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Education & Skills Development News

Western Cape pupils learn about solar cookers, build vegetable tunnels

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th April 2011 Learners at Sophakama Primary School in Du Noon in the Western Cape recently got a lesson of a different sort, as they worked together to assemble solar cookers, and start-up a vegetable garden. 

South Afican postgraduate student begins internship at Airbus in France

15th April 2011 The first South African post-graduate engineering student has begun serving an internship at leading commercial airliner manufacturer Airbus, in Toulouse, France, under a scheme set up with South Africa’s National Aerospace Centre, which is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

Employment in March at two-and-half year high, says Adcorp

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th April 2011 Employment in South Africa showed strong growth of 5,6% in March, with positive growth recorded across all sectors for the first time in two-and–a-half years, said JSE-listed Adcorp on Monday. Adcorp publishes a monthly employment index. The highest employment growth rates included transport at... 

Gauteng academy to train John Deere artisans

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     8th April 2011 Black-owned artisan training academy Ikhaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy (IFTA), based in Gauteng, will be assisting farm equipment manufacturer John Deere to train its artisans as it rolls out dealership and distribution outlets in Central Africa. 

Task team set up to action plan to accelerate SME payments

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th April 2011 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has called for better cooperation between big and small business to reduce the turnaround time for payments, particularly, to small, micro and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs,) and to expand outsourcing and subcontracting opportunities.  

Project management firm says new image is underpinned by cultural adaptation

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th April 2011 Fox Projects, formerly known as SSP & Associates, has launched its new corporate identity with a renewed, adaptable and forward-thinking approach to project management.  

Youth subsidy clarity needed to ensure take up by business − PMI

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2011 The Production Management Institute (PMI), a subsidiary of JSE-listed Adcorp, said on Monday that government needed to unpack, in simple terms, what it wanted to achieve through its youth employment initiative and to clarify the benefits to labour, business and their consituencies. PMI sales and... 

Gauteng Tooling Initiative forges alliances in bid to stimulate artisan training 

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st April 2011 The Gauteng Tooling Initiative (GTI) is partnering with a number of institutions and organisations, in a bid to stimulate toolmaking artisan training in the province and support the toolmaking industry in general. 

R52,5m injection for Western Cape abalone farm

1st April 2011 Local private equity firm Inspired Evolution’s environmental and new energy technology fund has invested R52,5-million in Western Cape-based abalone farm Abagold. 

New artisan training academy opens in East London

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     25th March 2011 The Master Artisan Academy South Africa (Maasa) located in East London, was officially opened last month with the aim of positively contributing towards increasing the general standard of artisanship in South Africa. 

SA’s jobs push is putting biofuels back on the radar

By: Eleanor Seggie     25th March 2011 Despite rising food prices and the ongoing food-versus-fuel debate, biofuels are back on the South African agenda - revived by their inclusion in an emerging economic policy framework and their perceived potential for rural job creation. 

SA economy added 101 000 jobs in fourth quarter – Stats SA report 

By: Loni Prinsloo     22nd March 2011 The number of people employed in South Africa’s formal sector rose for the second consecutive quarter in the three months to December, with the economy adding 101 000 jobs in the fourth quarter. The Quarterly Employment Statistics report, published by Statistics South Africa on Tuesday, showed... 

Business, government set up joint team to support job creation thrust 

By: Petronel Smit     18th March 2011 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Friday proposed the creation of a small implementation group to work towards improving the attractiveness of the local economy for foreign investors and to ensure that the policies, laws, regulations and incentives that impact on employment, become... 

Japanese engineering scholarship enters third year

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     18th March 2011 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Japanese high-technology equipment specialists Hitachi are running its third yearly scholarship-training programme for South African engineers, in Japan. 

SacOil to start trading on Aim next month

By: Eleanor Seggie     18th March 2011 South Africa-based SacOil will start trading on London’s Aim market next month, CEO Robin Vela has announced. 

Focus on labour intensive industry, World Bank economist urges 

By: Sapa     16th March 2011 South Africa must use its unemployed to its advantage and develop labour intensive industries, the World Bank's chief economist said on Wednesday. "South Africa is a labour abundant country. You have so many new young people coming into the job market," Justin Yifu Lin said during a lecture at... 

Ecsa moves to support 2014 vision of 30 000 engineers a year 

By: Petronel Smit     16th March 2011 The Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has launched a national initiative to tackle the chronic shortage of engineering skills, in line with government’s plan to spend R215-billion on education and skills development and to develop 30 000 engineers by 2014. The initiative, called... 

Busa-led forum seeks fair inclusion of women in new SA policies 

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th March 2011 Even though South Africa has one of the most progressive constitutions as far as gender equality goes, it still had some way to go in closing the gap between policy statements and the actual implementation thereof, influential female speakers said on Tuesday. Speaking at a Business Unity South... 

30% of Eskom engineers near retirement 

By: Sapa     14th March 2011 Almost one third of artisans, technicians and engineers at Eskom are approaching retirement, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Durban on Monday. To avert the approaching skills crisis, the state utility had invested R780-million in training over the last financial year, Gigaba... 

Industrial group hunts for growth prospects

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th March 2011 Diversified industrial group Bidvest wants to reinforce its competitive position in South Africa and is looking for new openings and opportunities.  

Massmart staff, suppliers not at risk as Walmart enters, CEO avers

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th March 2011 Massmart CEO Grant Pattison does not believe that competitors and suppliers of Massmart will suffer as a consequence of the Walmart deal. 

Engineering student intake rises, but schooling pipeline remains a binding constraint

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th March 2011 The dean of the Faculty of Engineering at one of South Africa’s top universities says that the number of engineers per capita in South Africa has become so low that any foreseeable growth in numbers in the immediate future would not bring the country to a competitive level, especially seen... 

NGO to host Joburg green economy business briefing next month  

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th March 2011 Sustainable living nongovernmental organisation Mama Earth will host a green economy business breakfast in Johannesburg on April 11, 2011, where the link between government’s industrial policy plans and South Africa’s sustainable development commitments will be explored. 

Global spotlight on the importance of chemistry in society

4th March 2011 The International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011 is well under way, with activities including a global water experiment taking place at schools around the world. 

Steelmaking giant takes delivery of 12 articulated dump trucks

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th March 2011 Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has acquired a fleet of 12 articulated dump trucks (ADTs) from local heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment. 

Eastern Cape university installs renewable-energy harvesting system

4th March 2011 The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) School of Engineering has installed a renewable energy harvesting system on the roof of its North Campus building.  

Labour law changes could stifle BPO and offshore job growth – association  

By: Loni Prinsloo     3rd March 2011 South Africa’s business process outsourcing and offshoring industry had significant potential to boost employment numbers in line with the country’s New Growth Path, but could be paralysed by the proposed amendments to labour laws, said industry body BPeSA on Wednesday. Speaking to Engineering... 

GE Healthcare in big South African skills development push

By: Eleanor Seggie     25th February 2011 Medical technology and service provider General Electric (GE) Healthcare is embarking on a local healthcare professionals training campaign, specifically targeting clinical and mechanical engineers.  

R5bn youth employment subsidy to be implemented next year 

By: Loni Prinsloo     23rd February 2011 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has set aside R5-billion over the next three years for the youth employment subsidy, which will be implemented next year. The subsidy, which unions criticised when it was announced in last year’s Budget, would be available for workers between 18 years and 29 years... 

Public Works wants retired engineers to help with training 

By: Petronel Smit     22nd February 2011 Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde on Tuesday launched a campaign recalling retired built environment engineers and artisans to provide practical skills and training to a growing number of trained, but unqualified, engineers and artisans. Mahlangu-Nkabinde said that the Department of... 

R450m revamped Soweto campus to ‘inspire learners’

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     18th February 2011 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has officially opened its 2011 academic year with the rededication and opening of the R450-million Soweto Campus, in Johannesburg. 

Pelindaba visitor centre set up in bid to ‘demystify’ nuclear energy

By: Eleanor Seggie     18th February 2011 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) visitors centre will serve to ‘demystify’ nuclear energy and to bring the general public closer to Necsa’s role and activities, said Necsa CEO Rob Adam. 

Jobs before decent work – Mantashe

By: Sapa     16th February 2011 African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe reiterated on Tuesday that job creation should be the government's main aim while letting the quest for decent work conditions continue alongside. "We must put the focus on what the actual challenge of society is – more work," he... 

Propose labour law changes could spur job losses, lawyers warn

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th February 2011 South Africa’s proposed amendments to its labour laws lacked clarity and definition and were likely to attract material criticism from both business and trade unions at public hearings next week, a commercial and labour law experts said on Friday. The amendments, as was proposed by the Minister... 

Survey shows that salary alone is not enough to retain an engineer

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th February 2011 Salary is the biggest pull factor for engineering recruitment and career growth, and the biggest push factor in retention.  

Gigaba outlines his ‘robust leadership’ vision for State enterprises 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2011 South Africa’s youthful Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, who will turn 40 only on August 30 this year, shows few signs of wanting to imitate the low-key, albeit influential, style of his predecessor, Barbara Hogan. 

Trust launched to help previously disadvantaged students  

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th February 2011 The Arup Education Trust (AET), which owns 30% of consulting engineering firm Arup, was officially launched on January 28, 2011, at its head office in Johannesburg, with the aim of uplifting previously disadvantaged individuals through education. 

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