Challenges and partnership initiatives:

Mining Review Africa will be hosting the Technical Skills Africa conference that will take place in Johannesburg from 8 – 10 December 2008.

Technical Skills Africa will assist stakeholders involved in the power, mining, ICT and infrastructure industries to develop skills strategies, analyse the cause and effect of skills shortages and show how technical skills can be enhanced in order to meet the demand being experienced by these industries.

In his welcome address, Honourable Deputy Minister Enver Surty, Department of Education, South Africa will talk about the challenges African countries are facing in terms of technical skills development and retention. After his speech, a high-level panel will debate partnership initiatives for sustainable skills development in Africa. This interactive panel discussion will be moderated by the chairman of The Foundation for the Development of Africa, Peter Metcalfe. Panellists will include Deputy Minister Surty and Venansius Baryamureeba, Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Makerere University, Uganda – amongst others.

For more information about the conference, please contact Nicolaas Loretz on 021 700 3555 or nicolaas.loretz@spintelligent.com; or visit www.technical-skills-africa.com.