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Best practices for small businesses

Updated 5 hours ago Experienced engineers are crucial in such a critical and technically-minded sector as engineering, and it is consequently not surprising that the industry players place a premium on the employment of those who have the years under their belts, says engineering firm Zimile Consulting Engineers CEO... 

Cesa challenges Sanral’s decision to cancel tender

Updated 5 hours ago Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is challenging the decision by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) board to cancel critical infrastructure tenders worth R17.5-billion on the basis that the adjudication process was flawed owing to the involvement of... 

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TENDER DEBACLE Cesa is challenging Sanral’s decision to cancel 17.5-billion in tenders

MEIBC parties vote to extend 2021 wage deal to non-parties

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2022 Parties to the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) have voted to extend the three-year agreement reached in the metals and engineering sector in October 2021 to non-parties. The collective main agreement concluded for the period July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024, will now be... 

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Eskom: NUM, Numsa deals with divisions, allege 'fake news' as members reject 7% increase  

By: News24Wire      30th June 2022 After a week of protests at Eskom operations that no one has claimed responsibility for plunged the country into Stage 6 load-shedding, two unions are now dealing with members who are pushing for an outright rejection of a new wage offer. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the... 

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

Infrastructure delivery key to growing economy, creating local demand

By: Donna Slater     27th June 2022 The construction and development of infrastructure is critical to accelerating demand for associated goods and services, as well as to significantly boost the economy, Infrastructure South Africa investment and unblocking chief director Mashopha Moshoeshoe said earlier this month. Speaking at... 

Numsa claims Eskom provoked the 'rage' that led to protests and more load-shedding

By: News24Wire      27th June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa laid the blame at Eskom's feet for the protests at power stations that ultimately plunged South Africa into Stage 4 load-shedding late last week. Speaking to Fin24 on Monday, Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola denied any involvement by the... 

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Attacq Foundation hosts bursary session for students

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 Corporate social investment initiative the Attacq Foundation held its bursary session for students studying property-related and engineering courses at partner institutions on June 24. The students’ studies are facilitated and managed collectively by the South African Property Owners Association... 

Attacq social executive Janine Palmer
Attacq social executive Janine Palmer

Load-shedding to hit stage 4 all weekend after wage talks deadlock – Eskom

By: News24Wire      24th June 2022 Eskom will implement stage 4 load-shedding from 11am on Friday until midnight, and again on Saturday and Sunday from 5am until midnight, amid ongoing unprotected labour action, it said in a statement on Friday. "It is necessary to bolster emergency generation reserves to react to unforeseen... 

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Industry body assures job security for welders  

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Despite a marked increase in the uptake of robotic welding systems, owing to Covid-19 and the fast-tracking of automation, artisanal welding will never be completely replaced, says Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification CEO Herman Potgieter. “The Covid-19 pandemic has played a... 

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Southern African Institute of Welding Certifications CEO Herman Potgieter discusses the uptake of technology in the welding sector.

Testing phase of steam drum finalised

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Earlier this month, steel fabricator and welding specialist Hydra-Arc finished the post weld heat treatment (PWHT) and pressure test of the third of four drums on an order for a client in the sugar industry.   The order – procured in August last year, which will be supplied and commissioned by... 

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UNDER PRESSURE The pressure testing and post weld heat treatment of three of four drums on order has been finalised

Alliance formed for global supply of laser welder

24th June 2022 Last month, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group and material joining equipment manufacturer Taylor-Winfield Technologies joined together in a global strategic alliance for the supply, support and service of SMS’s proprietary X-Roll heavy gauge coil joining laser welder. Taylor-Winfield has... 

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ON A ROLL The alliance leverages the strengths of both companies to accelerate the growth of the X-Roll laser welder

Legislation that conflicts with transformation must be revisited – Deputy Labour Minister

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd June 2022 Employment and Labour Deputy Minister Boitumelo Moloi said on Thursday that South Africans need to work hard to strengthen the country’s economy while transforming the labour system. Moloi was speaking during the launch of the Employment Equity Instruments, the New Code of Good Practice on the... 

Legislation that conflicts with transformation must be revisited – Deputy Labour Minister

Cabinet encourages more S Africans to vaccinate as it ends mask mandate 

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd June 2022 Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said on Thursday that while Cabinet welcomed a significant drop in Covid-19 cases in the country, it is urging more South Africans to vaccinate against the virus, as South Africa joins the many countries that have done away with mask-wearing.  Joining... 

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla
Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla

Greater support for, inclusion of women in sciences will accelerate development

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2022 Encouraging more women to participate in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) will not only help to reduce underrepresentation in these industries, but will also help to grow the number of people investigating, understanding and solving the challenges societies... 

De Ruyter says immediate renewable energy investment should focus on Mpumalanga

By: Darren Parker     22nd June 2022 State-owned utility Eskom CEO André de Ruyter wants Mpumalanga to be the focal point for investment in renewable energy generation capacity to leverage the province’s well established transmission grid and to mitigate the potential for mass unemployment in the province as coal-fired power... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

UP awarded four SARChI chairs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Four academics from the University of Pretoria (UP) have been awarded co-funded chairs under the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), bringing the total of chairs awarded to the university to 20. SARChI is a government programme led by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)... 

UCT vice-chancellor appointed IARU chair

By: Darren Parker     20th June 2022 University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been elected as International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) chairperson, marking the first time in the organisation’s history that it has been led by an African. IARU, which was established in 2006, is a... 

Youth unemployment in need of a united focus – BLSA

By: Donna Slater     20th June 2022 Youth unemployment, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, is a “national crisis” that requires a clear focus if it is to be resolved, says Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso. She says that, although the challenges that led to June 16 being marked as Youth Day – following a dramatic... 

Numsa signs above inflation wage increase with Gautrain operator

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it has signed an above-inflation wage increase of 7%, effective July 1, with the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), the agency which is running the Gautrain. In a statement, the union indicates that it has been engaging the employer... 

Industry body initiatives boost research, skills building

By: Cameron Mackay     17th June 2022 Since the launch of the Cement & Concrete South Africa (CCSA) last year, the organisation has hosted a range of educational and concrete research and development initiatives to promote research, and improve skills and education, in the cement and concrete industry. The first of these CCSA... 

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HANLIE TURNER An added benefit to this year’s awards is that CCSA is an international partner of the American Concrete Institute, who also have an awards scheme

Gas can meet commercial and industrial energy needs

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th June 2022 While there are various sources of energy, gas remains one of the primary sources that can sustain a large amount of industrial and commercial requirements, says consulting service provider Synergy oil & gas consulting and training GM Ismaeel Fataar. He explains that a strong ripple effect from... 

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SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE Skills need to be developed now to meet the future needs of the gas-to-power industry

World Bank approves R7.6bn loan to boost vaccination drive

By: Donna Slater     14th June 2022 Following a request by the South African government for assistance in financing vaccine procurement contracts, the World Bank Group, on June 13, approved a R7.6-billion ($480-million) loan for South Africa’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Project. The project will retroactively finance the... 

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The R7.6-billion loan will help accelerate vaccine deployment in South Africa

Public service dept trains up new generation of public servants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2022 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, in his additional capacity as acting Public Service and Administration Minister, has called on government departments and public entities to enrol young people as interns in their establishments. Nxesi explains how his department prepares young... 

Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi
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Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

Eskom’s wage talks raise unions’ ire as dialogue hits stalemate

By: Bloomberg     10th June 2022 Talks between South Africa’s beleaguered power utility Eskom and its biggest labour unions on wages have reached a stalemate, the latest crisis for the utility that’s struggling to boost electricity supply. The unions “responded with dismay” after negotiations failed to reach a conclusion during... 

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Ways to overcome challenges when your boiler fails

10th June 2022 Over the past 24 months, companies requiring emergency boiler systems have succumbed to price increases to keep their steam operations functioning. 

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STEAM SYSTEMS A spike in boiler hire is directly proportional to an increased uptake in boiler repair services.

Workers must play central role in shaping just energy transition, unions insist

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 As South Africa continues on its journey towards realising a just energy transition (JET), workers and unions have expressed their support for the move and for alternative sources of energy to be part of the energy mix, provided that labour plays a significant role, that its views are taken on... 

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S African coatings event well attended

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 This year’s Coatings for Africa 2022 conference, organised by global events organiser DMG Events, was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from May 4 to 6. The event was hosted by multinational coatings industry representatives The Coatings Group and supported by industry bodies... 

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HOT TOPIC The Coatings for Africa event was held in Sandton last month after a four year haitus

Solidarity lays criminal charges against alleged State capturer participants

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2022 Trade union Solidarity has laid charges of fraud, corruption and violation of the Public Finance Management Act against former Eskom executives Brian Molefe, Anoj Singh and Matshela Koko, as well as former Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. The union says justice has been delayed for too... 

UJ ranks second on the continent and in S Africa 

By: Sashnee Moodley     9th June 2022 The latest QS World University Rankings have boosted the University of Johannesburg’s standing in South Africa and on the African continent. According to the latest figures, UJ now ranks second in South Africa and in Africa, climbing up one position. UJ Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor... 

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De Lille welcomes European Investment Bank cash injection into Biovac

By: Sane Dhlamini     8th June 2022 Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille has welcomed the European Investment Bank’s (EIB’s) injection of €175-million to South Africa’s specialist human vaccine manufacturer Biovac. The pledge is in close cooperation with the European Union’s (EU’s) injection of €175-million... 

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Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille

Servest amends recruitment, ESD policies to fight youth unemployment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th June 2022 Facilities management company Servest has revised its employment and entrepreneurial incubation policies in favour of young people under the age of 29, with the company indicating that this is in response to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for young people in South Africa remaining... 

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Servest Chef Competition

Labour Court rejects Denel’s technical points in dispute over failure to pay Uasa-affiliated employees

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2022 Trade union Uasa reports that the Labour Court has rejected State-owned defence company Denel’s technical points aimed at further delaying payments to Uasa members, in their dispute over delayed salary payments. The urgent court application brought by Uasa against Denel in April to honour all... 

Exxaro, TotalEnergies SA donate funds to communities for education

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2022 Diversified mining and renewable energy solutions company Exxaro Resources, in partnership with energy company TotalEnergies South Africa, have donated over R930 000 to education programmes in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, supporting efforts to empower the local communities. Exxaro says it believes... 

Saice launches jobs portal after pandemic impacts civil engineering market

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2022 The South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) launched an online platform for employment- and mentorship-seeking members, called Saice Connect, on June 1. The portal is aimed at assisting corporates with recruiting personnel for vacant positions and with finding Saice members... 

New MEIBC agreement guided by inputs from employers’ organisation

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2022 The Consolidated Employers’ Organisation (CEO) has secured a “landmark” victory for its members after lengthy discussions with other stakeholders at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), whereupon a new MEIBC main agreement has been agreed upon. “The agreement was... 

Certification launched successfully

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2022 Professional project management association Project Management Institute (PMI) has introduced its first industry-specific solution tailored for construction professionals in the African market. Launched locally early this year, the Construction Professional in Built Environment Projects (CPBEP)... 

FOCUSED APPROACH PMI held workshops for six months with stakeholders to create a construction-specific certification that did not replicate, but rather complemented, the existing qualifications available to the market
FOCUSED APPROACH PMI held workshops for six months with stakeholders to create a construction-specific certification that did not replicate, but rather complemented, the existing qualifications available to the market

Labour Court scuppers AMSA’s attempts to squash Numsa strike

By: Darren Parker     24th May 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has welcomed the decision of the Labour Court to dismiss the application by steel producer Arcelormittal South Africa (AMSA) to interdict the ongoing national strike at all its plants. Numsa members have been on strike since May 11,... 

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