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01 November 2018

MICT SETA announces new Board

It is with great pleasure to announce the incoming MICT SETA Board effective 1 April 2018:

We would like to welcome and congratulate all our new board members. The new MICT SETA Board is comprised of diverse labour and industry professionals who understand the needs of its membership and possess the energy and commitment to lead the SETA. Each new board member will serve a three-year term.

“We are very pleased to welcome these outstanding industry leaders to the board. The breadth, depth, and diversity of their experience will strengthen the strategic vision of the MICT SETA. Each of them has a reputation for collaborative leadership, to enable the SETA to pursue the development of a skilled workforce, in order to provide an improved service to the people of South Africa” said Mr. Charlton Philiso, Acting CEO, MICT SETA.

01 November 2018

SABC and MICT SETA Internship Launch and Learnership Graduation

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA), will today launch the SABC’s 2018/19 Internship Programme, and celebrate the graduation of learners who participated in the Sound Technology (NQF Level 5), Film and Television (NQF Level 5) and New Venture Creation (NQF Level 2) Learnership programmes in the 2016/17 financial year.The internship programme is funded by the MICT SETA and will cater for 300 interns, with the aim of creating a talent pool in the ICT sector and give opportunities to graduates who have never had work experiential learning or work exposure. These interns will be placed in various departments across the SABC.

The Film and Television Learnership Programme training component was outsourced to the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA). In addition, the Sound Technology and Film and Television Learnership Programmes were supported and boosted with a Skills Programme in New Venture Creation, with the aim to have learners register businesses after completion of the respective programmes. This was a critical training component, equipping and empowering learners with the skills to create job opportunities, not only for themselves but other aspiring youth and individuals.

Madoda Mxakwe, SABC Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) stated that ”the SABC has partnered with MICT SETA as part of the public broadcaster’s commitment to youth skills development, with particular focus on the disadvantaged communities of our county. Through relevant and strategic partnerships aimed at educating and empowering our youth, this project is line with with the National Development Plan’s objective of building capabilities”. Mr. Mxakwe further stated that “with the technology migration from analogue to digital, it is vital that we support the development of skills, which support the harnessing and mastery of new technologies. The graduates will be exposed to the new world of Digital Technologies where quality of sound and picture resolution will be key focus”.

Charlton Philiso, Acting Chief Executive Officer MICT SETA said 'the MICT SETA recognises the need to partner with industry to develop sustainable interventions that address skills development and ensure a successful digital broadcasting skills legacy”. 'Furthermore, collaboration with State Owned Entities (SOE), Business, Labour and other industry leaders, is key in pursuing the MICT SETA’s mission namely, to generate, facilitate and accelerate the processes of quality skills development at all levels in the sector” concluded Mr. Philiso.

The partnership between the SABC and MICT SETA is a means to close the skills gap in the country, by transferring critical skills to our youth and preparing them for the job market.

SmartXchange: Message from the Chief Executive Officer

Message from the Chief Executive Officer

According to the National Development Plan, by 2030 Government will make extensive use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT’s) to engage with and provide services to citizens. All South Africans will be able to use core ICT services and enjoy access to a wide range of entertainment; information and educational services. Thus, it has become imperative for the Media Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) to work on collaboration and partnership opportunities with Institutes of Sectoral or Occupational Excellence (ISOEs) such as SmartXchange to ensure that skill levels meet the current and future demands of ICT. ISOEs make a difference because their approach to skills development is usually innovative and niche. They have a high impact on changing the lives of the youth in that almost all who went through ISOE interventions are either employed or have successfully started their small enterprises.

Such partnerships ensure that the MICT SETA’s strategic outcomes of increasing access to occupationally directed learning programmes and improving the workplace capacity to meet workplace skills development needs within the MICT sector are achieved.

MICT SETA through SmartXchange has funded 100 SMMEs in various skills programmes. It is our belief that these SMME’s will not only contribute to growing the ICT sector, but also make a valuable contribution by providing their employees and young people with skills so that they are better equipped to participate in the economy.

Over the years we are proud to have partnered with SmartXchange who are continuously willing to grow and work with SMMEs in driving skills transfer and transformation successfully within the ICT sector. We fully recognise and appreciate your contribution to skills development in our sector specifically on SMMEs.

I wish to congratulate SmartXchange on the successful implementation of their incubator programme and wish them success in their future endeavours.

16 March 2018

MICT SETA Board places CEO and Management on Precautionary Suspension

The MICT SETA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Oupa Mopaki and three other Managers, namely Ms Naledi Sibandze, Senior Manager: Corporate Services, Mr Jabu Sibeko, Senior Manager: Learning Programmes and Mr Ernest Nemugavhini, Manager: Learning Programmes have been placed on precautionary suspension pending a recent investigation into the allegations received from the Auditor General and Public Protectors’ office.

The decision was taken by the Board, on 01 March 2018. The CEO and respective Managers have immediately proceeded on compulsory leave to give room for an investigation into the allegations. The suspension is not a presumption of guilt on any individual but is merely intended to provide the necessary space to properly deal with these allegations. Furthermore, the board has appointed Mr Charlton Philiso as Acting CEO to take over the running operations of the SETA with immediate effect. “The Board and Management team of the MICT SETA are committed to ensuring business continuity that reinforces leadership of the organisation,” said the Chairperson of the Board, Sipho Mjwara. Ends.

About MICT SETA The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) is a skills development institution established in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998, with a mission to generate, facilitate and accelerate the processes of quality skills development at all levels in the MICT sector in South Africa.

22 August 2016

MICT SETA – Announcement of an Unqualified Audit Report

The Media Information and Communication Technology Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) welcomes the announcement of the Auditor General 2015 - 2016 audit outcomes which saw the SETA get a laudable unqualified audit report for ten (10) years in succession.

The MICT SETA has emerged with an unqualified audit report with no material findings, thereby completing another successful year of delivering on the skills development mandate. “The clean audit report confirms our commitment to our values of professionalism, ethics and accountability with a clear focus on achieving the NSDS III objectives and the continuous demonstration of good governance”, said Oupa Mopaki, Chief Executive Officer, MICT SETA.

The MICT SETA has performed consistently for the past ten (10) years, achieving all its annual performance targets and in most instances over achieving. The MICT SETA has in the year under review (2015 - 2016) managed to achieve all its strategic goals as articulated in the MICT SETA Strategic Plan Document 2015 – 2020 and the Annual Performance Plan 2015 – 2016. During the year under review 8044 leaners were trained and 4119 have successfully completed their learning programmes whilst others will complete in the current year.

“The announcement is encouraging for us, in partnership with our stakeholders in addressing the skills shortages in the sector and a collective achievement of the objectives of the annual performance is vital”, he added.

Despite the challenges stimulated by the changing global and national developments, as well as the adoption and use of the ICTs in the delivery of services by public, private and community sectors, the ICT’s has emerged as the biggest differentiator impacting on social economic aspects.

The MICT SETA has contributed towards the country’s transformation imperatives, spreading service provision to reach those areas not previously reached on implementing the best skills solution and accelerating quality skills towards an information savvy society.

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