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New restrictions putting many jobs at risk, commentators warn

By: Donna Slater     28th June 2021 Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the move to adjusted Alert Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions and the accompanying ban on alcohol sales, the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) is requesting government to reassess its measures and to focus on its vaccine rollout... 

Employment Equity report shows ‘slow progress’ of transformation 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th June 2021 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has called on Cabinet to “urgently review legislation and regulations”, stating that employment equity (EE) “needs to be seen as a catalyst for change”. Upon receiving the twenty-first iteration of the Commission for Employment Equity’s (CEE’s) annual... 

Vaccine registration for people 50 and over opens July 1   

By: Sane Dhlamini     25th June 2021 Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced on Friday that South Africans aged between 50 and 59 years can register for the Covid-19 vaccine from July 1, with vaccinations for this age group scheduled to begin July 15. South Africa is battling a third wave of the pandemic, with... 

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane
Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announces that vaccine registration for people aged 50 and over opens July 1 (Camera: Kutlwano Matlala, Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Firm develops programme to mitigate industry challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th June 2021 Mining and exploration consultants SRK Consulting’s active skills development programme for graduate engineers and scientists aims to mitigate one of the consulting engineering industry’s biggest challenges – a lack of experience, says SRK MD Vis Reddy. “Various factors in recent decades have... 

HEAD ABOVE WATER 
SRK has been engaged by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure to assist with refurbishing and upgrading the department’s wastewater treatment plants around Pretoria
HEAD ABOVE WATER SRK has been engaged by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure to assist with refurbishing and upgrading the department’s wastewater treatment plants around Pretoria

Industry 4.0 training key to ensuring South Africa is not left behind

By: Darren Parker     25th June 2021 To fully realise the potential of Industry 4.0 and remain relevant as the way of conducting business evolves, South African organisations should consider making strategic investments in infrastructure and technology as soon as possible. However, these investments will be rendered ineffective if... 

Industry 4.0 training key to ensuring South Africa is not left behind

Pandemic has presented ‘economic reset’ opportunities

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd June 2021 Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Boitumelo Moloi said on Wednesday that while the Covid-19 pandemic has been catastrophic, it has, in many ways, presented a lot of economic reset opportunities in the process. She was addressing delegates at the launch of Switzerland's Institute of... 

Pandemic has presented ‘economic reset’ opportunities

Illovo, Jobs Fund project benefitting community  

23rd June 2021 Four years in, the Small-Scale Grower Cane Development project has recorded notable successes, with over 860 sustainable jobs created and 3 000 ha of cane developed on communal land owned by small-scale growers. Tasneem Bulbulia elaborates. 

Illovo, Jobs Fund project benefitting community
Illovo, Jobs Fund project benefitting community

Seifsa tables three-year wage offer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), which represents 19 affiliated employer organisations, has tabled a three-year wage deal. This followed after negotiations were held with labour unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity,... 

South Africa’s labour law architect Mboweni sees need for change

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2021 Tito Mboweni, the architect of many of South Africa’s labour laws, said it may be time to review them to ensure they aren’t impeding economic growth. South Africa’s current finance minister told an investment conference on Thursday that when he served as the first post-apartheid labour minister... 

Skills key to economic upturn

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th June 2021 Welding and cutting are essential skills within manufacturing, which is a sector that may hold significant opportunities for uplifting South Africa’s economy and decreasing the unemployment rate, says PFERD South Africa training manager Marius Steyn.  

CUTTING EDGE TRAINING EQUIPMENT 
Workshops teach operators about abrasive tools and how to safety handle cutting and grinding equipment
CUTTING EDGE TRAINING EQUIPMENT Workshops teach operators about abrasive tools and how to safety handle cutting and grinding equipment

Biofuels framework is inadequate

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th June 2021 Although the biofuels regulatory framework aims to provide guidance and regulation for the industry and its processes, its falling short in several areas could inhibit its growth in an already challenging environment, says Wits Business School African Energy Leadership Centre director Professor... 

LWAZI NGUBEVANA
South Africa’s biofuels growth needs a clear, supportive framework
LWAZI NGUBEVANA South Africa’s biofuels growth needs a clear, supportive framework

S Africa won’t budge on State wage bill, finance chief says 

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2021 South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni told an investment conference the Treasury won’t back down on its insistence that any wage agreement for state workers mustn’t breach the government’s fiscal ceiling. Mboweni made the comments at a conference organized by JSE Ltd. and sponsored by... 

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Paramount relocates technical aviation academy to Wonderboom airport

By: Donna Slater     17th June 2021 Paramount Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of aerospace and technology company Paramount Group, has moved its technical aviation academy to Wonderboom National Airport, adjacent to the company’s advanced aircraft manufacturing facility. Paramount Group originally launched its technical aviation... 

A aviation technical student examines one of Paramount's Dassault Mirage jets
A aviation technical student examines one of Paramount's Dassault Mirage jets

Shoprite spends R700m over five years training more than 30 000 youths

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2021 Retail chain Shoprite Group has spent more than R700-million over the past five years on skills development and training programmes to enhance the career options of South Africa’s unskilled and unemployed youth. It has trained 24 308 people in its own Retail Readiness Programme, provided 1 027... 

Supporting young engineers important for future of infrastructure in South Africa, says Saice

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2021 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering's (Saice's) Young Members Panel chairperson Michael Mhlanga says young engineers are the future custodians of South Africa’s infrastructure and should be supported in their personal and professional development. Continuous education, mentorship,... 

Nxesi issues new directive for workplace vaccinations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 Employers should find a reasonable resolution that accommodates all parties where employees refuse to be vaccinated for medical and constitutional grounds. This is contained in the new consolidated directive on occupational health and safety (OHS) measures in certain workplaces, which was... 

Commuter rail on the rise

By: Cameron Mackay     11th June 2021 Railroad equipment supplier Gibela aims to elevate commuter rail as the transport mode of choice by contributing to safe and reliable public transport, in line with the transport sector’s objectives. “The rail manufacturing industry has been dormant in South Africa for about 40 years, and Gibela... 

HECTOR DANISA 
Gibela plays a pivotal role in South Africa’s economic growth, contributing to our GDP and job creation, and adding to government’s revenue base
HECTOR DANISA Gibela plays a pivotal role in South Africa’s economic growth, contributing to our GDP and job creation, and adding to government’s revenue base

Showcase to be hosted to boost tech SMMEs

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2021 Fourth Industrial Revolution laboratory Forge Academy, in partnership with Nokia and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) SMME Chamber, will host a showcase for small and medium-sized tech businesses and tech startups in Fourways on June 30. The showcase is aimed at highlighting... 

Survey shows African business leaders have positive outlook for 2021 

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2021 Professional services firm PwC’s twenty-fourth yearly ‘Global CEO Survey’ finds that CEOs have an improved outlook and record high optimism about the global economy, with 68% of CEOs in Africa believing growth will improve this year. This compares with 76% of CEOs outside of Africa being... 

Nzimande announces expansion of the Imbali Education and Innovation precinct project

By: Yvonne Silaule     8th June 2021 The Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation will revitalise and expand the Imbali Education and Innovation Precinct project as a pilot to explore and test an alternative modality of education delivery, based on closer multi-educational institutional cooperation, with science and... 

Busa expresses concern over commission’s rejection of Burger King sale

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2021 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has noted with concern the Competition Commission’s recent decision to block the sale of Burger King by Grand Parade Investments to ECP Africa, saying it would have unintended consequences. The commission cited ECP’s lack of black ownership credentials as the... 

Civil engineering student awarded Egis bursary

By: Schalk Burger     7th June 2021 Second-year civil engineering student Lethabo Matabane, who is a member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), has received a bursary from engineering services multinational Egis. The bursary will cover her tuition fees, textbooks and residence accommodation costs, as well... 

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th June 2021 The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) announced on Monday the registration of the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on March 31, with conditions. SAHPRA CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela explained that one of the conditions is that the vaccine be manufactured under conditions... 

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

UJ School of Accounting receives R11m Seta grant to improve TVET audit outcomes

By: Schalk Burger     7th June 2021 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) School of Accounting in the College of Business and Economics has been awarded an R11-million grant to invest in the improvement of audit outcomes in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges. The grant was provided by the Education,... 

Seifsa calls for national disaster recovery plan for metals, engineering sector

By: Schalk Burger     7th June 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called for the creation of a national state of disaster support and recovery plan for the metals and engineering sector. Such a plan should provide an opportunity for the industries to reset, reposition... 

Six Master's, two PhD scholarships available at SU courtesy of DeepMind

By: Schalk Burger     4th June 2021 London-based artificial intelligence (AI) research and applications organisation DeepMind is supporting postgraduate students in the fields of applied mathematics, statistics, electrical and electronic engineering and computer science at Stellenbosch University (SU). Six scholarships are... 

Industry insight opportunity for students

By: Anna Moross     4th June 2021 Owing to the fast-paced changes in the boilers and burners sector, technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges have initiated an Occupational Qualification Dual System programme that entails sending students into the industry to ensure that they are prepared when they obtain an... 

BOILERMAKING QUALIFICATION 
The programme . . . aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge from the college while attaining real-time experience at a company
BOILERMAKING QUALIFICATION The programme . . . aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge from the college while attaining real-time experience at a company

Institute working to host international event locally

By: Cameron Mackay     4th June 2021 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) is collaborating with industry bodies and relevant government departments to host the International Tribology Council’s (ITC’s) eighth International World Tribology Congress in South Africa in 2025 or 2026, says SAIT president Patrick Swan.  “We are... 

South Africa’s overall employment picture still a cause for concern, says Minister

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd June 2021 While some industries have shown small employment gains, the overall picture is still a cause for concern, with a large decrease in employment between 2020’s fourth quarter and the first quarter of this year in industries classified as non-essential, which saw between 84 000 and 87 000 jobs lost.... 

Motus takes on 355 young people for YES working experience

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2021 Automotive group Motus has come on board to support the Youth Employment Service (YES) by providing 355 young people with work experience. YES was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018 and encourages the private sector to create critical work experience opportunities for young people... 

Pamsa opens applications for Masters of Engineering bursary programme

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2021 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) Masters of Engineering (MEng) bursary programme is now open for applications for the 2022/23 intake. Applications can be submitted via Pamsa’s website by June 30. 

Macsteel launches third Macsteel Express franchise partnership

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 Steel merchant Macsteel has launched the third of its independently owned Macsteel Express franchise partnerships, in Nelspruit, on June 1. Macsteel launched the first of its two franchise partner concept outlets in February this year in Klerksdorp and Welkom, respectively.   

Absa PMI rises in May, suggesting another quarterly expansion

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 57.8 points in May  from 56.2 the month before, with four of the five subcomponents remaining well above the neutral 50-point mark.  Only the employment index dipped back into negative terrain for May. 

New global report highlights growing demand for wind workforce training in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa is identified in a new international report as one of ten countries where training efforts will need to be intensified and accelerated over the coming five years to match the skills demand that will be created during the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of new... 

New global report highlights growing demand for wind workforce training in South Africa

Free online youth vocational training app launched in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2021 Online learning company Trace, in partnership with Senghor University, in Egypt, and the French Development Agency (AFD) have launched a free online vocational training platform – Trace Academia. The platform has been built for young South Africans to build their skills and to find or create jobs. 

EWSETA planning to bolster domestic hydrogen development readiness, capabilities

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2021 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) is planning to work closely with hydrogen sector role-players in South Africa in an effort to ensure that as the uptake of this technology grows, young people are being capacitated with the knowledge and skills needed to see... 

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2021 The number of private vaccination sites will need to be ramped-up aggressively in the coming weeks if South Africa is to reach the daily inoculation tempo of 192 000 required by the start of June to position the country to consume the millions of vaccine doses that have been secured for its... 

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule
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