SETA, NSS , Services SETA 4

HI, I am collating information for my Masters in Education (UWC) on the role of SETA’s in implementing the National Skills Strategy 3 in the workplace environment: Case study of the Services SETA in Johannesburg. 

I am currently living in the Middle East and would really appreciate any assistance, ie, suggestions, questions, advice & references. Thank you – Stay Blessed. .  .

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4 thoughts on “SETA, NSS , Services SETA

  • davidjooste

    The company that I work for is registered with the Services Seta, so hopefully I can provide insight from the company’s perspective as well as from a SDF perspective.


    Firstly the services seta is similar to a FAIS Category I Licence holder  – the default seta for all the companies which they did not where to place. This in itself creates some challenges on the part of the SETA, labour, industry and the economy at large, as formulating a strategy becomes more difficult as a result of the contribution and composition of the role-players.


    SMEs are identified globally as key to job creation and South Africa is no exception yet faces severe challenges of its own, and failure rates are often contributed to lack of skills and knowledge.  So this according to me is one area in which the Services SETA can play an important role but this would require a strategic partnership with industry.


    I think a reflection of how successful the implementation of NSDS I & II is needed, as this remains a matter of debate, especially when evaluating it against a holistic view its impact had on the economy.  After 12 years RPL has not been fully integrated in the evaluation of workplace / experiential learning yet we complain about the lack of skills while potentially thousands have the necessary “know how” skills and competencies but because of the lack of drive and implementation cannot get the formal recognition, nor can we attempt in providing them with the necessary training where needed to bridge the gap to formal qualifications. My personal perspective is that SETA’s across the board must be held responsible for setting and maintaining a percentage of workplace RPL assessment as per the WSP and ATR for each calendar period.  I’m further of view because this is not happening the implementation and benefits are not utilised by workers, as they obtain better jobs with a marginally increase in financial reward based on experience and not completing on a talent level . 


    Another concern I have is the “overlapping” functionality between the various SETA’s for instance artisan’s falls under the Services SETA but the demand is within the manufacturing industry  



     I have not found any literature on how the minister wants to integrate FET college system and universities into the workplace domain as the first obstacle that comes to mind is the lack of capacity which ripple effect again places a bigger burden on workplace learning and skills development – but will continue to look for it when time permits.


    In particular a few pointers


    I find the Services SETA a webpage frustrating – information is either  outdated  or under construction for the last 6 months.

    The online submission of WSP and ATR is a disaster

    The staff on the other hand that I personally have interacted with is professional and helpful although it seems that the SETA can generally do with more staff to make the process more efficient and effective



    Please feel free to ask specific questions you need answers on

  • Wilma de Villiers

    Mark, you should post a brief comment on what your ‘feelings’/ ideas around this issue is.  One usually receive valuable feedback from fellow-skills-members and their point of view on the mater.

    I am not clear on what your specific focus area is. 

    Will it maybe help to make contact with somebody at the Services Seta in Johannesburg.  I don’t know any thing about the services SETA.