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

WESGRO Trade Mission to Ghana

January 29, 2010

Ghana is regarded by the international community as the 2nd key economy in West Africa outside of Nigeria. This has become even more apparent with the current situation in neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire, and several other countries in the region. With the prospect of stable growth for the foreseeable future, an expanding domestic economy and increased interest in key sectors, it is a market that should be given due attention at every level by companies from the Western Cape looking to establish a foothold in West Africa.

WESGRO cordially invites companies to consider participation in a trade mission to Ghana from 22 – 26 March 2010, which forms part of their Western African Trade Corridor program, and will focus on exploring trade and investment opportunities.

Companies applying need to be export ready and must have been in business for a minimum of 2 – 3 years. Preference will be given to BEE and women-owned entities.

Interested companies should contact Michael Gamwo at WESGRO on 086 517 0777 or The deadline for applications is the end of the month.

ABYC Special Offer

January 29, 2010

A message from Skip Burdon, President of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC):

Many new initiatives are currently underway at ABYC that will be impacting the boating industry in South Africa.  As we have previously communicated,  ABYC and CTBi have entered into a 5 year agreement to have CTBi represent ABYC’s education, training and technical workforce certification interests on the African continent.  Discounted ABYC training is now available to you locally through CTBi.  Additionally, ABYC will be offering many of its workforce certification courses on DVD and online shortly.  Lastly, the ABYC Foundation will be launching its Global Marine Industry Directory this coming February.  The Directory will be very similar to a virtual technical products exposition, except it will be standards-based.  Lastly, this July will usher in many revisions to the current ABYC standards.

ABYC would like to offer all SABBEX members ABYC standards by becoming a member of ABYC at a remarkably economical annual service rate.

ABYC  would like to offer you an opportunity to experience ABYC, their standards and their industry workforce certifications firsthand by offering you a 1 year membership in ABYC for the deeply discounted annual service fee of $200.00 (US), which includes the ABYC standards online 24/7 access and on CD, the quarterly marine standards journal the Reference Point, the quarterly design journal The Masthead, discounts on technical training classes and technical publications and access to $100 education vouchers for your technical staff.  The standard annual manufacturer membership service fee is $375.00.  Therefore, you save a significant  34% off the standard manufacturer’s annual service fee.

Please e-mail us to request an application form, which can be completed and faxed to + 1 410 990 4466 to initiate your one year discounted membership in ABYC.  For more information, please call either Judith Ramsey, ABYC’s Membership Director at 410 990 4460 x 32 or Sandy Brown at x43.  Either one can take your credit card information and explain the advantage of having ABYC standards available 24/7 over the internet for organisations with multiple locations.

Durban International Boat Show

January 29, 2010

2010 Show dates – 30th April to Sunday 2nd May

The Durban Boat Show has been moved forward due to the upcoming World Cup, and, as a result, time is of the essence. Please complete the Booking Form as soon as possible should you be interested in exhibiting and return it at your earliest possible convenience. Please see contact details below. You can download the application form here.

The Boat Show Supplement goes into the Mercury and Sunday Tribune (to a readership of over 1 million) in the week leading to the Show, and is also used as the Show programme. In previous years detailed listings have been charged at R350, but this year there is no charge for a simple listing (Name & contact details only). Should you require further exposure, please e-mail for Independent Newspaper advertising rates.

The Consolidated Auctioneers Boat and Classic Car Auction is planned for Sunday the 2nd of May at approximately 3:30pm at Cafe Fish. Please note the following conditions:

No competitive boats will be allowed on the Auction. This means that – for instance – a Bavaria will not be accepted onto the Auction if Bavaria are exhibiting on the Show, unless Bavaria themselves are putting up the boat on the Auction. This clause will hold true for all exhibitors booking and paying for their stands by the 15th of March 2010. The proviso falls away after this date.

Larger boats on moorings will be available for viewing by all visitors in a special section of the moorings (R1200 per metre beam)

Trailered boats will be displayed in the vicinity of Cafe Fish within the Show area (R1500 per boat).All boats on auction have to be licensed, sea-worthy and in top condition – no wrecks will be accepted

Your reserve price must be reasonable, a minimum of 25% less than the price of the boat as new. An auctioneer’s commission will be charged to the buyer, over and above the purchase price. All boats on auction must be on display for the full duration of the Show

Smaller items relating to the industry – eg, navigational equipment, fishing equipment, skis etc – can be placed on the Auction for no fee. Should you wish to donate all or a portion of the sale price to the NSRI, this will be much appreciated.

For more information, please contact Devra on:

Tel: 031-2669828
Cell: 083 2591481

Export Country Profile – China

January 29, 2010

Compared to South Africa, China exhibits a plethora of cultural differences. These cultural differences translate notably to the boating industry. For example, boating in China is never an exercise performed alone. Boating in China is a group activity. Besides this, expectations of boating interiors and designs are substantially different from the rest of the world. Below we analyse some of these discrepancies and identify the potential of the Chinese market for South African export vessels.

Current Situation:

China has 9,009 miles of coastline and a population of 1,338,612,968 people. China has a fast-growing number of millionaires and the global down-turn has had limited impact on Chinese luxury consumption. In fact, boat manufacturers in the country have shown dramatic growth over the past 5 years. However, due to a lack of standards and regulations in the boatbuilding industry, boats being locally produced vary quite dramatically in quality.

China has one of the oldest and complicated cultures of the world. China is also a very large country and every region provides notable discrepancies in their manner of business dealings. Doing business in Beijing can be very different to dealings being done in Shanghai.

Currently very few marinas exist in China for the purposes of leisure boating, an underdeveloped industry. Boating in China has not previously been perceived as a leisure activity, but indicators suggest that this is slowly changing. Existing Chinese marinas reflect the growing demand for luxury goods in the country, most of them coming standard with luxury accommodation and facilities such as shopping malls.

Burgeoning Developments:

More and more companies are currently relocating their production to China, due to the low labour costs. Marinas are rapidly springing up along the Chinese coastline and an exponential growth in both the number of millionaires and boat owners is expected. In fact, the boating industry is expected to be the third biggest industry after housing and automobiles. By 2015, China’s demand for luxury goods is expected to reach US$11.5 billion.

With a growing interest in boat and marina building, the Chinese government has signalled that they see the potential of the boatbuilding industry and the leisure boating market. As a result, the China Boat Industry & Trade Association has been established, in order to stimulate the boat building industry through trade shows, workshops and through the provision of solutions for business problems

In addition to this, Marine Dragon Consulting (MDC) specialises in the development and promotion of the yachting industry in China. MDC is the first company in China to assist the global yachting industry from conceptualisation to post-project support. MDC acts as a turnkey solution for customers worldwide who want to build, source or distributes boats and marine equipment in China by scouting suitable industrial and commercial partners. MDC offers “dealer finder” services, head hunting as well as PR services thanks to a network of partners all around China.

Boat Shows

The China International Boat Show is the only boat show in China that is recognised by the International Federation of Boat Show Organizers (IFBSO)

  • Latest statistics by the organizers of last year’s show indicate that about 45% of the exhibitors are manufacturers of boats and luxury yachts, about 30% will represent equipment and accessories, while 25% belong to the marina, club, design and other service sectors.

Exhibitor info:

  • 380 overseas and domestic exhibitors
  • Exhibitors from over 20 foreign countries, mostly from the USA and western Europe
  • France, Italy and Australia were represented with national pavilions.
  • 14,276 visitors
  • 1,105 overseas visitors from 47 countries and regions
  • 200 boats were displayed
  • Covering over 30,000sqm of exhibition space, also covering space on the water

The Chinese market presents an undeniable challenge for exporters. Cultural differences as well as linguistic barriers abound. However, with low production costs and an ever-increasing number of potential customers, it represents a potentially very lucrative export market, currently largely cornered by the USA and Europe. With an ever-expanding marine industry and a well attended boat show, it offers exporters a new and largely unchartered market, with previously unimaginable potential.