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25 January, 2016

Postponement Notice - New SETA Landscape Workshop - Durban

Dear Stakeholder

Kindly find the attached invitation and update on the New Seta Landscape Workshop for the (KZN/Eastern Cape/Free State) with a new date and venue to be held on the 9th February 2016 in Durban.

Note: This invite is for those who will be attending in Durban.  Please submit your response form via e-mail to:

For more info, kindly contact Ms Tshego Chuma on (011) 403 1700


Dear All


Please find attached the said invitation.

As you may be aware, the DHET has proposed major changes to the way SETAs operate.  Amongst the most important changes are the following:

- SETAs will lose their semi-autonomous status and become Sector Education and Training Advisory Bodies which will be classified as Specialist Delivery Units and fall directly under the DHET itself.

- Certain functions (skills planning, levy allocation and quality assurance) will be centralised within the DHET.  The NSF will also allocate grants. In order to perform these new functions, the Government intends to capacitate the NSF, DHET and other Government Departments to fulfil this new mandate read as employing more public servants.

SETAs will be clustered into 5 groups.  At this stage mergers are not envisaged but could be considered in the medium to long-term.

- Although mandatory grants will remain at 20%, of major concern is that discretionary grants available to SETAs for sector training initiatives will fall from 50% of levy income to a mere 9.9%.  This will have a major negative impact on our Sector.

I have now read the Government Gazette in full and will draft a submission thereon in the next couple of days.  I will then send through to members for any comments they may have.

Given the seriousness of the proposals, I would please request that as many of us as possible attend the workshops that have been facilitated by the SETA to express our concerns.  Please therefore fill in the attached form and RSVP as soon as convenient.

I will send you my submission as soon as complete.


Roger Godsmark

Operations Director

Forestry South Africa

Tel :+27 33 346 0344

Download the invitation here