Min­ing fo­rum calls for probe into skills de­vel­op­ment body

Pretoria News - - NEWS - Di­neo Faku

THE MIN­ING Fo­rum of South Africa (MFSA), a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion fo­cused on mon­i­tor­ing com­pli­ance with so­cial and labour plans of the min­ing in­dus­try, has called for a probe into the Min­ing Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Author­ity (MQA).

The fo­rum al­leged that the MQA, the body re­spon­si­ble for skills de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes in the min­ing in­dus­try, was grap­pling with a cri­sis of lead­er­ship, man­age­ment, and gov­er­nance as well as a lack of ca­pac­ity.

It said it had laid com­plaints that the roles of chief ex­ec­u­tive and chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer were oc­cu­pied in act­ing ca­pac­i­ties and this cre­ated problems for the MQA.

MSA founder Bless­ings Ramoba charged that the MQA had not paid stu­dent bur­saries nor grad­u­ates in mines.

“The only thing they (MQA) know is cor­rup­tion and loot­ing. We want them out – and to re­sign im­me­di­ately. They can­not run the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” said Ramoba. “We want the board to ac­count in Par­lia­ment.”

The MFSA said it had writ­ten to MQA chair­per­son Mthokozisi Zondi for an over­haul of the ex­ec­u­tive and for the board to ap­point a task team to take over the reins. Ramoba is sched­uled to meet with the MQA board shortly.

The call fol­lows an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the MFSA into the MQA found that its skills sys­tems struc­ture was “cur­rently in­ef­fec­tive and not work­ing well”.

Among the list of fail­ures at the MQA, the MFSA listed poor gov­er­nance and lead­er­ship, poor man­age­ment and de­liv­ery of bur­sary pro­grammes, and ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture.

The MQA cur­rent skills de­vel­op­ment sys­tem was largely fail­ing to ad­dress the skills needed by South Africa’s harsh eco­nomic cli­mate.

The MQA is one of South Africa’s 21 Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­i­ties.

How­ever, the MQA chief ex­ec­u­tive, Tebogo Mmotla, said he wel­comed the study by the fo­rum of South Africa. How­ever, he did not agree with the con­cerns at all.

“We have im­ple­mented skills pro­grammes and por­ta­ble skills in a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties in the coun­try and they are work­ing. There is no cor­rup­tion, nei­ther in­com­pe­tent lead­er­ship nor lack of cor­po­rate gov­er­nance at MQA, be­cause the lat­ter ob­tained an un­qual­i­fied au­dit opin­ion from the au­di­tor-gen­eral of South Africa,” Mmotla.

Com­pe­tent

“The MQA board has proven to be very com­pe­tent, be­cause it is the same board which steered the MQA to achiev­ing the un­qual­i­fied au­dit re­port dur­ing the fi­nan­cial year 2016-2017. The au­di­tor-gen­eral has fur­ther con­firmed same dur­ing the au­dit and the ev­i­dence is in the an­nual re­port, 2016-2017, which is a pub­lic doc­u­ment. Our aim this year is to get a clean au­dit re­port from the au­di­tor-gen­eral of South Africa,” he said.

Min­eral Re­sources port­fo­lio com­mit­tee chair­per­son Sahlulele Luzipho said this week that the com­mit­tee would al­low the MQA to deal with the mat­ter.

Min­ing com­pa­nies con­trib­ute 1 per­cent of pay­roll levies to skills de­vel­op­ment and 10.5 per­cent of this was utilised for ad­min­is­tra­tion ex­pen­di­ture within the MQA, ac­cord­ing to the Cham­ber of Mines.

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