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Change starts when someone takes the first step

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hannes Nel Sep 4, 2014. 21 Replies

There is no doubt…Continue

Tags: quality, colleges, plan, assurance, occupational

The Cumulative Effect of Private Provision

Started Jun 17, 2014 0 Replies

Perhaps I am not very good at statistics, but the claim made in the White Paper for Post-school Education and Training, page 42 does not make sense to me. On this page, second last paragraph, the…Continue

Are Verifiers Adding any Value to the Learning Process?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynel Farrell Jun 9, 2014. 20 Replies

I am reading Jacqui Baumgardt’s thesis on Quality Assurance Challenges for Private Providers, and just her problem statement already triggered visions of challenges and opportunities in my mind. No…Continue

The White Paper and the Promotion of Lifelong Learning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Roodnick Feb 6, 2014. 18 Replies

We often find that the DHET make decisions that actually hamper the achievement of the strategic objectives of the National Development Plan, the New Growth Path, the Industrial Policy Action Plan…Continue


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Hannes Nel replied to Des Squire's discussion Are the NLRD records up to date??? in the group Training Service Providers
"Your response is noted, Des. However I believe you will understand that I cannot become involved right now because we have a rather serious legal action on from which I hope the private providers and even ETDP SETA will benefit - or at least learn.…"
Oct 5

Hannes Nel replied to Des Squire's discussion Are the NLRD records up to date??? in the group Training Service Providers
"We instituted legal action, Des. As they say, the matter is now sub judice, or something like that."
Oct 4

Hannes Nel replied to Zerelde Uys's discussion Hallooooooooo ETDPSETA!!! in the group Training Service Providers
"I will speak to the QCTO about this today and if it does not work we will take further steps."
Sep 6

Hannes Nel commented on Hugh Allen Timm's blog post The Benefits of Coaching when dealing with Stress in the Workplace
"Sorry, Hugh, can't read this much during working hours. Will ask our researcher in coaching to read it and comment if she feels it is necessary. This might take a while, though."
Jul 5

Hannes Nel replied to Ken Annandale's discussion Here’s an admission.
"Sorry, Ken, can't resist this one. At my age I would only be interested in the one starting with an e."
Jul 5

Hannes Nel commented on Chantel Harris's blog post When leadership roles take a turn for the worst
"Good article. Perhaps you should add integrity to the recipe."
Jun 30
Clinton Branders replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Adapting to change in education and training in the group Training Service Providers
"Thank You for this. I agree, times are changing ...see the following link if you haven't already: "
Jun 21

Hannes Nel commented on Hugh Allen Timm's blog post Knowledge Management vs. Knowledge Creation: a Function of BENEFICIAL Learning in an ever Changing Organisational Environment - Part 2 of 7.
"The article can easily serves as a structure, or scope, for a book on knowledge management."
Jun 21

Hannes Nel added a discussion to the group Training Service Providers

Adapting to change in education and training

Television killed drive-in movie theatres; Kodak did not respond fast enough to the emergence of digital cameras and cell phones; many video shops did not recognise the threat that DVDs and the internet posed to them. Still there are those who refuse to accept the signs of change. The same applies to the education and training environment.If I were to guess I would predict that quality assurance bodies and public learning institutions, especially universities, are on the endangered species…See More
Jun 21

Hannes Nel and Moegsien Harris are now friends
Jun 14

Hannes Nel commented on Moegsien Harris's blog post Dilemma in Learning & Experiential Training & Development
"Some really good suggestions. I hope the right people will listen and respond."
Jun 13

Des Squire replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Keeping the APPETD on our side
"I have not as yet become a member of APPETD as like you Ari I am unsure as to what exactly they do or have done. Perhaps like so many other professional bodies they should start creating a greater awareness of what they are doing."
May 26

Hannes Nel replied to Liezl van der Westhuizen's discussion Accredited Training without being acceredited in the group Training Service Providers
"Thank you for hanging in there Lynel. You are making progress."
May 11

Hannes Nel added a discussion to the group Training Service Providers

Ten critical mistakes in the collection and use of data for a non-fiction book

Non-fiction is normally represented as fact. It is assumed that the information in such books are accurate and, hopefully, well-researched. Unfortunately writers sometimes regard their perceptions as the only truth. Everybody has the right to write a book about her pet subject, believes, militancy, fanaticism, paranoia, etc. However, a writer who claims to have done scientific research when it is clear from the contents of the book that this is not the case not only does damage to the…See More
May 2
Andrea Mammes liked Hannes Nel's discussion Misconceptions about RPL
Apr 29
Kate Sani replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Misconceptions about RPL in the group Training Service Providers
"Dear Wilma, this is amazing. Well done. It would be great if you could share some "lessons learnt".  Some time ago, SAQA published an RPL leaflet that may be of interest to members. Attached below."
Apr 29

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Writing a email is like a declaration of war

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:30 11 Comments

Have you noticed, people often don’t interpret you email messages the way you meant it? This often leads to the demise of friendships and healthy business relationships. Take Facebook (or Twitter, MXIT, Whatsapp, BBM, etc.) as an example. Someone may send thousands of messages over a long period of time, and then, one day, they send just one, JUST ONE message that people interpret negatively, then all the good work of so many previous messages is down the drain. We all know of examples where…


The thin line between bribery and paying for services rendered

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 9:19 5 Comments

Now don’t get me wrong – Mentornet will never ever pay anybody a bribe for the simple reason that it is against the law. Problem is, now that the Minister of Higher education and Training in his infinite wisdom decided to channel almost all skills grants to public learning institutions he might just have unleashed a new corruption and bribery beast in especially FET Colleges. If I add my own experiences to…


Can private learning institutions lead the way in offering quality ETD?

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 13:40 5 Comments

In a Skills Universe message on 23 June 2013 Cas Olivier aired his view that private learning institutions are more flexible than public learning institutions and, as I understand it, private learning institutions should set the example in offering good quality ETD. If one were to research statistics on learning institutions you may well get the impression that he is right. However, as we have seen so…


When the assessment system fails the student

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 14:12 9 Comments

I believe most of us know of instances where lecturers or other staff members of learning institutions actually collaborate with students to cheat in examinations. This also happens after the examinations, for example where assessors are instructed by their superiors to inflate the examination results so that the learning institution will not look bad. Any such practice is a disservice to the students because ultimately students are required to perform jobs for which their studies were…


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At 6:10pm on March 07, 2016, sylvia hammond gave Hannes Nel a gift
At 12:51 on July 13, 2015, Sonia Magni said…

Thank you so very much.

At 1:55 on June 20, 2015, Steve Short said…

Hi Hannes

I just stumbled across your comment regarding your kind offer to forward me a copy of your book.  I have battled to find your personal email address (without success) and will therefore mail it to - hope it reaches you.  Many thanks again :-)

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At 3:30 on November 27, 2012, Nelisiwe Mkhize said…
Thank u Dr, according to my knowledge there is no NLRD for AET level 1 to 3, only GETC level, even DOE doesn't have am I correct? Do you perhaps know why? As AET is such a demand.
At 9:33 on November 26, 2012, Nelisiwe Mkhize said…
Hi Dr please help me I need to know is it obliged for a training provider to be accredited in order to offer AET level 1 and 2, hence there is no NLRD for AET?
At 9:56 on September 15, 2012,
Wilma de Villiers

Hi, Hannes

I always follow your discussions with interest and want to ask you to comment on my blog on 'skills universe as a civil society'.

Your input would be appreciated.



At 11:17 on May 10, 2012, themba thulani sibanda said…

Thank you Dr Hannes Nel, let me contact you on email to provide the whole story.


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