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NUMSA congratulates Cde Malebo Mogopodi

10 November 2010

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) would like to congratulate Cde Malebo Mogopodi, NUMSA National Skills Coordinator, for her appointment by the Ministry of Higher Education and Training to serve on the Quality Council for Trades and Occupants.

Cde Mogopodi is a tribune of workers dedication and commitment to the acceleration of skills revolution at the workplace. Her appointment confirms NUMSA’s sterling contribution in the skills revolution in line with our battle cry of building peoples power for peoples education and economy.

We also believe her appointment will assist the Ministry of Higher Education and Training to unleash SETAs as a strategic centre of in the acceleration of higher education and training landscape transformation in line with our overall developmental agenda. This should be done in sync with the Freedom Charter and the Reconstruction and Development (RDP) strategy to;
• Develop a co-ordinated skills development strategy, informed by an over-arching industrial strategy, based on clear sectoral industrial strategies, placing particular emphasis on scarce skills;
• Improve the quality and capacity of Further Education and Training colleges (FET’s) with a particular focus on artisans and other scarce and critical skills, and developing them as primary delivery centers for Adult Education and Training (ABET);
• Rebuild a vibrant, expanded and quality FET colleges sector to improve post-schooling options and access to skills for youth and workers; and
• Build coherence in education, training and skills development by eliminating a fragmented approach that treated the Human Resource and the National Skills Development Strategies as two isolated strategic vehicles.

The continued rejection of the re-alignment of SETAs by the high-priests of neo-liberalism and capitalist orientated education system as represented by the DA should be resisted and defeated by all, especially by the workers and the unemployed youth. This shows that the DA is still hell-bent on maintaing and reproducing the old apartheid skills inequalities.

Contact:
Castro Ngobese, National Spokesperson – 073 299 1595

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