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OECD, Sars, Treasury sign MoC for taxation collaboration

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2019 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the National Treasury on Friday signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC), in which all parties agreed to continue working together in the area of taxation. The MoC is in place until... 

Local stainless steel products promoted

26th October 2018 The Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) and Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continue to promote the local manufacture of stainless steel products such as pumps, valves and sealing systems to compete internationally and stimulate growth.... 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

Graduate programme ensures pipeline of new talent

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 Sixteen graduates have been accepted into Southern African Caterpillar dealer Barloworld Equipment’s two-year graduate programme this year, during which time they will gain industry knowledge and an understanding of the mining, construction and power sectors in which the company operates. “The... 

FibreCo to Boost Broadband Connectivity in Kroonstad

4th July 2018 Internet connectivity in Kroonstad will benefit from a substantial enhancement as FibreCo Telecommunications completes its roll out of fibre in the town, making reliable high-speed broadband connectivity more accessible to the community.   [1]Given that only 5.4% of households in the province... 

DEHNacademy empowers second-year Wits students with hands-on training programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 Lightning and surge protection specialist DEHN Africa, part of DEHN + SÖHNE, Germany, has recently finished a nine-month training course in lightning and surge protection for a group of Wits students. DEHNacademy, the training wing of DEHNAfrica, needs no introduction to those in the earthing and... 

Gauteng allocates large chunk of 2018/19 budget to health, education

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th March 2018 The Gauteng departments of Education and Health have secured the largest slices of Gauteng’s R121.2-billion budget for the 2018/19 financial year. This year’s budget sets aside R46.4-billion for the Department of Health, an increase of R4.4-billion on the prior year, and R45.2-billion for the... 

AECOM is committed to transforming skills development in Africa

8th September 2017 AECOM’s Learning and Development team is committed to building a community of experts with diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives, who are passionate about delivering a better world. The premier, fully integrated professional and technical services infrastructure firm operates across... 

Automotive future positive through telematics 

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 The future for automotive fleet management through telematics is positive, says JSE-listed fleet management, insurance telematics and stolen vehicle recovery service provider Cartrack. 

Software-defined storage allows schools to use commodity hardware to build storage pool

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Enterprise open-source software company SUSE has released what it calls software-defined storage which supports schools using free open-source software (FOSS), says SUSE client executive Derek Rule. 

Virtual Technology Now Used For Blast Training In SA

20th July 2017 Training for underground blasting has just taken a technological leap forward, with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near... 

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 A new online education platform, Agricolleges, aims to help create a fresh wave of farmers and agriculturalists in Africa. It is expected to assist in the provision of education and training for small-scale farmers on the continent, which is one of four factors identified by the World Economic... 

Alternative power supply approach to benefit low-income areas

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Alternative energy supply company Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is making significant headway in driving the large-scale implementation of its solar-powered distributed direct current microgrids, which incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) to supply energy to low-income areas in the form of... 

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2017 Infrastructure and education have taken the largest slices of Gauteng’s R108-billion provincial budget for 2017/18, which this year included the addition of R10-billion to departmental baselines. Tabling the provincial budget in the Gauteng Legislature, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Finance MEC... 

SAP Skills for Africa adds 101 students to digital workforce

7th February 2017 Students, SAP Africa partners, customers and executives gathered at Eskom’s Megawatt Park in Sandton for the SAP Skills for Africa graduation ceremony which celebrated the completion of an intense three-month digital skills training programme. Now in its sixth chapter, the job creation initiative... 

Project to add 260 000 jobs by 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With its objective of increasing the economic contribution of three key focus sectors by up to R59-billion, the Western Cape government has put in place its Project Khulisa growth strategy, which also aims to add about 260 000 jobs across these sectors. 

Education Innovations in Africa Could Level Playing Field for Millions of Students Worldwide

22nd September 2016 African public-private partnerships are fast-tracking education improvement from primary school to university, potentially levelling the playing field for millions of students worldwide. In the face of electricity shortages and over-crowding, African public-private partnerships are integrating... 

PROTEC, which offers a national programme in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) continues to build on its success over the last 33 years.

22nd June 2016 “Since its inception, this non-profit technological career development initiative has assisted some 30 000 learners from disadvantaged communities to fulfil their dreams to become engineers, scientists, doctors, educators and entrepreneurs,” says Balan Moodley, CEO of PROTEC. “As part of the... 

People and the community are first-in-mind, first-in-choice for Atlas Copco

14th June 2016 Batho Pele Christian School, nestled in the Vastfontein community North of Pretoria, has been making good use of cash funding received from Atlas Copco South Africa to purchase building equipment and take care of the maintenance and general running costs. Atlas Copco has been supporting... 

US e-learning firm searching for opportunities in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2016 US electronic learning (e-learning) company Focus EduVation, which specialises in developing custom e-learning systems, videos and interactive content, is exploring opportunities to provide its industrial, corporate and academic training systems and services in Africa and South Africa, says Focus... 

Fuel cell technology fast-tracked with launch of feasibility study in S Africa

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2016 An extensive feasibility study of fuel cells has been launched in South Africa in a bid to make the most of South Africa’s vast platinum resources. If successful, Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) believes the manufacturing of fuel cell components could be up and running within two years. The... 

Computer Laboratory Container handover

1st February 2016 Whole new world of possibility has opened up for learners at Mabotha Secondary School in the small rural village of Ga-Kibi near All Days in Limpopo Province. This follows Barloworld Equipment’s generous donation of a computer laboratory on 28 January 2016. The computer laboratory, housed in a... 

Surge and lightning protection specialist launches academy

By: David Oliveira     11th December 2015 Lightning and surge protection, and safety equipment supplier Dehn Africa launched its Dehncademy, in Johannesburg, last month to transfer its knowledge and experience to customers across Africa. This will help curb the effects of lightning strikes, and ensure that African engineers and... 

DEHN AFRICA officially opens new training academy

8th December 2015 Dehn Africa (Pty) Ltd, the local subsidiary of Germany-based lightning and surge protection, earthing components and safety equipment manufacturer, DEHN + SÖHNE, officially launched the DEHNacademy to local partners and the media at its second annual partner awards event. DEHNacademy will offer... 

Alcatel to deploy IP network infrastructure in CT

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2015 Alcatel-Lucent, Bytes Systems Integration and the City of Cape Town have teamed up to deploy high-performance Internet protocol (IP) network infrastructure to reduce the cost of broadband in the Western Cape. Alcatel’s advanced IP core routing network technology would facilitate high-speed local... 

'Appropriate use' of ICT in classrooms seen as helping turn SA’s education tide 

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2015 The launch of the Operation Phakisa Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education initiative will see classrooms fitted with smart black boards and pupils given tablet computers to do work and access source materials. Operation Phakisa ICT in Education marks an overdue turning point... 

'Appropriate use' of ICT in classrooms seen as helping turn SA’s education tide

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2015 The launch of the Operation Phakisa information and communication technology (ICT) in Education initiative will see classrooms fitted with smart black boards and pupils given tablet computers to do work and access source materials. Operation Phakisa ICT in Education marks an overdue turning point... 

Academy to introduce 'blended training' for artisans in 2016

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th October 2015 As of next year, accredited training provider MSC Artisan Academy will implement what it calls ‘blended training’ for artisans, which it hopes will stimulate self-learning and e-learning for its students owing to technological advancements being incorporated into the training methodology. 

Stainless steel industry body predicts decrease in demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Stainless steel industry association the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) predicts a 5% to 10% decrease in  stainless steel apparent consumption for 2015 compared to last year. Sassda chairperson Charles Cammell tells Engineering News that the decrease in industry... 

3D simulator aimed at improving skills of truck drivers a first in SA

By: News24Wire      16th October 2015 In an effort to reduce fatal truck ­collisions in the province, the KZN ­Department of Transport has launched a three-dimensional (3D) truck simulator – a first for South Africa. The mobile simulator, constructed in a caravan, is part of a two-phase pilot project intended to improve the skills of... 

Afrisam Hands Over A Multi-Purpose Learning Centre For Western Cape Communities

31st July 2015 AfriSam, South Africa’s leading construction materials group, in partnership with the Department of Mineral Resources, Western Cape Education Department, and Airports Company South Africa, is creating learning possibilities with the launch of a state of the art multi-purpose Learning and Resource... 

New campus to train 100 000 African programmers

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd July 2015 A new French-sourced educational model aimed at changing the way Africans learn to code and programme would reach South Africa’s shores in January. Nonprofit technology incubator WeThinkCode was preparing to deploy a three-year computer programming educational course to source and develop 100 000... 

Comprehensive Training Programmes Ensure Learners Entering The Market Are Competent And Proficient

23rd July 2015 The ultimate goal of any training programme should be to equip the learner with the necessary knowledge, skills and ability required to perform their job in a safe, proficient and productive manner. Extrapolating on-site experience has allowed the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy at... 

SA Virtual School and Eduloan bring e-learning to your door step

14th April 2015 Eduloan, South Africa’s premier provider of study finance has extended its unique offering to the Southern African Virtual School to bring the 21st century online classroom and personalised learning to the homes of South Africans. Eduloan Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Charlotte Smit, says... 

Gauteng sets aside R300m for ICT infrastructure

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2015 The Gauteng provincial government aims to inject more than R300-million into information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure over the next three years, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Monday. While this was a fraction of the planned R32-billion infrastructure development... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy At Bentley Park

20th February 2015 The Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy at Bentley Park has adapted its conventional shaft sinking infrastructure to accommodate the latest shaft sinking methodology introduced to the South African mining industry from Cementation Canada. “We are currently equipped to provide 95% of all... 

Leader in the Data Centre Infrastructure Management Market For 2014.

29th January 2015 Master Power Technologies has received the proud accolade from global research company Frost & Sullivan,of the award  for best practices in Technology Leadership in the Data Centre Infrastructure Management Industry for 2014. Frost & Sullivan has a global team of analysts and consultants... 

Online training courses launched

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 Johannesburg-based occupational health, safety and environmental (HSE) risk-management company NOSA has recently launched an HSE e-learning course that focuses on the mining industry, namely SAMTRAC for Mining, which complements the general industry course launched in May last year. 

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