Parallel to the call for public comment process of the Department of Higher Education and Training, the NSA will be convening Provincial public hearings that will inform the NSA advice to the Minister with respect to the “A call for public comments on the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP)”. However, the PSDFs are still encouraged to submit their written inputs to the DHET before the expiry of the date of the 31 January 2018.

The National Skills Authority (NSA) and the nine Provincial Skills Development Forums (PSDFS) invite skills development stakeholders from Quality Councils, SETAs, Government, Business, Labour, Education and Training Providers, Community Constituencies, Research Institutions, Professional Bodies and the general public to attend public hearings on the NSDP.

The NSA is a statutory advisory body established in 1999 in terms of Chapter 2 of the Skills Development Act (SDA) No 97 of 1998. The primary functions of the NSA are to advise the Minister of Higher Education and Training on matters of skills development in accordance with the Skills Development Act.

The NSA in partnership with Provincial Skills Development Forums (PSDFs) will be hosting public hearings in all Provinces to ensure the mobilisation of business, government, community and labour to take full ownership of the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP).

The objective of the provincial public hearings is:

  • To solicit recommendations on the NSDP.

The National Skills Authority will be in your Province

EASTERN CAPE 25 January 2018 Hotel Osner, Esat London Ms I Daniel
(040) 609 6121
LIMPOPO 26 January 2018 Polokwane Royal Hotel Ms S Mokgaphane
(015) 294 7720
NORTH WEST 29 January 2018 Mmabatho Palms Ms T Thlale
(018) 388 1076
FREE STATE 30 January 2018 Protea Hotel Willow Lake
Ms S Kabane
(051) 409 8027
GAUTENG 01 February 2018 Sci Bono Ms A Boyi
(011) 556 9037
KZN 02 February 2018 Provincial Public Service
Training Academy
Mlekeleli Masondo
(031) 274 4144
MPUMALANGA 02 February 2018 Ingwenyama Lodge
Mr K Matsane
(013) 766 2386
NORTHERN CAPE 06 February 2018 Horse Shoe Inn
Ms R Benjamin
(053) 802 5013
WESTERN CAPE 06 February 2018 Encore Conference Centre Ms M Parker
(021) 483 9429


The NSA will be visiting your Province as per the above schedule. All the hearings will be starting at 09:00-15:00. The discussion document can be accessed on the NSA website. Contact the NSA on, 012 312 5666 or for enquiries and more information.


Interested stakeholders, the public and the current SETAs are invited to submit their comments on the document titled “The National Skills Development Plan (NSDP). All inputs and submissions should amongst others take into consideration the White Paper for Post -School Education and Training and all previous reports on the performance of SETAs, the Skills System Review Report, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) review of Vocational Education and Training and the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030.

Submissions and inputs should be submitted by 31 January 2018 to the Department of
Higher Education and Training by e-mail, post or hand delivery to:
Email: SetaLandScape dhet.; or
Postal address:
Department of Higher Education and Training,
Private Bag X174, Pretoria 0001, for attention of Ms Vuyokazi Patuleni

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Call for nominations for the appointment of SETA Chairperson

Prof. HB Mkhize, Minister of Higher Education and Training, in terms of section 9(11)(13(b) of the Skiiis Development Act, 1998 as amended, hereby invite nominations for the appointment of Chairpersons of the Accounting Authorities for ail Sector Education and Training Authorities listed hereunder from interested and relevant stakehoiders in the respective sector.

  1. Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AGRISETA);
  2. Bank Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA);
  3. Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training
    Authority (CATHSSETA);
  4. Construction Sector Education and Training Authority (CETA);
  5. Chemical industries Sector Education and Training Authority (CHiETA);
  6. Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education ano Training
    Authority (ETDPSETA);
  7. Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA);
  8. Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority
  9. Food and Beverages Sector Education and Training Authority (FOODBEV);
  10. Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training
  11. Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA);
  12. Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA);
  13. Manufacturing and Engineering Related Sector Education and Training Authority (MERSETA);
  14. Media, information and Communication Technology Sector Education and Training Authority {MICTSETA};
  15. Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA);
  16. Public Services Sector Education and Training Authority {PSETA);
  17. Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA);
  18. Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services-SETA);
  19. Transport Sector Education and Training Authority (TETA);
  20. Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA); and
  21. Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA).

Written nominations from nominating stakeholders must contain the following:

A motivation letter why the nominee must be considered for appointment;
Full names of individuals or organisations making a nomination;
The nominee’s curriculum vitae and certified copies of quantifications; and
The nominee’s signed written acceptance of the nomination.

Nominations should be submitted within 30 working days after publication of this notice. to:

The Director-General: Higher Education and Training
For the attention of: Mr MZ Ngubane
Room 219, 123 Francis Beard Street Pretoria or Private Bag X114, Pretoria, 0001

Contact details for enquiries:
Tel: 012 312 5896
Fax: 012 323 7603

Emaii :

All Chairpersons of the Accounting Authorities will assume duty from 1 April 2018 until 31 March 2020.

Notice of membership nomination for Higher Education Quality Committee

The Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) is a permanent committee established to perform the quality assurance functions of the Council on Higher Education (CHE). The CHE is an independent statutory body established in terms of the Higher Education Act, No. 101 of 1997 and as the Quality Council for Higher Education in terms of the National Qualifications Framework Act, No. 67 of 2008. The CHE advises the Minister of Higher Education and Training on all higher education issues and is responsible for quality assurance and promotion.

The functions of the HEQC include promoting quality in higher education, auditing the quality assurance mechanisms of higher education institutions, and accrediting programmes offered by higher education institutions.

The quality promotion and assurance functions of the CHE are peer-driven. The membership of the HEQC is comprised of academics who combine disciplinary expertise with knowledge of, and commitment to, quality assurance and promotion in higher education and who demonstrate a deep understanding of the transformative role of higher education in social and economic development.

The CHE invites nominations of people who meet several of the following criteria to serve on the HEQC.

  1. A high level knowledge and experience of higher education, some of which should be in a senior management role in the Post School Education and Training (PSET) and/or related sectors; alternatively, in governmental, non-governmental or industry sectors related to PSET;
  2. An understanding of the challenges of transformation in the PSET sector or society more generally;
  3. A sound understanding of quality assurance and related challenges PSET and/or developments internationally;
  4. Ability to critique and contribute conceptual depth to the methods and approaches of the CHE;
  5. Knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in higher education and the learning design implications thereof;
  6. Ability to make sound and consistent judgements against the criteria for institutional reviews, accreditation and national reviews;
  7. A minimum qualification of a Master’s degree with extensive experience in PSET or related sectors. A PhD will be a recommendation;
  8. Compliance with any other requirements as determined by the CHE.

The CHE strives to attain broad representation demographically, notably in terms of gender balance. The term of office will be for a period of three years from 1 April 2018, and members can serve for a maximum of two terms. Members will be appointed in their own right and not as representatives of higher education institutions, sub-sectors or stakeholder organisations. The HEQC ordinarily meets six times per academic year.

Please submit all nominations, accompanied by a comprehensive CV and the candidate’s letter of acceptance of nomination to:

The Chief Executive Officer
Council on Higher Education
PO Box 94, Persequor Park, 0020

Telephone: 012 349 3936

Closing date for receipt of nominations: 31 January 2018

Cogratulations: NSA Chairperson Lulama Nare appointed chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality

On 20 October 2017, President Jacob Zuma appointed the National Skills Authority (NSA) board Chairperson, Ms Lulama Nare, as the Chairperson for the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE). The appointment is with immediate effect until 31 March 2019.

These are some of the stark realities and many challenges that
still lie ahead in achieving gender equality in our country.
Studies conducted by Business Women Association of South
Africa and Delloite Centre for Corporate Governance found that
only 9.2% of women hold Chairpersonship positions 19.5% of
board seats are held by women and only 2.9% CEOs are women.
Statistics South Africa also confirms that women are still underrepresented in positions of authority and power. Only one company had a female CEO on the Top 40 JSE listed companies.
A Grant Thornton’s Women in Business report, released in March 2017, showed that that 31% of South African companies have no women in senior management positions at all.

The NSA is aware that you are unconditionally passionate about equality and we have
assurance and confidence in your leadership and capabilities that you will play a critical role
in striving to promote and radically transform our sectors towards the realisation of an equal

The NSA board, Acting Executive officer and Secretariat congratulate Ms Nare on her new appointment.
For Enquiries:
Dr Thabo Mashongoane
Tel: (012) 312 5420

NSA Leading Skills Development

The White Paper for Post-School Education and Training (WP PSET) envisions the National Skills Authority (NSA) as an expert body on monitoring and evaluation (M&E). High level monitoring and evaluation skills are a requirement for ensuring the execution of the WP PSET mandate. As part of its board capacity building programme, the NSA enrolled its members on a certificate and a Post Graduate Diploma on Monitoring and Evaluation in order to build the necessary capacity and skills to execute the new mandate.
In July 2017 seven National Skills Authority (NSA) board members successfully completed the Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation in the field of Public Development Sector Monitoring and Evaluation (PDM M&E) at the Wits School of Governance.
I am proud to mention that the members were very committed to ensure that they successfully completed the programme. This was evident in their performance as most of the members passed their modules with an average above 80%.
The following NSA board members enrolled for, and completed the programme:

  • Mr Mustak Ally
  • Ms Stella Carthy
  • Mr Percy Mongalo
  • Ms Lebohang Moshoadiba
  • Mr Eubert Mashabane
  • Mr David Diale
  • Ms Conti Matlakala

The NSA congratulates and commends these members on their commitment to contribute towards building an M&E expert body and an expanded, effective and integrated post-school education training system.


Dr Thabo Mashongoane

Acting Chief Executive Officer

National Skills Authority

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NSA congratulates SETAs on Unqualified and Clean Audits 2016-2017

In accordance with the Skills Development Act (SDA), SETAs must use the moneys received only in prescribed manner, prepare annual budgets, annual reports and financial statements. The Auditor General must audit the accounts, financial statements and report on the audits to the Minister and in that report express an opinion on whether the SETAs has complied with the provisions of the SDA, and its constitution relating to the financial matters.

Thirteen SETAs received unqualified audit opinions from the Auditor General implying that the SETAs had findings on predetermined objectives and/or compliance. In additions. there were eight SETAs that recieved clean audit opinions, implying that there were no findings on predetermined objectives and compliance.

SETA 2016/2017 Audition Opinion
AGRISETA Unqualified
BANKSETA Unqualified (Clean)
CETA Unqualified (Clean)
CATHSSETA Unqualified
CHIETA Unqualified (Clean)
ETDP SETA Unqualified (Clean)
EWSETA Unqualified
FASSET Unqualified
INSETA Unqualified (Clean)
MERSETA Unqualified
MICT Unqualified (Clean)
MQA Unqualified
PSETA Unqualified
FOODBEV SETA Unqualified
HWSETA Unqualified (Clean)
FP&M SETA Unqualified (Clean)
SASSETA Unqualified
TETA Unqualified
W&RSETA Unqualified
LGSETA Unqualified

The NSA congratulates all 21 Sector Education & Training Authorities (SETAs) and their boards on their meritorious achievements of unqualified audit opinions for the 2016/2017 financial year. We further commend all the SETAs for their continued commitment to addressing the national skills development imperatives through strengthened governance, improved performance, accountability and transparency.


Ms Lulama Nare

Chairperson: National Skills Authority


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Media statement NSA December 2016


The National Skills Authority (NSA) convened a two-day Progress Review Session at the Magaliesburg Valley Lodge from 23 to 24 November 2016. The two-day session provided the NSA with the opportunity to receive, evaluate and review its projects.

Update progress reports presented were received on the:

Tracer Study of the Transition of NCV Students from TVET Colleges to the Labour Market – NSA Funding

The study was conducted in collaboration between the Swiss-South African Cooperation Initiative (SSACI). The study is aimed at:

  • Exploring the social and economic factors that influence the choice of young people to study NCV in a TVET
  • Examining the experiences of young people while in college, on leaving TVET colleges and during their attempts to enter the labour market; and
  • Describe their transition pathways from school to work via TVET colleges

A full presentation and report can be accessed on the NSA website.

Feasibility on the establishment on a Centre for Skills Development

The research is aimed at exploring the feasibility of establishing a training Centre for Skills Development (CSD) in order to strengthen the capacity of the post-school education and training system (PSET). The CSD is modeled and benchmarked against the Turin International Labour Organisation (ILO) training centre in Italy. The DHET Corporate Services and the HRDC have also shown keen interest in the creation of such a platform which its modus operandi is still being investigated. A report on the recent study tour to Italy can be requested from the NSA office

NSDS III 2011 – 2016 Implementation Report (annual and 5 year terms)

The National Skills Development Strategy III (NSDS III) 2011 – 2016 marks the fifth year of the strategy’s implementation. The NSDS III progress reports seeks to report on the implementation of the NSDS annually from 2015-2016 and for five years of the implementation of the NSDS from 2011-2016. The reports play a crucial role of tracking progress against the 8 NSDS goals by indicating challenges or successes experienced in the roll out of the strategy.

NSDS III Impact/Evaluation study

The purpose of the research is to review the impact of the NSDS III impact on beneficiaries, uptake by stakeholders, the rate of participation by SETAs (and employee relationships), public universities and colleges, private providers as well as the quality of learning.  The study will be conducted at national level, covering all SETAs, TVET Colleges, Universities and all other role players in regards to achievement of all eight goals. The study is its infancy stage and is envisaged to conclude in March 2018.

NSA M&E Framework

The project is aimed at developing a business case for the new role of the NSA pronounced in the White Paper for Post-School Education and Training. The framework will assist in clarifying the distinctive role of the SETAs, DHET in M&E and how the NSA can enhance such a function.

SETA Panel Review and NSA oversight report on the performance of SETAs

The SETA panel review is in the second year of operation and good progress has already been reported against the objectives of the project.

The aim of the project is to:

  • Support to improve the quality of SETA planning and performance;
  • Identify SETA performance against plans of the SETAs;
  • Identify, support and recommend alignment to the National Skills Development Strategy;
  • Support the improvement in performance and planning not only for reporting but also for governance;
  • Integrated report of a SETA; and not in isolation of other reports and plans.


These progress reports allowed the NSA to effectively monitor and review these projects in alignment with its strategic objectives. Further discussions included the strengthening of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) with a Roundtable to be held in 2017 as well as a review of the SETA landscape and National Skills Development Plan.

We will provide you with constant updates on progress regarding our research studies and relevant strategic projects. We will share with you key findings and communicate final outcomes of the studies and    make them publicly available on the NSA website.