by Dylan James

Transnet Gold Sponsor at Skills Development Summit

BHP Billiton Skills Development Summit and Achiever Awards

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Cape Media is proud to announce Transnet, state-owned freight logistics group, as a gold sponsor for the upcoming BHP Billiton Skills Development Summit and Achiever Awards, which will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria from 25 - 26 July 2012. 

This year’s summit theme, ‘Skills Development Is A Catalyst To Economic Development’, will talk to the urgency of South Africa’s unemployment crisis and how it is vital to instil skills development programmes in both the private and public sector in order to achieve sustainable employment and economic growth. 

According to Kekeletso Khena, Director of the BHP Billiton Skills Development Summit, Transnet is a perfect example of how a company can work alongside the public sector to assist with job creation. 

Transnet has recently revealed their R300 billion Market Demand Strategy for the expansion of its rail, port and pipeline infrastructure, which includes a strong human capital development factor. As a result of this strategy 558 000 new direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created over the seven year project period. In addition, just over R1 billion has been set aside for skills development initiatives, which includes training of Engineers, Artisans and Technicians in various disciplines during the first year of the strategy roll out. 

Dr. Matthews Phale, Senior Manager of Group Capacity Building at Transnet says that they are proud to be a part of the summit and are actively promoting skills development as a company. “Awareness needs to be created around the benefits of skills development and how it is vital for the public and private sector to work together to implement skills development programmes. In order for the economy and businesses to grow, we need to address the skills required both for current and future operations. In positioning South Africa as a global and regional player in delivering responsive freight infrastructure, skills development becomes crucial and central to this delivery. Transnet remains committed to ensure that the Human Capital strategy remains firmly grounded on growing skills in the various Transnet Schools of Excellence internally as well as with partnerships with other providers like Universities, Technikons and FET Colleges.”

The 4th annual BHP Billiton Skills Development Summit will be addressing the high levels of unemployment in South Africa by highlighting the challenges facing the skills development fraternity in SA. The Achiever Awards, held on the final night of the summit, will honour and recognise organisations who have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of their employees’ skills base by implementing skills development and training programmes that are relevant, innovative and effective.

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