2018 AN­NUAL CA­REER DE­VEL­OP­MENT STAKE­HOLD­ERS CON­FER­ENCE:

CA­REERS IN A CHANG­ING WORLD

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“The vi­sion for ca­reer de­vel­op­ment ser­vices is to en­sure that all cit­i­zens of all ages have ac­cess to qual­ity ca­reer in­for­ma­tion and ca­reer de­vel­op­ment ser­vices through­out their lives so that they are able to make bet­ter and more in­formed ca­reer and life de­ci­sions…”

Na­tional Policy for an In­te­grated Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices Sys­tem for South Africa, 2017, p. 11 The pub­li­ca­tion of the Na­tional Policy for an In­te­grated Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Sys­tem for South Africa is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices (CDS) project. The policy guides im­ple­men­ta­tion of an in­te­grated ca­reer de­vel­op­ment sys­tem across all spheres of govern­ment. The De­part­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (DHET) is re­spon­si­ble for na­tional co­or­di­na­tion and pro­vi­sion of ca­reer de­vel­op­ment ser­vices in the PostS­chool Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing sec­tor. All govern­ment de­part­ments are re­spon­si­ble for the pro­vi­sion of ca­reer de­vel­op­ment ser­vices in their re­spec­tive sec­tors. Lead­er­ship struc­tures in place to sup­port the na­tional co­or­di­na­tion func­tion in­clude: i) The In­ter­de­part­men­tal Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee which is made up of the DHET and the de­part­ments of Labour, Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, Pub­lic Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion (DPSA), and So­cial De­vel­op­ment; ii) The Na­tional Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum which brings to­gether all stake­hold­ers to dis­cuss is­sues re­lated to build­ing an in­te­grated ca­reer de­vel­op­ment sys­tem for the coun­try and com­prises three in­ter-re­lated “cham­bers” work­ing in syn­ergy. One, the Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Govern­ment Fo­rum, is con­sti­tuted by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of govern­ment and cov­ers all spheres of govern­ment, while the sec­ond, the Na­tional Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum, is con­sti­tuted by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of stake­hold­ers in­side and out­side govern­ment. The third, the Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­i­ties (SETA) Fo­rum, is con­sti­tuted by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from SETAs. The Na­tional Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum meets in the form of the An­nual Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Stake­holder Con­fer­ence. The 2018 con­fer­ence took place on 28 and 29 June 2018 at the Lakes Ho­tel in Benoni un­der the theme “Ca­reers in a Chang­ing World”. On the first day, Gwe­binkundla Qonde the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the DHET, de­liv­ered the open­ing ad­dress on be­half of the Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, Naledi Pan­dor. The pro­gramme for the day in­cluded a key­note speaker, sub-theme key­note speaker and par­al­lel ses­sions based on the con­fer­ence sub-themes. The sec­ond day in­cluded the key­note speaker, a panel dis­cus­sion and con­tin­u­a­tion of the par­al­lel ses­sions as on the first day. In the af­ter­noon, the Na­tional Ca­reer Ad­vice Por­tal was pre­sented, fol­lowed by a sum­mary of the con­fer­ence in clo­sure. In de­liv­er­ing the speech, Qonde ex­plained that the pur­pose of the policy is to en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ca­reer de­vel­op­ment ser­vices across all spheres of govern­ment, em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of ef­fec­tive co­or­di­nat­ing struc­tures to pro­vide lead­er­ship and an­nounced the of­fi­cial launch of the policy. Re­flect­ing on ca­reers in a chang­ing world, del­e­gates high­lighted the need for skills de­vel­op­ment. The World Eco­nomic Fo­rum projects that one in three jobs in South Africa are cur­rently at risk of to­tal dig­i­tal au­to­ma­tion over the next decade. Govern­ment’s fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing low to mi­dlevel skills and em­pha­sis­ing the Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing col­leges was pre­sented as a means to ad­dress the chal­lenges of the Fourth In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion.

Buti Manamela, the Deputy Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, opened the sec­ond day of the con­fer­ence. Deputy Min­is­ter Manamela em­pha­sised the need for stake­hold­ers to work to­gether to en­sure a seam­less, in­te­grated ca­reer de­vel­op­ment ser­vice for all cit­i­zens of all ages. Ac­cess to ca­reer de­vel­op­ment ser­vices and equip­ping of cit­i­zens with trans­fer­able skills and for ca­reers re­quired for a chang­ing world were em­pha­sised.

the KZN Men’s Fo­rum, which is a move­ment that cham­pi­ons the rights of women and chil­dren and re­minds men that they are the pro­tec­tors and nur­tur­ers of families.

“We have just emerged from July, which was Men’s Month, where we were re-in­vig­o­rat­ing the spirit of men of in­tegrity and call­ing upon all of them to step for­ward and help us plant the seed of restor­ing peo­ple’s con­sciences in our com­mu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially among men. We con­tinue to do this through­out the year and be­lieve that it will help cre­ate a spirit of peace and love in our com­mu­ni­ties, at home, and wher­ever men are,” the MEC ex­plained.

His mes­sage to all men with re­gard to end­ing vi­o­lence against women is that they should stand up and add their voice to the call to end all forms of gen­der-based vi­o­lence against women, the el­derly and chil­dren.

He said all cit­i­zens should am­plify the voice of men on the im­por­tance of gen­der trans­for­ma­tion and hu­man rights.

“We should all el­e­vate the good work done by good men in so­ci­ety to pro­mote good role models for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. We would like to wish all the women of this coun­try well in Women’s Month,” the MEC added.

“We also urge all women who are in abu­sive re­la­tion­ships to find ways of get­ting out.They must con­fide in some­one that they trust and re­port all forms of abuse to the po­lice. Women need to say,‘God, even if you blessed me with this mar­riage, I will not stand be­ing abused, be­cause even­tu­ally, I will die’. We can’t have one more per­son dy­ing be­cause they per­se­vered in a dan­ger­ous en­vi­ron­ment,” he stressed.

Rais­ing aware­ness

Another prom­i­nent man whose job is to speak on is­sues of gen­der equal­ity is the spokesper­son for the Com­mis­sion for Gen­der Equal­ity, Javu Baloyi. He said at his work­place ev­ery­one is in­volved in cham­pi­oning women’s rights.

“As part of the col­lec­tive in the Com­mis­sion for Gen­der Equal­ity, we cham­pion women’s rights by rais­ing aware­ness with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers.These are not lim­ited to the pub­lic sec­tor only but across the whole spec­trum of so­ci­ety,” he ex­plained.

“We also con­duct le­gal clin­ics to ca­pac­i­tate peo­ple about women’s rights, par­tic­u­larly what’s en­tailed in the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Repub­lic of South Africa, and what we have been man­dated to do as the com­mis­sion, which is to en­sure that women are not op­pressed and there is no in­equal­ity in so­ci­ety based on gen­der,” Baloyi added.

He ex­plained that the com­mis­sion also con­ducts gen­der trans­for­ma­tion hear­ings with both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor to as­cer­tain

whether or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­sti­tu­tions are ad­her­ing to the poli­cies of em­pow­er­ing women or ad­vo­cat­ing for women’s rights in their em­ploy­ment.

“Per­son­ally, I cham­pion women’s rights by in­volv­ing my­self in church ac­tiv­i­ties that seek to em­power women. I am part of a project that col­lects and do­nates san­i­tary pads to women and girls. I also help or­gan­ise fun runs to col­lect money for women and girls, and do pub­lic speak­ing at churches, stokvels (so­cials) and schools about women’s rights,” he said.

His mes­sage to men is that they must ac­knowl­edge their chal­lenges when it comes to con­flict res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nisms and that they must learn to com­mu­ni­cate bet­ter.

“Show emo­tions. Learn to walk away from sit­u­a­tions that might lead to ei­ther ver­bal or phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion. Men must sup­port ini­tia­tives that seek to cre­ate an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for women and chil­dren to live and func­tion in har­mony both at home and work,” said Baloyi.

“Men must talk to each other about chal­lenges they face and seek help where nec­es­sary.Talk­ing is much health­ier than bot­tling things in­side,” Baloyi added.

He said it is im­per­a­tive that men fight for women’s rights as it helps to cre­ate a just and fair so­ci­ety. Re­search by the Busi­ness­women's As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa has shown that where women’s rights are af­firmed, there is a high de­gree of pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Baloyi said this is be­cause they are treated as equals with­out be­ing dis­crim­i­nated against based on their gen­der.

“Women are the back­bone of most families. They tend to be over­bur­dened with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing care­givers, moth­ers and work­ers and also ex­pected to cook at home while too of­ten a man will sit around and wait to be served by the same over­worked woman,” he noted.

While not all men act this way, the ma­jor­ity still have a head-ofthe-house­hold men­tal­ity and do not assist with house­hold chores, Baloyi added.

He said men fight­ing this cause will help boys learn good be­hav­iour while still young and that cul­ture will re­main with them for years.

“Some of the abuses show learned be­hav­iour. How­ever, if men cham­pion women’s rights, boys will be taught how to be­have and treat women prop­erly from an early age,” he pointed out.

Baloyi’s mes­sage to women is that they must con­tinue to cham­pion their rights and those of oth­ers, and they must speak out against gen­der-based vi­o­lence, ir­re­spec­tive of their ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion.

“In the year that we cel­e­brate the cen­te­nary of Mama Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu, it is in­cum­bent on women to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices made in the past. Women must be sup­port­ive of each other and not talk ill of some­one’s suc­cess but rather learn from them,” he said.

“Women must be men­tors of young girls so that they pre­pare them to be to­mor­row’s lead­ers.

“Women can also call upon the Gen­der Com­mis­sion in all nine prov­inces to help ca­pac­i­tate them with knowl­edge on is­sues of em­pow­er­ment and women’s rights,” he added.

Baloyi said women must be aware that they have the power to bet­ter their en­vi­ron­ment and cir­cum­stances by em­pow­er­ing them­selves. Women must know that when they are united, they can take on even the most pa­tri­ar­chal sys­tem in the coun­try.

“The women of 1956 must re­main their role models,” he added.

“Women must be sup­port­ive of each other and not talk ill of some­one’s suc­cess but rather

learn from them.”

“Work­ers will have to in­cre­men­tally up­grade their skills and learn new skills through life­long learn­ing”said Gwe­binkundla Qonde Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral of the DHET.

Buti Manamela, Deputy Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing.

Spokesper­son for the Com­mis­sion for Gen­der Equal­ityJavu Baloyi with his wife In­no­cent.

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