Daily Archives: September 6, 2018

XCMG’s Excellent Operator Program Prepares Leaders Of the Future for Challenges Of Smart Manufacturing Era

XUZHOU, China, Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This summer, XCMG, the world-leading construction machinery manufacturer, hosted the seventh edition of its Global Excellent Operator program (the “Program”), where 90 trainees from China and six other countries participated in a series of training sessions led by industry experts and experienced instructors.

Based on the skill level and needs of each trainee, program managers have customized lesson plans that help each person master the skills necessary to succeed in a industry that is being revolutionized by advances in artificial intelligence and smart manufacturing. The program included work with three-dimensional simulations, a skills competition, mentoring sessions, operation and assembly training courses, and a visit to the smart manufacturing facility for XCMG’s large-tonnage excavators to learn about the future of the construction machinery industry.

“We have been excited by the talent and drive of all of the trainees from China and other countries around the world who participated in the Program,” said Li Ge, Deputy Party Secretary of XCMG. “The foundation for a successful career in the construction machinery industry is an ability to understand and adapt to the incredible changes that the era of smart manufacturing is bringing to our business. Learning about XCMG’s world-class, cutting-edge manufacturing processes is the best way for them to gain the skills that they need to become future innovators and leaders.”

The international trainees who participated in this year’s session hailed from Pakistan, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Qatar and Mongolia. Program facilitators conducted team-building and cultural activities to introduce participants to the history, culture and folk customs of Xuzhou.

Kuwaiti Sudhi Pushkaran said, “The Program offers an opportunity to meet operators from different countries as well as learn about XCMG’s transformation from traditional manufacturing to digital, networked and smart solutions.”

The Program is one of 14 projects that are a part of XCMG’s “For A Better Life” global public welfare campaign which has benefited more than 300 trainees worldwide since its launch in 2016.

About XCMG

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks sixth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 182 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG pages on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn and Instagram.




JOHANNESBURG– As South Africa slips into a recession, the African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party, has urged the government to move with speed in implementing its economic recovery plan.

On Tuesday, Statistics South Africa disclosed that the economy contracted by 0.7 per cent in the second quarter of this year, after positive negative growth of 2.6 per cent in the first quarter, fulfilling the widely recognized indicator of recession of two (or more) consecutive quarters of negative growth.

The governing party had proposed a number of policy interventions, including tax credits for companies which invest in sustainable job creation; utilizing government’s procurement muscle to localise industries; reducing regulatory red tape; and investing in massive projects such as road infrastructure.

The Chairperson of the ANC’s sub-committee on economic transformation, Enoch Godongwana, said here Wednesday that the ANC reiterateds the call it made at the party’s Lekgotla in July.

The ANC-led government must take immediate, concrete and bold steps to lift the rate of growth and its inclusivity by activating macro-economic policy tools, institutional efficiencies and specific sector interventions as central instruments to mitigate the effects of a contraction in economic activity, he said.

This requires that there be a significant difference in the aggressiveness and approach through which recovery measures are implemented by government. Specifically, the ‘stimulus package’ must be activated immediately.


Social grant beneficiaries urged to exchange old cards

Cabinet has strongly appealed to social grant beneficiaries to make the switch from the old South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) cards to the new gold card.

The South African Post Office (SAPO) and SASSA are currently migrating social grant beneficiaries to a new gold SASSA card that is tailored to prevent illegal deductions on social grants.

The new SASSA card operates fully within the national payment system and social grants beneficiaries can use it to make ATM and merchant cash withdrawals, free retail merchant purchases as well as to withdraw cash over the counter inside a Post Office.

Briefing media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said SASSA has so far replaced about 5.5 million old cards with the new card, but thousands still need to be exchanged.

SASSA, SAPO partnership welcomed

Cabinet also welcomed the progress report presented by Social Development Minister, Susan Shabangu, on the partnership between SASSA and SAPO to take over the payments of social grants from Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) with effect from 1 October 2018.

SAPO will also take over the payment of cash to those recipients who were unable to withdraw cash from ATMs or merchants.

During a media briefing last week, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele assured beneficiaries that the process of phasing out CPS and phasing in SAPO to pay social grants was moving smoothly with no glitches expected.

Cwele explained that the glitches experienced in July regarding the payment of grants were not caused by SASSA or SAPO, but network challenges.

We continue to support our operators on the ground and are making sure that we improve the infrastructure and conditions for grant recipients to receive their grants, Cwele said at the time.

Theft of cables condemned

Meanwhile, Cabinet condemned the theft of cables at one of the Post Office branches in Pretoria, which affected the payment of social grants.

Cabinet appealed to the affected beneficiaries and urged South Africans to frown upon the selling of stolen goods.

For further information, social grant beneficiaries can call the SASSA toll-free number on 0800 60 10 11 during office hours.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Mayor Patricia de Lille joins graduation of Blikkiesdorp construction industry trainees


In 2017, the City of Cape Town in association with the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and the False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College launched an exciting skills development programme to benefit 100 residents from Blikkiesdorp.

Today, it is with pleasure that these three partners celebrate the success of this multi-million rand project with the graduation of 30 of the Blikkiesdorp residents who have undergone construction industry training at False Bay TVET College at its Westlake campus.

In December 2017, 14 students completed their nationally accredited Skills Programme in Building and Civil Construction. In June 2018, an additional 16 students successfully completed all 39 modules in the Bricklaying Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) Programme.

They are all receiving their certificates from the College today as well as toolkits to assist in their trade for the future. The toolkits consist of work tools relevant to the bricklaying industry. Students who have completed the accredited skills programme will be receiving their statements of results from the Construction SETA.

In addition to the graduating group, 48 students have commenced their training in the National Certificate in Community House Building, which will be delivered over a 12-month period and includes a 6-month workplace training placement as a compulsory component of the qualification.

Once the training has been completed successfully and students are competent, they will be receiving their National Certificate in Community House Building Level 2 through the CETA.

ACSA initiated this project to train residents from Blikkiesdorp and has invested R5 million towards this project to upskill the most vulnerable.

Through an application to the Construction SETA (CETA), False Bay TVET College was able to secure funding to support training in the civil and construction trades. The Blikkiesdorp community benefitted considerably from this grant through training.

The City of Cape Town, through the Mayor’s Job Creation Fund, has committed a further R300 000 while the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority’s Training Academy has committed an additional R750 000 towards the project.

This project is a wonderful example of the City’s commitment to its Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) which aims to strive for excellence in service delivery, to leverage partnerships for progress and enable greater economic inclusion.

With these training opportunities and the qualifications the residents will receive, they will be empowered to improve their chances of finding work opportunities, become active participants in our economy and earn an income for their families.

‘The City of Cape Town is truly grateful to our partners, ACSA and the False Bay TVET College, for their investment and commitment to the residents of Cape Town. This is testament to the fact that we can all work together to empower our residents, especially those from disadvantaged communities. I am positive that the training and skills received by these residents will go a long way in contributing to an improvement in their way of living,’ Mayor De Lille said.

‘This programme is so much more than just a skills programme. It represents dignity, respect, hope and opportunity for a better future. Practically speaking, it allows the graduates access to the job market � with these skills the graduates are far more employable than previously. Learners are supported by securing internship opportunities within the industry, successful completion of which will give them access to the industry for long-term employment. Well done to today’s graduates, we are mighty proud of your achievements; and thank you to our partners, False Bay College and the City of Cape Town, for making this happen!’ said ACSA general manager, Deon Cloete.

Acting Principal, Mrs Karin Hendricks, says False Bay TVET College values the partnership with the City of Cape Town, ACSA and the Blikkiesdorp community and is privileged to be part of such an innovative initiative where community members are upskilled to not only build their own homes, but to deliver on the philosophy of ubuntu in assisting other community members to build their homes. The students were exposed to both academic and life skills training. The skills learnt will prepare the students for the construction work environment and will come in good stead should they wish to start their own businesses.

Deon Fernandez, Programme Head for Civil and Construction programmes, says that students gained knowledge and skills in the building process from setting out a building plan to building a superstructure.

The College is excited to train and upskill various communities through collaboration with SETAs, local government and industry partners.

The City is exploring the extension of the Skills Development Programme to two other areas adjacent to the Cape Town International Airport.

A housing development is currently in the planning and design phase which will be followed by the implementation phase for the construction of housing opportunities for the three beneficiary communities. A project steering committee has been established and the process of beneficiary allocation is ongoing.

The planning and design phase will inform what type of housing will be built.

Once residents obtain their skills training qualifications, they will be involved in the construction of their own housing opportunities.

Source: City of Cape Town