Metering Industry Association launched in South Africa

The Department of Trade Industry and Competition has established The South African Metering Industry Association to strengthen the metering industry and stimulate employment. Since the designation of both residential electricity and water meters, direct and indirect employment has been created and this has benefited the component manufacturing industries. The existing local production capacity and capabilities in South Africa within the metering industry can ensure the growth of the industry and create much needed jobs. As a result of this, the Department of Trade Industry and Competition has established an association…

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Manufacturing for renewables will create jobs, says Eskom’s De Ruyter

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter is discussing efforts to go greener at the state-owned power utility. Gallo Images Manufacturing renewable energy components are part of a bigger strategy to create some 300 000 jobs, Eskom CEO André de Ruyter said in an interview on radio station 702 on Friday, citing studies by a national business initiative. De Ruyter was discussing efforts to go greener at the state-owned power utility. Eskom generates most of South Africa’s electricity from coal. The utility, which reported a fourth straight annual loss earlier this week and…

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South Africa: Bid to Improve Productivity in Clothing Manufacturing Industry

Finding ways to improve productivity and sustainability in the clothing manufacturing industry will come under the spotlight this week. The entity tasked with promoting productivity and employment growth in South Africa, Productivity SA, the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry (NBCCMI)’s Productivity and Training Institute (PTI) will host a knowledge sharing session that will bring union members and business owners together on Wednesday. In a statement, the Department of Employment and Labour said that the webinar is organised through Productivity SA’s business Turnaround and Recovery Programme (BT&R) which…

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A look at Ford’s upgraded factory in South Africa – which can make a Ranger every 2 minutes

Ford South Africa has created around 1,200 incremental jobs by adding a third shift as part of the $1.05-billion (R15 billion) investment in its Silverton Assembly Plant. The automotive group said that its local workforce has increased from the current 4,200 employees to approximately 5,000, along with an additional 440 jobs at the plant’s on-site service provider. This takes the total Ford employees at the Silverton facility to over 4,100, with 850 people employed at Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant in Gqeberha, it said. The reintroduction of the third shift will…

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CHIETA and SABS work together to address unemployment

The Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see the organisations working together to support and create new jobs  in the country’s growing chemicals sector. The MoU, which will span a period of 36 months, will include the provision of the SABS’s world-class conformity assessment services to SMMEs that form part of CHIETA and the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Entrepreneurs for Traction training programme. The programme, which is hosted at UJ’s Johannesburg Business…

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Autodesk acquisition delivers powerful urban design platform into South Africa

Autodesk announced the completion of its acquisition of Oslo, Norway-based Spacemaker on November 24, 2020, for $240 million net of cash. This represents Autodesk’s thirteenth investment in design and construction solutions providers in three years, including five acquisitions.   Spacemaker helps architects and urban designers maximise developers’ long-term property investments and realise the full potential of the site by enabling them to quickly generate, optimise and iterate on design options taking into consideration design criteria and data like terrain, maps, wind, lighting, traffic, zoning, etc. Further, supporting the effort to…

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Chelsey Turner shines a bright light for Women in Engineering

If media reports on industry representation are to be believed, then Engineering is the most male-dominated sector in the STEM fields. This Women’s Month, Chelsey Turner, Segment Lead and Marketing Manager for the Infrastructure Segment at WorldsView, reflects on her experiences in the field and she believes that the future of women in engineering is bright. Turner, who holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) from the University of Pretoria was first drawn to the industry after shadowing a German engineer who was working on the Gautrain project at the…

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