Archive for February, 2010

Israeli Delegation to visit South Africa

February 19, 2010

Israeli Delegation to visit South Africa

The South Africa Israel Chamber of Commerce has organised a visit by a delegation of reputable delegates from Israel. The delegation will be taking part in meetings and being hosted at a Cocktail Party in their honour on the 24th and 25th of February.

Please see below a list of the delegates :

* Moshe Abutbul, Mayor of Beit Shemseh
* Moshe Dadon, Head of the Mateh Yehuda Regional Council
* Meir Balaish, Deputy Mayor, Beit Shemesh
* Meir Malka, International Relations & Director of the Shemesh
Foundation, Beit Shemesh
* Moshe David, Business Licensing & International Relations, Mateh
Yehuda Regional Council
* Danny Taragan Partnership 2000 Co-Chair, Former CEO of Tami 4,
Israel’s largest water purification company
* Ilan Geal-Dor, Partnership 2000 Co-Chair, Executive Director, Gesher
educational systems
* Ruku Soffer, Partnership 2000 Economic Development Committee Chair,
Deputy Director of Mateh Yehuda’s central cooperative for agriculture
* Gidon Even-Ari Partnership 2000 People to People Committee Chair
* Dorron Kline Deputy Director at Telfed, South African Zionist
Federation (Israel)
* Mickey Blumberg Telfed volunteer, Former representative of the SA
Jewish Community in Israel
* Gideon Vennor, Partnership Director

Should you have any contacts in your department or at TISA, that you
think would want to meet with the above people, please contact Audi Horowitz at the South Africa Israel Chamber of Commerce on 011 483 2272  or


List of MerSETA Bursaries Now Available

February 19, 2010

University Undergraduate

B.Sc/B.Eng Engineering Electrical (light and heavy current) and Electronic
B.Sc/B.Eng Engineering (Chemical)
B.Sc/B.Eng Engineering (Metallurgy and Materials)
B.Sc/B.Eng Engineering (including Mechatronics)
B-Tech Production Management
B.Sc/B.Eng Engineering (Industrial)
B.Sc Materials
University Postgraduate
Management and Executive Leadership programmes
University of Technology Undergraduate (Semester courses)
i) National Diploma
Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering (Light and heavy current)
Engineering Metallurgy
Mechanical Engineering (including Mechatronics)
Industrial Engineering
Production Management
Polymer Technology
ii) B. Technology
Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering (Light and heavy current)
Engineering Metallurgy
Polymer Technology
iii) Sales and Marketing Program
Level 1 – Sales and Marketing Certificate
Level 2 – Higher Certificate in Sales and Marketing
Diploma in Marketing
BBA Degree level

MerSETA Accounting Training Project

February 19, 2010

MerSETA Accounting Training Project

The purpose of this Project is to address the accounting skills shortage in South Africa through improving the skills of workers in the financial and related departments.

The qualification is available from NQF Level 3 as an entry point.  NQF Level 3 equates to Grade 10 on the National Qualifications Framework.  A potential learner need not even have a matriculation certificate in order to enter the qualification.

The target group of learners is the entry level employees and junior management within the financial and related divisions of the participating organisations.  These may include creditors clerks, payroll clerks, junior management accountants and other related fields of employees.  If certain staff are responsible for budgets and basic financial accounting at decentralised centres of the organisation, they would also be potential candidates for this learnership.

If you are interested in participating in this sponsored MerSETA programme, please contact Vanessa Davidson

South African Boatbuilders Determined To Weather The Storm

February 10, 2010

As the world gradually licks its wounds from a recession that brought many an industry to its knees, the South African Boating fraternity is rallying strongly towards a brighter future. The sector, like many others, was severely affected by the economic downturn, particularly on the export front, as previously lucrative markets such as the USA weakened drastically in terms of buying power. However, signs of an upswing are definitely abundant, and the industry is determined to make a full and spectacular recovery, starting with a strong showing at this year’s Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show.

This year marks the 5th year of South African presence at the event, which serves as one of the year’s most important showcases for the international boatbuilding industry. This year’s event shows clear signs of a changed world, having downsized quite extensively to accommodate many companies, particularly abroad, who were unable to survive the past year’s events.

Nonetheless, 4 determined boatbuilding companies, spearheaded by SABBEX, the South African Boatbuilding Export Council, hope to present a strong showing at the event, and are looking to tap into what is becoming an ever more optimistic target market. Represented at this year’s event will be The Knysna Yacht Company, Afri-Cat Marine, Royal Cape Catamarans and Cruiser Cats, a first time exhibitor in Miami.

The Knysna Yacht Company, builder of the much-admired Knysna 440, will be there to launch the latest addition to the exceptional line of luxury South African catamarans. Designed for the upmarket charter market as well as comfortable blue water sailing, the all-new and dramatically designed Knysna 480 combines unequivocal quality and essential style with the painstaking engineering of Naval Architect Angelo Lavranos – a combination that ensures reliability, optimum space utilisation and extemely safe handling.

Cruiser Cats is a new and emerging manufacturer of luxury Power Catamarans based in Montague Gardens, Cape Town. Established in July 2008, Cruiser Cats would founded by Clark E. Boeken, a US citizen, prominent businessman and boating enthusiast with the vision of creating a South African based company to produce the highest quality power yachts for the international as well as local market. Cruiser Cats will be launching their highly touted Havana 38 and Tortuga 42 Powercats into the US market at the show.

Royal Cape Catamarans, a long time exhibitor at the show, are the manufacturers and distributors of the spacious Majestic range of luxury cruising catamarans. These uniquely designed, stylish, safe, stable and spacious vessels are equipped to a very high specification and can be customised in accordance with the CE certification and SAMSA safety regulations. This year they will be displaying their latest vessel, the Majestic 530, which certainly looks to turn heads with all the luxurious fittings that the company are known for and much more.

Presently producing the Afri-Cat 420 and 380 power catamarans, Afri-Cat Marine employs a philosophy of total quality management which ensures that constant improvement is a way of life. Maintaining an extremely close relationship with their designer, world-renowned naval architect, Angelo Lavranos and having a patternmaker in the factory ensures constant improvements which enhance speed, comfort and quality.

SABBEX is very excited and proud to be bringing these esteemed boatbuilders to US shores, and hope to reap some of the same success and generate the same excitement that we have seen in past incarnations of the show. We are proud of our boatbuilders, proud of our vessels and, above all, proudly South African.

February 10, 2010

Structures & Standards Workshop

A workshop was held on the 4th of February to address some of the skills-related issues for industry and organised labour.

Andy van Tonder, the National Projects Co-ordinator of the MEIBC gave a short presentation on the history of job grading in the boat building sector, followed by a question and answer session. Lindsay Coetzee of SARS presented a short summary of the tax deduction for companies who take learners on work placement.  Lastly, Vanessa Davidson did a short presentation on transformation and change management, based on the skills development questionnaire circulated at the Industry Breakfast in January.  The feedback from the session will inform a meeting to be convened on the 18th of February to look at how empowerment and transformation can be encouraged in the industry.

Click here to download some clips of the presentation in MP3 format

Copies of the SARS and Empowerment presentations are available on the CTBi website.

February 10, 2010

Attention: Managers, Skills Development Facilitators, Training Managers, CEO`s and HR Department


Toolbox project

Sme Voucher system

Certification by DoL

Discretionary grant

Mandatory grant training session

Activity Date
Time Venue
Update on projects, Discretionary/Mandatory Grant Capacity Building 16/02/2010 10H00 to 12H00 Merseta Regional Office
16/02/2010 14H00 to 16H00 Merseta Regional Office
17/02/2010 10H00 to 12H00 Merseta Regional Office
17/02/2010 14H00 to 16H00 Merseta Regional Office

If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Vanessa Davidson for more information