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Education & Skills Development News

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 Digital devices and systems are crucial components of almost all professions and are changing industries and economies worldwide. Familiarity and competence with these technologies are usually the result of education and access to the technologies. Technology multinational IBM’s Digital-Nation... 

Machines produce components for isotope facility 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

Machines produce components for isotope facility
Machines produce components for isotope facility

Herbert Smith Freehills to launch legal learnership programme in Johannesburg

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th April 2017 Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is set to extend its innovative Alternative Legal Services (ALT) business to Johannesburg. The business will combine a mix of legal expertise, process efficiency and technology to handle high-volume or document-intensive work more efficiently and cost... 

Herbert Smith Freehills to launch legal learnership programme in Johannesburg

More than 2 million tertiary students get NSFAS funding – Nzimande 

By: African News Agency      24th April 2017 More than two million students studying at South Africa’s public Universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges have been funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) since 2013, the Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande said... 

More than 2 million tertiary students get NSFAS funding – Nzimande
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Alternative power supply approach to benefit low-income areas

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Alternative energy supply company Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is making significant headway in driving the large-scale implementation of its solar-powered distributed direct current microgrids, which incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) to supply energy to low-income areas in the form of... 

Education technology must empower educators, learners

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2017 The focus of any education technology must be on the skills that students and learners need and how technology can be used as an enabler to develop skills, says technology multinational Microsoft South Africa MD Zoaib Hoosen. The role of any education technology must be to empower educators and... 

Education technology must empower educators, learners
TECHNICAL SKILLS Learners can explore complex and technical topics more effectively through interactive media

Limpopo to use open-source software to boost enterprise and industry development

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2017 The Limpopo government has adopted a free and open-source software (Foss) strategy and aims to leverage the low-barriers to entry to these systems to boost its enterprise development and services sectors and initiatives, says German enterprise open-source software subsidiary SUSE Africa indirect... 

Eskom pumps R4m into renewable-energy research at Stellenbosch 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 To further fund research in the renewable-energy space, Eskom will, through its Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI), donate a further R4-million to the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), based at Stellenbosch University. It donated R2.6-million to CRSES last year. 

Company seizes opportunities in power sector

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Many utility power plants are approaching the end of their design life, with engineers conducting life extension studies for boilers and related auxiliary equipment. To accommodate a changing operating environment, redesigning components and equipment to replace those which have reached the end... 

Company seizes opportunities in  power sector
VERSATILE OFFERING Steinmüller Africa offers turnkey solutions for header-type, tube sheet-type, shell and tube heat exchangers

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The Laser Research Institute (LRI), part of the Physics Department at Stellenbosch University, has achieved notable research outputs during the past three years, which has resulted in several innovative projects such as ultrafast laser spectroscopy, as well as infrared spectroscopy and laser... 

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry
SIZEABLE DEVELOPMENT A robust miniature carbon dioxide laser test system for commercialisation and a large, high-pressure carbon dioxide laser to provide infrared light with Terawatt peak power are being developed

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

R&D capitalises on global growth
Photo by Bloomberg
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Laser-based three-dimensional technology is mostly focused on industrial application, and presents a specific area for significant growth in the future

TVET students benefit from Euphoria, Saben partnership

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 Local telecoms provider Euphoria Telecom announced that it had partnered with South African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) to offer affordable Voice over Internet Protocol to South African technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges and students. Saben is an initiative... 

TVET students benefit from Euphoria, Saben partnership
GEORGE GOLDING For the education sector, reliable Internet means access to information for . . . teachers and students

Industry body develops training for flooring industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) currently facilitates a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 National Certificate: Installation of Floor Coverings training and, further to this, aims to facilitate improved training for new and existing flooring installers, aligned... 

Industry body develops training for flooring industry
RECENT GRADUATES Flooring installer certification can open up a career path in the flooring industry

Solar industry registers quality and safety training programme

By: David Oliveira     13th April 2017 Fifteen representatives from tertiary learning institutions in South Africa attended the first workshop – Inform the Trainer – at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) last month. These representatives will train solar photovoltaic (PV) technicians to install solar panels... 

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Development projects a core part of business
SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION Rural areas are being targeted for the project as they have been poorly serviced in the past

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Growing demand for operational excellence in the country, in increasingly outward-facing industrial enterprises in a global economy, is accompanied by the requirement that more women be employed, owing to government legislation and societal demands, and the two imperatives are by no means... 

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence
GROWING DEMAND Indipath continues to see [more] women entering the market

Consulting engineer develops process for projects

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Project work for global engineering company Hatch’s Environmental and Social Services Group (Hatch ESSG) is picking up significantly, owing to its continual evolution of the Hatch project life-cycle process (PLP) that includes a strong focus on integrating the social, community and environmental... 

Consulting engineer develops process for projects
EVERT JACOBS The PLP embodies our complete approach and tools to deliver projects throughout their life cycle

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 In its quest to mitigate the challenges that consulting engineers face, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says Cesa has developed a healthy working relationship with the National Treasury. 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul
CHRIS CAMPBELL Cesa aims to be the body which all consulting engineering companies consider as the home of consulting engineering in South Africa

Progress made in the Hydrogen South Africa research, development and innovation programme 

     5th April 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about the latest developments with the Hydrogen South Africa research, development and innovation programme. 

Progress made in the Hydrogen South Africa research, development and innovation programme
Progress made in the Hydrogen South Africa research, development and innovation programme

Success abounds in paper recycling and recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Despite South Africa having less easily accessible recycling initiatives in place than in developed countries, such as recycling bins in every park or street, or systematic waste recovery at household level, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) says the country’s paper... 

Limpopo schools offline project nears completion

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2017 The Limpopo Provincial Government’s Offline Content to Schools without Internet Connectivity project (Offline Content project for short) provides access to digital content for Limpopo schools without connectivity. The Offline Content project aims to develop information and communication... 

Barloworld launches incubation hub to assist SMMEs

By: David Oliveira     31st March 2017 JSE-listed Barloworld launched the Barloworld Siyakhula Incubation Hub at its Barlow Park head office in Sandton, Johannesburg, earlier this month to assist small business suppliers and companies operating in its value chain in overcoming challenges, including market access, finance and skills... 

Eskom to fast-track socioeconomic assessments for five coal stations facing closure 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has called on Eskom to urgently complete socioeconomic impact assessments for its coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga, five of which having been earmarked for decommissioning over the coming five years, owing to flat demand and the introduction of new... 

Eskom to fast-track socioeconomic assessments for five coal stations facing closure

Transnet offers voluntary severance packages to staff

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Transnet on Friday confirmed that it is offering voluntary severance packages (VSPs) to its management and bargaining unit employees to streamline its business and ensure the group’s long-term sustainability. The parastatal cited subdued global economic growth, including a weak economic outlook... 

Transnet offers voluntary severance packages to staff

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges
FROTH APPLICATION The AFX065 was selected as the company’s first platinum froth application

Driving home the renewable energy message

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 The Energy and Water Skills Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) has unveiled an innovative mobile renewable-energy technology unit, which has been developed with the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Known as energyDRIVE, the unit comprises a custom-built truck that will be used... 

Business school association appoints new president

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2017 The South African Business School Association (Sabsa) has appointed Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Dean Professor Nicola Kleyn as its new president. Kleyn who was appointed dean at GIBS in April 2015, is widely published on the topics of business ethics, branding and reputation... 

The African way of Western leadership practices can lead to business success, study finds

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 A hybrid approach to leadership, merging Western and African styles, may be key to business success in African markets, a new Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Business School study has found. Despite the significant differences, a combination of Western pragmatism and African... 

Evowood’s Estcourt mill dismisses 434 workers, remains closed after protracted strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 Some 434 Estcourt mill workers have been dismissed by hardboard manufacturer Evowood following protracted illegal strike action and a subsequent production stoppage costing the company more than R2-million a day. The workers were dismissed following a disciplinary process and a February 27 Labour... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

Smart projectors being used to enrich meetings and lessons

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Smart projectors that enable users to interact directly with the images and videos displayed are increasingly being used in commerce and education to make meetings and lessons rich and collaborative, says electronics multinational Epson Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia Visual Instruments... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

Barloworld Logistics appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th March 2017 Industrial engineer Kamogelo Mmutlana has been appointed to take the helm at Barloworld Logistics. He will be responsible for driving further growth in the Logistics business, aligning with Barloworld Group-wide growth ambitions, and will seek to ensure that Barloworld Logistics remains agile,... 

Barloworld launches incubation hub to assist in SMME development

By: David Oliveira     14th March 2017 JSE-listed Barloworld on Tuesday launched the Siyakhula Incubation Hub at its Johannesburg offices to assist suppliers and other companies operating in its value chain to overcome challenges such as market access, finance and skills that tend to impact on small, medium-sized and microenterprises... 

Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school opens in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     10th March 2017 Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school has been formally launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking, commonly known as the d-school, aims to foster innovation and encourage fresh ways of thinking. 

School project dubbed case study in meaningful public–private partnership

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 The high school built and supported by information technology and business systems multinational Oracle, in Kaalfontein, Midrand, was a case study for the department on how to design, build, equip and support schools, said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. Speaking at the Ponelopele... 

School project dubbed case study in meaningful  public–private partnership
CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS Oracle employees donate their time to support the school and mentor the teachers and pupils

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