Jan 212014

The 4th Annual Shop Steward Conference will be held at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, Gauteng East Rand. The conference covers various leadership approaches that both parties can adopt while negotiating to avoid strikes at all costs. The number of strikes hit a five-year high in South Africa last year, with almost half of them being illegal or unprotected and involving violence of some form. Issues around governance were most prevalent in these disputes with both parties in dispute failing to exercise sound leadership.


Shop Steward Conference


  • Analysing The Future Of Trade Unionism In South Africa
  • The Role Of The Shop Steward In Pushing For Transformation
  • The Existence Of Women In Trade Unions
  • Educating Shop Stewards And Employer Officials On Their  Responsibilities In Preventing Unrest
  • Looking At The Harmonising Role Of The Shop Steward In The Workplace
  • Ensuring Strong Leadership Within Unions
  • To Strike Or Not To Strike Considering The Bigger Picture
  • Enforcing A Sense Of Solidarity Amongst Trade Union Members
  • Reaching  Collaboration Between ER, IR And Union Leaders


All Union Members, Shop Stewards, Employers Including:

  • Union Presidents
  • Union Officials
  • General Secretaries
  • IR Manager
  • Negotiators
  • National Spokesperson
  • Chief Shop Stewards
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Union Office Bearers
  • Head of Employee Relations
  • Dispute Management Prevention Commissioner
  • HR Managers

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Jan 172014

The Nuclear Industry Congress Africa will be held on February 25th and 26th in Cape Town. The organizing committee invites you to participate in this intriguing event.

African countries are seriously considering adopting nuclear power. Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt are planning to build nuclear power plants and other African countries are considering or preparing for nuclear.


South African government’s has a strong commitment to the future of nuclear energy, with firm plans for the next decade. Egypt has launched it’s own initiative to start developing nuclear power and  Kenya expects to commission its first nuclear plant in 2022. Nigeria plans two nuclear plants before 2019, and this is boosted by the abundance of uranium. Three other nuclear plants are to be commissioned by 2031.

200 delegates representing over 20 countries are expected. Eminent policy makers, business executives and experts, along with leading international figures, were carefully selected to establish meaningful dialogue that will produce a variety of perspectives. In addition,  live and exclusive interviews, exhibitions and exciting side activities. The guaranteed seniority, unique character and size of the audience, ample networking opportunities, makes the NIC 2014 an unusual opportunity to set directions, take stock, build new friendships and business

Main Topics:

  • Nuclear Power in Future Africa
  • Kenya’s Plan of Nuclear Power
  • Challenges of 3S in Africa
  • Regulatory Authority Perspective on Nuclear Power
  • Suitable Cooperating Mode in Developing Local Capabilities of Nuclear Power
  • Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy for National Development
  • Future Outlook on the Nuclear Sector: Opportunities and Challenges for Private Sector Participation
  • Future Immersed in Nuclear Science and Technology
  • Cooperate on the Development of Nuclear Power and Clean Energy in Africa
  • Investing Opportunities in Nuclear Revival

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Jan 132014

The 5th Annual Women in Mining Conference at the Galagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg on the 19th, 20th and 21st of February 2014  will once again gather over 120 women from different mining sectors at all levels to interact and share their daily success stories as well as challenges motivate the integration and development of women in mining. Keynote speakers include Bridget Radebe- Executive Chairperson: MMAKAU MINING and  Cynthia Carroll, Former CEO:  ANGLO AMERICAN.



  • Looking At The Statistics Of Women In Mining Today
  • Overcoming The Barriers To The Boardroom
  • Thriving In A Male Dominated Sector
  • Making Mining A Career Choice Not A Job
  • Attracting as well as retaining Women In The Mining Industry – Being The Industry Of Choice
  • Combating Sexual Harassment Within The Mining Industry
  • Creating A Unified Front Between Women Across All Mining Levels.
  • Discussing The Amendments To The Mining Charter
  • Addressing Absenteeism And Pregnancy In Mines And The Effect It Has On Production


All women in mining including CEO, COO, HR Managers/ Directors, Compliance Officers, Transformation and Diversity Managers/Directors, Health & Safety Manager/Directors, Industrial Relations Manager/Directors, Union Leaders, Training & Development Managers, Mine Supervisors, Mine Managers, HRD Managers, HR Superintendent, Head Legal

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Dec 032013

Explore the complex relationship between formations of human place making and community and urban sustainability.- Focus the study of urban sustainability issues on one African city’s attempts to address public resource consumption. This conference will be held in Stellenbosch from the 5th to 15th of January 2014.

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Given the rapidly expanding world population and progress to predominantly urban societies, sustainability—particularly in cities—is at the forefront of many discussions. As populations grow at exponential rates and resources dwindle in response, human populations will increasingly struggle to maintain healthy, productive, enjoyable, and just cities. This cause and effect can be seen clearly throughout the African continent, and in particular, within the country of South Africa, making it an outstanding environment to explore concepts and outcomes of sustainability. Using South African and African urban issues and case studies, this interdisciplinary seminar explores our past, present, and, most importantly, future living in an urbanized world. We’ll look at many facets of the city as a measure of human settlement and explore issues that affect sustainability: natural resources, waste, the green economy, food security and agriculture, mobility, culture, and learning. We’ll also examine the related concept of community and the role  “place” and “place making” have in creating liveable urban spaces.

This seminar employs an experiential and holistic learning style and consists of equal parts community engagement, field trips, case studies, presentation of research, and chat sessions with local experts, community leaders, and practitioners.


From Philanthropy to a Different Way of Doing Business
Tourism is an essential part of the economy in South Africa and especially in the Western Cape. Many argue that tourism can contribute directly to growth and sustainability imperatives, particularly in shifting from philanthropic approaches to new ways of doing business. Tourism thus forms a pivotal complex of issues surrounding the sustainability of urban and semi-urban environments.

Challenges of Informal Settlements
Informal settlements continue to be a significant challenge post-apartheid. Human dignity is reduced as millions live without adequate water, sanitation, housing, etc. Informal settlements are growing as South Africa (and Africa) hits its urban century, hence the current problems will only get worse. Already strained services will come under greater pressure and a more equitable, sustainable approach to urban planning must occur. This session will explore challenges in informal settlements, and possible interventions toward sustainability in the face of rapid urbanization.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Humans have steadily moved away from nature, producing ever more waste, even as we march to the drum of “economics.” Biomimicry shows that by paying attention to the way systems exist in nature, humans can create lasting, more sustainable products and economies.

Africa’s Urban Century
While Euro-America has already experienced rapid urbanization, Africa’s time has just begun. Given the expanding world population and the transition to predominantly urban life, cities are a priority for sustainable development. As populations grow in tandem with dwindling resources, human populations will increasingly struggle to maintain healthy, productive, enjoyable, and just cities.

Agriculture and Food Security
Agriculture, food security, and related subjects such as malnutrition, health and wellness link significantly with poverty and urban development. Cape Town has severe food insecurity in the poorer areas. Agriculture also depends heavily on fossil fuels both for production as well as food supply and transport. Food security will be affected by climate change and water shortages, and cities like Cape Town and Stellenbosch will have to absorb the impact. New ways of producing large amounts of nutritious foodstuffs are needed. New initiatives are being attempted to reduce non-renewable inputs and increase efficiencies by creating closed loop systems.

Decoupling Natural Resource Use from Economic Growth
The earth has finite resources. In order to sustain economic growth, and prevent resource depletion and environmental degradation, economies must learn to do more with less. UNEP has established an international research team dedicated to finding ways to do this. Emerging economies provide an attractive arena in which to explore decoupling as resource use has not yet peaked and the twin imperatives of reducing consumption and increasing development can be built into the system. South Africa is one such example.

Learning and Leadership in Sustainable Communities
Current modes of learning and leadership may prove insufficient to meet the coming problems of the world polycrisis and new ways of teaching, learning, and leading will be required to combat the coming difficulties. A vital and engaged citizenry and a transformative agenda will be essential, as will finding ways in which to reconnect with nature.

The South African school system retains many of the inadequacies of its apartheid legacy and, coupled with a poorly run state education system, leaves its students vulnerable to not meeting educational imperatives. The Lynedoch Eco Village at the Sustainability Institute proposes a new way of educating—placing children at the top of the agenda.

Developing Social Cohesion
As the Western Cape population rapidly grows, different social groups (separated by race, class, language, and religion) must co-habit increasingly smaller spaces. This multiculturalism has been envisaged in South Africa’s collective consciousness as “the Rainbow Nation” ideal. Against this notion stands the harsh reality of South Africa’s gross income inequality, unemployment, under-education, and sometimes strained relations between different groups (including xenophobic violence). Protests are all too common and usually aggregate around service delivery, wages, housing, and transportation. A sustainable city is also an equitable, just city, in which the needs of all citizens are met, and in which every society has a place to call home. In what ways does social cohesion intersect with poverty, food security, urbanization, and how do we handle that challenge in this diverse South Africa?

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Nov 062013

Improving geophysical and seismic understanding of pre-salts and identifying drilling and completions strategies to optimise recovery and reduce costs. 11th-12th December, 2013 Hilton Sandton Hotel, Johannesburg,


The geological resemblance of the pre-salt areas off the West Coast of Africa and the successful discoveries in Brazil have sparked interest from gas and oil companies and investors across the globe.

The potential within basins in Congo, Angola, Gabon, Namibia, West Coast Cameroon and DRC has the attention of world media and the industry. What is needed before the next stages of development can be made, is a solid understanding. The production from these basins should be large enough to justify the high pre-salt drilling and completions costs and provide an economic return on every well.

Since the oil discovery in the pre-salt layers of Angola and Gabon back in 2011, three companies have drilled test wells, but all yielding different results. To minimise risk and truly commercialise the utilization of these resources, operators need to match an enhanced geological and geophysical knowledge to accurately determine the locations of sweet spots, with an effective strategy for driving down expensive drilling and completions costs.

Day One will look at how pre-salt operators in West Coast Africa are utilising latest seismic technologies to see through the salt, and a deep enough geophysical and geological understandings to launch successful drilling programmes. The day will commence with a comprehensive geological and geophysical analysis of Angola: Lower Congo and Kwanza Basin Basin, West Coast Cameroon, Gabon, and Namibia to identify areas are large enough for potential development. This will be followed by analysing advancements in seismic acquisition, interpretation  and processing to ensure the effective geophysical analysis. The day will finish drawing tried and tested transferable lessons from Brazil to understand if seismic technology from Brazil can be effectively transferred to pre-salt Africa.

Day Two will examine how to cut down the completions and drilling costs to ensure post-drilling commerciality and minimise risk. The day will start looking at how to optimise equipment selection, drive down drilling costs, and determine the most effective techniques for drilling through salt and deep water. This will be followed by case studies on identifying the optimal casing system for running long production casing strings in ultra deep wells, a comparison between water vs. oil based mud systems to determine the most effective and inexpensive options. Following that will be a discussion on optimal  completion fluids and  completions techniques. Last but not least, the congress will end with a discussion on how to overcome challenges in obtaining equipment and ensuring an effective emergency response strategy is in place.

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Oct 302013

With already over a thousand confirmed delegates from over the world and a sold out Exhibition,  the 20th Africa Oil Week (25-29 November) has also proven itself as the leading exploration and development event on Africa’s oil/gas game. This event will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. During the Week over one hundred keynote speakers from leading corporates, governments, independents and national oil companies focus on new gas and oil discoveries, emerging ventures and LNG developments on the continent.

8th Annual Pipes and Pipelines Conference Johannesburg

The 20th Africa Upstream Conference (27-29 November) focuses on the exploration, development and production chain, corporate gas and oil strategies, foreign state players, new entries, upstream policies and investment opportunities that will determine Africa’s oil, gas and energy future – from exploration in the West Niger Delta to substantial opportunities in Angola, and frontier exploration acreage in Namibia to Eastern Africa hotspots like Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya.

On November 26th the 10th Africa Independents,  Forum focuses on the challenges of independents, first oil, gas in portfolio, strategies for success, frontier states and shale gas developments.

At the 54th PetroAfricanus Dinner (November 25th) Tim O’Hanlon (Vice President, African Business, Tullow Oil) – one of an exceptional and rare breed of Africa’s explorers, with decades of experience on the continent –will reveal how a once-small minnow grew to become one of Africa’s leading independent players, with a high-quality portfolio across Sub-Saharan Africa.

On November 25th Dr Duncan Clarke (Chairman, Global Pacific & Partners) will hold the 15th Scramble for Africa Strategy Briefing which tracks changing competitor maps in Africa, providing knowledgeable interpretations and insights of the strategies of around 500 players. This unique set of insights is unparalleled and draws a high-level audience of business executives and state officials annually.

During the 20th Africa Oil Week 2013 the 17th Annual “Big Five”Awards and the Conrad Gerber Award for research and intellectual contribution to Africa will be announced. Special Parallel Sessions cover Young Professionals in Oil, Gas & Energy, Local Content in Africa, andEmerging Exploration Technologies, plus the Global Women Petroleum & Energy Club Breakfast in Africa.

Corporate Showcases include Corporate Presentations by AGM Petroleum, Protection Group International, DHL, Toronto Stock Exchange/TSX Venture Exchange, KPMG

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Oct 282013

A Power Tool for Economic and Social Growth. Join more than 30 Key and Global IP Leaders in an open forum discussion on how to stimulate domestic inventions to spur economic and social development at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban on 17 – 20 November.


This event follows on from a successful summit of BRICS heads of Patent Offices in May 2013.

  • The opening address will include contributions by the Honourable Derek Hanekom, Minister of Science and Technology in the South African Government
  • Inaugural African Inventions Exhibition Hall
  • Posters and exhibits will showcase African Innovation
  • Boot Camp option for entrepreneurs with leading international faculty following conference


It is with absolute pleasure to invite African inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, small companies and University, and Science Councils Technology Transfer Offices to showcase their intellectual property and technologies at the Inaugural  African Inventors and Innovators Exhibition Hall, which will be provided as part of the upcoming conference sponsored by the National IP Management Office (“NIPMO”) and The Companies and IP Commission (“CIPC”) of South Africa focusing on  “Creating and Leveraging Intellectual Property in Developing Countries. Highlight your inventions, innovations, emerging companies and initiatives to a wide ranging group of corporate representatives, government agencies, press and investors at the conference, and compete for the following awards:

Boot Camp

The focus of the Boot Camps is undoubtedly for technology-oriented entrepreneurs and companies but does not focus on a particular sector such as IT, advanced materials or biotechnology.

This program is designed for:

  • Managers who have recently assumed an entrepreneurial role
  • Scientists and engineers seeking insight into entrepreneurial processes
  • Government and public policy professionals who want an inside look at the challenges of entrepreneurship

The Boot Camp sessions involve:

  • Entrepreneurship for Zero Stage to Launch
  • Principles of Strategic Planning in an Entrepreneurial Setting
  • Project, Product, or Company: Is there critical mass for business creation
  • Principles of Market Strategy
  • Developing the Business Plan and the Pitchbook
  • Lean Entrepreneurship and the Art of Customer Development
  • Strategic Alliances and Partnering
  • Building the Management Team
  • Financing the Venture

The format will be a combination of lecturing, panel discussion, case studies, discussion and, possibly, presentations by local entrepreneurs seeking peer review of their ideas. Participants will receive hundreds of slides in soft copy, and a bibliography of recommended readings. Boot Camps are often described by participants as “drinking from a fire hose” but the intensity of the knowledge flow is an effective way of garnering insights and gathering awareness of where additional knowledge and experience are needed before venturing forth into the world of technology entrepreneurship.

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Oct 232013

The ICEE/ICIT conference is devoted to various aspects of future cross-regional collaboration in (ICT) for research and education. The conference emphasizes the development of international partnerships in research and education and serves as a forum for discussing future projects and establishing new contacts. This conference will be held 8th to 12th December at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town.


A broad range of areas are covered:

Technology for sustainable development

  • University-community Engagement
  • Best Practices in Service Learning
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • ICT4D Research and Practice
  • Collaboration and Service Innovation
  • Development Services and Infrastructure
  • Efficacy of FOSS Deployment
  • Social Media and Development

Technology Education

  • Innovations in e-Learning
  • Best Practices in Multimedia-based Education
  • Technology-moderated Training Approaches
  • Social Impact of Technology-driven Education
  • International Cooperation in ICT and/or Engineering Education
  • Engineering Education in the Information Age
  • Modes and Methods in ICT and/or Engineering Education

Engineering Design and Technology

  • Mechatronics
  • Embedded Systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Design in ICT and/or Engineering Practice
  • Innovative ICT and/or Engineering Approaches
  • The Efficacy of Engineering, Design and Technology Projects
  • Agile Methods in Competitive Systems Development
  • Engineering, Design and Technology for Developing Countries

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Oct 182013

International Conference on Advances in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics (ICAESAM’2013) scheduled on Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2013 at the Cape Town Lodge Hotel in Cape Town aims to bring together leading academic scientists, scholars and researchers to share and exchange experiences and research results on all aspects of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.


International Institute of Engineers (IIE) is a non-profit organization that promotes the  Engineering and Technology, related latest developments and issues to be experimented and discussed through interactions amongst the academician and researchers across the globe at a common platform.

The IIE has the following objectives:

  • Globalize education so that research scholars from different regions can communicate with each other through a common platform.
  • Cooperate with institutions of higher learning in any part of the country having objectives similar to those of the society
  • Help students, researchers and faculty in Engineering, Management, Social Sciences,  Medical and Pharmaceutical  Sciences related  areas so that they can improve their knowledge in different areas of research.
  • Publish Journals in different areas of Research for sharing their research work.
  • Organize Conferences for providing a common platform so that researchers can gain knowledge in their area of interest by interacting with the experts.
  • Organize workshops for upgradation and understanding of modern technologies.

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Oct 162013

Spanning 4 days, from 25 to 28 November at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, brought directly to the African mining industry in Johannesburg. This high level conference is a must for all those striving to control risk and maximise yield in Africa.


The African mining industry’s wealth of potential is in little doubt. Yet this capability is undermined by varying and wide reaching risks. The first ever Mining Risk Management Summit: Africa is the ideal forum to for those seeking to develop effective risk mitigation strategies.

Featuring presentations, panel discussions and case studies from some of the industry’s leading risk experts, the summit will guarantee exposure to cutting-edge risk management practices. Following field research the programme specifically targets the most threatening and obvious risks to the industry right now. From site security to resource nationalism, corruption to labour issues, infrastructure challenges to stakeholder engagement, the risks threatening to compromise your business will be covered.

Why you should attend this conference

  • Examine how resource nationalism policy could develop and what you can do to mitigate its impact
  • Hear industry expert’s forecasts on how risks in the African mining industry will grow
  • Meet and network with key industry players, from service providers and consultants to mining companies
  • Assess how you could improve your mine’s security operations
  • Hear the latest and advanced techniques in community involvement and how they could improve your ability to manage risk
  • Develop effective strategies and avoid corruption while still achieving desired business outcomes
  • Learn how industry leaders have been able to minimising disputes, manage their workforce and maximising productivity

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