Mr S J F Marais (DA) to ask the Minister for the Public Service and Administration:
Whether she has developed and implemented measures to improve the (a) critical skills and (b) knowledge shortcomings in Limpopo; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?NO3506E
(a) & (b) It is now common knowledge that Limpopo is experiencing serious shortcomings. The DPSA has had to ensure that it prioritises these particular problems. It first had to conduct a state of readiness assessment in the various government departments and identify the requisite skills, so that we may intervene effectively within the shortest time.
The DPSA, PALAMA and PSETA are involved in improving the critical skills and knowledge shortcomings in Limpopo. The DPSA conducted a readiness assessment exercise with departments in Limpopo in order to gauge their level of preparedness to implement provisions of the Human Resource Development Strategic Framework (PS-HRDSF) Vision 2015. In addition, the DPSA has assisted Limpopo in completing a process to identify the requisite skills. The DPSA is implementing HR Connect as a process of collecting skills information by utilizing a common reference framework for skills audits which map out employer/organizational skills requirements and employee skills sets for improved management of the supply/demand equilibrium.
PALAMA has provided specialised training to 2 655 public servants, as well as induction courses to a further 3 171 public servants in Limpopo for the period 2010/ 2011. The training includes Advanced Management Development, Public Financial Management and Supply Chain Management.
Furthermore, the PSETA is currently developing a comprehensive Sector Skills Plan for the Public Service which will also contribute to the identification of scarce and critical skills. DPSA collaborates with 17 sector education and training authorities (SETAs) operating in the Public Service to compile and update a national database for scarce and critical skills in the Public Service.
A HRD performance report obtained from the Limpopo Province shows that in 2009/10; Limpopo offered 473 bursaries for scarce and critical skills compared to this financial year's 1105. This represents more than 100% increase in the number of bursaries offered in the financial year under review. The Province implemented 419 workplace learning programmes in order to close up gaps in identified critical skills. Learners were enrolled in Adult Education and Training programmes to uplift employees without the matriculation certificate. The Province implemented 419 workplace learning programmes and approximately 1 358 skills programmes (short courses) for serving employees in order to close gaps in identified critical skills. Learners were enrolled in Adult Education and Training programmes to uplift employees without the matriculation certificate.