New civil engineer graduates join SANRAL training academy
A new crop of civil engineering graduates joined the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd’s (SANRAL) Training Excellence Academy (TEA) in Port Elizabeth. Two of the seven candidates have already worked on-site on SANRAL projects in the Western and Northern Regions but will now spend time at the... Read more
Government committed to support SMMEs
Government remains committed to providing support to the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMMEs) as they are an important component to South Africa’s industrialisation, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. “We cannot achieve the goals and objectives of our Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and radical economic transformation... Read more
Coega launches a successful Supplier Development Day
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) this past week launched its inaugural Supplier Development Day at the Vulindlela Accommodation & Conference Centre (VACC). The event, which is a first by a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), saw captains of industry together with emerging businesses under one roof discussing various topics prevalent... Read more
Dti puts the work in workplace with epic enterprise challenge
Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Rob Davies, is expected to launch the 20th anniversary of the Workplace Challenge (WPC) next week. The WPC is a two-year programme implemented amongst South African enterprises to improve their productivity and ensure sustainability of jobs. Accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of... Read more
May the best furniture win
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) industrial design student Merliska Meerman will use her “Rhino” design concept as a solution to filling the gap currently existing in the South African manufacturing sector for children’s furniture. The 21-year-old will vie for the coveted title of producing the best furniture design concept... Read more
Call for entrepreneurs to be innovative
Young people must be actively involved in establishing new mechanisms of conducting viable businesses that are in sync with the inventions of the 21st century, says Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe. “As the government, we have adopted clearly defined policies and procedures to... Read more
SA faces stiff African competition in education
 South Africa’s higher education system is facing stiff competition from its African counterparts, despite the country hosting six of the top 15 African universities says the World Economic Forum in the 2017 Africa Competitiveness Report. The latest report puts Mauritius Mauritius (ranking 52nd) as the highest ranked of all... Read more
Young woman builds business empire from R1,000
When Promise Machimane, 32, was retrenched from her bank job, she struggled to find employment for a number of years, a story that thousands of young people can relate to. Despite the depressing period of unemployment after having lost her job with six years of experience, Machimane decided to... Read more
Tough times no reason not to start a business
Following a technical recession in Q1, and with slow economic growth forecast, South Africa can expect tough economic times ahead. But this is no reason not to start a new business, says Nedbank. Nedbank economist Busiswe Radebe says the global economic picture is uneven, with regions like the US... Read more
Move to end misrepresentation of qualifications
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande will soon present a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Amendment Bill to Parliament for approval. Minister Nzimande explained that the NQF Amendment Bill strengthens all the mechanisms to deal with misrepresentation of qualifications, as well as the verification by the South African Qualifications... Read more