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National Skills Authority Seeks Chairperson

September 10, 2019

Department of Higher Education and Training

10 September 2019

The National Skills Authority (NSA) seeks a Chairperson.

The higher education and training department published the call for nominations in Government Gazette 42690.

The call was made in terms of the Skills Development Act.

The NSA serves as the skills development advisory body and it is tasked with advising the minister of higher education, science and technology on matters of skills development in accordance with section 5 of the act.

The notice also points out that the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training provides that the NSA will be a “restructured and refocused body with its function concentrated specifically on the monitoring and evaluation of the SETAs”.

The Chairperson will serve a five-year term effective from 01 October 2019 to 30 September 2024.

The department also pointed out that the appointed nominee will serve on a part-time basis.

Nominations are invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the department recently briefed parliament on an overview of Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA).

According to the department, South Africa currently has 21 SETAs.

The current SETA landscape is guided by the National Skills Development Strategy which comes to an end on 31 March 2020.

The National Skills Development Plan, closely aligned with the National Development Plan, will be implemented from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2030.

The department declared that legislation and regulations will be amended to address, inter alia, governance and accountability problems identified within SETAs.

SETA strategic focus areas going forward include to better serve the national priorities as contained in the Medium Term Strategic Framework and Sector Specific Priorities of government by prioritising occupations in demand; support the NDP, New Growth Path, Industrial Policy Action Plan, Operation Phakisa, Job Summit Agreement, Green Economy etc.; strengthen the governance, accountability and delineate the role of the SETAs to that of the SETA Executives; and address efficiency and effectiveness of the SETAs and focus on long term planning.