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Wits seeks commercial partner for scalable DC-microgrid innovation

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2017 Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand are aiming to commercialise a plug-and-play DC-microgrid innovation, which is incrementally scalable to any number of power sources, loads and batteries. The direct-current solution has already been proved at a laboratory level through a test-bed... 

Balan Govender

     22nd September 2017 This week we feature Balan Govender, MD of Bosch Ulwazi, a skills development and mentoring company   

Engen launches Auto Gardens in 100 schools across South Africa

     20th September 2017 Engen, in collaboration with Acts of Random Kindness South Africa (ArkoSA), a not-for-profit company which encourages acts of random kindness one person at a time, are striving to assist schools in the production and growth of year-round crops.   With the introduction of Auto Gardens to 100... 

Sasol proposes new R21bn BBBEE ownership transaction 

By: Anine Kilian     20th September 2017 JSE-listed Sasol on Wednesday announced a proposed new R21-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ownership transaction, Sasol Khanyisa, which will replace Sasol’s debt-ridden Sasol Inzalo fund, which expires in June 2018. When Sasol Inzalo lapses, it will not be able to... 

Corruption rampant in South Africa – Corruption Watch

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 There is a multiplicity of factors that drive corruption in both public and private institutions throughout South Africa, nongovernmental organisation Corruption Watch chairperson Mavuso Msimang said on Tuesday. Addressing delegates at the ninth Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa Corporate... 

Afrox unveils welding school at LIV Village

     19th September 2017 Afrox’s commitment to assisting young South Africans to acquire welding skills and knowledge recently culminated in the official opening on 7 September of the LIV Welding Academy, a custom container welding school that was developed by Afrox in partnership with LIV and the Southern African... 

Good corporate governance key to fighting corruption

By: Anine Kilian     18th September 2017 Poor corporate governance at State-owned enterprises (SoEs) has become endemic, Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa (CSSA) CEO Stephen Sadie said on Monday. He told delegates at the ninth CSSA Premier Corporate Governance conference, in Johannesburg, that good governance at public sector... 

World’s largest museum dedicated to African art opens in Cape Town this week

By: Kim Cloete     18th September 2017 The world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora has been unveiled at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, and will officially open its doors to the public on Friday. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is the V&A Waterfront’s R500-million... 

A new, more internally focused approach should be taken to revive investment status

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2017 With South Africa’s recent ratings downgrades sparking a short-term action plan to claw back its investment grade, it would be more prudent for the country to focus on establishing a stable, healthy, societal base able to leverage regained ratings levels, according to Makhaya Advisory South... 

Railway safety body and Engineering Council sign MoU

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) on Friday signed a memorandum of onderstanding (MoU) aimed at professionalising the work of railway safety inspectors. The MoU also aims to ensure that railway safety inspectors and engineers have the necessary... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

Following My Dream And Making A Difference

     15th September 2017 “It is increasingly important to me to use my career as a tool to address the challenges we face in our current environment. My final year Mechanical Engineering thesis, a wave-powered desalinator, was motivated by addressing water scarcity,” says Kausar Khan, engineer for renewable energy... 

Artisan training to benefit welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 By developing local skills and paying attention to quality and on-time delivery, Secunda-based fabrication company Hydra-Arc says it is possible to be successful and competitive in this challenging industry. "The demand for skills development is massive in South Africa, therefore, fully fledged... 

Henning Rasmuss

     15th September 2017 This week we feature Henning Rasmuss, international business director at architectural firm Paragon Architects   

New local engineering education standards internationally recognised

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is preparing for a routine assessment by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) for continued recognition as a signatory of the Dublin and Sydney accords, which will ensure that ECSA-accredited new engineering technology and technician... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa

     15th September 2017 Specialty steel products integrated producer Scaw Metals Group's operation, Distribution Network, has extended its cooperation with lifting, rigging and securement applications manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby Platinum Line Grade 100 chain fittings to its product offering. Having made the... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Welding foundation industry collaboration empowers SA learners

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation aims to provide training to disadvantaged individuals in a range of areas that include welding and inspection, and the training of trainers for welding and related technologies. In addition, integrated steel and mining company... 

Welding key in driving economic growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Welding has been dubbed the “miracle career” by Johannesburg-based training institute, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), owing to the number of opportunities associated with it. Manufacturing is essential for economic growth and with welding forming a significant part of... 

Training facility to mitigate skills deficit challenge in artisan industry 

     14th September 2017 Industrial rope access specialists Skyriders Access Specialists aims to bridge the rope access skills deficit in the artisan industry through offering training at its Midrand-based facility, in South Africa.  

RS Components marks 80 years of business operations

     14th September 2017 80-year heritage lays foundation for RS to build future business focussed on service excellence and innovation RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, today celebrates 80 years since opening its first business operations in London, UK. 

70% of SA execs unhappy with business conditions – index

By: News24Wire      13th September 2017 Business confidence has made a marginal recovery, having dropped 11 points in the second quarter from 40 to 29, it is up six points to 35 for the third quarter of the year. According to the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index released on Wednesday, confidence levels are still low at 35. More than 1... 

What Does It Mean, Why Should You Care?

     13th September 2017 Digital transformation is more than a mere buzzword. Modern businesses must evolve as the digital age continues to overtake lives, both personally and professionally. To maintain the capability to leverage intricate market changes, businesses must undergo an in-depth metamorphosis. This digital... 

'Dodgy' articles in academic journals threatens integrity of South African science

By: News24Wire      13th September 2017 University scholars who publish their research in "dodgy" online scientific journals may be compromising their integrity in the new race to publish swiftly and prolifically, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) acknowledged this week. The department was responding to queries... 

Zuma talks up NDP's 'achievements' at anniversary bash

By: News24Wire      13th September 2017 President Jacob Zuma talked up the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP) at a five-year anniversary bash, and did not mention radical economic transformation once. Zuma and Cabinet colleagues celebrated the adoption of the plan in Cape Town on Tuesday, labelling it the "roadmap to... 

Gigaba announces MTBPS date, says Treasury will manage government debt

By: African News Agency      11th September 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Monday announced that he would deliver his inaugural Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) next month on October 25. The MTBPS is a government report providing information on the country’s economic context, fiscal objectives, and spending priorities over a... 

Afe Babalola University expansion project, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 The Afe Babalola University plans to build new facilities and improve access to high-quality education for more than 10 000 students. 

Coastal Clean-Up assists in educating public on responsible plastic use

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 As part of the yearly initiative Clean-up & Recycle SA Week, taking place from September 11 to 17, industry body Plastics|SA says the yearly International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) day on September 16 is the highlight of the week, as it is the world’s biggest yearly volunteer effort for ocean... 

Indaba seeks to strengthen Africa’s machine learning expertise

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 International machine learning experts will present the latest theories and practices in deep learning and its applications at the Deep Learning Indaba to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) from September 10 to 15. More than 300 attendees from Africa and around the world will... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

Yolanda Smit

     8th September 2017 This week we feature Yolanda Smit, regional director for Gauteng at PBT Group, one of the leading business intelligence, advanced analytics and information management specialist groups in South Africa and Africa   

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2017 All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination, said African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe on Thursday, when he declared the black-controlled company’s highest-ever dividend.... 

Companies urged to join the digital revolution

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 Companies have been advised to join the digital revolution, as innovations and technology start to change the nature of jobs and work in the rail and other industries. Siemens Mining and Freight Solutions global head Thomas Bieg on Wednesday said there would be huge demand for people with skills... 

Don’t leave people behind as the pace of technology speeds up, urges Gama

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 It is crucial not to leave people behind amid the hurtling speed of change in technology, Transnet Group CE Siyabonga Gama has warned. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to create better jobs and new industries that have never been thought of. But this must transform the global economy... 

IDT awarded R170m contract to build facilities at Eastern Cape school

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th September 2017 The Department of Education has tasked the Independent Development Trust (IDT) with the construction of the boarding facilities for the Ntsonkhotha senior secondary school, in Lady Frere, Eastern Cape, over the next three years. The R170-million contract comprises the construction of a dormitory,... 

‘#RideWise Full Tank Thursday’ with Engen

     4th September 2017 Hundreds of Gauteng Motorists who practice “safe driving” stand the chance to win an Engen petrol voucher valued at R1 500 each as part of the Engen #RideWise campaign. ‘Full Tank Thursdays’, which will take place on September 21 and September 28, will see selected motorists who are wearing their... 

Innovation Extends To Empowerment For Level 2 Rated Zest Weg Group

     1st September 2017 At the leading edge of electric motor technology and related sectors, the Zest WEG Group is also innovating its empowerment initiatives by facilitating ownership of its shares by two black owned Non Profit Organisations (NPOs) that directly benefits communities in need. A subsidiary of the... 

South Africa has insufficient skills for development of a shale gas industry

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2017 There are insufficient skills in South Africa to support the development of a shale gas industry, South African National Energy Association secretary general Dave Wright said at a national shale gas conference, in Port Elizabeth, on Friday. He noted that the country had a small and limited... 

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