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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.

Over 11 000 young people from across the country's rural areas have joined the Narysec two-year programme aimed at empowering youth from each of the 3 300 rural wards across the country.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe stated that the Timbuktu manuscripts should be reserved as they reflect the contribution of the African mind to the human story. Motlanthe was speaking at the launch of a book about the construction of the Ahmed Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research in Mali.

The INSETA?s fourth annual Disability Awards aim to honour and raise the profile of workers with disabilities who are making a remarkable difference in the workplace, as well as individuals and organisations supporting the advancement of people with disabilities.

With the help of the ETDP Seta, learners have been able to enrol in various skills development programmes including learnerships and internships. The ETDP Seta Annual Report reflects its positive contribution to skills development in the country.

R160 million will be spent on training and assisting artisans with entry and re-entry to the job market over the next three years. The financial assistance will be provided by the Unemployment Insurance Fund in partnership with the Manufacturing, Engineering and related SETA.

This past week?s national round of Association for Skills Development in South Africa (ASDSA) roadshows achieved its objectives of answering vexing questions, writes Jim Freeman, but that didn?t leave attendees entirely happy with what they learned.

The Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA) partnered with The KwaZulu-Natal Financial Literacy Association to promote financial literacy among Grade 11s through a recent speech contest.

To curb job losses and up-skill workers Government has committed funding worth R 5.7 billion to enterprises in the manufacturing industry as the economy had lost some 200 000 jobs during the 2008/2009 recession.

Local scientists will receive a skills boost through the Clinical Science Workshop sponsored by pharmaceutical company Novartis. This initiative forms part of the investment into clinical and scientific development in South Africa.

Unemployed learners will receive literacy training to position them for further training and development opportunities in programmes, learnerships and employment. Adult Education and Training service supplier, Triple E Training has been contracted to recruit the 200 participants.

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