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Education and Training

Training programme targets artisans

By: Nelendhre Moodley     6th May 2005 DCD-Dorbyl’s executive director: human resources Pieter van Niekerk, the brains behind the People Empowerment Network (PEN) SEBENZA initiative, which was borne last year out of a need to relook the company's social responsibility programme, says that the country-wide skills attrition is... 

Training college makes inroads into mining industry

By: Nelendhre Moodley     6th May 2005 “The government has created a winner,” says Open Learning Group’s academic director Dr Thys Herbst, of the mining charter requirements that mining houses participate in human resource development initiatives. 

Company looks to be more aggressive on training

By: Nelendhre Moodley     6th May 2005 “Many companies are unaware of the fact that the Minister of Labour, Membathisi Mdladlana, recently published the New National Skills Development Strategy aimed at skills training for sustainable growth, development and equity, effective from April 2005 to March 2010,” says... 

Training provider calls for unit standards for all Setas

By: Nelendhre Moodley     6th May 2005 “Much money, time and effort is wasted as common topics are handled individually by the various Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas), each intent on developing their own unit standards on topics that overlap,” says Media Works director Dennis Lamberti. 

Contract-management training on the increase

By: Nelendhre Moodley     6th May 2005 As more companies work towards complying with the Mining Charter, one particular aspect of human resource development – training and skills development, which has gained momentum over the years – is steamrolling ahead. 

Abet numbers are not high enough

By: Nelendhre Moodley     6th May 2005 At the moment, the mining industry’s collective workforce only consists of about 25% managers from previously-disadvantaged groups, 5% women employees and less that 1% disabled employees, Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) CEO Dr Menzi Mthwecu reports. 

Wider range of courses likely at diamond school

By: renay de     28th May 2004 As a non-profit organisation, the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School (HODTS) seeks to facilitate entry into the diamond industry at a detailed level, and at a reasonable pace. 

Sector skills plan participation is increasing

By: renay de     28th May 2004 In March, the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) issued its third analysis of workplace skills plans and annual training reports in the Mining and Minerals Sector (M&MS); the report was compiled by Independent Research Services. 

Consolidated mining school expected by 2006

By: renay de     28th May 2004 Most in the mining education industry foresee benefits in the consolidation of mining, engineering and related disciplines, Technikon Witwatersrand School of Mines head Peter Knottenbelt reports. 

Tertiary mining education's future may lie in partnerships

By: renay de     28th May 2004 The University of the Witwatersrand School of Mining Engineering head of department, Prof Huw Phillips, tells Mining Weekly that it is too premature to comment in detail on the formation of a National School of Mines, since a final decision has yet to be taken by the Minister of Education. 

A training success story

28th May 2004 In March 2002, pilot learnership programmes in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration at NQF level 2 (entry level) and NQF level 3 commenced at the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Academy and Open Trade Training Centre (OTTC). 

Record first-year intake at university’s mining department

By: Luxolo Tyali     30th May 2003 The School of Mining Engineering at Wits University has had a record first year intake of 102 students this year. 

R75m to assist in achieving charter goals

By: Luxolo Tyali     30th May 2003 The broad-based empowerment charter for the South African Mining industry poses a number of challenges to the industry. 

Institute focuses on training the policy makers in mining

By: Luxolo Tyali     30th May 2003 Since the election of a democratic government in South Africa, the need for policy formulation and analysis has increased. 

Mining engineering curriculum stays in touch with industry

By: candice haase     31st May 2002 The policy of the Mining Engineering Department at the University of Pretoria (UP) is to ensure that the course which it offers produces well-informed mining engineers who are au fait with the most recent developments in the mining industry. 

Skills fund grants mining R64m for 5 education-and-training projects

By: candice haase     31st May 2002 The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) earlier this month received confirmation from the National Skills Fund (NSF) that it will have access to R64-million for the development of five education and training projects. 

Launch of certificate programme in mineral resource management

31st May 2002 “We are very proud to be offering a certificate programme in Mineral Resource Management (MRM), starting in 2002,” says Alastair MacFarlane senior lecturer in the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. 

Training increased due to growing demand

31st May 2002 Snowden Mining Industry Consultants, an international expert in technologies relating to mining and exploration, met with overwhelming demand for a series of customised training courses presented last year. 

Maintenance courses prove popular

By: candice haase     31st May 2002 Mining Weekly features reporter Candice Haase discusses the mining training courses offered by Roland Bergh Consulting, with owner Roland Bergh. 

Diamond manufacturers in the rough

By: candice haase     31st May 2002 The Valani Project, an entrepreneurial development programme created by the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond School, is incubating 11 potential manufacturers at the moment. 

Productivity up, workforce down

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Education & training 

Training philosophy changing

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Education & training 

Education and training goals clearly defined

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Mining education & training 

Polishing up on diamond skills

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Mining education & training 

Smart people needed in mining industry

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Mining education & training 

Qualifying mining standards

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) started the process of standards-setting last month through the implementation of various standards- generating groups. “After inviting those involved in the mining industry to participate in January, and training everybody the following month, the... 

Demand for mine engineers in Africa

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Although the demand for mine engineers in South Africa has declined, it is expected to increase in the rest of Africa, reports University of Pretoria (UP) mining engineering departmental head Professor Andr 

Centre geared up for 500 trainees a day

By: System Author     30th April 1999 One of the Southern Hemisphere’s best-equipped technical training centres under the dynamic new management of Skills Accel, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), caters for at least 500 trainees a day in its bid to rid South Africa of a skills-shortage scurge, TM... 

Mines dig in and cut back on training

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Even if the minerals industry in South Africa is experiencing economic pressures, it must maintain investment in the training of mining engineers. “Mining companies tend to scale down on research and training first when they experience a downturn due to a weakened gold price, for... 

Maintaining training services

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Mining companies are acknowledging maintenance as a key contributor to overall business success, and therefore have increased their use of training services to ensure that engineering staff are sufficiently skilled to meet this challenge, reports Amis-SA director Roland Bergh. “We expect... 

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