DHET & BUSA pick up talks on the 20%/50% SDL refund

By sylviahammond, 24 August, 2020

I am always very grateful to the range of people who submit information to me to ensure that skills-universe members are kept abreast of events. I have been receiving a number of different documents - I will try to space them out. As many will know I have more industrial relations experience than skills development experience, so in my terms - the attached document tables and sets out the opening gambit, the basis for a negotiation.

As I understand the attached document -
* it first sets outs the extent of our national dilemma on unemployment,
* it notes particularly the extent of youth unemployment,
* the relationship of level of education to unemployment is clear,
* skills demand/skills available mismatch & international comparisons,
* the effect of COVID & ILO stats confirming the extent of the effect,
* how the skills levy holiday has affected the budget available,
* but all the other financial contributions that the State has made,
* and finally, the court decision to set aside the Regulation 4(4) published in Notice 23 of 2016 in GG 39592 - that is the Mandatory Grant reduction from 50% to 20% is set aside.

Therefore, the proposal is:-
as we have the SETAs established until 2030, (except MQA), and we have a National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) until 2030, supporting the National Development Plan (NDP),
the DHET proposes:
* that the community -
* including BUSA and all other stakeholders -
* I assume also including NEDLAC,
should engage in consultation on new Grant Regulations, which will have a longer duration (unless some other unforeseen events occur).

Personally, I would respond - I agree, let's get to it.

Please see attached document.


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