Train­ing & Devel­op­ment

Y our heads up on train­ing, Avi Africa and Gal­liova

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Christo­pher Ma­son

Abe­lated Happy New Year to all Poul­try Bul­letin read­ers; I trust that it’s a good year de­spite the nu­mer­ous chal­lenges be­ing thrown at you.

In­di­ca­tions are that 2016 is go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult year for all South Africans, with pro­jected food price in­creases due to drought, the weak­ened Rand af­fect­ing feed prices, and of course the re­cent repo rate hike of 50 ba­sis points - all of which im­pacts the coun­try’s GDP and you and I, the con­sumer.

We’ve seen higher in­ter­est rates in the past, we’ve also seen the Rand at weak lev­els be­fore, al­beit it not at the present rate. And yes, we’ve had droughts be­fore. The chal­lenge though is that in the past, these fac­tors were fairly spread out, while at present all these fac­tors are hit­ting the in­dus­try and con­sumers at the same time, which is fu­elling a rather neg­a­tive sen­ti­ment. To quote Dou­glas Adams Au­thor of The Hitch­hik­ers Guide to the Galaxy “Don’t Panic.”

Train­ing up­date

We’re still busy with two projects, one be­ing the PME and PMI train­ing funded by the AGRISETA to the amount of R500 000. This project be­gan in Novem­ber 2015 and will fin­ish in May 2016, with 56 PME and 18 PMI can­di­dates be­ing trained.

The sec­ond project is the DAFF small farmer train­ing ini­tia­tive spread over a 2-year cy­cle with the goal of train­ing 250 farm­ers in 2015 and 2016 re­spec­tively. DAFF made R1,5-mil­lion avail­able for this ini­tia­tive spread over the 2 years. This train­ing ini­tia­tive is ac­ces­si­ble to small poul­try farm­ers - not in­di­vid­u­als want­ing to start a poul­try farm. The tar­get set for 2015 was 125 farm­ers re­ceiv­ing as­sis­tance. We man­aged to train 172 farm­ers, so ex­ceed­ing the re­quire­ment. The next fund­ing cy­cle will start in April once the fi­nal train­ing re­port has been sub­mit­ted to DAFF.

AGRISETA

All SETA’S were re­quested to en­gage with stake­hold­ers to dis­cuss, in­form and so­licit in­puts to the pro­posal from the De­part­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing on a Gazetted doc­u­ment ti­tled “Pro­posal for the New Skills Devel­op­ment Strat­egy (NSDS) and Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­i­ties (SETA’S) land­scape within the con­text of an in­te­grated and Dif­fer­en­ti­ated Post School Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Sys­tem (NSLP-2015)”. The AGRISETA hosted a work­shop with stake­hold­ers on 8 De­cem­ber 2015 as well as on 20 Jan­uary 2016.

The AGRISETA has re­quested that the all stake­hold­ers re­spond to the pro­posal and that in­puts, com­ments and rec­om­men­da­tions are sent→

through to DHET as well as the Seta. SAPA has con­vened a spe­cial train­ing meet­ing sched­uled for 9 Fe­bru­ary to dis­cuss the mat­ter, fol­low­ing which a sub­mis­sion will be made.

The Qual­ity Coun­cil for Trades and Oc­cu­pa­tions has con­firmed re­ceipt of SAPA’S ap­pli­ca­tion to de­velop four Abat­toir qual­i­fi­ca­tions. These are poul­try slaugh­terer; poul­try slaugh­terer (poul­try pro­cess­ing); poul­try slaugh­terer (poul­try meat ex­am­i­na­tion); and poul­try slaugh­terer (poul­try meat in­spec­tion)

This will be dis­cussed at the 9 Fe­bru­ary meet­ing, and a task team will be set up as part of the scop­ing ex­er­cise re­quired when de­vel­op­ing new qual­i­fi­ca­tions, which will be funded by the AGRISETA.

A query has been sent to the AGRISETA re­quest­ing in­for­ma­tion on the reg­is­tra­tion sta­tus of the three poul­try pro­duc­tion QCTO qual­i­fi­ca­tions de­vel­oped in 2012/13. These are poul­try farm worker, poul­try farm su­per­vi­sor and poul­try farm man­ager.

Avi Africa 2016 – 21 to 23 June

Plan­ning for this event started in 2015 and is well un­der­way. The speak­ers pro­gramme will be cir­cu­lated once it’s fi­nalised.

Gal­liova 2016

Plan­ning for this event is un­der­way. This year, we hope to host the event in Jo­han­nes­burg, with de­tail pro­vided in fu­ture is­sues of the Poul­try Bul­letin. Sched­uled SAPA meet­ings The first round of sched­uled SAPA meet­ings kicks off in Fe­bru­ary, with the Ex­port Fo­rum fol­lowed by the Train­ing, Trans­for­ma­tion, Poul­try Health and Wel­fare, and Food Com­pli­ance com­mit­tee meet­ings. In­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the out­comes of these meet­ings will be com­mu­ni­cated to mem­bers.

How you can help South Africa

As you are no doubt aware the racial ten­sion on so­cial me­dia is es­ca­lat­ing daily. Fel­low South Africans of all race groups are rep­re­sented and the ar­gu­ments, com­ments and ac­cu­sa­tions be­ing flung about hit hard. Penny Spar­row has risen to no­to­ri­ety but there have been oth­ers. Each and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in this coun­try sits with their own at­ti­tudes, opin­ions and emo­tions. Most of these so deeply en­trenched that we no longer have any choices. We have to de­bate the fu­ture of the so-called Rain­bow Na­tion.

It is also true that many peo­ple are say­ing let’s get on with it. Let’s stop look­ing back and take some pos­i­tive steps to secure a fu­ture for our­selves and our chil­dren. But many don’t know how. From our per­spec­tive it’s sim­ple. If ev­ery cor­po­ra­tion in South Africa em­barked on a mean­ing­ful two-day di­a­logue fa­cil­i­tated by ex­pe­ri­enced train­ers with a track record of con­cil­i­a­tion and di­ver­sity knowl­edge, high­light­ing and de­bunk­ing stereo­types and the role of the me­dia; re­spect, un­der­stand­ing and em­pa­thy will start build­ing. It’s that sim­ple. We’ve seen it again and again.

But why should cor­po­rates in­vest to this ex­tent, what’s in it for them? Well, firstly in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity. In teams where there is no back-bit­ing or un­der­ly­ing ten­sion, no turf-guard­ing and no re­crim­i­na­tions or in­cor­rect as­sump­tions, where com­mu­ni­ca­tion is good and the re­spect is at a high level, in those teams, dead­lines and tar­gets are reached.

The fur­ther ben­e­fits are that a truly non-racial or­gan­i­sa­tion will set a bench­mark in their in­dus­try draw­ing in ap­pli­ca­tions from the most skilled who have but one goal. Progress. And in a time of skills short­age, this is ex­actly what is needed to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity.

In ad­di­tion, the level of emo­tional in­tel­li­gence in an in­di­vid­ual who has at­tended di­ver­sity train­ing in­creases, thereby in­creas­ing the like­li­hood of de­vel­op­ing good lead­ers, and if there is one thing we know it is that the lack of good lead­er­ship is the num­ber one rea­son for failed de­part­ments and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

In clos­ing, it is true to say that South Africa can­not take too many more knocks with­out the dam­age be­ing ir­repara­ble. We are los­ing jobs hand over fist and we are haem­or­rhag­ing skills at ev­ery bor­der post. We have a gen­er­a­tion of job­less youth who are in de­spair and all we ac­tu­ally have to do is to talk. Are you will­ing to do so?¡

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