Hackathon prepares learners for fourth industrial revolution economy

Accenture hosted a STEM hackathon for learners from Alexandra, Diepsloot, and Olievenhoutbosch on 20 July 2019, to enable them to visualise the data used in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum in a practical manner. The hackathon stimulated learners’ interest in STEM careers and the experience will help prepare them for the fourth industrial […]

Partnership builds community relations practice in extractive industries

The Wits Mining Institute and Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (WMI/CSMI) has partnered with Synergy Global to deliver training to community relations practitioners across Africa. Completion of the four courses leads to a programme qualification at NQF Level 6. Each course is also available to delegates as a certificate of either attendance or […]

Six-month aerospace start-up programme concludes in Paris

The six-month accelerator concluded its final leg in Paris in June 2019, as ten participating African start-ups pitched on stage at the Paris Air Lab. The ten start-ups in Airbus Bizlab and GIZ Make-IT in Africa’s #Africa4Future accelerator programme got to pitch their businesses as part of the annual Paris Air Show — the world’s […]

Tax incentives for employing youth in your business

A useful tax incentive for employing youth is ETI or Employee Tax Incentive. ETI allows you to benefit up to R12 000 per year for every qualifying youth you employ. ETI was introduced to help make it more affordable for businesses to appoint new staff and assist young job seekers to find employment. Through ETI, […]

Course development grant seeks to build surveying capacity

The Aubrey Barker Fund and the FIG Foundation are seeking applications for grants of up to €20 000 euro (over two years) with the objective of building the capacity of academic institutions teaching surveying in developing countries, and of providing support in teaching and developing their curriculum more effectively. Grants will be awarded to individuals […]

Short course introduces other professions to geospatial analyses

The Centre for Geographical Analysis (CGA) at Stellenbosch University presented its Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) short course from 3 to 7 June 2019, which was attended by eight delegates. This beginners GIS course teaches the basic theoretical and practical functionality of GIS. The delegates were from a range of Stellenbosch University (SU) departments, […]

Mentoring to help young professionals attain registration

A candidacy mentoring programme run by integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom is ensuring newly-employed graduates attain professional registration. The programme, which includes monthly touchpoint and quarterly progress sessions, tracks performance and nurtures soft skills. The experience of being part of a global corporate like Aecom affords opportunities to be involved in a diverse range of […]

SA GeoTech 2019 presentations

Presentations Day 1 Spatial data science as the key to the geospatial professional’s relevance in the big data age by Dr Arulsivanathan Naidoo, Institute for Spatial Data Science GeoTech and 4IR: Disciplines uniting for 21st Century Mining by Prof. Fred Cawood, Wits Mining Institute Reimagining marginalised spaces: A case study of the Alexandra Township by […]

Update on issuing of Chamber of Mines Certificates

The Minerals Council South Africa will continue with the registration of learners to sit the examinations for the Chamber of Mines Certificates. A few years ago, the Minerals Council South Africa (then Chamber of Mines), along with various stakeholders, took a decision to phase out the conducting of examinations in the Chamber of Mines Certificates. […]

Software licence donation advances geosciences

Petroleum Experts has donated an academic software licence worth R25-million to the Wits School of Geosciences. The company’s MOVE software is the global standard in the minerals exploration, mining, and environmental geosciences for analysis of structural geological data collection, analysis, 3D visualisation and modelling. The donation by Petroleum Experts of 10 academic licences for use […]