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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Samuels May 6, 2012. 2 Replies

Socialism at work

Started this discussion. Last reply by Natasha van Rooyen Aug 21, 2009. 10 Replies

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Chris Reay was featured
Jul 31, 2016
Chris Reay replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Are we wasting what could be SA's greatest asset - our young people? in the group Empowering Youth and Resolving Youth Unemployment
"In the eternal exploration for mechanisms to facilitate the better selection of new employees, we have researched a system that has been designed, built applied and tested to identify what are called the environmental characteristics of…"
May 1, 2016
Chris Reay was featured
Jul 31, 2013
Chris Reay replied to John P Connolly's discussion Close down the SETAs
"Your premise is flawed. In what way did the capacity of the parastatals change so dramatically that they could not still absorb the same numbers (limited by their own facilities) from a full spectrum of the population, not just the whites as before?…"
Feb 14, 2013
Chris Reay replied to John P Connolly's discussion Close down the SETAs
"A point that has not been raised anywhere here is that, prior to the decisions by the ANC government to change most things that worked under the earlier regime,the parastatals trained most of the apprentices. In fact they trained a lot more than…"
Feb 14, 2013
Chris Reay replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Friday Question: What prevents a sense of national unity and solving youth unemployment in the group Empowering Youth and Resolving Youth Unemployment
"Hi Sylvia, The presentation by Neil Pretorius of DRD Gold which can be accessed by the url identifies a very necessary approach to this challenge. The…"
Oct 26, 2012
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Empowering Youth and Resolving Youth Unemployment

Providing information and discussing all issues related to empowering, developing and training youth and resolving youth unemployment.See More
Oct 26, 2012
Chris Reay replied to Cindy Payle's discussion Zuma won't lead the CEO pay freeze proposal
"Has any ANC politician ever set a leadership example yet? If Zuma ever wanted to demonstrate concern to citizens and voters, he would scrap the obscene amount being spent on the Nkandla "home". Mac Maharaj refers to the "due processes…"
Oct 22, 2012
Chris Reay replied to Shaun Randles's discussion What are the typical characteristics displayed by a learning organization?
"I recommend reading up (some of) the "Fifth Discipline" by Peter Senge. It followed his research at MIT where he founded the "Center for Organisational Learning" at MIT's Sloan School. He makes a very pertinent statement: In…"
Aug 30, 2012
Chris Reay replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Who is to blame for problems in education?
"It is interesting to note that apartheid has never been "blamed" for all the benefits that the critics use daily in their lives: medical science, school structures and curricula, infrastructure, technological developments etc that should…"
Jul 11, 2012
Chris Reay commented on Cindy Payle's blog post Quality leadership defined in three little words
"The government performance, or rather the lack thereof as we know it, will eventually have to collapse. Fraud and corruption cannot be sustained for ever, and it is evident that it has become so endemic that the circumstances affecting the taxpaying…"
Jul 10, 2012
Chris Reay replied to sylvia hammond's discussion 12 Useful tips on how to use books - other than burning them
"These are great ideas but the inevitable problem of coordination and distribution arises. It would need to have the administration of say an NGO to do this, or some other privately sourced social benefit service to get them to the areas that could…"
Jun 25, 2012
Chris Reay replied to Des Squire's discussion Have we let the class of 76 and other South Africans down?
"Your summary, Des, and the inspiration from Dr. Mamphela Ramphele is so pertinent. A key issue in this crisis is the need for responsibility by everyone, including the youth as Tass has quoted. The constant harping by citizens of SA on rights with…"
Jun 22, 2012
Chris Reay replied to Des Squire's discussion Have the SETAs been gulity of wasting money?
"Hi Des,  your question and the lack of answers. I thought that SETAs such as the Merseta were in fact funding apprenticeships and artisan training. The questionable learnerships have not succeeded in producing properly qualified artisans as the…"
Jun 13, 2012
Chris Reay replied to Des Squire's discussion Have the SETAs been gulity of wasting money?
"There appears to be a great deal of commonality between the productive output of the SETAs and most of the delivery mechanisms of government departments, provinces and municipalities. When one reads the in the news as to who has ripped off the…"
Jun 8, 2012

Joe Samuels replied to Chris Reay's discussion The QCTO
"A general piece of information. When I read some of the comments here on the skills universe I often wonder why people don't go to the SAQA website and check for the answers there or just send me an email and I will respond to the question…"
May 6, 2012

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Place engineering resources in industry, liaising with the the clients' engineering management to look ahead and establish access to expected skills sets, which is particularly necessary within a scarce skills environment; train in project management focussing on critical chain principles and applications, not the vanilla project management menu; establish specific capacity development programmes within the engineering disciplines; assist ECSA with the registration of Mechanical Engineers; offer e-learning programmes with mentor support for Engineers; provide seminars on Theory of Constraints principles and applications.
What companies or organisations are you with?
Engineer Placements

Chris Reay's Blog

Prof Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State, on mediocrity.

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 8:22 9 Comments

I follow Prof Jansen's wise commentary because he identifies real issues. This is his take on "an oversupply of mediocrity". We have to act to correct this already entrenched culture in education for the sake of survival.

I have in front of me the 2010 "Statement of Results" for the National Senior Certificate statement of a youngster who demands to study at university.

They are: Afrikaans 43, English 39,…


Skills and unemployment: we have to stop this decline.

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 10:50 0 Comments

Africa's largest economy, South Africa, is boasting the highest

unemployment ratio on the continent, with almost 60% of people being

unemployed and 25% choosing not to participate in the country's economy.

Economist Mike Schussler, who presented the '2010 Uasa South African

employment report' in Johannesburg on Thursday, said that, in fact, more

people in the country were currently receiving money from welfare than

from employment, with 12,8-million people… Continue

A lesson for the socialists

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 13:30 0 Comments

The great equaliser ....OR..... How not to develop a nation

(Some may…


An important legal precedent

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 11:30 2 Comments

A recent Supreme Court of Appeal judgment in a case involving the Tswane Metro should be read by all concerned with the challenge of maintaining standards and blindly implementing employment equity requirements. It primarily covers the rights employees have to communicate their concerns when they believe ignoring standards will have adverse effects on the work place and the general public.
Significant is the need for proper training and testing of resources.
See Case No 532/08.

Training of capacity to reverse the decline in service delivery in local government

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 12:24 0 Comments

As we enter 2010 we can only hope that considerable private initiative work done in the last three years receives a modicum of understanding and action by the powers that be. Unless local government realise that without the necessary capacity to manage the infrastructure, the current rate of degradation will continue. There is no need for more conferences, overseas trips and lengthy meetings all which seem to give the participants the satisfaction that they are doing something of value. The… Continue

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At 8:30 on July 23, 2009, Rolf Kühnast said…
Hi Chris, will contact you shortly
At 19:24 on July 22, 2009, Rolf Kühnast said…
Hi Chris,
As a (Semi) retired engineer, I keep myself busy teaching Project Management, and consulting in it. I also run short workshops in the more " Advanced " topics such as risk management, earned value etc. You can view more on my website: , still under construction, at this stage. Am also looking at marketing Mentoring to aspirant Project Managers. There is a real need for this, IMHO.
If you are based in the Western Cape, I would like to get together with you. We might have common ground!
At 8:36 on June 9, 2009, Rolf Kühnast said…
Hi Chris, Nice to meet up with you again!
Whatever happened to the SPE? Have not heard from them for years!
At 22:35 on May 7, 2009, sylvia hammond said…
Hi Chris - welcome to our skills-universe. Please add your photo and feel free to join the Western Cape group and as many other groups as you are interested in, and participate in discussions and of course, please invite your friends & colleagues to join. :)

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