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Earn while you learn at Africa’s new retail conference during the continent’s biggest product sourcing expo: SAITEX 2017

     24th April 2017 Trade Buzz 2017 offers delegates an insight into the future of retail & trade across sub-Saharan Africa with recognised career-boosting CPD certification Some of sub-Saharan Africa’s top shopping gurus will be in Johannesburg this June for one of the biggest retail and trade events on the continent. 

More than 2 million tertiary students get NSFAS funding – Nzimande

By: African News Agency      24th April 2017 More than two million students studying at South Africa’s public Universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges have been funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) since 2013, the Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande said... 

AFRINIC to Hold IPv6 Training Courses for Network Engineers in Johannesburg

     24th April 2017 Training Workshop to be Held in Johannesburg from 2-5 May as Part of AFRINIC’s Commitment to Capacity Building, Knowledge Share and Education to Improve Internet Infrastructure Development Throughout Africa.    Workonline Communications (Pty) Ltd &  ZACR  are partnering with the African Network... 

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... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant, in Rosslyn, will start in the first half of 2018. 

Education technology must empower educators, learners

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2017 The focus of any education technology must be on the skills that students and learners need and how technology can be used as an enabler to develop skills, says technology multinational Microsoft South Africa MD Zoaib Hoosen. The role of any education technology must be to empower educators and... 

Joburg pilots scheme to improve energy access in informal settlements

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 To address the challenges of supplying electricity to informal settlements in Johannesburg, the city’s electricity utility City Power is managing a pilot project to supply residents in the Lawley and Thembelihle informal settlements. During the Power and Electricity World Africa conference, which... 

Limpopo to use open-source software to boost enterprise and industry development

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2017 The Limpopo government has adopted a free and open-source software (Foss) strategy and aims to leverage the low-barriers to entry to these systems to boost its enterprise development and services sectors and initiatives, says German enterprise open-source software subsidiary SUSE Africa indirect... 

AzarGen’s case for a commercial plant-made pharmaceutical facility in South Africa

     20th April 2017 AzarGen Biotechnologies, South Africa’s only private plant-based biopharmaceutical company, is imagining a world-class commercial plant-made pharmaceutical facility for South Africa. AzarGen, one of a few biopharming companies in the world focuses on developing human therapeutic proteins using... 

Modular building manufacturer addresses South Africa’s skills deficit

     19th April 2017 The South African bill of rights states that, “Everyone has the right to a basic education, including an adult basic education.” Education is essential for the transformation of South Africa’s society, providing individuals with the knowledge required to bring about social, economic and political... 

Lincoln Lubrication and SKF showcase agricultural solutions at Nampo 2017

     19th April 2017 Lincoln Lubrication South Africa is showcasing its automated lubrication and Muster II fire suppression systems as well as parts and service solutions at Nampo 2017. “We have supported Nampo for the past seven years, exhibiting jointly with SKF for the past two years when we became part of the... 

The Popi Act & New Cybercrimes, Cyber Security Bill

     19th April 2017 Kindly find attached the New Cybercrimes, Cyber Security Bill & The POPI ACT Master class (2017 Workshop) training scheduled for 11 - 12 May 2017. FOR MORE INFO ON THE WORKSHOP SEE ATTACHED BROCHURE. 

Transforming the African energy landscape

     18th April 2017 Siemens has entered into a local manufacturing agreement with Electro Inductive Industries (PTY) Ltd (Eii), a Cape Town based Level 2 B-BBEE black industrialist company that specialises in the manufacturing of transformers. Through this partnership, Eii will benefit from... 

BMW Group SA to start X3 production in the first half of 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

Happy 10th birthday Legae!

     18th April 2017 On 1 April 2017 the Legae Community Childcare Centre celebrated 10 years of providing assistance and schooling to children in the Daveyton area on the East Rand. SKF was there to celebrate with them. Partnering with St Andrews and St Marks Presbyterian Churches, SKF South Africa established Legae... 

Gem Diamonds appoints new chairperson

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th April 2017 Aim-listed Gem Diamonds has appointed Harry Kenyon-Slaney as its chairperson and an independent nonexecutive director, effective after June 6, succeeding Roger Davis, who will be stepping down. "I am delighted to be handing the chairmanship on to Kenyon-Slaney whose experience, knowledge and... 

Australian PM Turnbull scraps the 457 visa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the scrapping of the 457 visa by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, saying that the natural resource sector was no longer a significant employer of these visa holders. Turnbull on Tuesday announced the abolishment of the 457 visa for foreign... 

Chess can help improve maths, science pass rate

By: Kelvin Kemm     14th April 2017 To drive our industrial economy, South Africa needs people who can actually ‘do’ things. We need people who can think; we need people who can analyse and come to conclusions. When some company employs an individual, that company is investing in what that individual will do for the company in the... 

Company seizes opportunities in power sector

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Many utility power plants are approaching the end of their design life, with engineers conducting life extension studies for boilers and related auxiliary equipment. To accommodate a changing operating environment, redesigning components and equipment to replace those which have reached the end... 

Industry body develops training for flooring industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) currently facilitates a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 National Certificate: Installation of Floor Coverings training and, further to this, aims to facilitate improved training for new and existing flooring installers, aligned... 

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The Laser Research Institute (LRI), part of the Physics Department at Stellenbosch University, has achieved notable research outputs during the past three years, which has resulted in several innovative projects such as ultrafast laser spectroscopy, as well as infrared spectroscopy and laser... 

Kenyan fabricator enters partnership with welding institute

     14th April 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) facilitated a visit for Kenya-based stainless steel fabricator Desbro Engineering to several South African counterparts, resulting in a training partnership between Desbro and the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW).... 

TVET students benefit from Euphoria, Saben partnership

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 Local telecoms provider Euphoria Telecom announced that it had partnered with South African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) to offer affordable Voice over Internet Protocol to South African technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges and students. Saben is an initiative... 

Public Works seeks to create 1.4m work opportunities this year 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 Newly appointed Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko on Thursday said he was confident that his department would meet its target of creating six-million work opportunities by the end of March 2019. Through its Expanded Public Works Programme the department has, since 2014, created over... 

See Africa’s largest selection of targeted security and fire products under one roof at Securex 2017

     13th April 2017 Everyone has something they need to protect. For some it’s personal and business material assets, for most it’s the safeguarding of family members and personnel, and for others it’s the protection of sensitive data. Finding solutions that are simultaneously budget-friendly and reliable is often... 

FIRB clears Yancoal/Rio deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2017 The Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has approved ASX-listed Yancoal’s $2.45-billion acquisition of Rio Tinto subsidiary Coal & Allied. The two companies in January struck a deal that will allow for an initial $1.95-billion cash payment upon the completion of the transaction in... 

Champion Iron inks impact accord with ITUM First Nation

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2017 TSX- and ASX-listed Champion Iron has signed an impact benefit agreement (IBA) with the Innu of Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-utenam (ITUM) First Nation, confirming local support for the Bloom Lake iron mine, located near Fermont, Quebec. The IBA is a life-of-mine agreement providing for real... 

Heidelberg–Springs road project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 The project will improve the link between Nigel/Springs and the N3, in Gauteng. 

Solar industry registers quality and safety training programme

By: David Oliveira     13th April 2017 Fifteen representatives from tertiary learning institutions in South Africa attended the first workshop – Inform the Trainer – at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) last month. These representatives will train solar photovoltaic (PV) technicians to install solar panels... 

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition

By: Dylan Slater     12th April 2017 The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) has opened entries for its yearly competition, which is focused on highlighting the latest clean technology innovations and solutions, to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

BAIC introduces D20 range, second model to follow later this year 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2017 Beijing Automotive Industry Group Company (BAIC) has unveiled the passenger car that it hopes will secure its first customers in the South African market. The D20 compact hatchback and sedan range “is a boutique small car for the South African market”, said BAIC International VP Li Xiaofan on... 

Thyssenkrupp contributes to skills development through adoption of graduates programme in South Africa

     11th April 2017 Graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to get into the job market not only due to job scarcity but also because often companies are not keen to employ graduates straight from universities or colleges because of their lack of work experience. “Many companies in South Africa prefer to... 

Richards Bay plant to make pearly whites from industrial slag

By: African News Agency      11th April 2017 It’s hard to avoid references to a phoenix while thinking about a deal being inked on Tuesday that will turn industrial waste into a pearly white pigment … and put hundreds of people to work. A technology partnership between Johannesburg-based Nyanza Light Metals and Avertana of New Zealand will... 

Latest safety record for DPI Plastics Roodekop manufacturing facility

     11th April 2017 A leading proponent of health, safety and the wellbeing of its employees, DPI Plastics is proud to announce it has maintained a Disabling Injury Frequency Rate (DIFR) of <1 for the past year, in accordance with OHSAS 18001’s standard AS NOSA Five Star principles. As a recognised leading... 

5th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo scheduled for 23-24 May 2017

     10th April 2017 The 5th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Gauteng from 23 to 24 May 2017. With an expected 45 countries participating, this is Africa’s mega construction and infrastructure show and biggest gathering of 9 000 qualified buyers and... 

South African spatial data infrastructure is developing, but not as fast as desired 

By: Keith Campbell     10th April 2017 Despite the fact that South Africa's Spatial Data Infrastructure Act was passed nearly 14 years ago, in 2003, with the intent of establishing the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (Sasdi), the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and the Electronic Metadata Catalogue, among other... 

Sibanye wins four NSA awards

By: Anine Kilian     7th April 2017 Sibanye Gold won four awards at this year’s National Skills Authority (NSA) awards. The company won three gold awards for the Best Adult Education and Training programme, the Best Skills Programme and the Best University Placement programme categories, and a bronze award for the Best Artisan... 

Work smarter not harder with Atlas Copco SmartROC T45

     7th April 2017 Longer drill rods, improved fuel burn and upgraded software have made the SmartROC T45 Top Hammer drill rig from Atlas Copco even smarter. This rugged and reliable machine will boost production and productivity at limestone and aggregate quarries as well as construction, open-pit and selective... 

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