The politicians had the opportunity, so did the various education departments and academic institutions, not forgetting the business sectors who incidentally is now feeling the pinch of the economic downturn.
“For crying out aloud”, what has become of those astute economists and entrepreneurs who were doing so well in keeping us proud in what we do well in keeping sustainable development of our economy on a reasonable growth path? How do we understand “freedom”, “free market enterprise” and many other challenges, research and development as cornerstones in the sustainable economic growth and development of our rainbow nation.
We will soon be heading for national and provincial political elections and believe you me, so many opportunists will add their names to the lists of potential political candidates. Watch the “Mud Slinging Circus” towardselections not forgetting the “empty” promises.We will soon be going in an “amnesia” mode on issues of maladministration, corruption, crime, massive strikes in the mining and agri sectors (that are still fuming by theway) that have cost the economy billions of rands in loss revenue and loss of jobs. Many of these issues remain unresolved. Municipalities are ill equipped in dealing with non delivery of essential services and building of community infra-structures. Many major challenges in upskilling and training the public sector work-force exists and can no longer be left for politicians, labour and the business sectors to come up with all the answers.
The Sector Education & Training Authorities (SETAs) together with the much talked of Further Education & Training Institutions (FET’s) have not proved their worth in “value added excellence” and we as training & development human resources professionals and practitioners were made the scape-goats of the corrupt and sometimes inferior systems in training that should have matched potential economic growth patterns. What a damn shame that our human resources professionals and practitioners were not able to stand up against the political, business and other forces that are guilty in the negative growth in the economy, people development, and leadership development.
The quality in our excellent matriculation results is not in question. What is concerning are the challenges in matching our young adults to opportunities at our universities, universities of technology and further education and training institutions (FET – Colleges) and opportunities as job seekers and initiators in entrepreneurship.
It is high time that human capital professionals and practitioners take a very serious introspection in what, where and how they fit into the national agenda pertaining to the National Human Resources Development Strategy (NHRDS) and the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS iii) and soon to have a proposed NSDS iv. It is high time that we get together as professionals and practitioners in debating and discussing the way forward towards the “cross-roads” as we are seen as passive resistance to real change. Seriously we need to adopt a mind change towards understanding, planning, strategising and implementing Strategic Human Capital Business Partnering as the way forward. I am not afraid to be party to our re-positioning as valuable partners in building a superior work-force towards a well balanced and sustainable matching and growing economy (6 – 8 %) This percentage in economic growth per annum is well within our reach, but it may require real leaders to emerge from our own ranks.
Let us remain positive and really get on in doing a sterling job in developing our human capital.