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White Paper for Post-School Education and Training Released

The Minister of Higher Education and Training has released the White Paper for Post-School Education and Training - and we have it available for download from our website.

The White Paper was approved by Cabinet late in 2013 and has only now been released to the public. The document outlines the government's strategy to build an expanded, integrated and effective post-school education and training system.…


Added by Alan Hammond on January 16, 2014 at 15:20 — 1 Comment

National Skills Conference 2013

The National Skills Conference 2013 is being held in Boksburg. Representatives from all related groups are present to review the progress made with the National Skills Development Strategy III.

The theme for the conference is Together, turning every workplace into a training space.

Added by Alan Hammond on October 10, 2013 at 10:07 — 1 Comment

Invitation to attend the QCTO Pre-Scoping meeting for Garden Worker OFO Code 821401



 OFO CODE 821401


You are cordially invited to attend the QCTO Pre-Scoping meeting for the proposed garden worker, OFO Code 821401, qualification.


The meeting will take place according to the following details:

Date of meeting: 26 August 2013.…


Added by Alan Hammond on August 6, 2013 at 10:25 — No Comments

Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in hospital

Statement from the Presidency: 9:32pm

The condition of former President Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical.


President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by ANC Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, visited the former President this evening, 23 June in hospital. They were briefed by the medical team who informed them that the former President's…


Added by Alan Hammond on June 23, 2013 at 21:59 — No Comments

Job Vacancy: Chief Operating Officer - Teta Seta

The transport sector training authority (Teta Seta) has a vacancy for a Chief Operating Officer.


The incumbent must be : Results-focused, Time-focused, Articulate, Innovative, Detail-focused, Assertive & willing to travel


If you have many years experience in senior management this position could be for you.


Click here for full…


Added by Alan Hammond on May 28, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Helping young people to find study and learnership opportunities

If you know of any young people who are trying to find learnership, education or internship opportunities for this year please tell them about these opportunities on offer.

Its the time of year when hundreds of thousands of young people try to get a place on one of the tens of thousands of education and training opportunities available.

Our sister site, Careers Portal, lists all the latest opportunities. Please see the latest opportunities below and share the information with…


Added by Alan Hammond on January 8, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Minister Nzimande announces the appointment of the Ministerial Oversight Committee on Transformation

In his budget vote speech in April this year, the Minister announced that he would soon be establishing the Ministerial Oversight Committee on Transformation, whose mandate would be to monitor issues of transformation, discrimination based on race, gender and other prejudices, and advise the Minister on policy and other appropriate interventions. This was a recommendation of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation and Social Cohesion and Elimination of Discrimination in Public Higher…


Added by Alan Hammond on December 15, 2012 at 12:10 — No Comments

Strange email

Hi Tamsin, Thanks for letting us niow about the strange email you received. We are aware that some members have received this email and can confirm that the person sending it is not a member of SkillsUniverse.

The SkillsUniverse system works in such a way that people cannot access your email address via the site. They can only send you a message via the site message system and you can always block these if you prefer.

However when I looked at your page I noticed that in a previous… Continue

Added by Alan Hammond on December 24, 2011 at 11:10 — No Comments

How long should it take to teach labour law skills?

Can you learn enough about labour law in a two-day course to be able to manage industrial relations in your company?

Bruno Bruniquel raises the issue this week in his article about industrial relations training in South Africa.  “The problem is that training specialists usually don’t know labour relations and most labour lawyers don’t know how to train. To make matters worse, unit standards relating to labour relations are poorly written and do not cover all the actual training…


Added by Alan Hammond on June 24, 2011 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Services Seta wins court case - bank account restored

By Jim Freeman

The Services Seta has won its second labour court case against the minister of higher education and training, Dr Blade Nzimande, and his department in less than a week.

This morning, judge David Gush, ruled that the minister had no reason to place the Seta under the administration of Dr Sihle Moon and have the contents of its bank accounts transferred to the National Skills Fund.…


Added by Alan Hammond on May 6, 2011 at 17:00 — 4 Comments

Nzimande will appeal Labour Court ruling in Services Seta case

The Higher Education and Training Ministry will appeal against the Labour Court ruling this week that declared their imposition of a new constitution and chairperson on the Services Setas to be unlawful.  In a statement the Ministry declared that, "there is no going back on the path we have undertaken to transform and strengthen the Seta system".

In a statement released to the media the Higher Education and Training Ministry announced, "It is the intention of the DHET to appeal this…


Added by Alan Hammond on May 4, 2011 at 13:48 — 3 Comments

Blumenthal laments 'costly' labour court victory


At the time when all around him were celebrating, Services Seta chief executive Ivor Blumenthal simply shook his head. “It’s a Pyrrhic victory,” he said sadly.

In the end, there was little to distinguish winner from loser. Yes, the idealist Blumenthal triumphed over the ideologue Nzimande but, truth be told, it’s probably a good thing for all around him that he has already resigned the position to which Judge Annelie Basson yesterday restored…


Added by Alan Hammond on May 4, 2011 at 12:29 — 4 Comments

Services Seta wins court case



The labour court has granted an application by the Services Seta (sector education and training authority) to have a constitution and board imposed on it by higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande declared unlawful.

The application, which was upheld with costs, sets aside Dr Nzimande’s appointment of Dr Sihle Moon, Shakeel Ori and Nolwande Mantashe as independent chairperson and ministerial appointees to the Services Seta…


Added by Alan Hammond on May 3, 2011 at 11:26 — 17 Comments

Setas licensed for another 5 years - with new independent Chairs

Minister Blade Nzimande promised that it wouldn't be 'business as usual' at the Setas under his watch and he has kept his word. In a major shake-up of Seta governance the Minister of Higher Education and Training has announced the names of the independent chairpersons of the Seta boards.

In an official communication regarding Seta governance issues, the Higher Education and Training Department has highlighted a number of changes to the way Setas are governed.…


Added by Alan Hammond on April 5, 2011 at 11:33 — 2 Comments

Karl Cloete responds to Manyi racism saga


In my own View & In my Personal Capacity

Open letter – Karl Cloete




Added by Alan Hammond on March 3, 2011 at 10:20 — No Comments

Trevor Manuel's open letter to Jimmy Manyi

Dear Jimmy,

Let us drop titles for the purpose of a necessary exchange. So let us forget for now that I am a cabinet minister and that you are a director-general equivalent, in the same government.

I want to address you simply as a compatriot South African.

I want to draw to your attention the fact that your statements about “an over-concentration of coloureds” are against the letter…


Added by Alan Hammond on March 2, 2011 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

Manuel attacks 'racist' Jimmy Manyi

Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel has launched an unprecedented attack on government spokesman Jimmy Manyi, branding the Black Management Forum head as a racist in the mould of H F Verwoerd.


Manyi has never been far from controversy.  When we was head of the Employment Equity Commission he denied that there was a skills shortage in the country, blaming the problems on the reluctance of business leaders to hire black…


Added by Alan Hammond on March 2, 2011 at 8:00 — 13 Comments

Post School Opportunities for young people

Statment by Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande.


I would like to congratulate all the learners from the Class of 2010 who have passed the National Senior Certificate examinations. The National Senior Certificate is the culmination of one phase of education and an entry point to opportunities and options for the future. …


Added by Alan Hammond on January 10, 2011 at 21:57 — 1 Comment

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



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