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By unknown | Aug 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Anton Ferreira

Anton Ferreira

The Democratic Alliance (DA) accused the government's Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) training scheme yesterday of failing in its mission to close the gap between the millions jobless South Africans and the country's skills shortage.

"We must scrap the sector education and training authority approach," said party labour spokesman Anchen Dreyer. "It is completely failing to respond to the needs of the market."

She said the solution was to create a human resources development commission and place training in the hands of the private sector. "We need to implement a system of tax rebates for skills development efforts by employers," she said.

Dreyer said the 23 Seta's set up eight years ago had, in most cases, not been able to produce job candidates with the skills that the economy needed.

"About 44percent of unemployed South Africans can't find a job because they don't have the skills or qualifications that employers seek," she said.

"At the same time, it's estimated that there are half a million vacant positions that can't be filled because people with the right skills cannot be found."

Labour Department spokes-man Page Boikanyo could not comment on the DA's charges.


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