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Education & Skills Development News

Cidb concerned over 140 000 construction job losses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) monitoring and evaluation project manager Ntando Skosana on Tuesday described the loss of 140 000 jobs in the local construction industry between the first and third quarters of this year as “disheartening”. The construction industry is an important... 

Gold Brands buys 50% stake in Ed’s Diner

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 South African franchising company Gold Brands (GBI) will acquire 50% of the rights, trademarks and intellectual property of burger restaurant chain Ed's Diner from owner Vasilis Lazaridis. Gold Brands and Lazaridis will operate the restaurant chain in a joint venture, which will own the exclusive... 

BCX unveils new digital learning platform

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2017 Telecommunications giant BCX on Monday launched a new digital learning platform aimed at providing free access to online educational content. No charge will be levied for the maths and science learning material and content that learners, educators, school administrators and parents can access... 

Report outlines vision for a million South African ‘climate jobs’

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2017 A new report has been released in an effort to mobilise South Africans behind the vision of creating a million ‘climate jobs’ as part of the country’s response to the threat posed by climate change. Published by the Alternative Information and Development Centre, the 60-page report has been... 

Report outlines vision for a million South African ‘climate jobs’

Cabinet approves minimum wage bill

By: News24Wire      2nd November 2017 Cabinet approved the National Minimum Wage Bill during its fortnightly meeting on November 1. The draft legislation will now be referred to Parliament for further deliberation, after which President Jacob Zuma will be required to officially sign it into law. In February this year representatives... 

 Cabinet approves minimum wage bill

SAB invests millions in black-owned SMMEs 

By: Anine Kilian     1st November 2017 Multinational beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) has invested more than R200-million into creating an inclusive supply chain which incorporates black-owned and black women-owned small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) through... 

SAB invests millions in black-owned SMMEs
SAB President Ricardo Tadeu talks to Engineering News online about SAB's entrepreneurship programmes. Video and Video editing: Darlene Creamer 1.11.2017

Sasol mitigates material matters issues in 2017

27th October 2017 To mitigate material matters that could substantially affect its ability to create value in the short, medium or long term, as a result of not being able to execute its strategy and the impact thereof on its ability to stay competitive, petrochemicals giant Sasol has outlined a five-step process... 

Sasol mitigates material matters issues in 2017
MANAGING MATTERS Sasol reviews and monitors material matters through stakeholder inclusiveness always keeping a sustainability context in mind

South African aerospace and defence company extends aircraft training with new fighter jets

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 Aerospace and defence company Paramount Group has acquired four dual-seat Mirage F1 fighter aircraft to enhance its existing pilot training capability.  

South African aerospace and defence company extends aircraft training with new fighter jets
MIRAGE F1 Paramount Group bought four Mirage F1 fighter jets from the French Government to assist in pilot training

Conference aims to strengthen cross-border relations

By: Nadine James     27th October 2017 The prospects for wind power within and beyond the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) will be discussed at this year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, exploring opportunities outside South Africa’s borders, and consider ways of establishing cross-border... 

Conference aims to strengthen cross-border relations
ANSWERS IN THE WIND The Windaba programme has been designed to be relevant regardless of whether the mid-term outlook is good or uncertain

Continued volatility impacts on energy and chemicals company

27th October 2017 Continued volatility in the macroeconomic environment, particularly the stronger rand and low oil price, has adversely impacted energy and chemicals company Sasol’s financial performance, says Sasol CFO Paul Victor. 

Continued volatility  impacts on energy and  chemicals company
Photo by Bloomberg
RECORD PRODUCTION Sasol showed great resilience and character through delivering record production volumes at Secunda Synfuels

Wind training facility increases course offering

By: Nadine James     27th October 2017 Accredited wind energy training facility the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) has become a Global Wind Organisation- (GWO-) certified training facility, and can now offer the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) and Basic Technical Training (BTT) qualifications to wind... 

Wind training  facility increases course offering
NAIM RASSOOL The formal wind turbine service technician qualification programme is offered every six months

Partnership seeks to provide best-practice health and safety training

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational SGS and State-owned power utility Eskom have partnered to train 24 local youths at Eskom’s Grootvlei power station in the Dipaleseng municipality, in Mpumalanga, south of Heidelberg, in 12 subjects related to safety, health and... 

Training college sees intake of more than 600 students 

26th October 2017 Artisan training facility, the Colliery Training College has seen a significant number of students registering for trade and mining qualifications. Nadine James tells us more. 

Training college sees intake of more than 600 students
Training college sees intake of more than 600 students

Major cost pressure on higher education

By: African News Agency      25th October 2017 Despite South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, earlier this year vowing that free higher education could become a reality as early as 2018, Wednesday’s medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) revealed glaring gaps in funding for the country’s students. According to the... 

Major cost pressure on higher education

BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 China-based vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC), is accelerating some of its construction plans for its vehicle manufacturing plant, currently under construction at the Port Elizabeth-based Coega Industrial Development Zone, to catch up on delays incurred owing to primarily... 

BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline
PORT ELIZABETH FACTORY In the foreground of the newly completed steel superstructure are BAIC vehicles that will be available in South Africa once production reaches full capacity

Businesses must take action to drive inclusive growth in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 There is a need for a new social narrative that balances generating profits with building social capital to drive inclusive economic growth in Africa, says management consultant IQbusiness CEO Adam Craker.  

Businesses must take action to drive inclusive growth in Africa
ADAM CRAKER South Africa must focus on building a strong home economy if it is to be a participant in regional or continental growth

Clarifying sustainability reporting imperative for modern business

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 A clear and shared sustainability reporting framework is integral for enabling companies to demonstrate a positive impact on not only the economies but also the societies and environments in which they operate, says independent international organisation Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) CE Tim... 

Clarifying sustainability reporting imperative for modern business
Photo by Bloomberg
DRIVING GROWTH GRI is assisting SMEs in Africa to gain access to global value chains by building their capacities for corporate sustainability management and reporting

New business model drives group’s resurgence in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Economic growth in Africa is ensuring a steady demand for infrastructure development and by tailoring its business model to access this demand, engineering services provider ELB Group has enhanced its activities on the continent and announced a return to profitability. 

New business model drives group’s resurgence in Africa
ACCESSING NEW MARKETS ELB has been focused predominately on the mineral and metals market and diversification will enable it to better protect its balance sheet during future commodity downturns

Software solutions key to business growth in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 As Africa’s business sector grows in line with a rapidly expanding population, effective software services are becoming evermore vital to helping companies serve their markets on the continent and globally, says open source software solutions provider SUSE Africa regional manager Matthew Lee. 

Software solutions  key to business  growth in Africa
MATTHEW LEE With the rise of cloud computing, big data and social networking, many businesses are shifting from being a 100% solely run proprietary environment

Carlyle snaps up Nosa to access occupational health, safety growth in emerging markets

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 Nasdaq-listed asset management multinational Carlyle Group will acquire emerging markets-focused occupational health and safety training company Nosa Group from JSE-listed Micromega Holdings for up to R747.8-million. The occupational health and safety sector is particularly attractive across... 

Russian nuclear group signs MoU with local young nuclear professionals association

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 A subsidiary of Russia’s State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS) at the recent SAYNPS Nuclear Youth Summit 2017. The subsidiary concerned is Rusatom International Network (Rusatom being... 

Urgent action required to address airline industry skills crisis

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 Southern African airlines will face a potentially crippling shortage of skills, while also failing to hit employee transformation targets, if governments do not fix basic and tertiary education, the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has warned. Speaking at the AASA’s forty-seventh... 

Construction management council establishes transformation committee

By: Dylan Slater     13th October 2017 The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) has set up a committee to further its transformation goals and a hotline to encourage the public to report any misconduct pertaining to the council’s scope of influence following reports of malpractice,... 

Construction management council establishes  transformation committee
Tjiamogale Manchidi Demographic representativeness in the project and construction management professions is crucial

Italian company ensures engineering success in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 As it celebrates its sixtieth year in South Africa, Italian multinational engineering solutions provider Maccaferri will complete the construction of one of the country’s largest surfaces of mechanically stabilised earth walls to date – at 10 000 m2 – at the Mount Edgecombe interchange, in... 

Italian company ensures engineering success in KZN
MAMMOTH TASK Careful project management ensured that each of the nine mechanically stabilised earth walls was constructed and delivered to site as it was needed

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have collaborated to advance the work of the Africa Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Hub in addressing the impacts of climate change on the continent. The AfDB Climate Change and Green... 

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally  Determined Contributions Hub
Photo by Bloomberg
FOCUS AREA The Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub focuses on fostering of long-term climate action

Embraer to open Johannesburg aviation training centre

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Aviation systems engineering and manufacturing firm Embraer will open an aviation training centre at the OR Tambo International airport, in Johannesburg, in the first half of next year. The facility will be the first of its kind in Africa to provide this range of training for qualified pilots,... 

AB InBev focusing on its public interest commitments as it celebrates one year as megabrewer

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Brewing multinational Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev has worked hard over the past year to meet its public interest commitments following the business combination with SAB in late 2016, SAB and AB InBev Africa zone president Ricardo Tadeu said in a statement on Wednesday. The public interest... 

MoU seeks to improve recognition of rail inspectors

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 A memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at improving professionalism within the railway engineering and railway inspector field was signed between the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) last month at ECSA’s offices in Bruma, Johannesburg.  

Sapma promotes industry interests through training courses

6th October 2017 As a means to prioritise the interests of the South African pump industry and pump manufacturing companies, the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) has taken on projects designed to benefit the industry, in the form of pumps training courses. The Engineering Council of South... 

Sapma promotes industry interests through training courses
Photo by Duane Daws
DR OSWALD FRANKS The Engineering Council of South Africa provides advanced pumps training courses

Intra-industry dialogue crucial for components advancement

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Given the multifaceted nature of South Africa’s automotive sector, intra-industry dialogue and collaboration are crucial to advancing the industry’s ability to provide high-quality products and much-needed employment in a rapidly evolving world, says Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI)... 

Intra-industry dialogue crucial for components advancement
Photo by Bloomberg
KEEPING PACE Advancing education and training in the automotive sector is crucial for keeping up with changes in technology and the local demand for skilled technicians

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Following the implementation of the business strategy to convert Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium complex, in Mpumalanga, into an industrial park, the park is capitalising on its strategic location, says Highveld Industrial Park CFO Andrew Maralack. Highveld Industrial Park is situated close to... 

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park
CAPITAL LOCATION in less than a year of being operational, Highveld Industrial Park has set up a sustainable business

South Africa continues on path of deindustrialisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2017 With some exceptions, South Africa’s industrial policy is not working, leaving the nation to continue down its current path of deindustrialisation, says Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) industrial development deputy director-general Garth Strachan. Addressing delegates at the sixth... 

South Africa continues on path of deindustrialisation
Department of Trade and Industry industrial development deputy director-general Garth Strachan

Wits appoints CEO for the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct

3rd October 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has appointed Lesley Williams CEO of the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The precinct is used for the incubation of start-ups, the commercialisation of research and the development of high-level digital skills for students, working... 

NSBE-SA to host AGM, conference in October

By: Anine Kilian     29th September 2017 The National Society of Black Engineers of South Africa (NSBE-SA) will hold its annual general meeting (AGM), conference and gala dinner on October 20. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘20 Years of transforming the Engineering Profession and Making the National Development Plan (NDP) a... 

Align education, skills development with needs of next industrial revolution, NBI urges

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 Education and skills development need to adapt to meet the requirements of the next industrial revolution or a significant number of development opportunities will be missed, according to voluntary nonprofit business organisation National Business Initiative climate change, water and green... 

Government visits China for SEZ study tour

29th September 2017 Last month, members of the special economic zone (SEZ) advisory board from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) visited Beijing, in China, for a week-long study tour.  

Government visits China for  SEZ study tour
Photo by Duane Daws
BULELANI MAGWANISHE China’s special economic zones model is the most appropriate for South Africa to learn from

Continued development and investment for KZN SEZ

29th September 2017 To date, the Dube TradePort has attracted R1.5-billion in private sector investment through various developments within the special economic zone (SEZ), with a further R4.2-billion investment in the pipeline for developments within the second phase of the Dube TradeZone, within the Dube... 

Continued development and investment for KZN SEZ
KEEP IT COOL The iDube Cold Storage facility caters for meat importers servicing local retailers and for exports of dairy, concentrate and citrus to international markets

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