Skills Development in South Africa is governed under the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998, which has subsequently been amended a number of times. The national government's Department of Higher Education and Training is responsible for managing and developing all higher education and skills development training. The current Minister is Dr Blade Nzimande.
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The acronym stands for 'Sector Education and Training Authority' and there are 25 such organisations, each representing one section of the economy. The Seta is tasked with distributing the money that is raised from Skills Levies back to their sector, developing learning programmes that are relevant for their sector and maintaining the highest standards of training.
Performance against targets
Ability to marshal support and commitment of the Seta's sector
Knowledge of their sector's education and training needs
Representation and communication
Viability and long term sustainability
Efficient financial management
Excerpt from speech by Advocate Rams Ramashia to Foodbev Seta
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