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The 17th commission on Employment Equity Report was released last week and shows very little progress towards the achievement of change. Why is this and why are companies not responding and doing more?

In looking over the reports for the past few years I must admit the statistics if correct (I have no reason to doubt them) paint a very gloomy picture. Having trained many committee members at many companies I know for a fact companies are on the right track. The reports are being completed and the proposed changes are set out clearly.

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The Minister of Higher Education and Training recently presented the 2017/18 department budget to parliament.

He is responsible for ALL post-school education and training. This includes both public and private providers at ‘college’ and ‘university’ level.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has welcomed the continuing probe by law enforcement agencies of claims of people attempting to sell places to study medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

"This is a matter which we take very seriously and we commend both our law enforcement agencies and institutions of higher learning for working together to rid the higher education system of this scourge".

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In February 2017, I published an article on LinkedIn

The crux of the matter was merely that although most of the DHET registration requirements may make perfect business sense, the use of outdated application and in some instance, irrelevant Legislative DHET requirements for particularly Skills Providers may cause detrimental unintended consequences. (One size does not fit all!!!!)

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A heads up to all Material Developers – When you develop materials, please also note that several SETAs now require a separate Moderator guides for every Unit Standard, not a generic one such as was accepted previously AND in some cases pre assessment moderation reports for every Unit Standard – The materials developer should be aware of SETAs latest requirements for materials – especially the ServiceSETA changed twice in 2 years.
And for instance we have found the following to be true for SSETA and ETDP –

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Dear esteemed colleagues! We are assisting an in house Training Service provider to set up an internal training division, that will also serve the public within their area of expertise. I am out of touch with HR Job descriptions for what is needed for a Training Service provider to efficiently run a small division at first. Can anyone help? Mail me with your advice? Or pop it here for everyone to have a learning curve!

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Much has been said recently in the press and other forms of media on the subject of racism. What concerns me is what appears to be a lack of understanding as to what exactly racism is. Under no circumstances can I or do I personally condone racism and I must point out it is not my intention to defend racism or racist behaviour.

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Today - 16 May 2017 Higher Education and Training Minister Nzimanded presented his budget to parliament. Thanks to the Minister's concept of Post-school Education and Training, we can report on developments at each level.
First skills development - the SETAs and the NSDS III are extended until 1 31 March 2020. Remember we had our NSDS I from 2000 to 2005, then NSDS II was extended until 2012, and now NSDS III is extended until 2010. (Initially we had extension until 2018.) However, the Minister did point that the SETA Boards might not be extended.

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Dear Skills Universe Members, SMME Providers, Close Corporations and all those whom have been concerned of the lack of awareness and guidance on this compulsory application for registration to the DHET.  We have listened to you, and we have in fact submitted the major concerns to the Minister of Education on the 10th May 2017 at 08:26AM.

We have made this submission on the part of all training providers, and particularly Close Corporations, who are being put at risk by the DHET Registration requirement of 10 years ago, and are not being accepted for Registration.

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The following report was issued by SANews.gov.za

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the newly proposed National Skills Development Strategy addresses national government priorities, as it supports economic growth and job creation.

The Deputy President said this when he fielded oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon.


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