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The Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) was established in 2000 in terms of the Skills Development Act (as amended). This public entity aims to facilitate the skills development needs of the Wholesale and Retail (W&R) sector through the implementation of learning programmes, disbursement of grants and monitoring of education and training as outlined in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS).

SETAs are entities of the Department of Higher Education and Training. There are 21 SETAs, each servicing a specific economic sector of the Country. The premier authority in skills development in the Wholesale and Retail Sector.

Their mission is to develop a skilled and capable workforce in the Wholesale and Retail Sector, thereby contributing to the sustainable socio-economic development and growth of the country.

The role of SETAs:

The functions and responsibilities of SETAs are set out in Chapter 3, section 10 of the Skills Development Act, 1998 which are to: • Develop and implement a sector skills plan. This is a plan to describe the trends in each sector, the skills that are in demand and to identify priorities for skills development • Develop and administer Learning Programmes. These include Skills Programmes and Learnerships • Support the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework. The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is the framework, based on eight levels, on which any qualification or learning outcome can be registered. • Undertake Quality Assurance on provision of learning in line with the QCTO requirements which include the following: • Accredit education and training providers • Monitor provision to ensure that programmes are being followed. • Register Assessors. • Collaborate with other Education and Training Quality assurers. • Disburse levies collected from employers in their sector. Employers pay 1% of their salary payroll to SARS on a monthly basis. 80% of the portion of this contribution is distributed to SETAs and is allocated to administration costs and grants, to be claimed back by companies • Report to the Minister. SETAs are statutory bodies. This means that they are established by Act of Parliament and they are given clear responsibilities, to be discharged in the public interest, as they are custodians of public funds (levies). SETAs are required to report to the Director-General of the Department of Higher Education and Training, on the efficient and effective use of funds. SETAs are also governed by the Public Finance Management Act, the  provisions of which, are designed to ensure that public bodies operate in a manner that is not wasteful or  irresponsible.



The vision of the ETDP SETA is to be a promoter and facilitator in the development and improvement of the skills profile of the sector’s workforce, in order to benefit employers, workers and employees in the sector.

The ETDP SETA holds as its mission, the promotion, facilitation and development of an education, training and development sector in which:

• the skill levels of employees and workers are raised,
• there is a healthy balance between supply and demand in the labour market,
• there are diverse, flexible routes for initial and in-service education and training,
• a variety of career paths are available,
• the quality of education and training provision is improved,
• the levy grant scheme is efficiently administered,
• there is regular liaison with providers, other SETAs, the Department of Labour, the Department of Education, the National Skills Authority (NSA) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and its structures,
• internal and external communication is effective in order to advance national human resource and skills development,
• dialogue and interaction between public and private entities in the sector with regard to skills transfer and training delivery is encouraged, and
• employers, workers and employees in the sector benefit from quality training, higher productivity and harmonious mutual dependencies.

The ETDP SETA’s values include a commitment to:
• transparency and fair conduct,
• honesty and integrity,
• courteousness and caring,
• honouring deadlines,
• promoting equity amongst all stakeholders,
• cooperative governance, and
• striving for continuous improvement.



The National Skills Authority (NSA) was established in terms of section 4 of the Skills Development Act, 1998. The functions of the NSA are to:

• advise the Minister on a national skills development policy, a national skills development strategy,  guidelines on the implementation of the National Skills Development Strategy, the allocation of subsidies from  the National Skills Fund and any regulations to be made
• liaise with Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) on the national skills development policy and the National Skills Development Strategy
• report to the Minister in the prescribed manner on the progress made in the implementation of the National Skills Development Strategy
• conduct investigations on any matter arising out of the application of the Act
• Exercise any other powers and perform any other duties conferred or imposed on the NSA by the Act.



With approximately 27 000 students, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) is the first choice for higher education in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). It is located in the beautiful cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg (PMB). As a University of Technology, it prioritises the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring its academic staff possess the highest possible qualification that they can get. The Durban University of Technology is a result of the merger in April 2002 of two prestigious technikons, ML Sultan and Technikon Natal. It was named the Durban Institute of Technology and later became the Durban University of Technology in line with the rest of the universities of technology. DUT, a member of the International Association of Universities, is a multi-campus university of technology at the cutting edge of higher education, technological training and research. The university aspires to be a “preferred university for developing leadership in technology and productive citizenship”, and to “making knowledge useful”. As a butterfly develops from a pupa, so have the students at our institution. From the moment they register as green ‘fresher’s’, to their capping at the hallowed graduation ceremony, our students undergo an intellectual evolution.



Telkom FutureMakers is a small business support programme targeting ICT small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs), the support provided includes financial, nonfinancial and access to markets and access to connectivity.
FutureMakers focusses on developing local suppliers and partners as well as potential suppliers, third party distributors, internet cafes, and innovative ICT start-ups by helping them to become more competitive. FutureMakers comprises four pillars: FutureFund, FutureSource, FutureHub and FutureProof.
FutureFund, facilitate access to business finance with the focus on working capital, term loans and equity. FutureSource initiative drives accessing to markets and delivery of business development support and training from top SMME development providers.
FutureHubs provide a platform for stimulating innovation and technology uptake within small businesses through business incubation. The hubs reduce start-ups costs for new business and encouraging a support of collaborative environment for developing enterprises FutureProof initiative, is about opportunities to collaborate with like-minded partners focusing on ICT innovation, ICT products and services.



Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries.
Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds, for the continent’s development.
The phenomenal success story of the University is one that has surprised critics and won over sceptics. Being an institution that prides itself in its accessible excellence, after only nine years UJ has established itself as an institution of global excellence and world-class stature.
In its first five years of existence, UJ doubled its accredited research output and increased its number of distinguished South African Research Chairs from none to seven. This remarkable achievement was reached well ahead of the target set for 2015. The 2010 research outcome was the result of UJ’s desire, during the initial period, to establish UJ as a thoroughly research-focused university.
UJ is the first and only African university admitted to the highly respected consortium of 28 research-intensive universities in the world, Universitas 21 – an important endorsement of the growing international stature of UJ.
UJ boasts world-class, internationally recognised academic programmes, based on curricula informed by cutting-edge developments, in both undergraduate and postgraduate education. UJ’s programmes, within its nine faculties, are designed to prepare students for the world of work and for global citizenship. The University has four campuses, namely the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus; the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus; the Doornfontein Campus; and the Soweto Campus.
UJ has, over the past eight years, invested in excess of R2 billion into the upgrading and expansion of living and learning facilities and with a graduate success rate now at 83,4% and with more than 49,500 students; 2,300 international students; 6,700 postgraduates and renowned academic staff, is an institution with an admirable graduation rate.

In the next ten years, UJ has set six strategic goals, namely:
• Global Excellence in Research and Innovation.
• Global Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
• An International Profile Fit for Global Excellence and Stature.
• An Outstanding Student Experience.
• Active Global Reputation Management, and
• An Institution and People Fit for Global Excellence and Stature

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