The second National WorldSkills South Africa (WSSA) competition, held in Durban from 13 to 17 February, was a great success, with one hundred and twenty two participants from public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges and the Universities of Technology taking part in the event. Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Department of Higher Education and Training Honourable Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said competitions like this went a long way towards building enthusiasm for the trades.
Ed Newman, who describes his blood as orange, has been managing director of Osram since 2016. He has been with the company for close to three decades and has enjoyed every minute of his time there. Ed is a team player and his management style is one of encouragement. He enjoys working with a team that combines the wisdom of older staff members with the ‘fire’ of younger ones and believes firmly that the way to get the best out of your team is to play to their strengths.
Voltex is hosting its first Electrical Trade Expo at Power Park in Epping Industria 1, Cape Town, on 7 and 8 March 2017. The Electrical Trade Expo is the Western Cape’s largest gathering of technical specialists, market leaders and international and local suppliers, under one roof.
The economic development of South Africa is closely tied to the development of a skilled workforce said Gwebinkundla Qonde, the director general for the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in his address at the National Artisan Development Strategy conference, held in Benoni at the end of last year. “A good artisan training system needs to produce quality artisans who will contribute to the country’s economy.”
Raymond Nel, general manager at Nordland Lighting for the past two years, has been in the electrical industry for the past decade. With an extensive background in electronics, the transition to the electrical industry was easy for Raymond.
Scatec Solar has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Africa50, an African Infrastructure fund sponsored by the African Development Bank and more than 20 African States and Norfund (the Norwegian Investment Fund for Development Countries), securing investment into the 100 MW (dc) Nova Scotia Power plant located in Dutse in the Northern Nigerian state of Jigawa.