Off the mark
GOVERNMENT’S SKILLS REVOLUTION – billed as South Africa’s great hope for infrastructure development and economic growth – is being choked. The Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa) was introduced in 2006 precisely because the overall system for developing skills was full of blockages.
Jipsa’s Makano Morojele says Jipsa’s biggest achievement has been its ability to create a common platform for a range of public and private organisations involved in skills development to understand the nature and extent of the problem and find practical solutions.
However, Jipsa will soon be no more. It’s being phased out, to be replaced by the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) on 1 April this year. While the Education Department is taking charge of this new animal, it’s not yet clear where it will be located, how it’ll work and to what extent it will draw on experiences and address the lessons learned.
“There has to be a dedicated, flexible and agile agency continuously pressing the right buttons. By that I don’t mean simply allocating tasks. It has to be much more involved in providing intellectual capital, monitoring, tracking progress and making sure that business cycles feed back into training,” says Morojele, who concedes the biggest problem with the current system of
System is shooting in the dark. Membathisa Mdladlana