Report of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training on the Annual Report 2009/10 of Mining Qualifications Authority and Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunications Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority, dated 8 February 2011
The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, having considered the Annual Report 2009/10 of MQA and Isset Seta reports as follows:
The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training considered the Annual Report 2009/10 of MQA and Isset Seta on the 10 November 2010. The purpose of the meeting was primarily to assess the annual financial performance of the above mentioned Setas.
1.1 The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education & Training
Ms N Gina (ANC), Ms M Kubayi (ANC), Ms N Magazi (ANC), †Ms F Mushwana (ANC), Mr A van der Westhuizen (DA) and Mr K Dikobo (AZAPO).
Apologies: Mr S Makhubele (ANC), †Ms W Nelson (ANC), Mr S Radebe (ANC),† Dr J Kloppers-Lourens (DA), Ms N Vukuza (COPE), Ms C Dudley (ACDP).
1.2 Mining Qualifications Authority officials
Mr D Msiza: Chairperson, Mr Y Omar: Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr M Mdingi: Chief Financial Officer, Mr D Barclay: Executive Manager, Ms J Moodley: Acting Chief Operations Officer.
1.3 The Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunications Technologies †Seta officials
Mr L Chiloane: Chairperson, Mr O Mopaki: Chief Executive Officer, Mr J Sibeko: Senior Manager, Mr N Molefe: Marketing and Communications Manager.
1.4 Other guests
Mr H Hoon: Director, Department of Higher Education and Training, Ms F Kwaza: Parliamentary Media Liaison, Parliament and Ms K Redpath: Monitor PMG.
The report provides a brief summary of the presentations by both Setas which highlight the Setas mandate and mission, strategic imperatives, delivery on the NSDS II, financial highlights for the year under review and other relevant matters.
2. Summary of the presentations
Mr Y Omar: †Acting CEO led the presentation which highlighted the following key issues:
2.2 Isset Seta
Mr O Mopaki: CEO led the presentation which highlighted the following key issues:
3. The following formed part of the discussion
The MQA was requested to explain the matters of emphasis raised by the Auditor-General in its financial performance and whether there were any steps taken to the culprit to be formally charged for the fraudulent activity.
It emerged that administration expenditures increased by 25% during the year under review. The Seta was requested to elaborate on the matter.
The Committee was extremely concerned with the number of accidents and loss of lives in the mines due to lack of safety precaution measures. It was noted that some mines were located close to communities and their impact on the environment had devastating effects.
It was raised with concern that restatement of corresponding figures as a result of errors reflected either lack of capacity or fraudulent activities of certain individuals in the Seta. It was noted that the audit committee should ensure that such instances do not recur as they reflect poor management from the Seta.
The Committee was extremely concerned with the delays in issuing of certificates for learners that completed learnership programmes.
The Committee was concerned with the gender imbalances at senior management of the Seta.
It was noted that the targets of the Seta might have been set too low and hence it has over-achieved in most of its programmes.
The Committee requested an explanation on matters raised by the AG in the financial performance of the Seta.
It was noted with concern that as much as the Seta offered New Venture Creations (NVC), most of these young people were unable to sustain their business and the Seta did not offer necessary support to ensure sustainability and viability of the businesses.
The Seta was requested to explain the remuneration of board members.
The Committee was extremely concerned with the financial management capacity of both Setas since the Auditor-General pointed emphasis on matter in their annual financial performance. It was unanimously agreed to by the Committee that the National Skills Development Strategy III targets were set very low hence some of the Setas achieved more than three times their targets. It was noted that the Committee should make inputs to the forthcoming NSDS III before it can be made official with the objective of assessing Seta targets and other critical areas.
It was clear from the proceedings that Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) remained a challenge when it comes to implementation by Setas. The issue of transformation in executive management level positions in the mining and ICT sector is still a major challenge that remains unsolved.† Access to both Setas by people in rural areas is still a challenge as they donít have regional offices in rural provinces. The Committee promised to engage both Setas during the next financial year when dealing with strategic plans.