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SAFETY AND SECURITY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
16 September 2004
POSLEC SETA: BRIEFING
Chairperson: Ms M Sotyo (ANC)
Documents handed out:
Poslec SETA PowerPoint presentation
Poslec SETA's Progress Report
Activity status of SETA projects
Poslec Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) presented to the Committee. They explained that their organisation provided training to the South African Police Services (SAPS) and other private sector partners. In 2002, the SETA was placed under guardianship due to non-performance, and delivery had considerably improved since the management change. In this meeting, the CEO and Chairperson of Poslec SETA presented to the Committee on the changes since 2002 and gave a delivery report on new projects.
Members asked questions of clarification regarding the origins and extent of the Poslec SETA budget; one racial group dominating the firearms trainers; and their HIV/AIDS programme.
Poslec SETA briefing
Mr Tsitsane (Chairperson of Poslec SETA) explained that their main function was training to support service delivery. In 2002, SETA had not been performing adequately and the South African Police Services (SAPS) had withdrawn. In 2002, they had recruited a transformation manager and adopted a turnaround strategy. The SAPS had since rejoined the SETA. Some of the 2003/2004 highlights included the fact that there had been 1735 learners on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) programmes which amounted to a participation rate of 216 % against target. They had also added 93 assessors to the 53 registered in the previous year. By statute, they had been appointed to partner SAPS in accrediting firearm training providers and certification of learners. A disappointment was that only 233 persons had been on a learnerships, against the target of 2 736 that was set for 2003/2004.
Ms Sosibo (ANC) asked how the new manager had been recruited.
Mr Ndlovu (IFP) asked Mr Tsitsane why the SAPS had withdrawn from the SETA. He also wanted to know the estimated extent of SETA's budget.
Mr Maziya (ANC) asked Ms Tsitsane how long had the SAPS not been part of the SETA. Were they still paying their levy during this absence? He also wanted to know if the service providers were accredited to issue certificates.
Ms Rajbally (MF) asked if there was training for the community watch. Was there training to change the community's mindset to inmates released on bail.
Mr Tsitsane responded that a recruitment agency had been hired to scout for a suitable candidate. Concerning the SAPS' withdrawal from the SETA, there were problems in the administration and many interventions that had caused the SAPS to withdraw. The public sector set aside 1% of their salary budget for training and that the SETA got 10% of that 1%. The private sector gave 1% of their salary budget to the SETA. No training was currently being given to the community watch.
Mr Richards (CEO Poslec SETA) said the SETA got its funds from the contributions of the private and public partners. The SAPS had not contributed in their absence. When they returned, they had an outstanding account of R30 million, of which they made a payback of R5 million. Training officers did not issue certificates - the only certificate issued by the SETA was the firearm training certificates for control purposes.
Mr Richards presented an action report on Poslec SETA's programmes. Their main programme was a skills audit of the SAPS. This audit should point out the 'skills gaps' among officers. This would ensure that the officers only got the training they needed and not worthless training. The audit would be used to analyse the jobs, to evaluate the officers, and to match the person with the job. Another programme was the certification of trainers in the use of firearms. The only problem in this was that 80% of the people that applied to become trainers were white males.
Ms Rajbally asked the reason was for the majority of white males being trained as trainers. Mr Richards responded that mostly white males responded to the recruitment advertisements to become firearm trainers, which was a problem.
Ms Van Wyk (ANC) mentioned that Resolution 7 was concerned with a skills audit of the SAPS. She asked why it was necessary to do another skills audit of the SAPS
Mr Ndlovu asked if the SETA had any HIV/AIDS training projects currently running.
Mr Richards answered that a new Chief of Police had been appointed after Resolution 7 was implemented and this was the reason for the audit. He did not have details on Resolution 7 at hand as he was not involved with it. Regarding HIV/AIDS training, the SETA was first looking at reorganising their structure. They first had to deal with priorities, which is why many other projects had been put on hold.
The meeting was adjourned.
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