About the Ergo Business Development Academy or EBDA

Overview of the re-commissioning of EBDA

Ergo Mining (Pty) Ltd re-commissioned the Ergo Gold, Uranium and Acid Plant in Brakpan so as to enable the company to process the surface gold reserves that it holds within the Ekurhuleni Municipal area.

In line with the Minerals and Petroleum Resource Development Act, mining houses need to submit a social and labour plan (SLP) to the Department of Minerals Resources (DMR), who must approve the plan prior to the granting of new order or converted mining rights. Ergo submitted a comprehensive SLP to the DMR that entailed the re-commissioning of the training centre at Ergo. Extensive consultation took place with all affected stakeholders including the Ekurhuleni municipality, and the plan was integrated and aligned with the Ekurhuleni local economic development plan.

Ergo Mining (Pty) Ltd, in formulating and submitting the SLP, acknowledged the following key strategic issues that form the foundation of this plan:

  • There is a critical shortage of skills in the country, and especially technical skills in the engineering, mining, metallurgical and IT fields. This skills shortage is being experienced by Ergo in terms of its own operating requirements.
  • Corporate investment strategies need to go beyond the bounds of traditional normal business practice if the country’s capacity for growth and prosperity is to be increased.
  • The need for job creation, poverty alleviation, people empowerment and the upliftment of the quality of life of all South Africans is a collective need and cannot be addressed solely by government.
  • To address the above, there is a critical need to form strategic alliances with other private, state and local government bodies in order to develop the capacity for national growth and stability.

With the above strategic needs in mind, Ergo developed a comprehensive business plan and business model for the facility that is known as The Ergo Business Development Academy (EBDA). It encompassed the following:

  • A five year (2009-13) implementation plan that has resulted in EBDA trading as an independent and financially sustainable entity (not for profit company):
  • An integrated 5 phase continuous development model that takes learners from unemployment to sustainable self or corporate employment. EBDA stands unique in this regard as the key output for the institution is sustainable SMME's.
  • EBDA is fully accredited with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and with all of the major SETA's. EBDA is also SABS ISO9001:2008 certified.
  • EBDA is also a fully accredited private TVET college.
  • Our portfolio of fully accredited services include the following:
    • Engineering learnerships in:
      • Fabrication trades
      • Electrical
      • Fitting & Machining
      • Millwrights
      • Rigging and Ropesmen
      • Motor and Diesel mechanics
      • Auto Electrical
      • Earth moving equipment mechanic
    • Various engineering skills programmes and short courses
    • Metallurgical and minerals processing skills programmes
    • Occupational Health & Safety including fire fighting and first aid
    • AET level 1 to NQF level 1
    • Operator Licensing
    • Construction Skills
    • Generic Management and various soft skills programmes
    • Portable and construction skills
    • All Nated (N) courses up to N3. This includes mathematics, science and accountancy classes.
    • New Venture Creation and business incubation
  • Various community projects including school support initiatives in maths, science, accounting as well as entrepreneurial clubs are implemented extensively over a footprint ranging from Ekurhuleni to the Mogale.

All training may be requested by contacting us on (011) 742 - 1050/19 or by email on info@ebda.co.za

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