsteel’s Usizo development programme has assisted in creating 175 new jobs in the steel sector. The programme was first initiated by Macsteel in May 2015 to assist small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the steel industry by... 

Development programme encourages economic growth
USIZO DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME The Usizo development programme, spearheaded by Macsteel, has led to an injection of R50-million into the South African economy

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 Prior to the Valentine’s Day resignation of now former President Jacob Zuma, popular industry sentiment pointed towards a better year in terms of manufacturing and gross domestic product (GDP) on the back of a recovering commodities market.  

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector  hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

Use of AI set to increase

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in businesses is set to grow, but CIOs should focus on using pilot projects to ready their businesses to use the technology, information technology market research multinational Gartner says. Its ‘2018 CIO Agenda Survey’ found that 46% of CIOs... 

Concrete products assuaging industry’s aesthetic predilection

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 With the recent trend of aesthetic appearance playing a more prominent role in construction and the built environment, construction chemicals company Chryso Southern Africa and its 100%-owned subsidiary a.b.e Construction Chemicals are offering a number of aesthetic concrete product ranges to... 

Concrete products assuaging industry’s aesthetic predilection
GOT IT GOING ON Luminescent concrete, which Chryso has termed ‘sexy concrete’, serves as an appealing primary source of light, and is currently very popular

Union threatens protest action at defence group Denel 

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 Trade union Solidarity warned on Friday that its members at State-owned defence industrial group Denel were ready to start protesting at the company. This follows the response by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to a recent urgent letter to her from Solidarity about, in the union’s words,... 

Union threatens protest action at defence group Denel
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
Various Denel products on display at the Group’s Head Office in Centurion, south of Pretoria. From front to rear, a portable launcher for the Ingwe missile, an Ingwe missile, a Badger infantry fighting vehicle, a Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (largely obscured), and a Casspir mine protected vehicle.

Leveraging neuroscience for business productivity

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2018 Companies can improve the productivity, cooperation and happiness of employees by leveraging natural human emotions, says applied neuroscience multinational Neuroleadership Institute South Africa research and solutions head Rob Jardine. The psychology of groups can facilitate cooperation and... 

Leveraging neuroscience for business productivity
ROB JARDINE Promoting inclusiveness and associations are effective at overcoming cultural differences in businesses

Change of venue draws in highly targeted audience

23rd February 2018 With over 3 000 visitors attending throughout the course of the three-day biennial Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) Show, the new venue that organiser Datateam Business Media opted for proved to be a success. Having taken place from January 23 to 25 at... 

Change of venue draws in highly targeted audience
SKILLS TRANSFER The show offered over 20 highly-attended CPD accredited seminars

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has incorporated virtual reality (VR) technology into the apprenticeship and training programmes at its Vanderbiljpark plant. The VR training solution, which has been operational since December last year, is currently used to determine... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech
SAFETY FIRST The virtual reality technology allows for practical application without placing trainees at risk

Illovo’s economic value-add in Africa reported at R23.8bn

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2018 Sugar producer Illovo Sugar Africa has estimated its positive economic impact across the six countries in which it operates at R23.8-billion, which includes a R5-billion direct positive economic impact. This is a 29% increase in the company’s total contribution to the economies over a period of... 

Liberty Two Degrees posts maiden full-year results

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 South Africa-focused real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) on Monday posted a distribution of 59.22c a unit in its maiden full-year results.  

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... 

Initiative changing  development narrative in townships, rural economies
Photo by Bloomberg
DRIVING CHANGE A partnership initiative between Dunlop and Ithala will counter the growing number of illegal, dangerous second-hand tyres being sold to consumers

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... 

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