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Education and Training

New centre makes significant progress

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2011 Blasting solutions company AEL Mining Services’ R2-million skills development centre, in Modderfontein, has trained 978 people in various programmes, courses and assessments since its launch late last year.  

College experiences high apprenticeship intake

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2011 The Colliery Training College (CTC) has experienced the highest apprenticeship intake for the first quarter of the year since the global economic recession and expects a further increase in the second quarter. 

Tribology education key – institute

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2011 Tribology education is key to understanding the cost of nonconformance to tribology practices in, besides others, the mining sector, says the South African Institute of Tribology president John Fitton.  

Need to diversify education for SA’s coal industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2011 Currently, little is being done to improve the limited education and skills training in the fields of coal mining, coal production and coal as a source of energy, University of Witwatersrand School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering professor Rosemary Falcon tells Mining Weekly. 

New mining engineering education approach shows promise  

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2011 The University of Pretoria’s Department of Mining Engineering reports it is currently in the final stage of converting all its undergraduate paper-based mining subjects to instructionally-designed modules. 

SA needs focused skills programme

30th April 2010 South Africa produces more mining engineers than all other English-speaking countries combined, but it is not producing sufficient skills to replace its aging engineering and artisan population. These are the findings of mining research carried out by the recruitment firm Landelahni Business... 

Donation assists in improving quality training

30th April 2010 Global safety company MSA Africa has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety cabinets to training provider KBC Health & Safety, to assist in training delegates to better understand PPE, how it works and how to use it effectively. 

Increased throughput of mining engineers top priority

By: Henry Lazenby     30th April 2010 Providing a continuous stream of mining engineering graduates and mining professionals is paramount to ensuring that South Africa remains one of the top mining countries in the world, says Head of the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Mining Engineering professor Fred Cawood. 

Need for increased managment-level training

By: Henry Lazenby     30th April 2010 While mining companies are putting greater emphasis on artisanal training through embedded technical training colleges, more needs to be done more needs to be done to reduce the skills gap between mining artisans and technicians, and mining management, says Minerals and Energy Education Training... 

New industrial training facility created

By: Henry Lazenby     30th April 2010 South Africa's leading producer and supplier of conveyor belt repair materials and services Rema Tip Top SA made a strategic decision, in August last year, to restructure its training facility and position the facility to deliver accredited and unit standard-aligned training to employees and... 

Achieving project management excellence critical

By: Henry Lazenby     30th April 2010 Project owners need to change their perceptions of project management and how it is best applied to achieve project management excellence. Planning and Cost Engineering (PaCE) Services CEO and MD Nic Bennett believes that too few competent project managers are reaching the level of professional... 

Palabora’s PROTEC produces top-notch matriculants

30th April 2010 Global miner Rio Tinto's Palabora Mining Company, through the Palabora Foundation, has been tackling poor education in the local communities by working closely with the Limpopo Department of Education. The primary focus of this partnership is to improve the development of educators as well as the... 

Recognition of prior learning will accelerate adult education

By: Lindsey Berry     1st May 2009 A new adult basic education and training (Abet) programme, Accelerate, has been developed by education and training company Media Works. Accelerate uses recognition of prior learning as the basis for its increased efficiency in the training process. 

Industry must see education as long-term investment during downturn

By: Lindsey Berry     1st May 2009 Allowing the global financial crisis to reduce investment in education will have serious implications for the future of the industry, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering head, Professor Huw Phillips, tells Mining Weekly.  

Attracting staff to mining education a challenge

By: Lindsey Berry     1st May 2009 Attracting qualified people to become mining engineering educators is a challenge which requires effective management, says University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering head, Professor Huw Phillips. 

The art of good training 

By: Lindsey Berry     1st May 2009 The new efficacy programme introduced by the Further Education Training Colleges (FETC) Act of 2006 means that learners have to spend longer in colleges than required by the previous programme. Chamber of Mines skills development adviser Vusi Mabena tells Mining Weekly that this has brought about... 

Skills more valuable than money in downturn

1st May 2009 The downturn has put pressure on businesses to cut costs wherever possible and managers often look first to training budgets when the cutting starts, says LR Group chief strategist Natalie Maroun. This is despite the fact that a recent survey in the UK by IMC (UK) Learning entitled, ‘Staff... 

Industry support admirable, but more support is needed – Wits 

By: Jonathan Faurie     2nd May 2008 Although there is an admirable level of support from industry in the education of students in mining degrees, more support is needed in order to make a significant move in resolving the current skills crises, reports the Wits School of Mining Engineering. 

Skills retention problem takes precedence over lack of skilled labour

By: Jonathan Faurie     2nd May 2008 The retention of skills has become a focus point over the training of skilled artisans for high-grade iron ore focused Kumba Iron Ore. 

Drastic measures to avert the skills crisis 

By: Jonathan Faurie     2nd May 2008 Drastic measures to avert the current skills crisis that South Africa is experiencing, is taking root through an initiative between industry role-players. 

Computer-assisted modules enhance success achieved by one-on-one interaction

By: Jonathan Faurie     2nd May 2008 The computer-based module that is being used in the industry by Adult Basic Education and Training (Abet) provider, Media Works, is enhancing the success that the company has achieved through its one-on-one training model. 

Mining company reaffirms skills development commitment

2nd May 2008 Global mining company Rio Tinto has confirmed its commitment to increase its skills development programme in South Africa. 

Training push diluted by graduates opting out of mining

By: Dennis Ndaba     2nd November 2007 Mine geology research at the University of the Witwatersrand is currently focused on a number of topics that are pertinent to the changing needs of the mining industry. 

University and business cooperate to meet global graduate shortfall

By: Neal Goldwyer     4th May 2007 The school of mining engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has received increased government funding for 2007 and reports an upturn in bursaries from, and a dedication, on the part of corporate South Africa to develop the next generation of skilled mining professionals. 

Accredited training provider scoops service industry award

By: Neal Goldwyer     4th May 2007 Corporate, business and management training provider CBM Training has been voted Training Provider of the Year 2006 out of 230 nominated companies at the first National Training and Skills Awards. 

Gold miner builds on adult-based training initiative

By: Neal Goldwyer     4th May 2007 Africa's third largest gold producer Harmony Gold intends to accelerate its adult-based education and training (ABET) programme so that it can focus on further education and training (FET). 

Mock-ups, computer-aided training to enhance productivity

By: Neal Goldwyer     4th May 2007 Additional shaft mock-ups, a multimedia education centre, and two new mining equipment simulators are planned for the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy at its premises in Bentley Park near the town of Carletonville on the West Rand. 

Training initiative enhances safety in mining

5th May 2006 The South African mining industry is benefiting substantially from increased quality and safety standards in its blasting operations as a direct result of a unique service initiative offered by African Explosives Limited (AEL). 

US skills crisis will impact South African mining industry

By: Jade Davenport     5th May 2006 The mining industry has long been engaged in a debate with academics as to how many mining engineering graduates South African tertiary institutions should be producing to satisfy the current and future needs of the industry, government and academia. 

Developing ‘human gold’

By: Jade Davenport     5th May 2006 While South Africa’s skills shortage is threatening to sabotage and negatively influence the country’s economic growth prospects, Africa’s second largest gold-miner, Gold Fields, has embarked on a proactive campaign to alleviate the present skills dearth. This will be done... 

HIV/Aids education and training needed to improve productivity

By: Jade Davenport     5th May 2006 With an estimated 11,4% of South Africa’s population infected with HIV/Aids , this disease has become a pandemic that is increasingly threatening the efficiency and productivity of the country’s workforce. 

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