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Education & Skills Development News

Numsa suspends deputy president Ntlokotse, finalises national congress plans

By: Donna Slater     13th July 2022 The National Union Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has decided, after holding a special central committee (SCC) meeting on July 11 and 12, to suspend its second deputy president Ruth Ntlokotse, days before it plans to hold its eleventh national congress in Cape Town. The national congress,... 

New standards for municipalities

By: Mandisa Nyathi     8th July 2022 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) technical committee has added new standards that municipality procurement teams need to adhere to when awarding tenders. 

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STANDARD ENFORCEMENT Companies must strive to use quality products

800 students enter water tech challenge

8th July 2022 Last month more than 800 high school and university students from around the globe accepted the challenge from water technology leader Xylem to take on water and climate issues through the second annual Xylem Ignite Global Student Innovation Challenge. “We’re committed to championing student... 

Programme aims to improve water value chain

By: Halima Frost     8th July 2022 With the Blue Drop regulation programme assessment focusing on the improvement of the entire value chain of South Africa’s potable water infrastructure, University of Pretoria project management associate professor Giel Bekker says it should be relatively simple to improve the current dire water... 

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POOR POTABILITY The lack of water infrastructure in South Africa is clearly indicated by its lack of potable water

Pumps project under way

By: Halima Frost     8th July 2022 Industrial valves and pumps specialists Brimis Engineering has been subcontracted by customised water treatment solutions provider Aqua Pro Solutions to size, recommend and supply new pumps for the Florida pumpstation in Roodepoort, Gauteng. Brimis Engineering partnered with its pump... 

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TAKE A TEST The advanced and comprehensive fleet of valve testing equipment Brimis Engineering offers is also mobile

More resilient infrastructure needed to protect water quality

8th July 2022 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal environmental scientist Manda Hinsch says the quality of drinking water declines when infrastructure is vulnerable to natural disasters. The comment was made on the back of recent flood-related damage to water infrastructure... 

four large water treatment dams in need of repair owing to flooding which caused extensive damage in Kwa-Zulu Natal recently
FLOOD GATES Recent flooding in Kwa-Zulu Natal has drastically affected the water infrastructure in the area

Progress in pipeline project witnessed

8th July 2022 In May, Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu, and Deputy Ministers David Mahlobo and Dikeledi Magadzi were on hand to witness the progress of the construction of the raw water bulk water pipeline from Nandoni dam to augment Nsami and Middle Letaba. The water project had been stagnant for a... 

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu
SENZO MCHUNU The raw water bulk supply pipeline has been promised to the people of Giyani for a long time

Meters supplied for water project

By: Halima Frost     8th July 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Pipes & Fittings is supplying water meters, manufactured by international manufacturing group Honeywell Kent, to a residential area in Vryburg, in the North West, as part of a water-saving project. Being commissioned to deliver 8 000 water meters, the... 

Training authority, Forge sign MoU to bridge ICT skills gap

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta) and digital and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skills development company Forge Academy and Labs have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to introduce an array of information and... 

Just Transition Framework means South Africa can ‘proceed apace’ with $8.5bn partnership  

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the publication of the Just Transition Framework will enable South Africa to “proceed apace with harnessing the benefits” of the Just Energy Transition Partnership concluded with the US, the UK, Germany, France and the European Union in late 2021. The partnership... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Unions sign 7% Eskom wage offer   

By: News24Wire      5th July 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have accepted Eskom's one-year 7% wage deal have signed an agreement to this effect. This comes after a several-week deadlock in wage talks at the Central Bargaining Forum, which triggered... 

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SAS renews Global Academic Programme partnership with NWU

By: Schalk Burger     5th July 2022 Data science and analytics multinational SAS has renewed its Global Academic Programme (GAP) partnership with the North-West University (NWU) Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics (BMI) for another five years, extending its impact in data skills development. The partnership has seen... 

Eskom attributes three stages of load-shedding to wildcat strike  

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2022 Embattled power utility Eskom has attributed three stages of the current load-shedding, which is being implemented daily at between Stage 4 and Stage 6, directly to the illegal strike under way at varying levels of intensity across its coal fleet. Speaking against the backdrop of a resumption of... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Police have opened two cases of intimidation related to Eskom protests  

By: News24Wire      1st July 2022 Police say they have opened two cases of intimidation related to the unlawful strikes at Eskom, which the power utility has blamed for Stage 6 load-shedding. "One was registered at Belfast Police Station while the other was registered at Hendrina Police Station. Both matters are still under... 

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Best practices for small businesses

1st July 2022 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

1st July 2022 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 deal 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... 

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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... 

A man in a ditch welding a water pipe out in the open, which would be inaccessible to a robotic welder
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... 

A welder at Hydra Arc's Middleburg premises is seen welding a large drum which will be used in the sugar industry
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... 

An aerial view of the X-Roll heavy gauge coil joining laser welder offered by SMS group and which will now be manufactured and supplied by Taylor-Winfield Technologies
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
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