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Shipping containers provide temporary teaching facility Shipping containers provide temporary teaching facility
Published: 25 May 18
The Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE), in Cape Town, is using shipping containers at its campus for interim teaching and office space while campus expansion is under way. The ASE, first formed in 1997 in Johannesburg, has had significant success and growth since then. Owing to its success, the school opened a second campus in Cape Town in February 2016. However, this campus is still not large enough to cope with the influx of students, says Cape Town ASE principal Keith Farquharson.
Digitising processes could solve skills shortage Digitising processes could solve skills shortage
Published: 25 May 18
New Zealand-based engineering consultancy firm BVT Engineering Professional Services (BVT) and global technology consultancy firm Mint Management Technologies (Mint Group), have partnered to address the current shortage of engineers in New Zealand. BVT MD Matt Bishop states that New Zealand’s construction industry desperately needs tradespeople, engineers and builders to address industry demand. News website Stuff.co.nz has reiterated Bishop’s concerns this month, saying that the construction industry will require between 50 000 to 60 000 qualified tradespeople to satisfy expected industry growth and demand for the next five years. According to the website, local training institutes for tradespeople received only 11 500 applicants last year.
New company focuses on sustainability New company focuses on sustainability
Published: 25 May 18
Wadeville-based perlite and vermiculite manufacturer and distributor, Sun Silicates, has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions, which specialises in developing value-add products for the building and construction industries. CemteQ Building Solutions has been established to cater to the mounting demand for sustainable architectural and construction materials in the construction industry. “The South African construction industry has noted the exponential growth of the Green Building Council of South Africa in the past ten years. This indicates increased social awareness . . .  to look towards sustainable architecture and construction methods,” says CemteQ Building Solutions MD, Victor Bouguenon.
Denel CEO resigns with immediate effect
Published: 25 May 18
State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on May 15 that its Group CEO, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, had resigned. The resignation was with effect from that same day. He had been appointed Group CEO only six months ago, following two years in which he had been acting in that capacity. Ntshepe had been with Denel for 20 years. He stated that his resignation was for personal reasons. Recently appointed Board Chairperson (Ms) Monhla Hlahla expressed the Board’s thanks to him for his contribution to Denel.
Lost in space?
Published: 25 May 18
Analysts say that the planet Earth’s rapidly-growing space economy could hit $600-billion by 2030 and $1-trillion by 2040. Clearly, the space economy, worth some $350-billion today, is growing rapidly.
Weir Minerals shines at Seifsa awards
Published: 24 May 18
Mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals won the 2018 Most Transformed Company of the Year Award, as well as the Environment Stewardship Award, at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence, on Thursday night. Engineering support services company Babcock won the Health and Safety Award for the company with the lowest lost-time injury frequency rate.
African Open Skies plan putting cart before horse – Nigerian airlines
Published: 24 May 18
Nigerian airlines are not enthusiastic about any rapid implementation of the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM). This was made clear at the 27th Annual African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by national industry association Airline Operators of Nigeria CEO Noggie Meggasin on Thursday. The SAATM, popularly known as "Open Skies", was formally adopted by 23 African countries, including Nigeria, in January. The Nigerian Government's adherence to the agreement was despite the opposition to it by the country's airline industry. Currently, all Nigerian airlines are private-sector operations.
Avian flu still affecting agricultural cycles – Quantum Foods
Published: 24 May 18
The first six months of the current financial year proved how quickly agricultural cycles can change, says diversified feeds and poultry business Quantum Foods. This is evidenced through two main factors influencing the macroenvironment during this period, ended March 31.
Probe into influence peddling to start hearings in August
Published: 24 May 18
An inquiry into allegations of influence peddling revolving around former president Jacob Zuma and businessman friends of his will begin formal public hearings in August and could take two years or more, the head of the commission said on Thursday. The allegations around Zuma, forced from office in February by his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, and the wealthy Gupta family have tarred major companies, among them, KPMG and McKinsey, and triggered the revolt against Zuma.
Nigeria's Bodo community claims win over Shell after latest UK court ruling
Published: 24 May 18
A British judge ruled on Thursday that Nigeria's Bodo community, which has been involved in a protracted legal battle with Shell over the clean-up of two 2008 oil spills, should retain the option of litigation for another year. Lawyers for Bodo had accused Shell of trying to kill off the legal case by seeking a court order that would have meant the community had to meet onerous conditions before it could revive its litigation, which is currently on hold.
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