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Education & Skills Development News

Solidarity to hear outcome of MEIBC bankruptcy application

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 The Labour Court will on Tuesday deliver judgment regarding Solidarity’s application to have the Metal and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC) placed under administration in what the union says is a bid to save the bargaining council from bankruptcy. The trade union on Friday lodged... 

Numsa rejects 5.3% wage offer in engineering sector 

By: African News Agency      9th June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has rejected the 5.3 percent wage offer made by employers in the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) on Friday. This comes after Numsa tabled a demand for 15 percent wage increase across the board to the employers... 

Numsa rejects 5.3% wage offer in engineering sector

Innovation, entrepreneurship key to tackling unemployment

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2017 South Africa needs to promote innovation and entrepreneurship if it wants to tackle mass unemployment, South African Youth Chamber of Commerce (SAYCC) president Thapelo Maleke has said. “In an era of radical transformation, the focus should be on digital change,” he noted at the Youth in Science,... 

Switzerland to expand innovation partnerships in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th June 2017 Following the successful collaboration between Switzerland and South Africa in the innovation space, which spans nearly ten years, Switzerland aims to expand and intensify the Swiss-South Africa collaboration, says Swiss Ambassador to South Africa Helene Budliger. “Innovation is key for creating... 

Switzerland to expand innovation partnerships in South Africa
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MINDSET ENCOURAGEMENT There is opportunity for small and medium enterprises and corporates to create an innovation mindset and encourage innovation in all departments

Lean technology approach helps mattress manufacturer remain competitive

By: Dylan Slater     9th June 2017 Langlaagte-based sleep products manufacturer the Bravo Group’s Sleep Factory attributes its lions’ share of the domestic premium sleep products market to an adoption of low technology processes, low levels of automation and, instead relying on a large labour-intensive workforce and refined... 

Lean technology approach helps mattress manufacturer remain competitive
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LOW-TECH APPROACH The Sleep Factory relies on a highly-skilled workforce, capable of easily switching between the manufacture of many different types of sleep products

Solidarity to approach Labour Court for assistance to save MEIBC

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Friday request the Labour Court to place the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) under administration in a bid to save the bargaining council from bankruptcy. About 340 000 employees and 10 000 companies fall under the MEIBC. 

Solidarity submits wage agreement to MEIBC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday said it was the only union, so far, to submit a new main wage agreement to the Metal and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC) for industry level wage negotiations for the year. A new agreement was necessary since the Labour Court declared the... 

Awethu VI app seeks to broaden market for microentrepreneurs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 To assist South African microentrepreneurs in tracking growth in their business, as well as provide basic business concept training and essential business tools, small business incubator and investor Awethu has developed a virtual incubator (VI) app. The mobile app is currently available on... 

Awethu VI app seeks to broaden market for microentrepreneurs

On track for Africa Rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 This month, business-to-business media company Terrapinn will host the twentieth annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from June 13 to 14. Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders to share... 

On track for Africa Rail
INCLUSIVE GROWTH Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders with the view to improve railway performance and its contribution to economic development

Boeing business internship 2018 programme application period to open next week

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2017 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing on Thursday announced that the application period for its International Business Internship Programme (IBIP), which is now open to South African students, will start on June 6 and close on July 15. This registration period for internships that will run... 

Boeing business internship 2018 programme application period to open next week
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Boeing logo

Nigerian wins the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2017 Nigerian systems engineer Godwin Benson has won £25 000 as the winner of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. He developed an online digital platform called Tuteria, which links students to qualified tutors in their area and within their budget. Users find the skill they want to learn on... 

Competition Commission approves Denel buy of local aero-engine company

By: Keith Campbell     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that State-owned defence and aerospace group Denel be allowed to buy local aero-engine company Turbomeca Africa (TMA). The recommendation was given to the Competition Tribunal. The Commission announced this decision on Thursday.  

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 Management consultancy company Adcorp’s shares fell as much as 8% on Wednesday morning to R10.80 a share, from Tuesday’s close of R11.74 a share, after it posted a headline loss a share of 27.9c for the year ended February 28. Its normalised earnings a share decreased by 76% year-on-year to... 

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

Influx of job seekers to Gauteng threatens economic momentum

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Although it has made “remarkable progress” in creating jobs over the mid-term, between May 2014 and November 2016, the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) still faced a rapid increase in the economically active population owing to migration, Premier David Makhura said in his Midterm Report on... 

Solidarity approaches court to revoke Eskom’s employment equity plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Friday approach the Labour Court in Johannesburg to have State-owned power provider Eskom’s current employment equity plan declared invalid and revoked. Eskom’s employment equity plan is expected to be in force until 2020. Solidarity Centre for Fair Labour Practices... 

Training facility in final stages

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Valve company Invincible Valves is in the final stages of completing its new training facility on-site at the company’s factory in Knights, in Germiston.  

Training facility in final stages
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER Employees undertake basic valves, control valves and working with valves training

Valves association provides platform for training

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 With poor product design, poor selection and inefficient processes in the manufacture of valves becoming a concern, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) says there is a need for training to be emphasised to avoid this reality becoming entrenched.  

Valves association provides  platform for training
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WORKING WITH VALVES Knowledge within specialised industries such as valves is essential for economy-wide maximum growth and productivity

Eskom Academy trains over 500 contractors

     19th May 2017 Over the last three years, State-owned power utility Eskom’s enterprise development programme, the Contractor Academy, trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces, with the youth accounting for about 60% of participants. The programme started as a pilot programme in 2008 and has since grown... 

Eskom Academy trains over  500 contractors
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ESKOM CONTRACTOR ACADEMY The academy trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces

Expo creates new opportunities for young scientists

     19th May 2017 Earlier this month, three learners departed to participate in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in Houston, US. The three learners did exceptionally well in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Finals in October last... 

Young innovative entrepreneurs offer renewable-energy solutions

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Development Foundation’s yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) continues to discover businesses bringing about positive socioeconomic changes to the benefit of communities and the country. The latest such business is solar energy company Lamo Solar, which... 

Young innovative  entrepreneurs offer  renewable-energy solutions
LAMO SOLAR Co-owners Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu and Elmond Khoza

Higher education dept to invest R6.9bn in infrastructure in 2017/18

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2017 The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) will invest R6.9-billion on major new infrastructure developments at local universities and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the 2017/18 financial year. Addressing a media briefing ahead of the department’s... 

Higher education dept to invest R6.9bn in infrastructure in 2017/18
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Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

Necsa signs skills-related MoU with French utility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and French electric utility company Electricité de France (EDF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance training of and development of technical skills and, for the continuous education and training of technicians, in the... 

New audit service to support concrete product manufacturers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Cement and construction materials supplier AfriSam is providing additional support for its Concrete Product Manufacturers (CPMs) customers through its new Efficiency Audit service offering. AfriSam national sales manager Amit Dawneerangen says there has been a downturn in infrastructure projects... 

New audit service to  support concrete  product manufacturers
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AfriSam’s Centre of Product Excellence offers customers an additional Efficiency Audit service

Online concrete technology courses launched

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 To improve ease of access to education and training courses as well as pass rates in the South African construction sector, cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology launched its online e-learning platform in January. 

Online concrete technology courses launched
MOVING WITH THE TIMES The Concrete Institute is now able to track delegates’ progress through the online platform to ensure that they prepare adequately before sitting the exam

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

New research facility enhances offerings
NORMAN SEYMORE New Chryso products are the continual evolution of improvements on existing products

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 An element often overlooked by the construction industry when laying screeds for floor surfaces is the importance of laying concrete subfloors correctly for flooring suppliers, says interior flooring supplier and installer KBAC Flooring senior contracts manager Ian Duncan. He tells Engineering... 

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors
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UNDER THE SURFACE Poorly laid concrete floors are problematic for flooring installers, who have to remedy this before laying floor coverings

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has pledged its support for the SUNfarming Food & Energy project run by North-West University (NWU), in Potchefstroom, in the North West province, which promotes the growing of and provides an opportunity to grow affordable and... 

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Minister Senzeni Zokwana and NWU Faculty of Engineering Prof LJ Grobler survey the SUNfarming Food & Energy project

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 A new online education platform, Agricolleges, aims to help create a fresh wave of farmers and agriculturalists in Africa. It is expected to assist in the provision of education and training for small-scale farmers on the continent, which is one of four factors identified by the World Economic... 

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

Labour Minister to take hardline stance on noncompliance with EE Act 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2017 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Tuesday slammed calls for the scrapping of employment equity (EE) and affirmative action policies, stating that the objectives of the policies have not yet been achieved and a harsher approach to noncompliance is on the cards. Highlighting the dismal outcomes... 

Urgent reforms needed to ensure Africa creates the 450m jobs it needs in 20yrs

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th May 2017 Less than a quarter of the 450-million new jobs needed for Africa’s youth over the next two decades will be created unless urgent reforms to boost productivity and competitiveness are undertaken. The ‘Africa Competitiveness Report 2017’ reveals that Africa’s working age population is growing... 

Internship academy launches young professionals platform

     5th May 2017 In response to the youth unemployment epidemic on the African continent, internship facilitators  Africa Internship Academy (AIA), will be launching its Young Energy and Power Professionals (YEPP) platform at the 2017 African Utility Week, which takes place at the  Cape Town International... 

Internship academy launches young professionals platform
NURTURING POTENTIAL The launch intends to establish a network of graduates attempting to solve Africa’s power and energy issues

Festo Didactic providing Industry 4.0 training for tertiary education

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2017 Employees in industry as well as students at vocational colleges and universities will need to be specially trained to work with Industry 4.0 systems to develop their understanding of fully automated digital production technologies, and knowledge of the layout and programming of digital system... 

CNH Industrial launches local youth training programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th April 2017 Capital goods company CNH Industrial launched the new TechPro2 2017 programme in Ennerdale, Johannesburg, last month. TechPro2 is a technical training programme for young people, with the aim of preparing highly qualified personnel to be placed in the automotive industry. The joint initiative is... 

CNH Industrial launches local youth training programme
LOCAL SUPPORT TechPro2, a technical training programme for young people, aims to prepare highly qualified personnel to be placed in the automotive industry

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 The uptake of new information technology (IT) in industrial automation has traditionally been at a slower rate compared with that of the broader information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, says the Society for Automation Instrumentation, Measurements and Control (SAIMC) professional... 

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry
TRIED AND TESTED Companies still use more traditional tried and tested architectures for projects locally

Wastewater management short course presented

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to ageing water infrastructure as well as the increasing drought crisis that has affected various regions in the country, Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) notes that its short courses on water quality management and effluent treatment challenge attendees to come up with... 

Aspiring South African space cadet receives US space exposure

By: Dylan Slater     28th April 2017 Engineering services and aerospace systems company Honeywell recently hosted Eastern Cape resident Matthew Arnolds at its yearly aerospace training initiative, the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy.  

Aspiring South African space cadet receives US space exposure
MATTHEW ARNOLDS The space cadet recently completed training and space simulations overseas at the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy

Financial services firm’s mentorship and training scheme delivers

By: David Oliveira     28th April 2017 Financial services provider Vunani Securities, a subsidiary of Vunani Group, paid homage to the 23 equity analyst alumni who received training and mentorship through its Vunani Securities Training Academy (VSTA) initiative at a gala dinner in Sandton last month. The event also coincided with the... 

Financial services firm’s mentorship and training scheme delivers
ARNOLD WERBELOFF It’s no good saying we’ll just take everyone else’s qualified people because that just doesn’t help

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