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Education & Skills Development News

SA aims to raise youth employment with wage subsidy

By: Chanel de Bruyn     17th February 2010 Given that job creation and high levels of youth unemployment were two of South Africa's biggest challenges, government would aim to raise the employment levels of young school leavers by an additional 500 000 by 2013, through a proposed youth wage-subsidy scheme. About 870 000 jobs were lost in... 

Chabane outlines plan to improve govt performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th February 2010 Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane on Friday outlined some of the 12 performance outcomes that government has set itself. He noted that Cabinet had already approved nine of the 12 outcomes last year, with the remaining three to be discussed in... 

Emergency programmes under way to assist municipalities

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Engineering and environmental consultants SSI has devised a number of emergency projects to assist the municipalities of the southern Cape coastal belt, in light of the severe drought that the area is experiencing. SSI communications manager Robin Hayes says that during December, tourists flood... 

Informal jobs prop up Q4 employment figures after big '09 losses

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th February 2010 An estimated 89 000 jobs were created during the fourth quarter of 2009, as signs of stability in the labour market emerged, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. The increase in the number of jobs created came after three consecutive quarters of massive job losses, however,... 

Limpopo cooperative to produce sanitation systems

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th January 2010 Precast concrete infrastructural products and solutions specialist Rocla, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, has issued a license to a community-owned and operated factory in Vhembe, in the Limpopo province, for the manufacture of some of its products. 

Anglo American unveils SA job creation plan

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2010 Diversified miner Anglo American plans to establish 12 new enterprise development hubs in high unemployment areas in South Africa in an attempt to create 25 000 new jobs and up to 1 500 new businesses over the next seven years. The mining group announced on Thursday that it has committed itself... 

Firms team up in maths, science and engineering drive

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th January 2010 Human capital investment company Infundo Consulting, engineering technology company Bentley Systems incorporated and the Royal Netherlands Embassy have partnered to enhance mathematics and science teaching skills in South Africa through an e-learning computer-aided design (Elcad) programme where... 

PetroSA awards bursaries to boost engineering, science skills 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     14th January 2010 In an effort to increase the skills availability in the engineering, science and commerce fields of South Africa, national oil company (NOC) PetroSA has awarded bursaries to 30 matriculants and university students to study commerce and science at higher learning institutions. The bursaries were... 

Vavi, Godsell urge workers to make use of training layoff scheme  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th December 2009 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Tuesday that it was disappointed in the number of employees and employers that have taken up government’s training layoff scheme initiative. President Jacob Zuma said last week that the R2,4-billion scheme had saved around 4 482 jobs.... 

Merseta signs skills development deal with E Cape university

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2009 The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) have signed a multi-million rand agreement to boost skills training in the Eastern Cape. The agreement would entail the promotion of women... 

German-backed SWH training facility launched in Soweto

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th December 2009 A solar water heater (SWH) installation and maintenance training centre was launched on Monday, in Soweto at the Builders Training Centre, with the ambition of increasing local capacity for solar energy installation. The project is part of a German public-private partnership. It is partially... 

Zuma warns SA economy may shed more jobs

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd December 2009 President Jacob Zuma and the presidential joint working group on Thursday reported back on the status of the framework response to the economic crisis, and noted that R11-billion has been set aside into activities designed to address the impact of the recession. Despite the initiatives under the... 

SA will meet 500 000-jobs target – Doidge

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd December 2009 The government is on track to meet its target of creating 500 000 job opportunities by the end of the year, Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge said on Thursday. “We will meet the 500 000 jobs target. No doubt,” he told journalists at a press briefing in Pretoria, where the presidential joint... 

New approach needed to improve SA’s labour-absorption potential 

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2009 There is no disputing that chronically high unemployment and deteriorating income inequality are South Africa’s two most pressing challenges. There is also no disputing that government’s expanded public works programme (EPWP), while an important stop gap, is simply insufficient to deal with these... 

New centre aims to stimulate interest in science, engineering and technology 

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th November 2009 Career doors have been opened for young people with the establishment of a laboratory at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, in Newton, Johannesburg, to encourage their interest in science, maths, engineering and technology. 

Toolmaker training programme to be launched in January 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2009 The first tool, die and mould (TDM) pre-apprentice orientation programme, which formed part of measures to deal with the “drastic” skills shortage in the TDM sector – a key support sector for South Africa’s manufacturing industry – would be launched at seven pilot sites across the country in... 

Varsity studies whether maths is still a good indicator of academic ability 

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th November 2009 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is researching students’ underperformance at university, especially in economics. The research aims to discover whether admissions requirements have been set at the correct level and to what extent the new National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric... 

Land Bank teams up with Masisizane to grow agriculture sector 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th November 2009 Old Mutual’s Masisizane development finance fund and the Land Bank on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate their efforts to ensure growth in the agricultural sector and to create sustainable jobs, particularly in South Africa’s rural areas. Land Bank CEO Phakamani... 

Higher Education to extend Seta licensing, to review systems

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th November 2009 The Department of Higher Education and Training on Wednesday reported that it would Gazette the one-year extension of the current sector education and training authority (Seta) licensing process, from March 2010 to March 2011, following a consultation period, while also conducting a review of the... 

Job cuts at Sappi’s Mandeni factory limited to 11 – Solidarity

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2009 Trade union Solidarity on Monday reported that 92% of the planned retrenchments at paper and pulp producer Sappi’s Mandeni factory, in Richards Bay, had been saved during a Section 189 consultation process. In its initial retrenchment notice, Sappi planned to retrench 140 of its employees at... 

Corruption not only a public sector problem – Vavi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th October 2009 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said it would be a “fatal mistake” for the business community to see corruption as a problem which only affected the public sector. “The private sector is deeply implicated as well, with millions of rands being... 

Industry challenged, but growth expected

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th October 2009 Specialists in the transport and storage of hazardous goods Stobel Warehousing & Distribution says that, while the warehousing and storage industry is taking strain as a result of the recession, it believes that the industry has started showing signs of improvement and will be healthy again. 

Rural sugar cane farmer development programme launched

By: Darren Parker     30th October 2009 The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) have made public their partnering in a project to help small-scale rural farmers in the Amatikulu catchment to improve their sugarcane yields while reducing the negative environmental impacts through the... 

Durban to host first world soya bean research conference on African soil in 2013

By: Darren Parker     23rd October 2009 The city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, has won the bid to host the 2013 World Soybean Research Conference (WSRC) to be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.  

Programme launches in bid to deepen SA’s nonexecutives pool

By: Darren Parker     23rd October 2009 In an effort to help widen the pool of South African skilled nonexecutives, a mentorship programme was launched in the country this month that will see some of the its top chairpersons and chief executives, as well as a number of international top executives, lending their expertise as mentors to... 

SA is not exploiting the benefits of skilled migration - CDE  

22nd October 2009 South Africa's migration policy should focus on the interest of its citizens, rather than the interest of immigrants and refugees, a think tank said on Thursday. The country had to become more welcoming to skilled immigrants and had thus far neither managed the costs, nor exploited the benefits,... 

Nzimande calls on employers to provide training for FET students 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th October 2009 Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, with the support of government, the Department of Higher Education and Training and the provincial education departments, had to make every effort to “mobilise employers” to provide work placement opportunities for FET students, Higher Education and... 

US invests $6,7m in SA’s FET colleges 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2009 The United States Diplomatic Mission to South Africa has partnered with the Higher Education and Training department in a $6,7-million (about R50-million) programme to strengthen academic programmes, skills development training and student support services at 12 local Further Education and... 

BEE remains elusive for most historically disadvantaged South Africans – KPMG

By: Darren Parker     9th October 2009 After 15 years of democracy in South Africa, black economic empowerment remains elusive for the majority of black South Africans, auditing firm KPMG restructuring advisory MD Sandile Hlophe said this week, following the release of KPMG’s latest national black economic-empowerment (BEE) survey. 

Parliamentary committee exploring possibility of
building varsities in Limpopo, Northern Cape

By: Darren Parker     9th October 2009 Parliament is exploring the possibility of establishing new universities in the two provinces that lack such institutions, announced Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training chairperson Marius Fransman, last month. 

SA executive-pay growth moderates as economy comes off the boil 

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2009 Difficult market conditions resulted in "reasonably low" executive-pay increases in 2009 relative to 2008, the Mabili ‘Directors Remuneration Report for 2009', which was released on Tuesday, shows. The median CEO package increased 11,6% from R4,7-million to R5,3-million, while increases enjoyed... 

Migrant workers vital for economic recovery - UNDP

By: Reuters     5th October 2009 The global economic crisis has reduced the role of migrant workers, but that is likely to change dramatically as developed countries face a shortfall in workers over the next four decades, a UN report said on Monday. Demand for migrants will return when economic revival is underway, offering... 

SA’s overall employment situation still negative – Adcorp

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th September 2009 The overall employment situation in South Africa was still negative, although there were some initial signs that the negative trend might be bottoming out, staffing solutions group Adcorp Holdings reported on Tuesday. Adcorp’s Employment Index (AEI) showed an overall third-quarter decline of... 

KZN company under way with R6m lifts contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th September 2009 Southern African consultants in the elevators industry KZN Elevator Consultants has been awarded a contract valued at R6-million to modernise eight lifts for a property owners and management company. 

Research should have an eye to commercialisation

By: Darren Parker     25th September 2009 The absence of innovation spells certain death for industry, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom said at the opening of the 2009 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS) annual symposium, in Midrand, last week. 

Still too few companies are dealing proactively with HIV/Aids

By: Darren Parker     25th September 2009 Only 45% of large South African businesses have an official HIV/Aids policy, said Swaziland sugar company Ubombo Sugar chief medical officer Dr Tim Nunn at Africa’s largest annual occupational risk management conference and exhibition, the Noshcon conference, at the end of August. 

Brewing giant seeks to tap new markets, ingredients, supply-chains with ‘home-brew’ alternative

By: Darren Parker     25th September 2009 For many Africans living outside of South Africa, buying a cold beer at the end of a long day is not a realistic option, owing to the fact that industrially produced, quality-assured beer is prohibitively expensive. 

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