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Education & Skills Development News

BLSA pleads for workplace restrictions to be eased

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2022 South Africa is becoming an outlier in workplace regulations, with businesses still being required to maintain an array of Covid-19 workplace regulations. These include keeping an attendance register of employees or visitors entering the workplace, routine deep cleaning, along with screening... 

Tech group contributes R15m to African startups over two years

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 Over the last two years, global telecommunications group Telecel’s Africa Startup Initiative Programme (Asip), which is powered by startup accelerator Startupbootcamp Afritech, has contributed more than R15-million to the growth of African startups in the agricultural technology, supply chain,... 

Workplace mandatory vaccination policy must be based on risk assessment - CDH

By: Schalk Burger     4th February 2022 Organisations that implement a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy must do so on the basis of a risks assessment, and the risk assessment must consider the operational requirements of the workplace before employers can decide to implement a mandatory vaccination policy, law firm Cliffe Dekker... 

CCMA again upholds dismissal of employee for refusing vaccination

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2022 The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has issued its second decision relating to mandatory vaccination policies in the workplace and upheld the employer's decision to suspend an employee for refusing mandatory vaccination in the workplace, says law firm Herbert Smith... 

Sugarcane farmers receive R60m in premium price payments

By: Darren Parker     31st January 2022 Sugarcane farmers received about R60-million worth of premium price payments on January 31 as agreed by the Small-Scale Grower Masterplan Task Team in accordance with the process laid out in the South African Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan to 2030, which was endorsed by the board of the South... 

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Farmers will benefit from the premium price since it will align their prices with the local market

ANC’s proposed solutions to unemployment frustrating, says BLSA

By: Darren Parker     31st January 2022 In her latest weekly newsletter, published on January 31, industry association Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso said she was frustrated with the solutions proposed by the African National Congress (ANC) to tackle South Africa’s unemployment crisis. Unemployment in South Africa is... 

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Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

Learning academy continues to develop local skills

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th January 2022 Automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) continues to develop skills for the future through its learning academy, which prioritises the development of skills in the automotive industry to not only service in-house business needs but also the wider automotive industry. The... 

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TRAINING FOR THE FUTURE MBSA has begun preparations for the next phase of the automotive industry transformation

Wits pays tribute to Professor Emeritus Huw Phillips

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2022 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has paid tribute to the late Professor Emeritus Huw Phillips – a Wits stalwart known for his teaching, research and leadership in mining engineering the world over. “An integral part of the Wits community, Professor Phillips left an indelible mark in his... 

Fulbright scholarships open for South Africans to study in the US

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th January 2022 The US Mission to South Africa has opened applications for its Fulbright scholarship programme. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a competitive scholarship that funds postgraduate study in the US. 

MSI assists young people with business development skills

By: Yvonne Silaule     25th January 2022 The Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative (MSI) will from next week run an entrepreneurship programme to assist young people to effectively start businesses or scale up existing small businesses into high-growth ventures, through structured entrepreneurship training. MSI is a nonprofit technology... 

Is there a need for TES in SA’s construction industry? 

25th January 2022 It is without a doubt that many industries have taken a serious knock during the pandemic. Those involved in South Africa’s construction industry had their hands tied, especially at the onset of the pandemic when restrictions severely delayed and even terminated projects. When comparing GDP... 

Business school gets new law school head

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Global education institution Regenesys Business School announced on January 24 that it had appointed former deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga as the new School of Law academic head, effective January 1.   

Regenesys appoints new COO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2022 The Regenesys Group has appointed Dr Barry van der Westhuizen COO, effective January 3. He has a wealth of experience in management and operations, underscored by an academic background in business leadership.  

Law firm unpacks issues around remote working, mandatory vaccination 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2022 As South African companies have started to experience normalised operations after the worst of Covid-19 and getting back to work after the festive season, questions have arisen over hybrid work models and mandatory vaccine policies. In response to these topics, law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr... 

Sappi highlights positive results from Higg FSLM self-assessment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th January 2022 Dissolving pulp producer Sappi has completed a self-assessment of the Higg Facility Social and Labour Module (FSLM) at its Ngodwana and Saiccor Mills in South Africa. Sappi says the self-assessment results were very positive and that this highlights its commitment to maintaining a high level of... 

Survey makes the case for certification increasing professionals’ earning power

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th January 2022 Nonprofit organisation the Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) twelfth ‘Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey’, highlights the power of continuous education and skill-building in the project management field, positing that it can increase professionals’ earning potential. According... 

Chieta, Sapref supporting chemicals industry skills development

By: Schalk Burger     11th January 2022 The partnership between chemicals industry education and training authority Chieta and oil refinery the South African Petroleum Refinery (Sapref) is providing skills development programmes in the sector, at an investment of R6-million by Chieta. Sapref, meanwhile, is providing 160 students a year... 

Forge Academy to recruit 20 young creative interns for Feb digital skills course

By: Schalk Burger     11th January 2022 Digital skills education facility Forge Academy calls for young Gauteng-based graduates to apply for 20 creative internships to grow their digital skillsets and gain valuable experience in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) disciplines of software development, user experience design,... 

Forge Academy Labs workstations

Project management skills sorely needed to advance $20tr project economy  

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2022 The value of project-oriented economic activity over the next decade is likely to reach $20 trillion, says nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI). The company’s ‘Talent Gap’ report predicts that the number of jobs requiring project management-oriented skills, from economic... 

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Project Management Institute's Ashwini Bakshi discusses project management and the project economy. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Continuous development, adaptability necessary for most in-demand jobs in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2021 A desire to learn and upskill oneself is important to ensure job seekers are equipped to meet the ever-changing trends in the technology, engineering, supply chain, finance and sales industries, says education company Skills Development Corporation (SDC) CEO Daniel Gibhard. SDC studied the... 

Schauenburg Systems donates R800 000 to build digital lab to teach youth tech skills

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2021 Mine safety and productivity technology company Schauenburg Systems has, through its partnership with the Youth Employment Service (YES), donated R800 000 towards the establishment and construction of a digital laboratory to help young, unemployed people learn critical skills in the technology... 

Busa corrects Nxesi on mandatory vaccination declaratory order stance

By: Donna Slater     9th December 2021 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) disputes a December 7 claim by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi that it has approach the Constitutional Court seeking a mandatory vaccination declaratory order. Nxesi claimed during the National Economic Development and Labour Council’s yearly summit... 

Up to 72 000 energy transition jobs could be created in Mpumalanga by 2030, study shows 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2021 South Africa’s Mpumalanga province can compensate for a large share of the job losses that will arise in its declining coal sector and lay the foundations for the creation of a new clean-energy hub for the country by scaling up investments in renewable energy and accelerating coal... 

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Aircraft technical skills impacted by Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna Slater     7th December 2021 Technical skills needed within the aviation industry have diminished during the Covid-19 pandemic as several air corridors scaled down operations and air traffic generally slowed down in comparison to pre-pandemic levels, aviation solutions company Safomar Aviation CEO Shai Shalem said on... 

Strike ends at Walmart-owned Massmart after agreement reached

By: Reuters     7th December 2021 Thousands of striking workers at companies under Massmart Holdings in South Africa, which is owned by Walmart Inc, will return to work after reaching an agreement over disputes, a labour union said on Monday. The disgruntled workers had been on strike since Nov.19 over low wages, unilateral... 

Study finds best method for drones to observe elephants with least impact

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2021 Researchers from Stellenbosch University (SU) have been involved in the first ever paper to be published containing practical guidelines and a suggested ethical protocol on how to cause as little disturbance as possible to elephants when flying over them with drones. The paper, in the journal... 

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Industry body helps to develop electric vehicle capabilities

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 Local automotive industry body the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has aligned its strategy and resources to facilitate the attainment of the South African Automotive Masterplan targets in the Eastern Cape, states AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane. These targets include... 

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THABO SHENXANE Our research continues to monitor export opportunities in Africa with a view to providing the Eastern Cape with scientific and evidence-based interventions

Public interest objectives of spectrum licensing must be prioritised, webinar participants hear

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2021 South Africa's telecommunications industry, policy makers and regulators must prioritise the various developmental objectives sought from radio frequency spectrum's use to overcome the multiyear challenges to assigning spectrum for use, mobile telecommunications company Vodacom policy and... 

Nedlac to hold emergency meetings on vaccine mandates, access restrictions for unvaccinated

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2021 The social partners participating in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) will hold emergency meetings this week about the institution of workplace vaccine mandates and the imposition of public access restrictions for the unvaccinated amid low vaccine uptake levels, the... 

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Rigging qualifications awarded to youth

26th November 2021 Last month, Italian energy company Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) announced that it had decided to help 20 unemployed youngsters from the Raymond Mhlaba district in the Eastern Cape acquire basic rigging skills. Ten young men and ten young women completed a five-day course, which... 

A photo of Nxuba Wind Farm turbines at sunset with a South African flag attached to one of the turbines
NXUBA WIND FARM With Nxuba located in an isolated farm area, Enel aims to have a tangible impact on the lives of local community members

IBM partners with NYDA to enhance digital literacy for the youth of South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th November 2021 Information technology multinational IBM has partnered with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in South Africa to bridge the digital divide for the South African youth by enhancing digital literacy and preparing them to actively succeed in the twenty-first century workplace with the... 

Chemicals, media Setas team up to drive digital transformation

By: Schalk Burger     24th November 2021 The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) and the Media, Information & Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority ((MICT Seta) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to encourage greater cross-Seta collaboration on digital transformation... 

Socioeconomic factors worsened by Covid-19 pandemic

By: Donna Slater     24th November 2021 Several economy-influencing factors have been heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic, including asymmetry of socioeconomic factors, consumer and business disruption, population age discrepancies, socioeconomic polarisation and a lack of trust in leadership, PwC partner and chief economist Lullu... 

SMEs need to take up 4IR tech to align with larger players

By: Donna Slater     23rd November 2021 Smart manufacturing is important to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) because such businesses account for between 95% and 99% of every major country’s manufacturing sectors, Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association vice-chairperson Dr Ananth Seshan said during the organisation’s year-end... 

Bursaries on offer for Wits Business School energy leadership courses

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2021 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School has introduced a new stream in its existing Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Management in the field of Energy Leadership, which offers a specialisation in electricity. Additionally, the South African-German Energy Programme and... 

Second phase of plant expansion begins  

By: Claire O'Reilly     19th November 2021 Secondary steel manufacturer Veer Steel Mills has entered its second phase of expansion with the construction of a melt shop – the newest addition to its plant in Alrode, Alberton. 

Picture of Veers steel Mills alrode Plant
MELTING AWAY  A melt shop has commenced construction and will be the newest addition to Veer’s plant in Alrode, Alberton 

British High Commission plans partnership to develop youth technical skills

By: Donna Slater     16th November 2021 The British government will invest up to £75-million of official development assistance, globally, for skills development across nine fast-growing economies; with the South African portion being dedicated to addressing the skills gaps, skills mismatch and quality training for unemployed youth and... 

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