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Education & Skills Development News

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. 

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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... 

Saccawu to start indefinite strike at Walmart-owned firm Massmart

By: Reuters     16th November 2021 Workers will start an indefinite strike on Friday at all group companies owned by Walmart-led Massmart Holdings in South Africa, their union said, creating another problem at the retailer struggling to turnaround. The South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu), an... 

MoU signed to establish fully automated smart skills centre in Saldanha Bay

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 To address a widening digital skills gap in South Africa, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) Licencing Company. This was done to establish a new fully... 

An image of SBIDZ CEO Kaashifah Beukes with CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay
SBIDZ CEO Kaashifah Beukes with CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay

B4SA urges broad participation in Vooma Vaccination Weekend

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th November 2021 As government rolls out the second Vooma Vaccination Weekend this weekend, Business for South Africa is calling on people over the age of 12, and especially those over the age of 50, to take advantage of the weekend vaccination sites ahead of the upcoming holiday season.  B4SA chair Martin... 

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Whistle-blowing app launched to help in the fight against corruption 

By: Donna Slater     10th November 2021 Professional advisory firm BDO on November 10 launched its BDO Tipoffs mobile application (app), enabling anyone willing to blow the whistle on misconduct to report offences anonymously. According to the company, the BDO Tipoffs app has been purposefully designed to be simple to use. It is... 

Whistle-blowing app launched to help in the fight against corruption
BDO launches mobile whistleblowing application to counter wrongdoing and abuse in workplaces

Skull of Homo naledi child discovered at Rising Star cave

By: Sane Dhlamini     5th November 2021 The first partial skull of a Homo naledi child, Leti, has been found in a remote passage of the Rising Star cave, in Johannesburg, by a team of international researchers led by University of the Witwatersrand Lee Berger. Two papers have been written about the discovery of parts of the skull and... 

Sacgra calls for more funding to develop graduates

By: Donna Slater     3rd November 2021 The South African Council for Graduates Co-operatives (Sacgra) is calling for increased funding to expand its internship programmes and put more graduates through work experiences, says Sacgra executive chairperson Thamsanqa Maqubela. Partners, founders and clients of Sacgra make it possible for... 

Covid-19 school closures disadvantages poorer households without computers, Internet

By: Donna Slater     29th October 2021 A survey by academic research organisation the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) reveals, besides other things, that children being kept out of school as a result of Covid-19 is impacting on poorer households to a greater extent because of a lack of access to computers and Internet. GCRO... 

Youth employment initiative calls for funding proposals from NPOs

By: Schalk Burger     29th October 2021 The revitalised National Youth Service (NYS) programme, one of the components of the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention (PYEI), invites nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and nonprofit companies (NPCs) to submit innovative proposals that, through the delivery of community service activities,... 

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Manamela officially opens Gandhi-Mandela Centre of Specialisation for Artisan Skills

By: Yvonne Silaule     29th October 2021 Higher Education, Science and Innovation Deputy Minister Buti Manamela on October 28 officially opened the Gandhi-Mandela Centre of Specialisation for Artisan Skills at the Tshwane South Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College, in Gauteng. He was joined by the High... 

Business in Africa has to deal with greater compliance demands

By: Darren Parker     29th October 2021 African governments are demanding greater levels of compliance from businesses, which has resulted in a noticeable increase in red tape and bureaucracy owing to poor execution by officials, says consulting engineering and scientist firm SRK Consulting South Africa MD Vis Reddy. Among its... 

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VIS REDDY SRK Consulting expects the growth in agriculture to bring its own set of impacts on resources, such as water

CSIR unveils 4IR factory to bolster local skills 

27th October 2021 The Pretoria-based Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has developed a learning factory geared towards upskilling people for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This factory showcases various robotic systems, augmented reality, the incorporation of Internet-of-Things and automation,... 

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CSIR unveils 4IR factory to bolster local skills

CSIR nears launch of 4IR Learning Factory to bolster local skills

By: Donna Slater     25th October 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in partnership with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education Training Authority, has opened the doors of its newly developed Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Learning Factory (LF), which is designed to help... 

CSIR nears launch of 4IR Learning Factory to bolster local skills

W&RSETA celebrates sod-turning of its first skills development centre

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd October 2021 Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has officiated the sod-turning ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority’s (W&RSETA'S) first skills development centre, in Groblersdal, Limpopo, this week. The... 

Range for maintenance extended to Zambia

22nd October 2021 Industrial products provider BMG has extended its integrated engineering solutions services in Zambia to include the supply and support of a comprehensive range of personal protection equipment (PPE). The range includes BMG’s advanced welding systems, designed to create a healthy, clean and safe... 

Digital skills required to overcome Covid-19 trade impasse

By: Donna Slater     20th October 2021 In addressing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of many entrepreneurs, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition export promotion director Luke Govender said digital skills need to be bolstered. He spoke during an October 20 webinar, hosted by Trade Forward... 

Community artisanal mining project well-received in Lower Orange River region 

20th October 2021 Situated in a remote desert wilderness along the banks of the South African side of the Lower Orange River, which forms part of the border between South Africa and Namibia, LOR Diamonds has found a solution to illegal mining in the area. Simone Liedtke, who visited the mineral assets last month,... 

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Community artisanal mining project well-received in Lower Orange River region

Initiative aims to double industry supply in five years 

By: Halima Frost     15th October 2021 The ‘Doubling of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Market’ initiative, driven by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association of South Africa (LPGSA), initiated in December 2019, is slowly gaining momentum after the inevitable impact of Covid-19 on... 

A stainless steel stove top with gas burners burning blue flame from an LPG gas supply, used for cooking
LPGSA MD Gadibolae Dihlabi discusses the plan to double the LPG sector over the next five years

Need for training in LNG sector recognised

By: Halima Frost     15th October 2021 With liquefied natural gas (LNG) expected to grow exponentially over the next five years, owing to the global drive to greener power generation, diverse consulting service provider Synergy Oil & Gas Consulting & Training senior energy manager Ismaeel Fataar says now is the time to upskill workers... 

A large ocean bearing vessel with LNG Gas from Mozambique and other parts of the world to South Africa.
KEEPING AFLOAT In order for South Africa to keep abreast with international standards, its LPG workers must be trained correctly

Desalination plant reaches key milestone

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 The Ndlambe seawater reverse osmosis plant in Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape, reached the milestone of having pumped 100-million litres of potable quality water into the municipal reticulation system last month, providing relief for the drought-stricken region. “The desalination plant was... 

A photo of four people outside toasting one another with glasses of clean water at a water processing plant
CHEERS Stakeholders celebrate 100-million litres of potable quality water being pumped into the Ndlambe municipal reticulation system

Digital skills development platform provides low-bandwidth access to critical training

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2021 The Nedbank DigiSkills online training platform aims to upskill and create sustainable income opportunities for 1 000 South Africans by the end of this year, with plans to grow this number to 5 000 in the longer term. The low-bandwidth platform offers five free online short courses and learning... 

Machine learning can enhance manufacturing productivity

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th October 2021 The South African manufacturing sector is diverse and contributes 11.8% to gross domestic product and 10.3% to employment. Although these figures are small, compared with the figures of other countries, embracing machine learning could enhance the sector and assist in its growth, says University... 

Wits Business School, Siemens Energy sign collaboration agreement

By: Schalk Burger     7th October 2021 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School (WBS) and electricity technology multinational Siemens Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a number of training and development programmes in energy leadership. The goals that form part of the... 

Nxesi calls for 'cool heads' to prevail amid labour strikes

By: Schalk Burger     7th October 2021 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on October 7 called for calm as employer organisation the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) and union the National Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) remain in a deadlock over wage increases. Additionally, one of the... 

Neasa appoints service provider to create entrepreneurship learnerships for youth

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2021 The National Employers’ Association of South Africa (Neasa) has partnered with a specialist service provider to create entrepreneurship opportunities for the unemployed youth in South Africa in the form of learnerships. The initiative is expected to benefit employers and the unemployed youth, as... 

NUM gets behind Cosatu strike on October 7

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has decided to join the October 7 national strike launched by Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu). The NUM has, therefore, issued a call to its members in the mining, energy construction and metals sectors to join planned activities across the... 

More equipment donated in the fight against Covid-19

1st October 2021 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol has donated mobile clinics, vaccine carriers, laptops, specialised World Health Organisation-approved medical refrigerators and freezers, as well as temperature loggers to the provincial health departments in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Free State to... 

A photo of a healthworker’s hands filling out a form at a table with Covid-19 vaccinations lined up in the foreground
SPREADING THE CURE Sasol is supporting Government’s vaccination rollout strategy by donating essential equipment and resources

Significant untapped potential in local waste economy

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 The current contribution of the waste economy to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) could significantly increase if the importance of implementing the waste management hierarchy is fully recognised, says waste management company Interwaste human resources and transformation director... 

A photo of two informal waste reclaimers walking along the road dragging trolleys laden with recyclable waste
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UNDERVALUED Informal waste reclaimers perform a much-needed recycling service in South Africa with little support or appreciation

Training important for working at height personnel

24th September 2021 Falls from height are the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury within the workplace. Working at height, confined space and respiratory solutions provider Arco Professional Safety Services expert Steve Dawson explains the importance of training for... 

Company offers various techniques for working-at-height

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th September 2021 Rope access specialist Skyriders’ working-at-height training includes rope access, fall arrest or fall prevention and the fall protection plan. The company specialises in rope access & RPAS (drones) – a system used to position a person on a structure. 

Working at Height
SAFETY FIRST The regulations state that a company is required to have a fall protection plan in place when any work is done that might create the risk of a fall

Sufficient training needed to perform rescue on suspension trauma

24th September 2021 Suspension trauma is the main reason why it is imperative to perform a rescue as soon as possible after a fall has been arrested, explains safety solutions provider BBF Safety Group. The company highlights that when a person is suspended after a fall, the heart continues to pump blood to the body. 

Company opens new height safety centre in London

24th September 2021 Safety equipment supplier Heightec announced the opening of its new London Height Safety Centre.  The new regional centre based near Wembley in London opened on July 26 with courses available to book online now. 

Engineering sector strike looms as wage talks deadlock

By: Donna Slater     21st September 2021 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday announced that it would embark on a national strike in the engineering sector from October 5, after wage talks deadlocked. Numsa has deadlocked with employer associations in engineering, namely the National Employers... 

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