Alan Hammond


  • Management at the University of Cape Town have announced that they have today concluded an agreement with their trade unions so the proposed strike will not go ahead.

    Workers and some students had threatened to […]

  • Media reports have speculated that the newly sworn-in MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma could be on her way to the Cabinet.

    This would be in a reshuffle that could also see Dr Blade Nzimande (who is also the […]

    • Personally, I believe that Minister Nzimande has provided leadership and brought cohesion to what was fragmented, & the White Paper provides that vision. He has also brought in new universities and enhanced the TVET college structures, which are of benefit to youth. He has been extremely constructive and responsive to the inputs from the private providers, evidenced by the DHET now accepting CCs to register as providers – following his intervention.
      Everything is not perfect and there is much more work to be done. However, it does not matter who is put in – someone new will result in delays. Education and training are key elements of our redress agenda. We need to stop moving the deckchairs, and get on with implementation – in the interests of resolving our education deficit, and providing the means to assist people to rise out of poverty.

    • My few pence worth!
      I absolutely believe that a change in Minister and/or philosophical mindset change in the corridors of the DHET will be catastrophic. I’ve always surported Dr. Nzimande’s ethos of elevating the development and position of Technical and Vocational Institutions as a means of addressing the dirty in skills development and talent production. I firmly believe this to be the case in the socio-economic phase of our skills revolution currently being focussed upon.
      The propensity of this ethos to focus on Youth and the under-employed is a saving grace for our National Democratic Revolution. Compromising this will only result in destroying decades of progress and especially averting a social crises upon which South Africa is teetering.

    • I believe Dr. Nzimande has proven, with his recent decisions regarding the DHET registration of private training providers, that he is willing to co-operate and assist private training providers within reason. At this stage, with so much he has put into the education and training sector, it would be a shame to have him removed for some demented, ill advised political manoeuvre. Do you remove a coach who is achieving something? Suffer all the growing pains of a new encumbent while all the preparations of years fall apart?

      In all honesty, I care not what party Dr. Nzimande is affiliated to, and there are times when perhaps you may question some decisions made. However, he has proven a man of integrity (something of a rarity in our current line-up), and a reasonable man willing to take action. I shudder at the thought of any changes at this time, and certainly, the speculated replacement is enough to bring on convulsions!

      Blade must NOT go!

    • No doubt Blade has done a lot since he took over office. What differentiated him is his 1.decisiveness and 2. willingness to engage other stakeholders. Can we safely say that leaders are abound to be found wanting in those two fronts if they are cocky and arrogant? Of which he is not.
      However, he has to report at both the parly and Luthuli House and it is at the latter where it all comes down.
      With Gigaba controlling finances, it is not going to be easy to reach a decision on how to tackle the financing of free education simply because he is not his own man like the two finance ministers who preceded him. So it might be easy for the powers that be at Luthuli House to agree with Zuma on replacing Blade for his ex as a means to buy time on that issue of free education. It will be easy to explain to all and sundry that: “let the new minister find her footing first and then let’s allow her to show us her plan going forward”.

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