December 2010 Blog Posts (20)

President Zuma's New Year Message


Added by sylvia hammond on December 31, 2010 at 7:28 — 1 Comment

Fixing the education system

(This post was first published in The Witness on 27 December 2010)


Every new Minister of Education has suggested something new to revamp and fix what…


Added by Ian Webster on December 30, 2010 at 10:00 — 2 Comments

Assessor assignments required

HI all

i am looking for assessor assignments for 2011. I'm registered with EDTP SETA (US 115753) conducting outcomes Based assessment..

my facilitation skills are very well honed and can also be used as required.

My Cv is available on request.




David H. Swartz



Added by David H. Swartz on December 24, 2010 at 15:03 — No Comments

My dream for 2011

If – My dream 



Added by Des Squire on December 23, 2010 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Ring fencing

Well another year has finally dawned upon us.I pray that 2011 be a better year for providers and practioners like us.My biggest element of fear is around the "Prefered Provider Scenario" where a so called provider is on a road show,trying to muscle away business from Stakeholders.The question is when is the Minister and SETAS going to breakdown this gate keeping problem which is so rife within certain sectors.There are genuine providers out there that are really servicing their sectors,and… Continue

Added by Logan Naidu on December 22, 2010 at 7:26 — No Comments

Message from former CEO of Coca-Cola Bryan Dyson

For all skills-universe members,

Please read this excellent message from a former CEO of Coca-Cola - Bryan Dyson. 

Very short and to the point and very worthwhile, particularly when we're evaluating our 2010 year and making resolutions for 2011. 

Wishing all our members a peaceful holiday season and looking forward to lots of interaction in the 2011 year - sylvia…


Added by sylvia hammond on December 20, 2010 at 11:42 — No Comments

Labour Law Amendment Bills released

The Minister of Labour has released the four labour law amendments that were recently approved by the Cabinet.  The bills are open for public comment until te 17th of February 2011.

Added by Alan Hammond on December 17, 2010 at 16:06 — No Comments

From Reconciliation to Transformation


I suggest the time for reconciliation has passed and it is now time to concentrate on transformation.  

Going back to the days of the truth and reconciliation commission the question needs to be asked as to whether the objectives of the commission were met?

Since then have we accepted the true meaning of reconciliation – bringing together – Understanding – Reunion?

Have we as a people come together, do we understand each other, have we been…


Added by Des Squire on December 17, 2010 at 8:12 — No Comments

Soweto Floods

Greetings of Peace

Dear Recipients

In response to requests for assistance from Tshepo Mothlale,City of Johannesburg Acting Divisional Chief, Disaster Management Centre, Gift of the Givers sends in teams and supplies to flood affected Orlando West, Soweto, this evening. Hot cooked meals, blankets, clothing and hygiene packs form part of the…


Added by sylvia hammond on December 17, 2010 at 7:04 — No Comments


Hi there,

Where can I access the ammendment bills? Can anybody assist?

Added by Marius Basson on December 15, 2010 at 17:20 — 1 Comment

Labour law reforms introduced

Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant will be introducing laws aimed at regulating contract work and addressing the raging issue of labour broking.

The far-reaching amendments also aim to facilitate the unionisation of workers and conclusion of sectoral collective agreements to cover vulnerable workers.



Added by Alan Hammond on December 15, 2010 at 16:00 — 6 Comments

2010 SA Development Indicators show progress and challenges

There is very active debate taking place currently on the skills-universe on skills and education. The National Planning Commission latest report provides hard evidence on our development indicators - what is going well and what still…

Added by sylvia hammond on December 14, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

New Saqa Board appointed

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has appointed the following 12 persons as members of the fifth board of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to serve a five year term from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2016.

Mr Mfundiso Johnson Ntabankulu Njeke, Chairperson

Mr David Adler

Dr Clifford Freddie Barnes

Ms Chuene Thama Duba

Ms S Mosidi Maboye

Adv Kevin Sifiso Malunga

Mr Archie Mokonane



Added by Alan Hammond on December 14, 2010 at 15:51 — No Comments

Address by Deputy President Motlanthe at Department Basic Education breakfast

I would like to thank you very much for accepting the invitation to this ground-breaking occasion where the Department of Basic Education meets private sector entities supporting education, which is our number one national priority.

Last Friday marked the end of the examinations period, for all but matric learners, for the 2010 school year. I would like to begin by commending the Department of Basic Education, the provinces, districts, schools and learners for a smooth examination…


Added by sylvia hammond on December 10, 2010 at 8:19 — No Comments

Minister Nzimande introduces 'drastic changes' to the way Setas operate

Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, addressed the CEOs of all Setas at the InterSeta Forum on the 7th of December. The Minister used the opportunity of his first formal address to all Seta leaders to outline his vision for the future of the sector education and training authorities. While he believes they are essential in achieving the country's the skills development goals, he is insisting that they operate much more…


Added by Alan Hammond on December 8, 2010 at 11:30 — 29 Comments

Hector Pieterson and Education – What did he achieve!!!

I’m not sure about any of you out there but I was shocked at the preposterous thought that the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) has called on "biased marking" in favour of black matrics and this was reiterated and confirmed by the union's provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi the very next day. Sadtu was…


Added by Lisa Amanda Bradshaw on December 7, 2010 at 9:30 — 27 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT: Minister Nzimande

Extract from a press statement that was e-mailed to me:

Minister Nzimande discussion with leaders of business: Roundtable discussion on the artisanal training programme and the launch of National Artisan Moderation Body or the NAMB

The implementation of the occupational learning system as… Continue

Added by Wilma de Villiers on December 6, 2010 at 21:32 — No Comments

Difficult is not impossible

Difficult is not impossible

Difficult is not the same as impossible.…


Added by Bronwyn Newman on December 3, 2010 at 8:29 — No Comments

Trust Barometer 2010



Added by sylvia hammond on December 2, 2010 at 17:49 — No Comments

10 Tips for Networking During the Holidays

There are a number of seasonal strategies that you can employ to enhance your business relationships, boost your personal brand and strengthen your bottom line. As people tend to be more relaxed during this time of the year, take advantage of these circumstances by reaching out and interacting…


Added by Karl Smith - The Networking Guy on December 2, 2010 at 13:15 — No Comments

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