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Education & Skills Development News

Employment environment bleak, but there are opportunities for improvement  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2024 The 2024 ‘UASA South African Employment Report’ and second UASA/Bureau of Market Research (BMR) Employment Index paints a bleak picture of the country’s employment situation; however, there are areas of focus that can be pursued to turn this around, including skills development to capitalise on... 

Solutions provider helps manage emissions reduction

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2024 As a company that delivers modern, efficient solutions for oil and gas burner and boiler installations, Combustion Technology prides itself on its continuous carbon reduction cognisance, both for its own operations and for those of its clients, says Combustion Technology MD Grant Renecle. He... 

A man in a R&D workshop working on Boiler monitoring technologies
WORKING HARD The new Mini MK9 developed by Autoflame and distributed locally by Combustion Technology it can trim the air/fuel ratio of a client's operation by monitoring the actual flame itself

Nedbank launches R10m Indalo Fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2024 Finance institution Nedbank on May 15 announced the launch of the R10-million Indalo Fund at the Indalo Inclusive Symposium at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria. The Indalo Fund is designed to change the way entrepreneurs are funded, creating a pipeline of viable... 

An image of Nedbank Corporate Social Responsibility executive head Poovi Pillay
Nedbank Corporate Social Responsibility executive head Poovi Pillay

Tshwane Automotive SEZ celebrates training of first cohort of youth

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2024 The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) on May 14 celebrated the first cohort of 526 local youths trained in safety, health, environment and quality to participate in different parts of the automotive value chain. These skills were critical in all aspects of the automotive value... 

An automotive component factory in the TASEZ

EWSETA, partners to advance women in electrical, renewable energy fields in Limpopo

By: Sabrina Jardim     13th May 2024 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) – in support of Power Africa, a US government-led partnership – and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) South Africa, launched Phase 2 of the Just Energy... 

EWSETA CEO Mpho Mookapele
EWSETA CEO Mpho Mookapele

UJ becomes Project Management Institute’s first academic partner

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2024 The Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced the addition of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to its list of authorised training partners (ATP). With this, UJ becomes PMI’s first academic ATP in South Africa to offer PMI Construction Professional (PMI-CP) certification training. 

Seifsa, Numsa conclude three-year metals, engineering sector wage agreement

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2024 After three formal engagements, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded the terms of a three-year wage agreement for the metals and engineering sector. The agreement is... 

South Africa avoids technical recession despite challenges – Deloitte

By: Sabrina Jardim     10th May 2024 With unemployment, loadshedding and a weak economy being front-line issues in the upcoming elections, the incoming administration must drive investment and reform to restart growth, build confidence and help South Africa’s economy meet its potential, says advisory firm Deloitte. In its May 2024... 

Balwin seeks to broaden access to padel in South Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     10th May 2024 Balwin Padel, a division of JSE-listed property developer Balwin Properties, opened four new padel courts at its Thaba Eco Lifestyle Centre, in Gauteng, at the end of April. The sports centre now has six padel courts available to residents of the Thaba Eco Estate and to the public. Players can... 

An image depicting Balwin's padel courts

South African companies struggling to keep pace with e-commerce growth

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th May 2024 While the cost of doing business is increasing, as companies grapple with ad hoc systems, legacy technology, skills gaps and poor infrastructure, global e-commerce companies with a “wealth of know-how” are rapidly intensifying competition. Hence, the influx of best-in-class global players into... 

Accenture sales and commerce lead Africa Mushambi Mutuma.
Accenture sales and commerce lead Africa Mushambi Mutuma.

SAB launches talent programme, invites young graduates to apply

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd May 2024 Against the backdrop of a high unemployment rate among South Africa’s youth, beermaker South African Breweries (SAB) has launched the first edition of its SAB Talent Challenge. The SAB explains that the programme aims to turn “traditional talent attraction practice on its head through this... 

SAB VP of people Bridget Makhura.
SAB VP of people Bridget Makhura.

RAF launches campaign to deal with unfinalised claims 

By: Sabrina Jardim     2nd May 2024 Amid a current backlog of around 321 000 unfinalised claims, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) has launched a campaign to reduce claims submitted before April 2021 that have yet to be finalised. The campaign calls claimants to submit all outstanding documents to ensure that the RAF has all the... 

NBI launches pragmatic Just Energy Transition Skilling for Employment Programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2024 With skills having been identified as a key cross-cutting requirement for the Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JET-IP), the National Business Initiative (NBI), together with the Presidency’s JET project management unit (JET PMU) and Boston Consulting Group, have launched the JET... 

welding and cutting training

Rand Refinery donates R2m to seven Gauteng schools

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2024 As part of its commitment to education, precious metals refiner Rand Refinery has donated R2-million to seven primary and secondary schools in Gauteng. The company says this donation will be allocated towards refurbishments at, and procurement of modern educational tools by, the selected schools. 

Transnet aims to defend its decision to partner with ICTSI at the DCT

By: Darren Parker     29th April 2024 State-owned Transnet has defended its decision to select Phillipines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) as the preferred bidder for the establishment of a partnership to manage the upgrade and development of Pier 2 at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT). Following the... 

DCT Pier 2

Some uncertainties remain around incoming visa regime changes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2024 Government is changing the way the South African visa system works and immigration law experts have lauded this positive step to enable more foreign skilled labour into the country, but they stress that some clarifications are still needed. In a webinar on immigration in South Africa on April 25,... 

Laptop

SAWEA gearing up for seventh WindAc Africa conference

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2024 The seventh yearly WindAc Africa conference, organised by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), is drawing near. It will take place from October 1 to 3 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), running concurrently with the Windaba Conference and Exhibition. 

wind turbines

Nehawu has called a strike at the Dube TradePort at King Shaka International Airport

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th April 2024 The Dube TradePort Corporation, an agency of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, has announced that 112 employees, members of the Nehawu trade union, have gone on strike. The workers work in the company’s Bargaining Unit. The corporation has created and operates the Dube TradePort special... 

University of Pretoria inaugurates new immersive technology lab

By: Darren Parker     16th April 2024 The University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology has launched a new immersive technology lab at the Department of Information Science as a way of further integrating advanced immersive technologies into its curriculum and research initiatives. The... 

Man using VR headset

Institute warns of looming change in standards

By: Halima Frost     12th April 2024 As the unit standards of the current National Qualifications Framework (NQF) expired in June 2023, with the last enrolment of learners in June 2024, professional body Institute for Work at Height (IWH) continues its efforts to maintain some form of standardisation in the sector. As a result of... 

Two men on a scaffold wearing PPE and safety harnesses
STANDING FOR STANDARDS The Institute for Work at Height continues its efforts to maintain some form of standardisation in the sector

Murray & Roberts Cementation showcases simulated mine training facility 

10th April 2024 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation in mid-March showcased its mock-up mine and other training facilities for underground mechanised mining operators, supervisors and engineers at its Bentley Park Training Academy, in Carletonville.  

Murray & Roberts Cementation showcases simulated mine training facility
Murray & Roberts Cementation showcases simulated mine training facility

Unions, industry prepare for ‘tough’ talks as metals, engineering negotiations set to get under way

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2024 Trade unions and industry associations expect negotiations at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), which are set to start on April 10, in Boksburg, to be tough. Trade union Solidarity says the negotiations will be challenging because of an agreement that was reached... 

generic picture of metal worker

CDE criticises govt’s lack of ambition in its job creation strategy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2024 South Africa faces an unemployment crisis, and the African National Congress’ (ANC’s) manifesto promise of 3.5-million work opportunities, is considerably inadequate to address this, independent policy research and advocacy organisation the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) executive... 

Old govt buildings to be converted into homes for State employees  

By: Darren Parker     5th April 2024 Human Settlements Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi wants to convert old and unused government buildings into residential properties for government employees. She said this was part of an effort to do away with apartheid spatial planning by bringing workers closer to their places of work or to existing... 

Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi
In this video, Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi discusses her department's efforts to provide housing.

Labour dept to launch new programme to tackle unemployment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th April 2024 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on April 4 announced that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) would launching a new Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Labour Activation Programme (LAP) to provide training for employment and entrepreneurship programmes. He informed that... 

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi
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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

Regulations need to adapt to evolving industry – drone specialist

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th March 2024 A collaborative approach between industry authority the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and drone operators is critical in further easing regulations for new and existing drone operators while achieving airspace safety, says drone-based services specialist RocketDNA quality... 

An image of drone pilot trainees at RocketDNA
TAKING FLIGHT Drone pilot training can range from two to three weeks, based on a trainee’s capabilities

New innovation fund for South African tertiary institutions launched with UN support

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2024 South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly launched a new fund to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the country’s tertiary education sector. The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), as it is called, is... 

Decline in formal sector employment for 2023 Q4 – Stats SA 

By: Thabi Shomolekae     26th March 2024 The Statistician-General of South Africa Risenga Maluleke on Tuesday reported a decrease in the total number of employees in the formal non-agricultural sector by 194 000 in the fourth quarter of 2023, bringing the level of employment to 10.7-million people. Maluleke was releasing the results of... 

Image of Risenga Maluleke
Statistician-General of South Africa Risenga Maluleke

Joburg’s climate action plan to create more than 400 000 jobs – Gwamanda

By: Darren Parker     25th March 2024 Investment into climate mitigating strategies, as outlined in the City of Johannesburg’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), could create as many as 340 000 jobs, while investment into climate adaptation strategies could create an additional 77 000 jobs, Johannesburg executive mayor Kabelo Gwamanda has... 

Johannesburg executive mayor Kabelo Gwamanda
Johannesburg executive mayor Kabelo Gwamanda

City of Cape Town, NBI partner on artisan skills development programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2024 The City of Cape Town’s Facilities Management Department has partnered with the National Business Initiative (NBI) on an artisan development programme, with the first cohort of 31 learners having started work with the city. The city’s Facilities Management Department has taken the 31 learners on... 

An image showing a group of selected learners who are part of the City of Cape Town and the NBI's artisan skills development programme
A group of selected learners who are part of this artisan skills development programme

cidb, Deputy Minister launch programme to accelerate construction industry transformation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th March 2024 Public Works and Infrastructure Deputy Minister Bernice Swart and industry regulator the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) on March 14 officially launched the B.U.I.L.D Programme, aimed at accelerating transformation in the construction industry, increasing its capacity to deliver... 

An image of Construction Industry Development Board CEO Bongani Dladla
cidb CEO Bongani Dladla

Industry body condemns fuel adulteration

15th March 2024 Industry body the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has affirmed in a statement released in January that it condemns the adulteration of diesel with illuminating paraffin. It added that Sapia members have zero-tolerance policies towards fuel adulteration to ensure that quality... 

Fuel pumps being held by a mans hand
FILL 'ER UP The illegal adulteration of diesel fuel by adding paraffin seams to be on the incline

Methanol surge expected to continue

15th March 2024 In recent years, the demand for methanol has witnessed a significant surge, particularly within the marine and construction industries, states analytical reportage company Persistence Market Research. The observation of this upward trend prompted Persistence Market Research to conduct a... 

a glass bottle with clear methanol inside and a sticker on with the chemical compound breakdown on the front
MAKING METHNOL Methanol is used as a feedstock for the synthesis of numerous chemicals, including formaldehyde, acetic acid and methyl tertiary-butyl ether

Programme targets underprivileged youth

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2024 Commercial fuels, lubricants and oils retailer Shell Downstream South Africa has invested over R30-million in its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) bursary programme to help develop less fortunate youth in South Africa. STEM subjects are more than gateways to “great,... 

A picture of Shell Downstream South Africa learning and development manager Kefilwe Maseko stood in front of a Shell banner by a school blackboard
KEFILWE MASEKO For over ten years, the programme has given young individuals from disadvantaged or underprivileged backgrounds who have met the relevant academic requirements the opportunity to further their studies in tertiary institutions.

Company invests in driver, vehicle management systems 

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2024 Specialist transport group Unitrans continues to invest heavily in various event-based in-vehicle management systems (IVMS) to ensure the safety of its drivers, fleet and cargo in its chemical and petrochemicals bulk transport supply chain businesses. “Owing to the significant volatility of its... 

A unitrans tanker at a depot in the setting sun
Unitrans chemicals and explosives transport head Bryce Varner and Unitrans business development: petroleum head Ray Singh discuss compliance and its fleet. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.02.2024

White biotechnology solutions highlighted

15th March 2024 Market intelligence specialists IDTechEx reported in February that handbags made of mushroom leather and biodegradable foodware are two examples of how white biotechnology can produce functional products that look good. White biotechnology uses enzymes and microorganisms to produce value-added... 

Mushrooms next to two manufactured leather rounds
SO MUSHROOM FOR DEVELOPMENT The development of leather form mushrooms and other white biotechnologies bodes well for a greener textile future

Biobased plastics launched to transform auto sector

15th March 2024 A consortium led by sustainable technology innovator Sonichem has been granted nearly R14.6-million in funding from UK government agency Innovate UK’s 'Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing' (REforMM) programme. The funding will accelerate the development of the proprietary Sonichem... 

An info graphic Car with Green parts manufactured from petrochemicals
GOOD CARMA The production of renewable, cost-effective alternatives to petrochemicals commonly used in the production of plastics, resins and composites within the automotive industry
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