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Our sincere condolences to the family, Cedars Academy, and all the skills development related associates of Wilma Manuel. Wilma was one of the early members of skills-universe in the days when the site was formatted to encourage discussion on all matters related to skills development.

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QCTO conversion of Legacy Skills Programmes into Occupational Skills Programmes

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The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is one of three Quality Councils created by the National Qualifications Framework Act of 2008, and responsible for sub-frameworks of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

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shopThe South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has published the National Qualifications Framework Amendment Act 12 of 2019, (NQF Amendment Act) with the intention of preventing or at least minimising the use of fake certificates of qualification. 

Last week was dominated by the Matric results – officially, the 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination results. President Ramaphosa’s newsletter today (22 January 2023) described the 82.9% pass rate as a “stellar achievement”, and the Department of Basic Education is proud of the progress that has been made - the pass rate has risen from 78% ten years ago.

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

The public are invited to comment on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill (B 2B 2022). 

In 2024, 40 countries will be holding national elections 

These include the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Russia; a number of north and central Africa countries; those closest to us in Africa are: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, and Mauritius; and critically of course, ourselves - South Africa.

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Peter Magubane: courageous photographer who chronicled South Africa’s struggle for freedom

Kylie Thomas, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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We are saddened by the news of the unexpected passing of SAQA Chairperson Professor Dr Peliwe Lolwana and extend our condolences to her family and to all who worked with her. The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has posted a tribute to Professor Lolwana - who served as the SAQA Chairperson. 

See SAQA announcement attached.


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