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Education & Skills Development News

Remove bottlenecks in skills pipeline — Nzimande

By: Sapa     2nd November 2010 Artificial bottlenecks in the skills development pipeline need to be removed and equity and access for all achieved, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday. Briefing the media on his delivery and performance agreements with President Jacob Zuma, Nzimande said... 

Mentoring seen as vital to bridging gap created by South Africa’s dearth of engineers

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     29th October 2010 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) says that the country has about half the engineers it needs to meet its development potential.  

Sustainable farming partnership begins to take shape on farm near Bronkhorstspruit

By: Petronel Smit     22nd October 2010 The Mphiwe Siyalima farming project was officially launched at the end of September, as a result of a successful collaboration between government, strategic partners and a young man with a farming diploma and a significant amount of passion and enthusiasm. 

SA’s maths and science potential not being realised, study finds

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     22nd October 2010 About 40% of the potential of the South African schooling system to produce university entrance passes in mathematics and science is being wasted, states a major new study of the performance of the South African schooling system 

PhDs at the forefront of R&D

22nd October 2010 The term tetramisation may not mean much to the average individual, but synthetic fuels and chemicals producer Sasol believes that its advances in this field may soon improve the quality of many everyday items used by people all over the world, owing to innovative research and development... 

Young Cape welder to represent South Africa 
at London event 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     22nd October 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has named Chris van Zijl, from the Western Cape, as the country’s ‘2010 Young Welder of the Year’.

Van Zijl, who won the carbon steel category, will represent South Africa in London next year at the World Skills competition. 

Apprenticeship programme in place for tooling industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th October 2010 The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) will embark on a new competency-based apprenticeship programme with 450 students, in 2011, reports Gauteng Tooling Initiative CEO Henk Snyman. 

Partnerships identified as 
key in the upliftment of 
poor communities

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th October 2010 Public-private partnerships (PPP) have been highlighted as critical in the fight against poverty, improving infrastructure and providing basic services to people in poor, rural areas. 

Stellenbosch University, US business school collaborate on leadership development programme

By: Petronel Smit     8th October 2010 The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) and the University of Stellenbosch Executive Development (USB-ED) have partnered to launch the Innovative Futures Programme in October, designed to give emerging South African leaders tools to build the country’s capacity in business,... 

Concern about labour environment leads to surge in demand for legal training

By: Dennis Ndaba     8th October 2010 South African management training company AstroTech says there has been a surge in enquiries from companies for employee training in labour law and in emotional intelligence.
 

South African engineers leave for five-month 
training course in Japan

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     8th October 2010 Three electrical engineers, from State-owned power utility Eskom, who are this year’s recipients of the Hitachi-Department of Science and Technology Scholarship Programme for South African Engineers, have left for Japan as part of a five-month training programme. 

SA’s ‘greatest entrepreneurs’ share insight with the next generation

By: Petronel Smit     8th October 2010 Prospective entrepreneurs are being given the opportunity to receive insight and advice from 22 of the most successful and dynamic business visionaries to have built empires in and beyond South Africa, in a new publication. 

CIDB, Nedbank join forces to assist emerging contractors

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st October 2010 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and the Small Business Services division of banking group Nedbank on Friday agreed to collaborate on assisting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the contractor sector. The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding to work... 

Sonjica and MECs set environmental goals 

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th September 2010 In an attempt to step up service delivery, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Thursday signed a contract agreement with provincial Members of the Executive Council (MECs) responsible for the environmental portfolio, which identified a lengthy list of deliverables. 

Recognition of prior learning would slash skills shortage, youth unemployment

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     24th September 2010 The recognition of prior learning (RPL) could be the key to the alleviation of South Africa’s critical skills shortage and reduce the high numbers of unemployed young South Africans. However, research shows that the system is not being effectively employed. 

Big business fleshes out 2040 ‘developed country' vision  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2010 Big business in South Africa is beginning to add flesh to its vision for transitioning the country from a developing to developed one by 2040, which would involve, among other things, raising per capita income from $10 000 to $30 000 a year - the average level achieved by Organisation for... 

Govt to double efforts to grow SMMEs – Matona

By: Loni Prinsloo     17th September 2010 South Africa's six-million small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) are keeping one in six people economically active in the country, the FinScope South Africa Small Business Survey 2010 showed on Friday. In total, the sector provides around nine-million employment opportunities and... 

Working towards an updated local aerospace skills strategy

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 To determine what aerospace skills are needed in South Africa and to enable tertiary institutions to structure relevant courses to meet the industry’s long-term demands, a well-defined, updated and relevant aerospace sector strategy is needed, says National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NACoE)... 

Institute focuses on education to secure industry’s future

By: Tracy Hancock     17th September 2010 While there are significant opportunities for individuals prepared to study and excel in the science of refrigeration and air-conditioning, a challenge experienced in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry is the lack of education, says the South... 

Society prepared for international aerospace symposium

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 The International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa (IASSA) 2010 will be held from November 23 to November 25, in Cape Town, and will be convened by the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) and the Flight Test Society of South Africa. 

Technology to feature strongly during education expo

By: Petronel Smit     17th September 2010 Technology in education will be a strong focus at this year’s Education Week Convention and Learning Expo in Johannesburg, with about 1 000 education professionals expected to attend the event from September 28 to 30, 2010. 

Aerospace company advances its footprint

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 Aerospace company Denel Aviation, part of the State-owned Denel Group, is embarking on an aggressive marketing strategy to pursue markets beyond South Africa’s borders. 

NEF to keep disbursements at R500m-level in FY2011

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th September 2010 Development finance institution (DFI) the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) plans to maintain its current disbursement rate and would aim to disburse about R500-million to assist and promote business ventures run by black people in the 2011 financial year, chief investment officer Frencel Gillion... 

International entrepreneurs to visit South African towns 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th September 2010 A group of international entrepreneurs will this year reach out to South African entrepreneurs operating outside the mainstream economic centres, and offer them the opportunity to learn from international experience. The Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO), which comprises in excess of 7 500... 

Spotlight on the 
newly elected SAIW president

10th September 2010 University of Pretoria (UP) head for the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Professor Madeleine du Toit has been elected president of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW).  

Swapping guns 
for welding rods

10th September 2010 The first group of 30 Niger Delta welder trainers recently graduated from the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), as international welding practitioners (IWP).  

Institute calls for structured skills development

10th September 2010 Welders need to be trained through a credible programme that delivers the high skill levels required by industry, as all programmes do not do this, Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild claims. 

School series boosts computational materials science in Africa

By: Petronel Smit     10th September 2010 The first of the African School series on electronic structure, methods and applications (Asesma), aimed at generating a legacy of computational materials science in Africa by developing a network of African researchers in this field, was hosted by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences... 

SA slips to position 54 in latest competitiveness ranking

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2010 South Africa slipped to 54th position from 45th in the World Economic Forum's (WEF's) latest Global Competitiveness Index, but remained the highest ranked country in sub-Saharan Africa - Switzerland continued to top the 2020/11 ranking, followed by Sweden and Singapore. The US, which ceded its... 

SA failed to achieve R&D expenditure target in 2008/9

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2010 South Africa's ratio of research and development (R&D) expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) remained short of the 1% national target set for 2008/9, having declined for the second year in succession to 0,92%, the latest national survey on research and experimental... 

Seta system here to stay, Nzimande tells skills conference 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     9th September 2010 The Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) sector was here to stay and would not be scrapped, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande asserted on Thursday. He said during the National Skills Summit that Seta's would remain a "central cog" of the country's skills development... 

Nzimande calls for transformation of FET colleges  

By: Loni Prinsloo     3rd September 2010 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande on Friday called for some amendments and additions in the curriculum of Further Education and Training (FET) colleges to absorb the country's desolate youth into its workforce and address the high unemployment rate in South Africa.... 

Project management key for career growth

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 Project management is a discipline that engineers and other professionals neglect at their peril as the personal costs and the potential penalties can be significant. On the other side of the coin, good project management skills can take careers onto a faster track. 

Business focus on sustainability critical

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 Sustainability is a key issue in today’s business world, and Rhodes Investec Business School lecturer Simon Taylor says that when people are taught sustainability it provides them with a philosophical framework within which to work. 

Entrenching entrepreneurial behaviour and creativity

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Business School is of the view that its MBA programme will not change the world, but its graduates will. 

MBA degrees are increasingly popular in the engineering fraternity

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 MBA degrees are very popular with engineers tend to be excellent students as they come from a strict and rigorous undergraduate degree background and they are often lateral thinkers. Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) digital marketing manager Sue Swart says this is a distinct advantage... 

Students collaborate with automaker on mechanised-seat project

By: Petronel Smit     3rd September 2010 Third-year mechatronics students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) have recently been given the opportunity to develop a concept design for a mechanised car seat installation system, as part of an assembly line at General Motors South Africa (GMSA), in Port Elizabeth. 

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