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Numsa warns of imminent metals, engineering industry strike

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th July 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Friday warned of an imminent strike in the local metals and engineering sector, after the latest round of negotiations reached a deadlock on Thursday. The union is demanding a two-year 15% wage increase across the board, based on the... 

JSE’s cost savings drive to result in 60 job cuts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th July 2017 The JSE plans to reduce its technology operating expenditure by a minimum of R70-million over a two-year period, which will also result in the stock exchange reducing its staff complement by 60 people. Noting that the plans form part of its ongoing cost optimization drive, JSE CEO Nicky... 

Locally produced engineering steel declining

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 It has become cheaper to import finished products manufactured  overseas  than to manufacture engineering steel in the country, which has resulted in more than half the country’s foundries closing down, laments specialised steel and industry expertise company Special Steels MD Byron Ferguson. He... 

Locally produced engineering steel declining
HIGH PROFILE Hydraulic cyclinder components being cut from a 300 mm carbon steel plate at Special Steels

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for  gas detection
GAS DETECTION SYSTEMS This instrument was developed by Booyco Electronics, specifically to improve safety in any confined spaces

Strike would threaten MEIBC's continued existence – Solidarity

By: Samantha Herbst     6th July 2017 With wage negotiations in the metals and engineering sector coming to a standstill, Solidarity fears that if a strike is the result it would jeopardise the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), the trade union said on Thursday. Trade unions and employers reached a deadlock... 

Strike would threaten MEIBC's continued existence – Solidarity
Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp

Business holds small-business funding line, despite serious postreshuffle trust deficit

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 It is now well documented how President Jacob Zuma’s March 31 Cabinet reshuffle, which saw South Africa’s highly-regarded Pravin Gordhan removed as Finance Minister, seriously undermined trust between government and its social partners, including business. The controversial move also placed the... 

Business holds small-business funding line, despite serious postreshuffle trust deficit

IEA recognises ECSA for a further six years for Washington Accord

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2017 The International Engineering Alliance (IEA) has recognised the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA‘s) standards and processes for the Washington Accord for an additional six years. “The recognition of ECSA by the IEA reaffirms that ECSA conforms to global engineering education and... 

Numsa reiterates demands as it prepares for further negotiations in metals, engineering sector

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has confirmed it will participate in further meetings with employers in the metals and engineering sector to resolve a wage disputes. Further negotiations will take place on June 28 and 29, and again on July 5 and 6. 

Formal jobs decline by 48 000 in Q1 – Stats SA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Jobs in the formal nonagricultural sector declined by 48 000, or 0.5%, to 9.64-million in the quarter ended March 31, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) report has revealed. This was mainly driven by trade and finance and business services, which lost 32... 

MEIBC appoints subcommittee in attempt to resolve metals, engineering wage negotiation deadlock

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2017 The Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council’s management committee has agreed to appoint a subcommittee to attempt resolving the disputes declared by employers and trade unions in the metals and engineering sector. Negotiations to conclude a wage agreement and an agreement on... 

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s attractiveness to foreign investors in the future will depend a great deal on how it recovers from its latest economic knocks and political and policy developments, warns the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI). SAGCCI CEO Matthias Boddenberg explains... 

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery
RESOLUTE RELATIONSHIP German businesses have deep roots in South Africa and are unlikely to pull out any time soon

Untapped drone industry holds multibillion-rand potential for economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th June 2017 South Africa’s economy is set to earn around R2-billion and gain about 3 600 formal jobs through the economic output generated by the local drone industry, Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa economist Dr Roelof Botha believes. Speaking at Drone Con, in Midrand, last week, Botha said... 

Untapped drone industry holds multibillion-rand potential for economy

Education is the key to economic freedom, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      16th June 2017 Education is the most powerful weapon towards economic freedom, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. “Government has taken reasonable and practical measures in ensuring that young people are enrolled in schools and study in decent schools and not mud schools and other inappropriate structures,... 

Education is the key to economic freedom, says Zuma
Photo by Duane Daws
South African President Jacob Zuma

NBI offering guidance for workplace-based learning for youth

By: Schalk Burger     16th June 2017 Business organisation the National Business Initiative (NBI) is using its construction industry youth internship project to determine best practices in establishing effective youth training initiatives in other industries. The organisation, in June, launched the NBI Guidelines for Work Integrated... 

Trade unions, MEIBC reach wage negotiation deadlock

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity, along with other unions, on Thursday declared a dispute with employers in the metals and engineering industry over stalled wage negotiations that are currently under way at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC). Solidarity deputy general secretary... 

Deteriorating trade conditions will contribute to higher unemployment – Sacci

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 Trade conditions remained in negative territory in May, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Wednesday, with its Trade Activity Index at 49. While this was an improvement on the 45 recorded in April, Sacci raised concerns about the index remaining below the neutral... 

Deteriorating trade conditions will contribute to higher unemployment – Sacci

Sasol awards consultancy contract to Petroplan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 Local chemicals and energy company Sasol has contracted oil and gas recruitment specialist Petroplan to provide consultancy and managed services in the UK, South Africa and Mozambique. Petroplan already has a long-standing working relationship with Sasol through the provision of both contract and... 

Court orders MEIBC to be placed under administration

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity has succeeded in its application to have the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) placed under administration. The first of its kind in the country, Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp welcomed the judgment by Judge Sean Snyman, noting... 

Court orders MEIBC to be placed under administration

Deterioration of local economic landscape pinching jobs outlook

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 While South African employers are reporting limited hiring prospects for the third quarter, opportunities for local job seekers are expected to be strongest in the electricity, gas and water supply and the finance, insurance, real estate and business services sectors, ManpowerGroup South Africa’s... 

Deterioration of local economic landscape pinching jobs outlook

Solidarity to hear outcome of MEIBC bankruptcy application

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 The Labour Court will on Tuesday deliver judgment regarding Solidarity’s application to have the Metal and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC) placed under administration in what the union says is a bid to save the bargaining council from bankruptcy. The trade union on Friday lodged... 

Numsa rejects 5.3% wage offer in engineering sector 

By: African News Agency      9th June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has rejected the 5.3 percent wage offer made by employers in the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) on Friday. This comes after Numsa tabled a demand for 15 percent wage increase across the board to the employers... 

Numsa rejects 5.3% wage offer in engineering sector

Solidarity to approach Labour Court for assistance to save MEIBC

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Friday request the Labour Court to place the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) under administration in a bid to save the bargaining council from bankruptcy. About 340 000 employees and 10 000 companies fall under the MEIBC. 

Solidarity submits wage agreement to MEIBC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday said it was the only union, so far, to submit a new main wage agreement to the Metal and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC) for industry level wage negotiations for the year. A new agreement was necessary since the Labour Court declared the... 

Awethu VI app seeks to broaden market for microentrepreneurs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 To assist South African microentrepreneurs in tracking growth in their business, as well as provide basic business concept training and essential business tools, small business incubator and investor Awethu has developed a virtual incubator (VI) app. The mobile app is currently available on... 

Awethu VI app seeks to broaden market for microentrepreneurs

Competition Commission approves Denel buy of local aero-engine company

By: Keith Campbell     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that State-owned defence and aerospace group Denel be allowed to buy local aero-engine company Turbomeca Africa (TMA). The recommendation was given to the Competition Tribunal. The Commission announced this decision on Thursday.  

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 Management consultancy company Adcorp’s shares fell as much as 8% on Wednesday morning to R10.80 a share, from Tuesday’s close of R11.74 a share, after it posted a headline loss a share of 27.9c for the year ended February 28. Its normalised earnings a share decreased by 76% year-on-year to... 

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

Influx of job seekers to Gauteng threatens economic momentum

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Although it has made “remarkable progress” in creating jobs over the mid-term, between May 2014 and November 2016, the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) still faced a rapid increase in the economically active population owing to migration, Premier David Makhura said in his Midterm Report on... 

Solidarity approaches court to revoke Eskom’s employment equity plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Friday approach the Labour Court in Johannesburg to have State-owned power provider Eskom’s current employment equity plan declared invalid and revoked. Eskom’s employment equity plan is expected to be in force until 2020. Solidarity Centre for Fair Labour Practices... 

Labour Minister to take hardline stance on noncompliance with EE Act 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2017 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Tuesday slammed calls for the scrapping of employment equity (EE) and affirmative action policies, stating that the objectives of the policies have not yet been achieved and a harsher approach to noncompliance is on the cards. Highlighting the dismal outcomes... 

Urgent reforms needed to ensure Africa creates the 450m jobs it needs in 20yrs

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th May 2017 Less than a quarter of the 450-million new jobs needed for Africa’s youth over the next two decades will be created unless urgent reforms to boost productivity and competitiveness are undertaken. The ‘Africa Competitiveness Report 2017’ reveals that Africa’s working age population is growing... 

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

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

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

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... 

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