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Skills Development

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.

There is a tragic irrationality in the fact that South Africa has a youth unemployment rate of more than 50%, but at the same time has a skills shortage in many areas of commerce. 

How did you learn to ride a bicycle? From a text book?...... Definitely not. This skill is learnt by practicing, usually with the help of someone experienced, then falling off, making mistakes until that wonderful moment when you cycle unaided and know you are on your way to mastering this skill.

Government is committed to a skills revolution that will ensure that South Africa has the human capital required in the digital economy, says President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Africa’s leading data science academy Explore Data Science Academy(EDSA) has ramped up its number of sponsored learnerships to 500 in 2020.

Apprenticeships first emerged in the later Middle Ages as a way to teach people the skills needed for a career. 

The picture in South Africa is a bleak one for the average 15 – 24 year old. Many have finished their schooling with a qualification of little value in the eyes of employers.

Through its Thuso Fund, the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet community loyalty programme is funding the essential upgrade of the hardware and software for the Learn to Earn Graphic Design Training course. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Having declared youth unemployment as a crisis, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday appealed to young people to not give up hope for a brighter future with government’s assistance.

Mohau Kwebu had many challenges growing up, including having a mother with a mental disability and an absent father, but he was determined to realise his dream of becoming a visual arts storyteller.

Government says it remains committed to advancing the youth agenda and recognises the importance of youth activism in driving economic growth.

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