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Education & Skills Development News

Wine industry sees positives despite expected R700m shortfall

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The smaller wine grape harvest anticipated by industry body Vinpro for this year is expected to result in a R700-million shortfall at farm gate, at a time when production costs have doubled in the past decade and the minimum wage for farm workers is set to increase by 17% in May. However, despite... 

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).  

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image
BERNHARD MAHL The characteristics of plastics, including being lightweight, versatile and durable, allow for a strong contribution to a more environmentally sustainable South Africa

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 The latest plastics recycling figures released by industry body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) indicate that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which bodes well for local environmental sustainability.  

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment
Photo by Bloomberg
RESIN FOR REUSE The largest market (comprising 20%) for recyclate is flexible packaging with low-density polyethylene sold to refuse and carrier bag manufacturers

Hose company effects transformation, achieves results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2018 Industrial hose and allied products provider Chick Henderson is propagating and successfully executing transformation, and is reaping the benefits of implementing these ideals. Established in 1968, Chick Henderson will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary during the year. Chick Henderson Benrose... 

Hose company effects  transformation, achieves results
EXPANSION Chick Henderson’s move to a new distribution centre this year will allow the company to streamline its provision of industrial hose and allied products

Gauteng education dept says it has placed only a fraction of learners for 2018

By: African News Agency      16th January 2018 The Gauteng province’s education department has placed only 2,565 new learners in schools for the 2018 academic year out of 32,935 applicants, provincial head Panyaza Lesufi said on Tuesday. “Notwithstanding our efforts to get all parents to apply on time so that we can improve on our planning... 

Gauteng education dept says it has placed only a fraction of learners for 2018

Transnet digs heels in over revised wage offer

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th January 2018 State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has tabled a revised – and final – three-year wage offer, as the company reiterates its “difficult” financial situation since ratings agencies downgraded the country to junk status. Transnet proposed a 6.5%, 7.25% and 7.5% increase in 2018,... 

Public engagements on SA's national minimum wage set to resume

By: African News Agency      15th January 2018 The Department of Labour will this week resume its national series on worker engagement about the implementation of the national minimum wage and amendments to labour legislation. The national minimum wage of R3,500 a month, or R20 per hour for major sectors, is scheduled for implementation from... 

 Public engagements on SA's national minimum wage set to resume

Monash South Africa launches engineering offering  

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 Private higher education institution Monash South Africa (MSA) is extending its academic offering this year by offering engineering within its expanded faculty of business, engineering and technology.   MSA is the first private higher education institution to offer a Bachelor of Engineering... 

Labour dept urges 2017 EE report filings as deadline looms

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2018 With the impending January 15 deadline looming, the Department of Labour (DoL) on Monday urged employers to file their employment equity (EE) online reports. The 2017 EE online and manual reporting season opened on September 1, and while the manual reporting submissions closed on October 1,... 

SA ruling party lauds exam results, but opposition, unions not impressed

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 South Africa’s governing ANC on Friday applauded a higher pass rate from the 2017 school ending examinations, but opposition said the results were much weaker when factoring in a worryingly high dropout rate. The African National Congress said the National Senior Certificate examination results... 

SA ruling party lauds exam results, but opposition, unions not impressed

Free tertiary education in SA will be phased in, says higher education minister

By: African News Agency      4th January 2018 South African Higher Education Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said on Wednesday that free tertiary education will not be implemented immediately, but rather be part of a new system to be phased in over the next five years. Mkhize was briefing the media on the registration process at tertiary... 

Free tertiary education in SA will be phased in, says higher education minister
Photo by Duane Daws
Higher Education Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize

We have not crossed the Rubicon – Motshekga

By: African News Agency      4th January 2018 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has conceded that more still needs to be done to improve the level of education in South Africa despite a number of gains in the last few years. This comes as Motshekga announced that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination pass rate in 2017,... 

We have not crossed the Rubicon – Motshekga
Photo by Government-ZA
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

IEB achieves 98.76% matric pass rate

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 The Independent Examination Board (IEB) has announced an increase in the pass rate in last year’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric examinations to 98.76%, from 98.67% in 2016. There were 11 464 full-time and 666 part-time candidates across South Africa. This is also an increase from 2016... 

IEB achieves 98.76% matric pass rate

UDM wants more details on free higher education in SA

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa on Tuesday urged South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to provide full details on funding of free higher education in order to avoid a crisis at the country’s universities and colleges. “President Zuma and his cabinet must urgently spell out... 

UDM wants more details on free higher education in SA

Steinhoff says will have to restate 2015 financial statements

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Beleaguered retailing group Steinhoff International Holdings said on Tuesday its 2015 financial statements, in addition to the 2016 accounts, could no longer be relied upon. In a statement, Steinhoff, which was engulfed by an accounting scandal last month, leading to the resignation of CEO... 

Steinhoff says will have to restate 2015 financial statements

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

South Africa ranks low on global knowledge index 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 South Africa has scored 42 points on The Knowledge Project’s first Global Knowledge 100-point Index, against a world average of 47. The index identifies knowledge as an integral part of human life, affecting its social, economic and cultural aspects, as well as an engine for comprehensive and... 

South Africa ranks low on global knowledge index

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The rehabilitation of 7 km of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry Road (M22) and the R300, and the addition of a third lane in both directions, will be completed by the end this year, under the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (WCDTPW). 

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year
LIGHTING THE WAY The upgrade will provide better ride quality, safety and visibility

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 Munich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched
MYLAB LAUNCH Wacker’s MyLab officially opened at its new South African home at IMCD

National road network at core of local growth

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The national road network has been steadily growing over the years and this improves connectivity between cities and regional hubs, which is essential given that it is on this network that the majority of South African citizens commute and conduct business, says South African National Roads... 

National road network at core of local growth
LOCAL HUB The national road network has been steadily growing over the years and has improved connectivity between cities and regional hubs

Emphasis on infrastructure development catalyst for growth and sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 A development agenda themed ‘Vision 2022’, currently being pursued by the Swaziland government, is putting emphasis on infrastructure development as a catalyst for long-term growth and sustainable development, says engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon bridges technical director... 

Emphasis on infrastructure development catalyst for growth and sustainability
SIPHOFANENI BRIDGE The Siphofaneni bridge and road project is going to be the standard for future infrastructure projects in Swaziland

Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation 

14th December 2017 Real estate investment trust Inkunzi Student Accommodation Fund, which listed on the JSE in November, will acquire nine purpose-built, student accommodation assets valued at R1.7-billion. Anine Kilian has the story. 

Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation
Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation

KZN education department awarded green building certification

By: Dylan Slater     13th December 2017 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1.1 certification for its Ugu district office.  

KZN education department awarded green building certification
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education

South African defence industry group beleaguered by financial woes

By: Keith Campbell     13th December 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday reported that State-owned defence industrial group Denel might not be able to pay its staff their salaries for December. It did so in a press release, following a meeting with Denel management, and expressed its “shock and concern” at the situation. The union... 

South African defence industry group beleaguered by financial woes
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
Some Denel products on display: in the very front, a portable launch system for the Ingwe anti-tank missile, followed by the Ingwe missile itself; behind them a Badger Infantry Fighting Vehicle and in the rear, a Casspir mine protected vehicle. Just visible between the Badger and the Casspir is a Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle

SAPVIA launches ‘bold’ 5-point plan for solar industrialisation

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced a “bold” five-point plan for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth. Speaking at the Energy Indaba held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, on Friday,... 

SAPVIA launches ‘bold’ 5-point plan for solar industrialisation

Small business agency in venture to incubate tech hardware startups

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), under the Department of Small Business Development, is leveraging the capabilities of hardware technology investor and incubator Savant Technologies to help science and technology inventors start businesses. The partnership was launched at the... 

Fourth industrial revolution brings hope to youth – Makhura 

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Thursday tabled the fourth Political Report of the Gauteng provincial government and highlighted the opportunities that were arising from the fourth industrial revolution. Makhura said the unfolding of the fourth industrial revolution was shaping the economy and... 

Fourth industrial revolution brings hope to youth – Makhura
Hip hop artist Cassper Nyovest and Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Afrimat construction index reveals quarterly improvement

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Construction activity in South Africa improved quarter-on-quarter from Q2 to Q3, according to material building company Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI)  

More than 180 Transnet Freight Rail employees qualify in railway operations management

By: Samantha Herbst     7th December 2017 More than 180 employees of State-owned rail transport agency Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Thursday with a variety of degrees and qualifications in railway operations management. GCU principal and vice-chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies led the... 

More than 180 Transnet Freight Rail employees qualify in railway operations management

Gordhan joins Wits School of Governance

By: Sane Dhlamini     30th November 2017 The University of the Witswatersrand (Wits) announced on Thursday that it had appointed former Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan as a visiting professor at the Wits School of Governance, as from Friday. “He has played an integral role in South Africa’s history and we believe that his strong... 

Gordhan joins Wits School of Governance
Photo by Duane Daws
Pravin Gordhan

New initiative aims to create 100 000 jobs for the youth in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th November 2017 With unemployment in South Africa reaching crisis levels that further threaten an already embattled economy, a new initiative, bringing together 20 industries, aims to create at least 100 000 jobs for unemployed youth in 2018. Launched on Monday, the multisector Jobs Summit initiative aims to... 

Industry body looks to develop industry’s future leaders

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 The yearlong Business of Consulting Engineering (BCE) management development programme – offered by industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) –  is aimed at producing future leaders of the consulting engineering industry, says Cesa CEO Chris Campbell. He notes that, within the... 

Industry body looks to develop  industry’s future leaders
JOHANNESBURG TRAINING CENTRE The School of Consulting Engineering offers a large array of cost-effective quality-based courses to a mixed audience

More than 600 students register for renowned trade qualifications

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Witbank-based artisan training facility the Colliery Training College (CTC) has received a significant number of registrations for trade and mining qualifications. CTC MD Johan Venter says more than 600 students registered on September 18, with classes having started on September 20. 

More than 600 students register for renowned trade qualifications
MULTIFACETED The facility offers training for trades such as electricians, fitters, millwrights, welders, rigger-ropesman, miners and mineral processing plant operators

Company assists in developing WiFi blueprint for educational institutions

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Wireless connectivity firm Ruckus will form part of a consortium of companies developing a blueprint for the implementation of WiFi and other IT services at education institutions.  Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa director Riaan Graham says this blueprint, which will eventually be sent to the National... 

Company assists in developing WiFi blueprint  for educational institutions
RIAAN GRAHAM The functionality would be similar, be it a small public school or large university campus.

Academy seeks to mitigate issues for bus industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2017 The Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) believes that its planned Driver Training Academy will alleviate some of the issues the bus sector is facing. Speaking at the Gauteng Bus Indaba and Strategic Planning Workshop, held in September, Saboa executive manager Eric Cornelius said... 

Academy seeks to mitigate issues for bus industry
Photo by Duane Daws
TAXIS STRIKING An ongoing problem for the bus industry is intimidation by taxi operators

Saturday Schools programme celebrates ten years

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Global engineering and project management company Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa held celebrations across the country to mark ten years of investing in education through its Saturday Schools programme. These celebrations culminated in a function held at Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in... 

Saturday Schools programme celebrates ten years
TEN YEARS Ambassador Marisa Gerards with Royal HaskoningDHV’s MD Salani Sithole and principals of the various schools celebrating 10 years of Investing in Education

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