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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CHIETA celebrates TVET month with two initiatives uplifting employment

In South Africa’s drive to create economic opportunities for our youth and unemployed individuals, it is vital to acknowledge and promote the role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. With August named ‘TVET Month’, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) is proud to announce two TVET initiatives which are set to stimulate SMME activity and economic opportunities for individuals in the Western and Northern Cape provinces. “TVET colleges are instrumental in providing development opportunities for our youth and opening doors for employment,” comments CHIETA CEO…

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Dekra Industrial – Encouraging women in safety to ‘dream it and achieve it’

Dekra Industrial, a leading provider of non-destructive testing (NDT), inspections, advanced NDT technologies, aims to be the global partner for a safe world with the support of a dedicated team of people striving to ensure long-term safety, quality, and environmental protection.   Testament to this ethos is Dekra Industrial RSA’s encouraging approach to gender equality and respect, which is also reflected in its like-minded client base within the South African industrial sector.   Dekra Industrial RSA’s culture – combined with a positive working environment, and encouraging support from clients –…

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Driving forward STEM development for young women

A stronger focus should be placed on STEM related subjects and fields to alleviate blockages in South Africa’s talent pipeline. This is the view of  the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA), as the country’s youth unemployment rate stands at an alarming 43.5%* for the first quarter of 2021.   CHIETA believes skills investment remains a sustainable solution particularly in areas such as STEM development which is aligned with advances in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies.   “STEM is responding to the changing technological world which means students should…

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Innovating around cooperatives to create more jobs

By Yershen Pillay, CEO, Chemical Industries Training Authority (CHIETA) Cooperatives play a fundamental role in job creation, economic transformation and the creation of sustainable livelihoods. In fact, data from the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) suggests that cooperatives provide jobs or work opportunities for approximately 280 million people across the globe. Cooperatives’ all-important role will again be highlighted as we celebrate International Cooperatives Day on 3 July 2021.   This is extremely important given the current context of COVID-19 as many organisations prioritise retrenchment in an effort to stay afloat. The…

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Omnia mulls over future of its portfolio star

    As the world moves towards sustainable farming methods, chemicals company Omnia is sitting on a gem – which it plans to sell. The question is, at what price? The management of JSE-listed chemicals company Omnia is in negotiations to sell the company’s crown jewel, US-based Oro Agri, at a presumed significant premium to the R1.2-billion it paid for the firm in March 2018. Omnia, which manufactures and supplies chemicals and specialised services for the agriculture, mining and chemicals application industries, alerted the market in June that it had received and…

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Surge in plastics production defies environmental backlash

Cheap shale gas has fed an investment boom in products that often end up as waste. Has the petrochemicals industry miscalculated? Along the banks of the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, giant cranes whir overhead as thousands of construction workers toil away at what will be one of the largest plastic factories in the world. Once complete, the citadel of smokestacks and pipeworks will churn out 1.6m tonnes a year of pellets for manufacturers in a wide range of industries. They will then make things such as shrink wrap, shampoo bottles and…

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RTS Africa Technologies principal H2Scan opens new Environmental Conditioning Laboratory to further ‘refine’ hydrogen detection in gas process streams

Hydrocarbon fuels are essential for our daily existence. However, extracting usable fuels from crude oil is a complex process in which hydrogen plays a cardinal role, as the correct levels of hydrogen in a refinery process stream largely determine the quality of the final product. “At RTS Africa Technologies, we have been distributing H2Scan hydrogen detection and analysis products for the past decade. In particular, H2Scan’s Hy-Optima range of products have numerous applications in South Africa’s oil refineries,” says Ian Fraser, MD of RTS Africa Group, a Tshwane-based company specialising…

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Gradual shift from selling chemicals to selling solutions, Cisco suggests

International chemicals companies scramble to fast-track their digital transformation journeys as Cisco confirms that 40% of Fortune 500 companies will not exist in a meaningful way in ten years   March 15 2018: As a key sector of the South African economy, the chemicals industry accounts for about 25% of the nation’s manufacturing sales and is the most developed of its kind in Africa, according to the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association, an industry group.   “To seize the Industry 4.0 opportunity, Cisco believes that chemical companies should leverage digital…

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Power underpins wave of African industrialisation

Power is closely tied to a surge of new infrastructure projects and rapid industrialisation across Africa, with significant opportunities still open to the power sector, delegates heard at a briefing for key power sector stakeholders in Sandton this week. Infrastructure spend across Africa will grow at 10% per annum from 2015 and 2025, exceeding $180 billion by 2025. Much of this is expected in Nigeria and South Africa with Nigerian infrastructure spend topping $77 billion by 2025, while in South Africa infrastructure spend may reach $60 billion by 2025. Strong…

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