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SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICA: New body to coordinate artisan training
South Africa's Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande last week launched a National Artisan Moderation Body that will coordinate artisan training countrywide for the first time since sectoral education and training authorities were established in 2000, writes Sue Blaine for Business Day. Estimates are that the country needs to produce 20,000 to 25,000 artisans a year but only trains between 8,000 and 10,000.

Artisan training, although "alive and well" in South Africa, was disparate with each industrial and business sector "going off in different directions", which was very confusing, said special ministerial advisor Dr Floris Prinsloo. The new body was step one towards a simple, single approach apprenticeship-based artisan development system as opposed to the current processes that resulted in widespread confusion, he said.

The new National Artisan Moderation Body would be gazetted into law shortly, Nzimande said. It was hoped that the single system is in place by the end of next year.
Full report on the Business Day site

In largely returning to systems that existed before sector education and training (Seta) artisan training was introduced, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande was taking a step in the right direction, industry members said last week.
Full report on the Business Day site
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