HRDC to address human capital bottlenecks

The 21st Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) meeting concluded on Friday with a commitment to build on the human capital of the country.

The meeting, which was chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza at ORBIT TVET College in Rustenburg, was preceded by the launch of the North West HRDC, consisting of representatives from government, organised labour, business, academia and civil society.

In a statement after the meeting, the Presidency said the provincial HRD council initiatives are set up to cascade to provincial level the implementation of the Human Resource Development Strategy for South Africa in line with the National Development Plan 2030.

The HRDC meeting noted progress achieved thus far by the North West Provincial Government in cultivating the requisite skills in areas such as science and technology, engineering and the development of artisans to address the economic needs of the province.

It was announced that the office of the premier will be responsible for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of provincial Human Resource Development Strategy.

The office will also ensure that there are adequate alignment and coordination of provincial plans and the overall strategy for South Africa.

In this regard, Deputy President Mabuza thanked all members of the newly appointed North West HRDC for availing themselves and contributing their skills and knowledge towards building the necessary human capital for the country in general and the province in particular.

The HRDC meeting further received an update on Student Funding in institutions of higher learning and plans to support academically capable poor and working-class students to access higher education.

As part of his visit to the ORBIT TVET College, the Deputy President had an opportunity to tour various workstations which showcase innovation, partnerships, entrepreneurship and transfer of skills to learners such as the SEDA Platinum incubator, the jewellery design and manufacturing workshop, the entrepreneurial centre, amongst others.

The Deputy President has undertaken to visit other provinces from time to time in order to assess their functionality and to promote among provinces, the cross-sharing of best practice models for human resource development.

He was supported by Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor and her Deputy Buti Manamela, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, Labour Deputy Minister iNkosi Phathekile Holomisa, North West Premier Prof. Job Mokgoro, Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and senior government officials.

Source: South African Government News Agency