The National Skills Authority held  successful National and Provincial Public Hearings on the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) and Proposed New SETA landscape from the  25th -28th of September 2018. The National Public hearings hosted at Destiny Hotel, Kempton Park while Provincial happened in all nine provinces.

The purpose of the Public Hearings was to afford skills development stakeholders from Quality Councils SETAs, Government, Business, Labour, Education and Training Providers, Community Constituencies, PSDFs, Research Institutions, Professional Bodies and the general publics  to make submissions, inputs and recommendations on the NSDP and SETA landscape beyond 2020 (Re- establishment of SETAs)

The objective of the public hearings was to solicit inputs/ recommendations on the NSDP and SETA landscape beyond 2010. The NSA is proud to announce that the level of participation from different constituencies on   skills development matters continue to improve especially at the provincial level where it is critically needed.

 During the hearings participant representing different constituencies engaged in robust discussions while the NSA Secretariat and Skills Development officials were provided technical and secretariat support including recording the proceedings. All submissions, inputs and recommendations made will be consolidated, analysed for the development of final proposal for the attention of the NSA and advice to the Minister. The hearings were regarded as a last consultation phase on the NSDP and proposed new SETA landscape and will assist in reflecting on the lessons learned and provide the NSA with valuable input to inform the future.



 Mr Fhedzisani Mashau

Tel: 012 312 6001


 Issued by the National Skills Authority


On the 2nd and 3rd of August 2018 National Skills Authority convened a two day research colloquium on the NSDS III evaluation study workshop which took place at Destiny Hotel & Conference Centre in Kempton Park, Gauteng Province. In welcoming the colloquium delegates, Ms Lulama Nare the NSA Chairperson indicated that the purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III 2011-2016. As the chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality of South Africa, she also seized the opportunity pay tribute to all the women during this period of August month.

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mr Buti Manamela during his opening address emphasised that the credibility of this evaluation study highly depends on delegates’ participation as the implementers, stakeholders and beneficiaries of the NSDS III intended outcomes.

The purpose of the colloquium was to receive and engage the progress report on the NSDS III Evaluation research study. A team of researchers from Mzabalazo Advisory Service and WITS REAL (Centre for Researching Education and Labour) presented progress reports on the study during the workshop.

The workshop was regarded as a last consultation phase of the project and will assist in reflecting on the lesson learned and provide the NSA with valuable input to inform the future.

The workshop discussed and received reports on the following:

Conceptual Discussion: locating the evaluation

The present progress on the study from inception until now. The outlining of the background, and methodology used- design evaluation, approach and also reporting. Assumptions underpinning the NSDS III, and the structure.

Reports on learner and financial data, employer survey, tracer studies and SETA interviews

Analysis of SETA learner and financial data report. Learner data analysis, financial analysis reports and challenges in dealing with the data gaps. A cohort analysis in respect of artisans, and financial analysis. Providing a snap shot of the overview of the skills development levy income, enrolment, completions and administrators and overall data on programmes. Stakeholders & SETA interview process including limitations such as timelines and challenges.

The Evaluation Report

Institutional capacity to manage and monitor implementation of NSDS III. Skills planning mechanism. Individual summary case studies that were conducted to analyse the phenomenon. Survey sent to employers seeking to understand their experiences of implementing skills development.

During day two of the workshop delegates dispersed to different breakaway rooms in order to deliberate on achievements, challenges, recommendations and how do issues raised will be processed in order to conclude the report.

In closing, the Acting Executive Officer of the NSA, Dr Thabo Mashongoane assured the delegates that the NSA will develop an advice to the Minister based on the findings and recommendations from the study. He also indicated that the outcomes of the study will be used to inform the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) processes.



Mr Fhedzisani Mashau

National Skills Authority Secretariat

Tel: 012 312 6001


Issued by the NSA

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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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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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National Skills Authority (NSA) enhances the efforts of the SETAs and the Provincial Skills Development Forums (PSDFs) in skilling the Nation

On 14 June 2017 the National Skills Authority (NSA) convened a ground breaking meeting by bringing together the principals of the 21 Seta Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and the 9 Provincial Skills Development Forums (PSDFs) represented by the coordinators from the Premiers ‘offices. The Skills Development Act 97 of 1998 mandates the NSA to liaise with SETAs and PSDFs in the quest of fulfilling the purposes of the Act.

The purpose of the meeting was to engage with SETAs and PSDFs on the progress made in implementing the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS). The PSDFs comprise of skills development stakeholders in each province to assist with the determination of skills needs in each province. The NSA was encouraged to receive positive feedback from provinces and would like to commend SETAs for their overwhelming support and investments they made in implementing skills development and training in various provinces through the provision of bursaries, learnerships, internships, funding for rural development projects, promotion of small businesses etc.

Although strides were made in realising the purpose of the Skills Development Act, there were still a number of key issues which required improvement amongst others:

  • Delays in the implementation of planned projects,
  • Shortages of work places and accredited service providers,
  • Non standardisation of stipends,
  • The ineffectiveness of the SETA regional offices and
  • Skills development implementation in the rural areas.


  • Standardisation of stipends for learning programmes across all SETAs and finalisation of the workplace based learning regulations.
  • A common approach for data verification to be considered by the department.
  • Best practice within SETAs on planning and monitoring and evaluation should be promoted.
  • Processes for target setting should take into consideration capacity and resources of SETAs.


The NSA will continue to highlight key skills development issues that require policy and strategic interventions to the Minister and the appropriate implementing agencies.

Statement issued by the National Skills Authority

Enquiries       : Dr Thabo Mashongoane

Telephone     : (012) 312 5666

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Statement: National Skills Conference and Awards 2017



24 March 2017

The National Skills Authority (NSA), together with the Department of Higher Education and Training had a successful National Skills Conference which took place at Saint George Hotel, Irene in Pretoria.

The conference, attended by the Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande on the second day, was made up of delegates who represented amongst others government, organised business, organised labour, community, training providers, Human Resource Development Council South Africa, Quality Councils, Sector Education and Training Authorities, Universities, Provincial Skills Development Forums and  Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

Introducing the Deputy President, the Minister of Higher Education and Training thanked the National Skills Authority and the delegates of their continued commitment in making sure the solutions are sought for the country’s skills development challenges.

“At its essence, the National Skills Conference is about the future of our country. It is about the skills and the capabilities that will enable our young people to build a prosperous, equitable and just society. It is mainly about ending the cycle of poverty” said the Deputy President.

The Deputy President applauded the conference for putting skills development at the centre of the country’s national agenda. He highlighted that he subscribed to the notion of the conference theme since it squarely aligns itself with the spirit of the National Development plan 2030 that we should “Build a strong relationship between the college sector and industry. He also encouraged cooperation as necessary between managers of institution and students, between educational institutions and employers, between universities and TVET Colleges.

“Gathered here today are South Africans from all corners of our land, people with different backgrounds, different responsibilities, different perspectives, but who share a common vision of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society”, he said in closing and encouraged a patriotic South Africa where we work together to find solutions to our challenges, where dialogue, reason and consensus triumph over insults, violence and intimidation.

It was also the presentations that were given on the first day of the conference that really allowed the conference to engage on a variety of matters around skills development challenges in the country.

These presentations allowed a platform for a question and answer session and really set a tone for the discussions during the breakaway commissions which engaged in a quest to find and propose solutions in the ongoing challenges our country is experiencing regards skills development.

The following are the outcomes and proposals of the commissions during the conference:

  • Improve skills planning and forecasting
  • Strengthen governance of SETAs and ensure legislative alignment and separation of powers
  • Develop an NSDS monitoring and evaluation framework
  • Strengthen the NSA oversight role to monitor the implementation of the NSDS
  • Post 2020 NSDS to focus on long term planning, ensure integration of NSDS to key national strategies e.g HRDSA, NDP
  • Regulate and develop a WPBL policy (including articulation, funding for WBPL, standardisation of stipends, roles and responsibilities employers and labour etc)
  • Prioritise lecturer development for TVET colleges
  • Investigate the effectiveness and employability/destination of TVET programmes
  • Strengthen the involvement of community colleges in the post-school education and training system
  • Ensure skills transfer
  • Acceleration of Recognition of Prior Learning programmes and consideration of E-learning
  • The need for NSA visibility and provincial footprints (Consultation with Provinces on scarce skills)
  • Strengthen the capacity of the QCTO (financial, human, etc)
  • Constituencies pledged their support towards the implementation of the NSDS and post-school education system

There was also the NSA Awards ceremony which took place on 23 March 2017. The aim of the NSA Awards ceremony was to celebrate excellence by recognising best skills development practices across all skills development implementers and National Skills Funded Projects in various categories. The NSA Chairperson, Ms Lulama Nare said the NSA Awards Ceremony recognises the good work done by men and women of our beautiful country charged also with the responsibility of developing our people with requisite skills for the socio-economic upliftment and inclusive growth path.

The winners were as follows:

NSDS Goal Category Recipient Name of Company
Goal 4.2

Increasing access to




Best Artisan Development Programme



Best Large company Bronze ( Position 3) Sibanye Gold

Silver   (Position 2) Anglo American

Gold  (Position 1) Algoa Bus Company

Best Provincial Department Silver   (Position 2 KZN Department of Transport

Gold  (Position 1) Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA)

Best Municipality Bronze Ugu District Municipality


Best Small (SMME) Bronze ( Position 3) SSACI

Silver   (Position 2) Aranda Textiles Mills

Gold  (Position 1) Novus Academy

Best TVET College Bronze ( Position 3) West Coast TVET College

Silver   (Position 2) Lephalale TVET College

Gold  (Position 1) Umfolozi TVET College

Best private college Colliery Training College
Goal 4.3

Promoting the growth of a

public TVET College system

that is responsive to sector, local, regional and national skills needs and priorities

Best TVET placement programme


Best Large company Boxer Superstores
Best Small (SMME) Bronze ( Position 3) IK Training and Assessment

Silver   (Position 2)  Mareditel

Gold (Position 1) Guest Resources Services

Best TVET College Silver   (Position 2)  Umfolozi TVET College

Gold (Position 1) West Coast TVET College

Best private college Bronze ( Position 3) Aranda Learnership College

Silver   (Position 2) Sparrow FET College

Gold (Position 1)Furniture World Private College

Goal 4.4

Addressing the low level of

youth and adult language

and numeracy skills to

enable additional training

Best AET Programme  
Best Large company Bronze ( Position 3) Kumba Iron Ore

Silver   (Position 2)  Richards Bay Minerals

Gold (Position 1) Sibanye Gold

Best Small (SMME Silver   (Position 2)  Guest Resource Services

Gold (Position 1) Celrose Clothing

Best Provincial Department Silver   (Position 2)  Kwazulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements

Gold (Position 1) Kwazulu-Natal Office of the Premier

Best Skills Programme Best Large company Bronze ( Position 3) Kumba Iron Ore

Silver   (Position 2)  Networx for career development

Gold (Position 1) Sibanye Gold

Best National department Silver   (Position 2) Department of Energy

Gold (Position 1) Correctional Services

Best Small company Bronze ( Position 3) Aranda Textiles Mills

Silver   (Position 2)  Celrose Clothing

Gold (Position 1) Trade call investments

Best TVET college Umfolozi TVET College


Best Private College Silver   (Position 2) Furniture World Private College

Gold (Position 1) Colliery Training College

Goal 4.5 Encouraging better use

of workplace-based skills












Best University Placement



Best Large Bronze ( Position 3) Boxer Superstores

Silver   (Position 2)  AIDC

Gold (Position 1) Sibanye Gold


Best Small company Bronze ( Position 3) Specsaver South Africa

Silver   (Position 2)  SABC Group Learning and Development

Gold (Position 1) Celrose Clothing

Best municipality Bronze ( Position 3)

Silver   (Position 2)

Gold (Position 1) Ethekwini Municipal Institute of Learning

Goal 4.6 Encouraging and

supporting cooperatives,

small enterprises,

worker-initiated, NGO and community training initiatives

Best Community project






Best Large company Bronze ( Position 3) Kolomela Iron Ore

Silver   (Position 2)  Siyaloba Training Academy

Gold (Position 1) Bidvest Protea Coin

Best Small Company Marang Incorporated
Best municipality  (Position 1) Ugu District Municipality
Goal 4.7 

Increasing public

Sector capacity for improved service delivery

and supporting the building

of a developmental state

Best Public Sector Internship and learnership programmes
Best National Department Bronze ( Position 3) Department of Energy

Silver   (Position 2)  Department of Science and Technology

Gold (Position 1) Department of Correctional Services


Best Provincial Department Bronze ( Position 3) )  KZN department of Transport

Silver   (Position 2 KZN Provincial Treasury

Gold (Position 1) Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works

Best Municipality Bronze ( Position 3)

Silver   (Position 2) 

Gold (Position 1) Pixley ka Seme District municipality

Best Large company Bronze ( Position 3) Unemployment Insurance Fund

Silver   (Position 2)  Kolomela Iron Ore

Gold (Position 1) AIDC

Private College Bronze ( Position 3) Algoa Bus Company

Silver   (Position 2)  Celrose Clothing

Gold (Position 1) SABC Group Learning and Development

Goal 4.8

Building career and vocational guidance

Best career and vocational guidance programme Best career guidance partnership Second Chance Foundation





Dr Thabo Mashongoane

Director: National Skills Authority Secretariat

Tel: 012 312 5666


Issued by the NSA

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