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Sasol appoints new HR executive

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2016 Charlotte Mokoena has been appointed Sasol human resources (HR) and corporate affairs executive VP, effective February 1, 2017. As part of the group executive committee, she will direct and oversee Sasol’s global HR and corporate affairs functions in line with the group’s strategic aims. 

Lower income groups cannot navigate life without paying bribes – survey

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th November 2016 The findings of the second South African Citizen’s Bribery Survey has revealed that 48% of respondents who earned less than R100 000 a year thought it was difficult to navigate daily life without paying bribes. The survey was conducted by the Ethics Institute of South Africa and sponsored by... 

Lower income groups cannot navigate life without paying bribes – survey

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2016 The newly proposed national minimum wage of R3 500 will not only establish greater labour stability in South Africa, but it will also evoke positive collaboration between business, labour and government, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of a media... 

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas speaks to Engineering News Online about the state of South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Vincent Pestana

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment – a division of JSE-listed Barloworld – recently launched its 40/20 strategy, which aims to increase women representation to about 40% of the company’s staff by 2020.  

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING Barloworld Equipment invites all genders to apply for its graduate programme

Labour market index improves, but no cause for celebration – Solidarity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2016 While the Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI) improved to 42.5 index points in the third quarter, up from the downwardly revised 41.9 in the second quarter, the trade union cautioned against premature talk of “green shoots” of recovery in the South African economy. The trade union said the... 

Busa participating in Nedlac committee deciding on free education protest

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th November 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will be part of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) committee that is dealing with the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu’s) section 77 notice, which calls for national protest action demanding free education. Nedlac has... 

Busa participating in Nedlac committee deciding on free education protest

Hisense programme to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians

By: Anine Kilian     10th November 2016 Endeavouring to contribute to the South African economy and job creation, Chinese home appliance manufacturer Hisense will next year implement a programme at its factory in Atlantis to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians in the Western Cape. Hisense skills development manager Mark Dammert told... 

Hisense programme to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians

Transnet ranked a top employer in S Africa

4th November 2016 Last month, State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet was ranked one of South Africa’s top employers for providing its employees with an exceptional working environment. 

Transnet, SABS partner to develop innovators

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th October 2016 Transnet, which has partnered with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute to establish the Transnet Innovation and Design Research Centre, this week showcased 20 entrepreneurs who invented “life-changing” ideas that would provide solutions to challenges in their... 

Transnet, SABS partner to develop innovators

Sars wants 'rogue unit' docs barred from labour case

By: News24Wire      11th October 2016 Lawyers for the South African Revenue Service (Sars) want key documents relating to the infamous "rogue unit" saga to be disallowed as evidence in a labour dispute with one of the revenue collector's former employees. Proceedings in former Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay's bid to have his... 

Community challenges seen as business opportunities for women – GEP 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th October 2016 Women entrepreneurs must use their environment and the immediate challenges facing their communities as drivers of business, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) CEO Leah Manenzhe said on Monday. Manenzhe told delegates at the Gauteng Young Women in Business Breakfast Dialogue – which aims to... 

Community challenges seen as business opportunities for women – GEP
Women entrepreneurs are encouraged to find solutions in their immediate environment. Cameraperson: Nichoals Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Consultancy proposes ways to kick-start South Africa’s GDP growth

By: David Oliveira     7th October 2016 Five actionable plans would be key to help kick-start South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth – currently standing at below 1% – and address the country’s triple threat of unemployment, inequality and poverty, delegates heard at business consultancy IQ Business’s smartgrowth.co.za... 

South Africa’s economic woes largely self-inflicted – CDE

By: David Oliveira     7th October 2016 While the historical legacy of apartheid and the global economic slowdown have contributed to South Africa’s poor economic growth, Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) executive director Ann Bernstein stated that South Africa’s economic woes were predominantly owing to government’s policy... 

Production of Ahrlac aircraft set to begin in early 2017

By: Dylan Slater     7th October 2016 The South African-designed, -developed and -built Advanced, High-performance, Reconnaissance, Light Aircraft (Ahrlac) is due to enter line production in early 2017, with the construction of a purpose-built factory at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria.  

Production of Ahrlac aircraft set to begin in early 2017

Government signals crackdown on cartels 

By: Kim Cloete     6th October 2016 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel is adamant about cracking down on cartels that he says are pushing people deeper into poverty and raising prices of food and other goods. He told the tenth annual Competition Law, Economics and Policy Conference on Thursday that he hoped newly... 

Government signals crackdown on cartels
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Transparency only way to win mineworker trust – Motlatsi

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2016 The only way to win the trust of mineworkers is for the mining business to become open and transparent, former National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president Dr James Motlatsi said on Thursday. Speaking at the Joburg Indaba, Motlatsi shared the podium with Association of Mineworkers and... 

Transparency only way to win mineworker trust – Motlatsi
Photo by Ilan Solomons
Former NUM president Dr James Motlatsi

Gauteng govt, JCCI sign MoU to promote SMMEs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd September 2016 The Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure that small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in townships have... 

Gauteng govt, JCCI sign MoU to promote SMMEs
Photo by Duane Daws
MEC Lebogang Maile

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has committed R11.9-million to the Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority to fund the training of 325 Scaw Metals employees for six months. This follows the approval of Scaw Metals’ application to the Commission... 

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

Commercial bamboo production may have biofuel potential  

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 According to Africa-focused bamboo technology company Afribam, growing bamboo commercially could create biofuel possibilities for commercial power generation and serve to sequestrate a percentage of carbon emitted by the same power generation facilities.  

Commercial bamboo production may have  biofuel potential
Bamboo specialist Adrian Sutton tells Engineering News about the opportunities of commercially growing bamboo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South African firms report ‘positive but cautious’ Q4 hiring intentions

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2016 South Africa’s mining, quarrying and manufacturing sectors will remain the country’s weakest job link as local employers report cautiously optimistic hiring intentions for the next three months to December, according to data released by workforce expert Manpower Group. This data alternatively... 

MTN’s new BBBEE scheme launched

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th September 2016 Subscriptions for MTN’s new R9.9-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scheme MTN Zakhele Futhi are now open to qualifying black investors and groups. Some 123.4-million ordinary shares in MTN Zakhele Futhi are on offer to new and existing investors at R20 a share, with a minimum... 

Human capital trends changing the business management landscape

By: Anine Kilian     8th September 2016 Amid the increasing use of technologies such as mobile devices, three-dimensional printing, sensors, cognitive computing, and the Internet of Things, which is changing the way companies design, manufacture and deliver almost every product and service, digital disruption and social networking... 

Rural women entrepreneurs acknowledged for their business acumen

By: Dylan Slater     2nd September 2016 Rural women entrepreneurs were awarded their graduation certificates at a ceremony held in Johannesburg on August 5, following the intensive Faranani Rural Women Training Initiative provided by professional services firm PwC to build up the business skills of women from previously disadvantaged... 

Treasury estimates ETI supported 5% of jobs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th August 2016 Changes in the external environment have made it harder to assess whether Treasury’s Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) has led to the creation of new jobs or prevented a further worsening in youth unemployment, the National Treasury said on Friday. But broadly, it said, the estimates of jobs... 

Why SA needs to improve job prospects for youth

By: News24Wire      26th August 2016 South Africa won’t realise its demographic benefit if the job prospects for younger working-age people don’t improve, said statistician general Pali Lehohla on Thursday. A demographic dividend occurs when a country is entering a period in which the working age population has a low proportion of... 

South African students receive technical training in Berlin

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 As part of its domestic commitment to address South Africa’s shortage of engineers, global engineering firm Siemens is placing three top-performing South African grade 12 students in the Siemens Apprenticeship Scheme, thereby granting them a place to undergo further training in Germany.  

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2016 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation on Thursday inaugurated a new 6 000 m2 production site and headquarters in Isando. The facility will produce Bombardier Mitrac high-power propulsion equipment for use in the Transnet locomotives project, for which Bombardier is delivering 240... 

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando
Bombardier has opened a new propulsion equipment manufacturing facility in Isando. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

BLSA, Basa warn of negative consequences surrounding Hawks' action against Gordhan

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2016 The confidence of investors in South Africa, which has been steadily recovering on the back of joint action by government, business and labour in recent months, is now in jeopardy, says Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). This follows media reports that the South African priority crimes... 

BLSA, Basa warn of negative consequences surrounding Hawks' action against Gordhan
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Outa, SAA whistleblower claim victory over SAA

By: Sane Dhlamini     24th August 2016 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) on Monday agreed to hold suspended SAA group treasurer Cynthia Stimpel’s disciplinary hearing at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) following her defensive challenge in the Labour Court. The matter will be heard by an... 

Outa, SAA whistleblower claim victory over SAA

MTN launches new R9.9bn BBBEE transaction as Zakhele winds up

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2016 As JSE-listed MTN Group unwinds its six-year-old empowerment vehicle, MTN Zakhele, work is under way to establish a new R9.9-billion broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) transaction to fulfill core targets. The new special purpose vehicle, MTN Zakhele Futhi, owning an equity ownership... 

MTN launches new R9.9bn BBBEE transaction as Zakhele winds up

Microjobbing can help graduates gain professional experience – M4JAM

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 Employers want practical, work-based experience, which graduates often do not have prior to entering the workplace, so graduates often cannot gain employment owing to the lack of experience, says microjobbing platform Money for Jam (M4JAM) CEO Richard Dunn. This chicken-and-egg problem can... 

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

More needs to be done for transformation, growth – Ramaphosa 

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2016 One-third of South Africa’s 57-million-strong population is excluded from the economy, which impedes prospects of rapid growth in South Africa, said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday. Addressing an audience at the Black Securities and Investment Professionals (Absip) investment... 

More needs to be done for transformation, growth – Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Necsa, unions reach wage agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and labour unions have reached a wage agreement, following months of negotiation. The parties agreed that, effective July 1, employees earning less than R600 000 a year, would receive a 7% increase, as well as a R5 000 one-off payment, while... 

Necsa, unions still in wage negotiations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th July 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Tuesday said it was still engaging with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union and Pelindaba Workers Unions on salary increases and conditions of service. Negotiations started in May, with the unions submitting 11 demands.... 

Richards Bay IDZ poised for investment, jobs boost

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th July 2016 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) on Monday opened its R16-million Phase 1A Customs Control Gate Complex. This was followed by a sod-turning event for the zone’s Techno Hub. 

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