By nigelstormshipston, 13 December, 2021

Do you know what it is like to be sitting without employment because the authority which has supported your livelihood for many years, suddenly and without warning or justifiable cause, withdraws that support?

Do you understand the repercussions of a 20-year-old business suddenly under threat of closure due to the same authority suffering delays, implementing unannounced and unreasonable requirements, not to mention operating an IT system which after 8 months lacks proper function?

Apparently not.

Perhaps sitting in secure public funded jobs you have forgotten how to relate to the constituents to whom you have a responsibility?

Reality is often far removed from the perfection of a theoretical world. Your resounding response to a Promotion of Administrative Justice Act submission in August this year is clear evidence of the distance that is developing between theory and reality. The response was resounding in a manner to make Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” an anthem for doomed TETA accredited providers and registered assessors/moderators.

Shame on you!

In the name of compliance, you have conveniently swept your previous indiscretions under the carpet, without conscience, and instituted a convenient pretend clean slate.

In the name of compliance, you selectively circumvent your accountability by surreptitiously passing this accountability on to providers and practitioners, thus disavowing any responsibility for the situation.

In the name of compliance, you choose to brush aside your legal responsibilities in terms of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

In the name of compliance, you ignore untenable conditions to which TETA accredited providers and registered practitioners are being subjected.

In the name of compliance, despite the horrendous effects of COVID, you magnify the situation by imposing even more unreasonable conditions on providers and practitioners in a struggle for survival.

In the name of compliance, you exacerbate the unemployment situation and promote closure of businesses, the vast majority of which are SMME’s, contrary to Government policies.

In the name of compliance, you have lost your humanity.

Instead you choose to institute a survey of your services? Isn’t that just a little akin to Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burnt? This begs the question, if you did not take the time to review and reply on the PAJA submission, as is expected and which provided information of some urgency, how do you expect us to believe that the results of a survey will receive any better attention?

TETA – Driven by vision? A vision of dead and dying training providers and practitioners?

QCTO - Qualifying a skilled and capable workforce since 2010? Without experienced training providers and practitioners?

Chris Rea penned the words:
“….. And common sense is ringing out the bell
This ain't no technological breakdown
Oh no, this is the road to hell”

Nigel Shipston


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