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Public and Private Sector Partnership is key to Better Education

Partnerships between the South African government and the private sector are crucial to improving education in the country, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told a small business breakfast organised in Johannesburg on Monday by the International Marketing Council of South Africa.

Motlanthe, accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, her deputy, Enver Surty, and Basic Education director-general Bobby Soobrayan, informed the gathering of top businessmen and women that this governing administration is well aware associated with the flaws in South Africa’s education and training system, and was in fact putting into action an agenda to deal with these.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe

“We continue to have backlogs in infrastructure and facilities such as classrooms, laboratories, libraries and sporting amenities,” Motlanthe said. Additionally, there is clearly the the need to improve the quality of teaching in the nation’s educational institutions.

While a new curriculum has been brought in and was in fact constantly being enhanced on, “many of our learners are still exiting the schooling system under-prepared for the world of work and life challenges”.

‘A milestone occasion’

Strong relationships were crucial to dealing with these types of obstacles, Motlanthe said, and he has been therefore enthusiastic with the private sector’s tremendous response to the call for building relationships within the education arena.

“Accordingly we see this occasion as a milestone towards cementing this partnership with the private sector that is already investing in our education system, and therefore, our future.”

Motlanthe acknowledged a variety of aspects that will required investment from the public and private sector, together with teacher development; school facilities; higher education leadership and governance; adult education; and bursaries and scholarships for promising but disadvantaged students.

The Deputy President said that education was regarded as among the list of government’s top level five priorities, in conjunction with health, job creation, rural development and stopping corruption.

Education the ‘single critical equaliser’

“As proven elsewhere in the world, education plays a pivotal role in the economic growth and development of a country.”

For a country like South Africa, especially, alleviating social ills such as poverty and inequality called for a strong education system “that empowers ordinary South Africans to respond with confidence to the imperatives of modern society”.

Motlanthe mentioned that he was optimistic that when all of us meet again in the near future we will receive a number of encouraging reports on how we will be jointly having to take this collaboration to the next level.

“One of the lessons we have learned from hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup is that if we set our eyes on a particular target and mobilise society behind it, we can indeed deliver excellent results.”

Source: southafrica.info


Skilled human resource key to economic growth

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe

An educated and skilled human resource is a key lever for accelerating economic growth and human development, says Deputy President Kgalema.

“By enhancing the skills, the knowledge and the abilities of individuals, Human Resource Development serves to improve the productivity of people in their areas of work, whether in formal or informal settings,” Motlanthe said during the National Skills Summit in Pretoria.

He explained that the county’s current Human Resource Development Strategy (HRDS) was designed to complement a range of purposeful development interventions.

“It is a coordination framework intended to combine the key levers of the constituent parts of the Human Resource Development system into a coherent strategy.”

The strategy aims to bring about articulation between subsystems to allow for optimal achievement of systemic outcomes, facilitate holistic analyses of education and training and the functioning of the labour market and link both of these to the economic development strategy which among others includes diversifying and transforming the economy, attracting foreign investment and ensuring a better strategic fit with citizen involvement and empowerment.

It further aims to deal with shortcomings in labour market information, ensure economies of scale with regard to complex analytical work such as labour market supply and demand forecasting, and initiate activities that cannot be performed in any of the subsystems, but which are critical for the HRDS in the country.

Motlanthe also noted that the HRDS spans several domains including education, labour market, industry and society noting that the problems that are intrinsic to these domains cannot be reduced to one institution or policies of one government department or institution.

“They impact on the collective ensemble of institutions in the system and relate to a cross-sectoral mix of government policies, private sector initiatives, higher education and other academic institutions as well as the broader society,” he said.

Government has established the Human Resource Development Council with a view to supporting the HRDS.

The council is a multi-sector, multi-stakeholder and expert-led advisory group which provides an environment promoting optimal participation of all stakeholders in the planning, stewardship, and monitoring and evaluation of human resource development activities in the country.

Motlanthe said that the council as well as the relationships that will be sustained beyond the summit will be important for government’s efforts to improve its human resource systems.

Source:  BuaNews, oavm-africa.com, tntmagazine.com,


Skills council to tackle unemployment and grow economy

The Human Resources Development Council of South Africa (HRDSA) is a milestone towards fighting unemployment and growing the economy says Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande.

“This Council will focus its work on the priorities and actions necessary to achieve progress in the key and inter-dependent pillars of our HRD strategy: quality educational attainment at all levels; skills development; science and innovation; and labour market policies,” said Nzimande at the launch on Tuesday.

“As you are aware, government has for years spoken about skills development and its importance in ensuring economic development and ultimately dealing with unemployment. The launch of this council is a milestone towards this goal and ensuring that skills development is conceptualized as a critical component of the four pillars of human development,” he said.

Thirty-six out of the 43 member representatives of labour and government as well as higher education institutions attended the meeting under the leadership of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The Council, which is chaired by the deputy president, also comprises a technical working group whose primary focus will be to execute decisions of the council on relevent matters. This group will, if necessary, set up technical task teams for expertise.

Bheki Ntshalintshali was appointed as the Chairperson of the Technical Working Group and the first deputy chair of the council. Processes to appoint a second deputy chair are underway.

The Council has committed itself to increase the number of appropriately skilled people to meet the demands of the country’s current and emerging economic and social development priorities, as well as to ensure improved universal access to quality basic education and schooling.

Motlanthe said: “We cannot deny that we have come a long way since our liberation from apartheid. We have achieved a great deal of success in breaking barriers. However, the majority of our people still face unbelievable obstacles that prevent them from leading economically productive lives”.

The HRD is a continuation of strategies such as the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa) which aimed to develop the skills that are urgently needed in the country.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the strategic and guidelines documents were adopted.

Council members also agreed to engage the Draft HRD Strategy for South Africa which will culminate in the finalization of the strategy before July’s Cabinet Lekgotla.

By the end of the year, council will establish a mechanism to commission relevant research in the field of human resource development as well as amend and adopt the HRDSA strategy.

“There are certain gaps that need to be addressed and the skills that are required by the economy . The critical element we are trying to address is the mismatch of the skills that we are producing now versus vie the demand from the economy. But we can say that the HRDSA is meant to address the skills requirements of the country as well as Africa,” said Motlanthe.

The council will meet again on 16 July.

Lets wait and see what new and innovative ideas the HRDSA can come up with???

Source: BuaNews


Training scheme to bolster economic growth, job creation


Government plans to scale up its training lay-off scheme as part of seven areas it wants to focus on, to grow the economy and create jobs, says Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

Pandor was briefing the media on Tuesday on areas the Economic Sector and Employment Cluster identified, and which were approved by a Cabinet Lekgotla in January, to help put the country on a new growth path.

The plan includes the implementation of phase two of the government’s framework response to the global financial crisis, the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2, launched two weeks ago, a focus on science and innovation, the creation of green jobs, promotion of rural enterprises, boosting the Expanded Public Works Programme, tourism and scaling up support to small enterprises.

Pandor said during the second phase of the framework response, the government would accelerate take-up of the training lay-off scheme while offering continued financial support for struggling companies and clamping down on illegal imports and under-invoicing.

Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel said the training lay-off scheme, which helped companies to place workers who faced the possibility of retrenchments on training programmes, would be scaled up.

The pilot for the scheme kicked off in November, but Patel said the Department of Labour’s committee that oversees the scheme had so far only approved about 2 700 workers who would benefit from the scheme.

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) would continue supporting companies that were struggling because of the recent recession, but Patel said those firms that wanted to access financial support would have to adhere to four conditions.

He said the new criteria, which were approved by President Jacob Zuma in December, included a commitment by the company to create or save jobs, to place a restraint on executive pay, to use more local suppliers and inputs and to promote a better social dialogue in the workplace.

The IDC had calculated that on the support and finance that it had so far rendered, it had helped save about 7 700 jobs, he said.

The government was also considering recapitalising its small business finance agency Khula Enterprise Finance and the South African Micro-Finance Apex Fund (Samaf), said Patel.

Khula doesn’t lend directly to business owners, but rather lends to banks and finance agencies.

Patel said this was limiting to Khula and added that an announcement would soon be made on the agency’s plan to lend directly to smaller firms.

“We don’t think we are doing enough and we don’t think we have been successful enough in supporting small businesses,” said Patel.

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti said the government would scale up support to rural areas by rolling out its Comprehensive Rural Development programme to 150 wards.

The programme includes a job creation model where one person per participating household will be trained and placed on a two-year employment contract.

Each person employed will contribute at least half of a household’s income, said Nkwinti.

He said the Department of Trade and Industry was helping those based in rural areas to set up their own co-operatives and enterprises.

The Department of Land Affairs would also recapitalise 200 struggling emerging farmers who had acquired land under the land reform programme, he said.

Pandor said the government’s plan for green jobs, which would target the transport, energy, building, manufacturing, agriculture and forestry sectors, would be finalised by July.

She said the government was already supporting clean energy research at a number of universities and had invested in an electric car and would soon launch the prototype of an e-bike.

Source: BuaNews,


Mindleap – Changing the Mind Set

Training and Developing Strategy

In today’s economic times we need people to be motivated, meet customer needs, and be productive  so as to stay ahead of our competitors.

In order to meet the demands placed on individuals in the workplace, and personally, it is important that people are developed to become masters of the “self”.  Organisations have recognised this in that people no longer only need the “hard skills” to do the job but that they also need to develop the “soft skills” or “life skills” to move the organisation to the next level.

Mindleap programmes address the above challenges in the following ways:

1.1    The individual team members – The importance of the individual as being the cog that makes things happen.  We will also demonstrate the importance of establishing and utilising individual strengths, of matching personal objectives to corporate objectives and the role of making mistakes in personal growth.

1.2    The customers and their needs – A discussion about the role of the customer in the formation of any business leads us to demonstrating the following key concepts around satisfying established customer needs and the creativity required, to be in the position to satisfy future unknown needs:

* Thinking outside existing patterns of behavior.
* Constant monitoring and improving products and service.
* Adaptability to change.
* Creativity as a prerequisite for success.
* Doing things better than your competitors.

1.3    The company as a whole

* Improve internal communication.
* Appropriate allocation of roles.
* Promote a sense of urgency.
* Develop team spirit.
* Establishing and achieving deadlines.
* The importance of thinking and planning prior to execution
* Competitiveness
* Economic growth

MindLeap strives to provide “soft skills” to various industries uplifting and continuously assisting through the development of individuals thus improving growth within companies. Keeping abreast of all new developments in the education and training field and seeking full accreditation from the ServiceSeta.

MindLeap aims at providing motivational learning, personal and organisational effectiveness through customised education and training programmes.

Their objectives as a provider of education and training are as follows:

* To inspire people and organisations to want to be better
* To provide people and organisations with the means to achieve this altered status
* To provide quality training programmes in order to grow the people

Mindleap are confident that they can effect visible, immediate changes in service levels.  They are committed to a brilliant training outcome and look forward to being able to partner your company in development.