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Education & Skills Development News

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,... 

NUMSA members striking

Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

A picture of two gentlemen shaking hands at a branded stand at an event hosted by event organizer Specialised Exhibitions
FACE TIME The inaugural FireExpo 2022 will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is one of the first in person expo's being held in over two years

Valves supplier highlights importance of technical knowledge

By: Sabrina Jardim     20th May 2022 A holistic approach should be followed when buying valves to ensure that they are appropriate for specific applications, says valve and steel supplier Stewarts and Lloyds export manager Andre Swart. “There has been a huge drive in South Africa’s fluid handling and irrigation industry where... 

An image depicting two dark blue valves
LEAVING FOOTPRINTS Stewarts and Lloyds’ footprint expands throughout Africa and globally, enabling the company to reach a wider client base in various industries

Fire protection foam dosing system on offer

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech offers its FireDos fire protection foam dosing technology, known as proportioners, to the South African fire prevention and firefighting market. The company explains that foam is the only way to effectively fight certain fire scenarios. 

A large fire fighting nozzle which is fitted with a Dosetech Fire Dos proportioner which mixes air water and foam agent to effectively fight fires.
IN THE MIX Dosetech's Firedos proportioners offer the perfect mix of water air and foam agent to fight fires successfully

Alexforbes launches new transformation policy

By: Darren Parker     19th May 2022 Financial services company Alexforbes Investments launched its new transformation policy on May 19. The policy launch took place in conjunction with the publication of the company’s new Transformation Survey, which helped inform the policy. 

Alexforbes Investments CEO Ann Leepile
Alexforbes Investments CEO Ann Leepile

PMI provides new construction sector leader courses and certification

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 Project professionals association the Project Management Institute (PMI) has introduced a series of seven courses to improve project management skills in the construction industry, leading to a construction professional in built environment projects (CPBEP) certification. The construction... 

UP Centre for Future of Work to produce publications, provide advisory services and training

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 The Centre for the Future of Work (CFoW), launched by the University of Pretoria (UP) on May 17, will be Africa’s centre of excellence on the future of work, producing scientific and popular publications, advisory services and training, said CFoW director and UP Faculty of Economic and Management... 

Small-scale farming collaborative gains momentum

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 The rethinking of food systems for South Africa needs to start with individual food producers on the ground and expand from there – as laid out in a project called “Towards recalibrating food systems during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic”, which started in October 2020. Funded by the World... 

Forum established to support informal economy

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 The Informal Economy Development Forum (IEDF) is a new body that has been set up to drive growth within the sector, support informal economy workers and function as the conduit between government, corporate South Africa and the informal economy. The IEDF’s key objectives are to improve the... 

Input into draft National Labour Migration Policy, Employment Services Bill requested

By: Donna Slater     16th May 2022 The Mpumalanga Department of Employment and Labour is inviting stakeholders to make inputs at a May 19 workshop on the draft National Labour Migration Policy (NLMP) and the Employment Services (ES) Bill, following their February 28 release. The workshop – to be held at 10.00 at the MacBest... 

Eskom doesn't expect any unlawful strikes as wage saga kicks into gear

By: News24Wire      16th May 2022 Eskom does not anticipate any unlawful strikes or disruptions at its operations while a wage dispute with unions is being dealt with, according to its CEO, André de Ruyter.  De Ruyter was briefing reporters on Monday morning about the jump to Stage 3 load-shedding for Monday and Tuesday evening.... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Humans to continue to be involved in autonomous drone flights

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2022 As drone users think of new ways to deploy drones, there is a requirement to use them beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and autonomously. However, humans are still needed to conduct behind-the-scenes activities, said software and aircraft designer Fixar drones sales manager Ronald Schultz.  

PIC welcomes appointment of Standard Bank’s new chairperson

By: Darren Parker     13th May 2022 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has welcomed the appointment of the new Standard Bank Group chairperson Nonkululeko Nyembezi, who will take office on June 1. Nyembezi’s appointment as a female black chairperson of a major commercial bank is a significant milestone in terms of... 

SARS inches closer to strike as PSA puts tax body on notice  

By: News24Wire      13th May 2022 The Public Servants' Association has put the South African Revenue Service on notice that it intends to go on strike after it reached a deadlock with the tax body during wage negotiations. If the deadlock at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration is not broken ahead of time,... 

SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter
SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter

York’s Escarpment operations impacted by Numsa strike  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2022 JSE-listed York Timber says some employees of the company, affiliated with union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), embarked on a strike at York’s Escarpment operations on April 25. The strike notice contained only one matter of mutual interest relating to job grading,... 

CSIR unveils technology to support learners with learning difficulties

By: Darren Parker     11th May 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) unveiled its new learning technology, a voice computing application (app) that translates text into audio, on May 11. Developed by CSIR researchers, the app called iSinkwe was designed to support literacy development by helping learners... 

Numsa to embark on strike at AMSA’s operations from May 11

By: Donna Slater     10th May 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it has served steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) with a 48-hour notice to strike after the union rejected AMSA’s wage increase offer. Numsa intends to start the strike at AMSA’s Vanderbijlpark, Pretoria and Newcastle... 

ECSA elects its first female president

By: Darren Parker     6th May 2022 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) elected its first female president Refilwe Buthelezi following the sixth term council special meeting on May 5. ECSA has not had a female president since its inception, with ECSA stating on May 6 that the election of Buthelezi in the engineering and... 

Unions in passenger bus wage talks ink 6% wage deal

By: News24Wire      6th May 2022 The South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac) has announced that unions at the passenger bus wage talks have accepted a 6% wage offer and signed a deal with employers in the sector. This comes after months of tense negotiating between employer representatives and labour at the... 

Public bus

Nuclear medicine industry affected by Covid-19

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th May 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a drop of over 50% in services rendered in the nuclear medicine industry which has also led to unemployment and facilities closing down, says South African Society of Nuclear Medicine (SASNM) immediate past president Dr Moshe Modiselle. Current SASNM president Dr... 

An image depicting a hand holding an atom against a blue background
GOING NUCLEAR The SASNM hosts regional theranostic clubs to keep its members up to date with nuclear medicine happenings

Microgrid, agriculture repurposing projects initiated for Komati

By: Cameron Mackay     6th May 2022 Following socioeconomic impact studies and community engagement, State-owned power utility Eskom has initiated the first three of its repurposing projects for the coal-powered Komati power station, in Mpumalanga. Eskom just energy transition GM Mandy Rambharos states that the first of these... 

Image of an agricultural pilot project at Komati
SUSTAINABLE PILOT PROJECT Eskom wants to test the possibility of using a PV plant in combination with agricultural activities

Mavuso warns State’s potential new powers could be abused

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2022 The State’s potential new powers that could arise from a permanent ratification into law of various Covid-19 regulations beyond the state of national disaster can be abused, warned Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso on May 3. In her latest weekly newsletter, she added that... 

BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
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BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

Sasol opens 2023 engineering, science degree bursary programme

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Chemical and energy multinational Sasol says applications for its corporate bursary programme for the 2023 academic year are now open to high-performing mathematics and science learners currently in Grade 12, who are invited to apply for an all-inclusive bursary to study engineering and science... 

Merger results in beneficial services

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Abrasives supplier First Cut and gas safety training and equipment company Gas Safety International’s (GSI’s) aim - through their merger of interests – is to mitigate the challenges in the metal fabrication industry through increased value proposition, welding training and safety expertise. These... 

An image depicting a smiling man wearing a red shirt and black vest
ANDREW POOLE The merger with GSI enables First Cut to offer customers welding safety consulting, analysis and assessments, which has strengthened the company’s welding division

CBE calls for changes in approach to urban development

By: Darren Parker     26th April 2022 Following the mid-April flooding in KwaZulu-Naal that caused widespread damage and killed more than 400 people, the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) has called for new ways of tackling urban development, saying South Africa can no longer repeat what had been done in the past. CBE CEO Msizi... 

CBE CEO Msizi Myeza
CBE CEO Msizi Myeza

Comair withdraws Section 189 notice – Numsa

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2022 Trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) reports that it has received correspondence from airline operator Comair about the formal withdrawal of its Section 189 notice. Comair served Numsa with the Section 189 on March 1 as the airline sought to cut salaries by 15%... 

Swedish fund Norrsken22 poised for second Africa startup foray

By: Bloomberg     21st April 2022 Norrsken22, an Africa-focused fund started by Swedish tech startup founders and bosses, expects to raise $200-million or more this year and may make its second investment this month. The venture is looking to take advantage of the continent’s fast-growing startup sector, which raised a record... 

UFS confers honorary doctorates on Moseneke, Davis, Sachs, Byanyima and Wingfield

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2022 The University of the Free State (UFS) will confer honorary doctorates on former deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Professor Mike Wingfield, Justice Albie Sachs, Judge Dennis Davis and United Nations (UN) deputy secretary-general Winnie Byanyima during its April graduation ceremonies.... 

UNAIDS executive director and a UN deputy secretary-general Winnie Byanyima
UNAIDS executive director and a UN deputy secretary-general Winnie Byanyima

SANEDI helps train 50 young electricians in energy efficiency for building EPCs

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2022 The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is leading the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Practitioner Skills Programme, in partnership with the Institute of Energy Professionals Africa, to train 50 qualified youth to obtain energy use data required for buildings’ EPCs.... 

Paramount Group invests in skills development for young engineers

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2022 Aerospace and technology company Paramount Group has launched an engineering mentorship and training programme – the Young Engineers Development Programme (YEDP) – aimed at fast-tracking young engineers by equipping them with the skills and experience required to excel in the workplace. The... 

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Participants of Paramount Group's Young Engineers Development Programme

GWO, GWEC partner up to map out global energy transition workforce training needs

By: Darren Parker     11th April 2022 International trade association the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and nonprofit industry body the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) have signed a new two-year agreement to map out workforce training needs. This is being done in an effort to support the development of renewable energy by helping... 

GWO, GWEC partner up to map out global energy transition workforce training needs

Sappi launches campaign to attract skilled engineers

By: Donna Slater     11th April 2022 Woodfibre products manufacturer Sappi has launched a campaign to encourage skilled engineers and production specialists to join its growing team and its endeavours of pursuing a circular economy. Besides a number of current vacancies in various fields, Sappi is also building up a database of... 

An image of Sappi engineers at a plant
Engineers at a Sappi plant

Infrastructure-focused project management conversation needed, says Cesa

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2022 While upcoming project-orientated economic activity is expected to translate into a yearly demand of 2.3-million new project managers, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell urges a more focused conversation specific to infrastructure development, and “not generic project... 

Pic of CESA CEO Chris Campbell
CHRIS CAMPBELL A more focused conversation specific to infrastructure development is needed

Bayoglu unconvinced the energy transition will benefit the majority

By: Darren Parker     6th April 2022 Mining investment group Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu has expressed concern about job losses in the fossil fuel sector as State-owned Eskom proceeds with its just energy transition. “When we do the just transition, we’re talking about 90 000 jobs that will be lost,” he said during a discussion at the... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
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