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The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is running two innovative short courses on wine marketing and global competitiveness this September. The courses will be presented by Dr Johan Bruwer from the University of Adelaide in Australia, a senior academic in Wine Business Management and an internationally awarded market researcher and author in the wine industry.

How do we ensure that all current employees, learners on learnerships, and graduates have the opportunity to practice essential business skills in a safe, non-threatening environment? Brian Kleinsmith from Holistic Advancement believes that they have found the answer with a new learning framework they are presenting with their Canadian partners.

Assessment College of South Africa (Pty) Ltd has appointed Busi Pepu as executive director on the company?s board with effect from 1 September 2006. Her appointment follows the recent purchase of 26% shareholding in the College by Liberty Lane, a black company with Herman and Connie Mashaba of "Black Like Me' fame as major players.

The Department of Labour?s preliminary investigation into the explosion at Eskom?s Centlec substation at Westdene, Bloemfontein, which left one worker injured, has revealed that the blast may have been caused by a short circuit.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has said that the lack of reliable data about workplace accidents is a major concern facing his department. Addressing a meeting of the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety (ACOHS) the Minister said workplace accidents and diseases cost the country millions of rands annually.

The lift maintenance company whose employee sustained injuries after falling from a lift up from the 16th floor, is facing possible criminal charges. This comes after inspectors from the Department of Labour concluded investigations into circumstances surrounding the incident that occurred early last month.

In the rapidly changing world of IT, business management teams and IT departments can easily lose focus of their core strategies. Foster-Mellier is hosting an informative talk on the relationship between IT conformity and business governance. More details here.

Private training providers association, Appetd, has signed a co-operation agreement with their counterparts down under, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training. The agreement sets a framework for cooperation between the two bodies and between Australian and South African private providers.

The Cida ICT Academy is actively addressing ICT skills shoratges in South Africa, thanks to ongoing support from On-Site Training. The Academy offers students a three-year program that trains them in high-end technology, with international certification.

The Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development at the UCT Graduate School of Business has announced a major curriculum expansion that will see it intensively develop promising disadvantaged youth with comprehensive entrepreneurial skills over a new two-year programme.

The UCT Graduate School of Business will run a novel course next month that promises to give adults at all career levels another chance to master a fundamental but elusive competency: mathematics. The course aims to correct the negative experiences that many people had with their maths teachers at school.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is launching a new programme this September that will provide leaders with powerful tools to optimise their skills development efforts through mentoring. The programme, MENTOR - The Art of Conversation, has been designed by Craig O?Flaherty, in partnership with the School?s Executive Education unit which recently received a global top ten rating from the Economist Intelligence Unit for its executive short courses.

Preliminary findings in an investigation by the labour department say a snapped bolt could have caused a lift to plunge from the 16th floor of a Johannesburg building, injuring maintenance worker Oscar Maboyi who sustained multiple injuries in the incident.

Faculty Training Institute, the leading business analysis training company in South Africa, has been awarded Charter Endorsed Education Provider status with the International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA). It is one of a handful of training organisations worldwide who have achieved this status.

Foster-Melliar has partnered with ExecuTrain to deliver training for the Help Desk Institute?s (HDI) qualifications, recommended for IT help desk agents, supervisors and managers. "We envisage there will be significant demand for this type of training due to the tremendous growth in the call centre and help desk environments," explains Foster-Melliar's Ian Butow.

Training provider Sport DNA has launched a series of short courses to equip soccer coaches, referees, administrators and managers with up to date skills and techniques. They hope the courses will encourage passionate footballers to establish clubs and also increase participation in current teams.

The UCT Graduate School of Business will share its expertise with the University of Nambia over the next two years following a recent partnership deal that will see the GSB's executive education unit offer a hybrid of its successful New Managers Programme, tailored to suit the needs of Namibian participants.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has set aside a whole week to interview candidates for the post of Compensation Fund head which he hopes will go a long way towards bringing stability and focus in the workings of the organisation. The Minister will be looking to appoint a highly competent and capable person to drive the Fund?s turnaround strategy.

Can creatives also be good strategists and good strategists be more creative? The UCT Graduate School of Business thinks yes and to prove its point is launching a brand new course that will allow people from both worlds to break the mould, learn from each other and grow.

On-Site Training, premium Microsoft Office training and support company, is embarking on a growth strategy and has made a key appointment to ensure that it continues to grow its client base, which has already passed the 400 client level.

Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has reiterated that government will not tolerate unsafe and unhealthy mines which put the lives of workers in danger. This follows the findings of an inquiry into a conveyor belt fire at a Limpopo platinum mine two years ago, which left nine mine workers dead.

Learning Resources and Wits Enterprise will be running an extensive training programme at Johannesburg airport to improve customer service levels. With an eye on 2010-related tourism, the Laduma JIA programme will identify staff dealing with customers and ensure they have the necessary skills to provide a warm welcome and efficient service.

A number of local training providers will be making presentations at the annual conference of the Australian private providers association in August. The Acpet conference has a diverse program featuring both Australian and international speakers, selected for their knowledge, experience and expertise.

Dr Mills Soko, one of South Africa?s experts on international trade, has been appointed a full-time senior lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB). Soko believes that the appointment is an important opportunity to share his knowledge and experience as well as to learn from business people from a wide range of business and national backgrounds.

Accredited ETDP training provider, In-Tuition, has celebrated its first three years with new offices, programmes, clients and the appointment of Satish Komal as Executive Director. "The fact that In-Tuition is an accredited Investors in People company is of particular significance to me and I am excited to be part of this exceptional company,' says Komal.


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