March 2011 Blog Posts (43)

Call for Training Providers

The HWSETA is planning to launch a Voucher System where you will be listed as a preferred training provider. For more details, please contact Luyanda.

Added by Bronwyn Newman on March 31, 2011 at 12:58 — No Comments

Minister Naledi Pandor is the Acting President

Minister Naledi Pandor is the Acting President

President Jacob Zuma has today, 30 March 2011, left for Livingstone, Zambia where he is leading a high-level delegation to the SADC Troika Summit scheduled for 31 March 2011.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is on a four-day working visit to the United States, from 27-31 March 2011, covering three states, namely, New York,…


Added by sylvia hammond on March 31, 2011 at 9:40 — No Comments

Developing, Supporting and Promoting RPL Practices

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in South Africa unlike other countries has a very specific agenda. It is intended to support transformation of the education and training system of the country.

The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) promises of the early 1990s have never been fulfilled and RPL has failed miserably in most instances.

Since 1994 some progress has been made towards an integrated education and training system in the country: having a single Department of…


Added by Des Squire on March 30, 2011 at 12:30 — 3 Comments

Company Sponsor Ship



Does someone know of a company that can sponsor me with computers?  Should you know of a company please send me a mail to, with the details so I can send in a formal letter. 


Added by Nadenza Jones on March 30, 2011 at 9:48 — No Comments

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is putting measures to support more young people to start businesses


24 Mar 2011

As part of addressing the youth unemployment challenges the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is putting in place measures to support more young people to start their own businesses. Briefing the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children, Youth and Persons living with Disabilities in Parliament yesterday the NYDA outlined clear measures to bring more young people to participate in the mainstream economy. The NYDA was briefing the Portfolio Committee on its…


Added by Bronwyn Newman on March 25, 2011 at 12:11 — No Comments




Is there any one who is able to quote on updating the assessment packs for the following qualifications?


  • FET Certificate Business Administration Services - SAQA ID 61595
  • National Certificate in Business Administration Services SAQA ID 23655



Added by Jenine Lehman on March 25, 2011 at 11:23 — 4 Comments

Customised Training Programmes

Are generic training programmes not what you need? Do you require a more specialised and customised training solution that focuses on your business requirements? If you answer yes to these questions, then Compuscan Academy has the right service for you.

At Compuscan Academy we believe that “one size fits all” does not apply to everyone and that a customised solution is often the most effective solution for business growth. We design and develop training solutions in line with your… Continue

Added by Natasha Bovill on March 25, 2011 at 9:38 — No Comments

Gift of the Givers report from Libya

I regularly post report from Gifts of the Givers for those members who are interested in supporting their international humanitarian relief efforts.  I received this report today and it seemed appropriate to post it - it graphically describes not only their contribution to medical skills transfer, but also the reality and the bravery of the contribution they make.



Added by sylvia hammond on March 24, 2011 at 9:52 — 2 Comments

Excellent interview on where learning and development is moving to

Dear All,


Here is a very interesting interview with Charles Jennings (UK-based learning and development specialist) on the impact of social media, information overload and the rate of change for our learners. As well how learning and development has changed from where it was 10 years ago to where it is now currently. I thought it might be an interesting insight considering how content-driven allot of training is in South Africa and our core focus on…


Added by Ashwell Glasson on March 24, 2011 at 9:00 — 4 Comments


I entered the world of Remuneration, Job Evaluation and Grading fairly recently and I would be interested to hear comments from my Human Resources Colleagues on the following: 


  • Do you feel your Job Evaluation / Grading process is working for you?
  • What systems you are using?
  • Would you consider changing your system?

Please don't only restrict your comments to these questions, I am interested in learning about any opionions or comments you…


Added by Karen Hardman on March 23, 2011 at 9:54 — No Comments

Lack of ambition and drive - Discussion feedback

Lack of ambition and drive – is this a problem?

I posted this article recently on the Skills Universe web site ( and posed the question - what do you think are the possible causes and potential solutions?

There were a wide variety of responses some of which missed the point but many responded to the questions asked. In an effort to make some sense of these I will do my best to summarise in the hope this will be of…


Added by Des Squire on March 23, 2011 at 7:31 — 1 Comment

Resolutions of SA Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) stakeholder meeting

Dumisani Dakile, COSATU Gauteng Provincial, 22 March 2011

SADTU in Gauteng convened a meeting with the following role players in the education system, COSATU, NASGB, ANC, COSAS and SACP to brief and discuss with them the current challenges facing the education system in the Soweto Township.

The meeting deliberated on the challenges and resolved as follows.

-          All the progressive forces will need to bring stability to the education of the working class people in…


Added by sylvia hammond on March 22, 2011 at 17:24 — No Comments

Training professionals want higher qualifications and degrees in education and training (Feedback from short survey last year)!

We conducted a short survey on what kind of qualifications training professionals would like to complete. 31 members of Skills-Universe completed the short survey and interestingly many members seem to be keen on completing qualifications above NQF level 6, either as national certificates or degrees as noted below.…


Added by Ashwell Glasson on March 22, 2011 at 16:00 — 6 Comments

Deadline for submissions on Muslim Marriages Bill extended

Public participation process

The Minister of Justice, Jeff Radebe, has extended the deadline for public comments and input on the Muslim Marriages Bill from 15 March to 31 May.


The deadline has been extended in recognition of the need to allow for…


Added by sylvia hammond on March 21, 2011 at 20:07 — No Comments

New IT revelation

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Added by David Hattingh on March 18, 2011 at 14:55 — No Comments

Free Money Management Workshop!

Compuscan Academy is once again helping communities in need and will be hosting a Free Money Management Workshop!


By attending this workshop, we will ensure that you learn money management techniques that will remain with

you for life. Enabling financial freedom and placing you on a secure path to avoiding the problems that you may

be currently experiencing.


Being so absorbed in debt can often cloud the reasons as to why you got there in the first…


Added by Natasha Bovill on March 18, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

National Department of Public Works Recalls Retired Engineers

The National Minister of Public Works, Ms Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde has launched a campaign to recall retired built environment engineers and artisans.


The campaign to get these retired professionals back into the public world of work has been prompted by the pressing need to provide practical skills and training to a…


Added by Bronwyn Newman on March 17, 2011 at 10:29 — No Comments

Training Service Provider Information Sessions 2011

The BANKSETA invites you to attend information sessions to prepare for training service provider (TSP) registration

for the 2011 phase of the Training Voucher Project.

Join us to find out how the registration process works and how to participate in the project to increase learning and

development opportunities for small and micro-enterprises in the microfinance industry.…


Added by Bronwyn Newman on March 17, 2011 at 8:52 — No Comments

President declares Public Holiday - 18 May 2011


14 March 2011


In terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act, 1994, (Act No. 36 of 1994), President Jacob Zuma has declared

18 May 2011 as a public holiday throughout the Republic.


The declaration will enable voters to participate in the…


Added by sylvia hammond on March 16, 2011 at 17:28 — 1 Comment

Well done to our very own Skills-Universe Sylvia Hammond for the 'Understanding the Skills Development Act' a Juta Pocket Companion!

It is great to recommend new training and learning resources for skills planners, programme developers and trainers alike. Sylvia Hammond along with Vusi Mabena and Elize Strydom have produced a wonderful pocket guide to the Skills Development Act. It is up-to-date with some of the latest information and is most likely one of the newst little resources on the shelves. It is a concise and well-written resource, sitting at a snug 206 pages, approximately A6 in size. Just bigger than a Blackberry… Continue

Added by Ashwell Glasson on March 15, 2011 at 16:45 — 1 Comment

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