MEDIA ADVISORY NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

To All Media

For Immediate Release

Date: 20 September 2018

The Department of Higher Education and Training is set to hold nationwide public hearings on the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) and SETA landscape beyond 2020 (Re-establishment of SETAs) with the aim to address issues around producing skillful and capable workforce in order to create jobs and grow the economy.

 

The Public engagement which will be spearheaded by the National Skills Authority (NSA), a statutory advisory body established in 1999 in terms of Chapter 2 of the Skills Development Act (SDA) No 97 of 1998 with the primary functions of advising the Minister of Higher Education and Training on matters of skills development in accordance with section 5 of the Skills Development Act.

 

The robust public discussions will be held with skills development stakeholders such as Quality Councils, SETAs, Government, Business, Labour, Education and Training Providers, Community Constituencies, Research Institutions, Professional Bodies and the general public.

 

The Public hearings will inform the NSA advice to the Minister with respect to the gazette calling for public comments on the proposed new landscape for Sector Education and Training Authorities post 31 March 2020 and issues such as: workplace-based skills development, encouraging the link of skills development to career paths and promoting sustainable employment.

 

Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows:

 

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Venue: Destiny Hotel and Convention Centre, Kempton Park, Gauteng

Time: 09:00

For media inquiries and interviews:

Mr Fhedzisani Mashau

Mobile: 073 151 2680

 

 

Issued By the Department of Higher Education and Training

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE NATIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PLAN (NSDP)

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

PROVINCE DATE VENUE CONTACT
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
Bloemfontein
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
Nelspruit
Mr K Matsane
(013) 766 2386
NORTHERN CAPE 06 February 2018 Horse Shoe Inn
Kimberly
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 www.nationalskillsauthority.org.za, 012 312 5666 or Mangubewa.S@dhet.gov.za for enquiries and more information.

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
    (FASSET);
  9. Food and Beverages Sector Education and Training Authority (FOODBEV);
  10. Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training
    (FP&MSETA);
  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 : Ngubane.M@dhet.gov.za

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

Email: netshidzati.t@che.ac.za
Telephone: 012 349 3936

Closing date for receipt of nominations: 31 January 2018