We can only stand together, support one another and share information. We all have concerns, battle with communication, getting answers……….. let’s assist and drive quality education!
Newly appointed DHET Minister and Deputy Minister
17th Oct 2017 at 10:58 am #63719
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17th Oct 2017 at 11:08 am #63721
I agree. Minister Nzimande did bring in the PSET concept, invested in universities for HE, invested in TVET, & community colleges, & made enormous effort to bring in accountability in the structures.
He has left lots to build upon.
My biggest concern is that everything just comes to a halt or slows down – and learners suffer in the end.
We don’t need lots of policy changes and bureaucrat shuffling, we need implementation plans.
17th Oct 2017 at 11:39 am #63722
In a shock move on Tuesday morning‚ President Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet‚ swapping around six of his ministers.
Most notably‚ South African Communist Party secretary general Blade Nzimande has been axed as minister of higher education‚ and replaced with Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize‚ who was minister of home affairs.
Nzimande’s deputy‚ Mduduzi Manana‚ was replaced by Buti Manamela‚ former deputy minister for planning and monitoring in the Presidency. Manana resigned earlier this year after he admitted to assaulting a woman.
Zuma’s shock move will inevitably place severe strain on relations between the ANC and other members of the tripartite alliance.
The other ministers were all simply shuffled to various portfolios.
Mkhize will be replaced at home affairs by Ayanda Dlodlo‚ whose position as minister of communications will be taken over by Mmamoloko Kubayi.
Kubayi was the minister of energy and will be replaced by former minister of state security David Mahlobo.
Mahlobo makes way for the only new addition to the cabinet‚ Adv Bongani Bongo.
This is the second cabinet reshuffle this year.
In March, Zuma fired five ministers, including then finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas. They were replaced by former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba and Sifiso Buthelezi, respectively, while Fikile Mbalula was given the position of police minister.
This is a developing story.
17th Oct 2017 at 12:37 pm #63724
The new DHET Minister Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize has a very impressive profile herself and was previously a Deputy Minister in DHET for a short time from 2010 – 2012, so the department is not unfamiliar.
There is that expression – “if you want something done get a busy woman to do it” – so we will have high expectations for her contribution to skills development and transformation.
See her profile here:
- This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by sylvia hammond.
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17th Oct 2017 at 12:47 pm #63727Nigel ShipstonParticipant
Seems JZ is desperately trying to shore up the dam walls that are crumbling around him by keeping all his sycophants in a laager around him. There is no thought about the effectiveness or competence of the persons, which is a real reflection that personal and not political agendas are concerned. This is greed versus competence, corruption versus principles. Blade is a casualty of self enrichment, and the only way to stop this is for people to start seeing the light about what is really going on. We are all negatively effected by the greasy, grubby hands of the few who are dipping into the bottomless till that we are expected to refill. Thank you Blade for what you have contributed, just a pity you couldn’t have had a better team at the top that would have appreciated what you have done, and less concerned with feathering their own pockets at the country’s expense.
17th Oct 2017 at 2:33 pm #63739
Nigel, agree we should thank Blade for what he has accomplished. Julius Malema in a media briefing this morning said that he was glad that Blade had been removed because now he will have the time “to go to the ground” in preparation for the next election.
So we live in interesting times.
But meantime, we continue to try to upskill and empower people to be able to compete in a tough world.
Thanks too to both you and Lynel for all the work you do behind the scenes to advance skills development.
17th Oct 2017 at 2:44 pm #63740
Thank you Dr Nzimande for sending us your acknowledgement and consideration to providers in time. We are (in my personal opinion) loosing a great man, whom could have contributed so much more. It is a sad day today for sure.
Thank you Sylvia for the kind words, we really do appreciate it.
17th Oct 2017 at 11:18 pm #63748Thokozani AbsalomParticipant
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