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DHET issues Artisan Performance Development document – for comment

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  • #29332

    sylvia hammond

    For those working with artisan development, Minister Nzimande has issued a very interesting document for public comment, entitled: Draft National Artisan Development Trade Test Pass Rate and Quality Improvement Strategy 2015.

    The document is issued in terms of the sections of Skills Development Act dealing with the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) and the development of a national register of artisans.

    The document sets out the “New” 7 steps:

    Career Development, Learner Contracts, the Workplace, the Knowledge and Practical components, and Recognition of Prior Learning, Quality Assurance, and Certification.

    The aim is to improve both quality and the trade test pass rate, and the document includes issues of recruitment and selection, training provision, required workplace exposure, current policy, and an implementation plan.

    It all makes detailed and interesting reading.  However, the comment period is 15 days after publication which was this week on the 11 August 2015.  

    So you have your weekend reading all set out for you. 

    DHET National Artisan Development – for comment

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  • #29338

    Tebogo Boroto

    Good day Sylvia

    It is confusing that DHET National Artisan Development had been rolled out last year already and now we must comment on the white paper for its modification. Only fifteen days allocated for comments to come in, that is where the problem lies; always in a rush to implement things and then hope to come back at a later stage to twig them into place.


    It looks like we thrive on trial and error instead of doing proper research and serious stakeholder engagements. The NAD website is dysfunctional, their offices in Kwa-Thema cannot offer much assistance, it is frustrating. If a state in Australia-(Queensland to be specific) can do such an efficient apprenticeship roll-out; what stops us as a nation from doing much better? 

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  • #29337

    Wessel PIETERS

    There are 69 pages to work through.

    The first scan indicate:

    Certain target dates are already missed.

    The “should” and “must” sentences is part of the wish list.  So what must we add to it?

    14 days comment period is ridiculous.  It leaves the impression that gov is not interested in real comments but must go through the motion to show that they did some “work”.  The pattern is already established, so why bother?

    The other day I observed 4 trainees working for City Power do repairs on the distribution system.  There were 7 persons on the job.  2 technician managers had to engage 5 trainees (3 men, 2 woman).  The 2 workers got on with the job while the trainees electricity knowledge is pathetic and their enthusiasm for a soccer match was engulfing the street.

    A complete waste of money in all respects.  No interest in the job or technology.  These people should not be in engineering at all.

    This week I inspected a plumbing job of a solar geyser.  One white supervisor that did not do the staging of material and tools.  He kept running around at R700/hr while his workers delivered a nasty job:

    • 2 Leaking connections,
    • Gas soldering on a galvanized roof damaging the zink layer – now a rusting roof in a few years.  They did not even understood they are causing damage.
    • Skew copper pipes.  Now what is difficult about doing the job right first time?
    • 3 joints too many.  This means planning and this is far too difficult.
    • No insulation on the hot water line – “it is not important” was the reason.

    The report speak about Bremen Uni advising gov about COMENT to assess the “competence” of artisans and quality of training.  What is so difficult about taking an examination in the technology, do a few targeted trade tasks, and work for 3 years 1-1 with a true artisan.

    I will develop “high blood” commenting and then who will take it seriously?

    I hope the people that write rubbish do not enjoy the weekend.

    The rest of you will probably watch the rugby.  Perhaps gov can suggest a programme with the Germans to assist SARU & SAFA to get some “competence” in the times ahead.

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  • #29336

    Bernard Botha


    I suppose I am also a lone voice calling in the desert.  Trying to establish an a training centre not to train artisans but to train skilled and dedicated instructors – like the old style artisans who spent five years as an apprentice and had pride in his job.

    Spoke to a gentleman the other day about this idea and his comments were:  Those people who you are looking for are in one of two places; either sitting on the stoep at the old age home or else resting between the long trees!

    We are looking at the possibility of getting some of these men out of the old age home to act as the core of a group who can train the next generation of artisans in the Free State.  

    Publishing this to see if there is any reaction from ‘omies’.

    Bernard Botha

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  • #29335

    Wessel PIETERS

    Hi Bernard.

    The fundamental problem that few is aware of is that we live in a country with opposing Value Systems.

    The one is the Western-Christian value system where the Bible give fundamental guidance in striking a balance between God, Functional excellence and Social care (I am because I think – Descartes) while the Ubuntu Value System positions social coherence as the one and only value (I am because we are).

    From these premises,  the Western-Christian value system developed the free market, Monetary systems, independent legal systems (Rule of Law) and a liberal democracy with some failure and huge success IF applied with rigor.  At its root lies the need to strive to be “the best”, “first of a kind”, Research, etc.  while the Ubuntu values finds common ground with the idea of communism and the ultimate dictator (Tribal king of chief ruling on the norms of the day, with no independent legal system, no technology, barter trade and no monetary system).  Ubuntu lacks recognition of Functional excellence as one of the drivers of human purpose.

    Therefore as long as we have Ubuntu dominated governance there will be no excellence in education and training.  The “omies approach” will not succeed under the current governance system.  We are stuck with a 3rd world value system that was good in the time 1000 – 1600, but did not developed into a modern globalised paradigm.  It is still stuck and have great difficulty to move away from the Dark Ages.

    The constant lack of accepting accountability and continuous blaming is typical of the Ubuntu-minded people.  They do not have the cultural means to be otherwise.

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