South Africa skills development plan given a boost

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande

A task team is going to be established to help to increase SETA’s capacity in order to fulfill the desired goals and objectives of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III.

NSDS III, unveiled last week by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, is the major driving force associated with the strategy to enhance the overall performance as well as effectiveness of the skills development program.

The plan of action, that will actually come into effect on 1 April 2011, symbolizes a commitment and responsibility to promoting the linking of skills development to career paths, career development and offering sustainable job opportunities and in-work progression.


Nzimande said the strategy concentrated specifically on individuals who do not possess appropriate technical skills or a sufficient amount of reading, writing and numeracy abilities to make it possible for them gain access to employment.

“Language, literacy and numeracy skills are unquestionably essential to improved economic and social participation, productivity and social inclusion,” Nzimande said.

The NSDS III places emphasis on eight goals and objectives, which includes more effective utilization of workplace based skills development in addition to encouraging and supporting cooperatives, small enterprises and local community education and training initiatives.


Nzimande reiterated that SETAs were definitely not destined to be shut down, on the contrary, preferably strengthened as a measure to rise above the difficulties, challenges and weakness within the system, through the NSDS.

Education Training and Development Practices SETA CEO, Sesi Nxesi, welcomed the launch of the NSDS III.

“All of us genuinely feel there exists a change in the country. It [NSDS III] is a lot more organised and structured, in addition it helps bring about cooperation and i am optimistic that we definitely will achieve the goals, collectively,” said an optimistic Nxesi.

Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA)
Banking SETA (BANKSETA)
Chemical Industries SETA (CHIETA)
Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather SETA (CTFL SETA)
Construction SETA(CETA)
Education Training and Skills Development SETA (ETSD-SETA)
Energy SETA (ESETA)
Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services SETA (FASSET)
Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry SETA (FOODBEV)
Forest Industry SETA (FIETA)
Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA)
Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunications Technologies SETA (isett seta)
Insurance SETA (INSETA)
Local Government SETA (LGSETA)
Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services (MERSETA)
Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and Packaging SETA ( MAPPP-SETA)
Public Service Sector SETA (PSETA)
Safety and Security SETA (SASSETA)
Services SETA
SETA for Mining and Minerals Sector (MQA)
Social Security and Development SETA
Transport SETA (TETA)
Wholesale & Retail SETA (W&RSETA)

Source: BuaNews, gcis.gov.za

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