Letters to the Ed

Firstly, anyone who understand the Seta Process must realise it is fundamentally flawed.
No business should be totally responsible for educating their workers, unless it is an apprenticeship - but this is usually done with intervention from State. The duty of education, should be state intervention, educators and the workers themselves.

In many instances, employers manipulate figures and information to ensure that they can get access to skills funding via the SETA?s irrespective of whether it is actually achievable.

For this reason, many employers in the general industry of banking, insurance, mining, and technology, found the fruit of good skills courses, dedicated to the growth of, and not the pandering to window dressing skills training.

Ivor Blumental is rather audacious, pointing fingers when his SETA is responsible for the issuing of worthless certificates like no other SETA. Ask him - he will not pay providers unless they guarantee him that at least 95% learners will be found competent.

I have always believed that the skills plans are a management prerogative. I also believe that the role played by SDF?s is an HR function, which should form part of any self respecting TandD or OD officer/managers role!

Maybe the Setas should get in touch a little bit more with what?s really going in practice and not just sit in there offices thinking out new templates, forms, formats, processes to overload Providers with already back-breaking red tape and paperwork.

Unfortunately, one has to agree that the WSPs are in many cases fraudulent. The blame however cannot be laid squarely at the feet of external SDFs. One has only to try and deal with CEOs and some of the forums to understand how difficult the situation is.

I was an external SDF for several years and I agree with Ivor Blumenthal that many WSPs are fraudulent [in fact, it is because I was not prepared to participate in this that I no longer work as an SDF] but my experience suggests that the bigger picture may be different to the one he paints.

Readers have a wide range of opinions about the issue of maternity leave. Will paid leave discourage employers to employer women - and how can men bond with their children in only a few days?

Yes, mothers must be paid for Maternity Leave rather than to depend on the UIF. It?s been speculated that there will be more job losses in this country, so most people will be dependent on the UIF during unemployment, so let it support the unemployed citizens of this country.

After reading some of the comments made on the e-mail I would like to give my pennies worth.Yes I would say the farther should get specific "paternity leave' apart from the companionate/ special leave granted to employees.

I am currently working on a 4-month contract to fill in for an employee who is on maternity leave. She is currently receiving 75% of her income from the employer which means money has to be taken from other areas to pay my salary.

I believe that the leave period for men should be extended as three days family responsibility leave is not enough. Comparison with countries like Australia and UK should be done.

Leaving a baby that is 4 months is also not ideal. Nothing about the Labour Law for parents is actually for the parents - it is to protect the company.

Parenting is the duty of the parent, no amount of time off, will force parents to learn to love and care for their children. There are 4-8 hours of the day left to acquire and interact with your child, this is the duty of the parent, If they choose not to use this time to acquire these skills why must they be afforded time off work

Paid maternity leave will definitely assist new mothers with not having the worry as to where the money is going to come from to get nappies, milk, clothes and care for their new addition to the family.

So, having totally mis-managed the Health Service and treatment of HIV/AIDS, at no small cost to women and their babies, Tshabalala-Msimang now wants to screw up employment prospects for women!

I think too much time is spent looking for reasons not to work, creating some excuse to stay away from work. Especially at this time in our economy when employers are expecting for more from less people we need to work harder and smarter.

What is the most effective way to spend the R1.2 billion in the National Skills Fund - rising to R1.5 billion in the current financial year? Skills Portal readers have many suggestions for ensuring that the funds are spent effectively.

What we need is a new era of responsibility to restore the vital trust between a people and their government. Debbie Engelbrecht believes that Barack Obama's words are equally relevant to South Africans.

The ONLY way to make real money -- and this is something I know a great deal about, having built 12 different businesses -- is to be passionate about what you do. Anything else is simply posing, as passion does not punch a time clock.

I think it is best to follow a career that?s going to make money rather than follow one?s passion.
A person can be really frustrated after following their passion and things do not work out for them in the end.

The government is not doing enough to address the problem of skills shortage across all industries, whether it be accounting, engineering social services etc. the biggest problem is that the government is ignoring the people in rural areas and only concertrating in urban arears.

I think more should be done for mature people who would like to make a career change or e.g.. women who would like to enter the professional career field after raising children.

I was brought up by my grandmother who believed that anything outside school was evil and I went to schools that had a policy of looking at a child in the eyes and if he looked quite and shy, he/she must study geography and biblical studies and if you looked clever and /or loud you can do maths and science...

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