NSA Webinar Series:   Part 1

COVID19-Impact on Education, Skills Development and Training
Future of work: Planning for the future and responding to the emerging skills demand

About The Webinar

NSA Webinar Series: COVID19-Impact on Education, Skills Development and Training,” aims to unpack a wide range of topics to prepare and assist stakeholders in dealing with the current new reality

  • About NSA

    The National Skills Authority (NSA) is a statutory body established in 1999 in terms of Chapter 2 of the Skills Development Act, No 97 of 1998 (Skills Development Act) with its primary functions being to advise Minister of Higher Education, Science and Inovation on skills development matters in accordance with section 5 of the Skills Development Act. The NSA’s functions include advising and reporting  on the performance against the National Skills Development policy and strategy outcomes, to oversee, monitor and evaluate the performance of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and report on the implementation of the National Skills Development Strategy/Plan. The NSA further focuses on the promotion of access to education and training development of the highest quality and to promote innovative systems that cater for different needs and produce highly skilled individuals.

  • Webinar Program

    Dr Charles Nwaila
    (NSA Chairperson)
    Opening, welcome and purpose

    Ms Melody Xaba
    (My Future Work)
    -Drivers of the changing nature of work
    -Skills of the future (Skills of today)
    -Proactively planning for up-skilling and reskilling
    -Case studies of programmes and initiatives

    Moderator: Dr Thabo Mashongoane
    (NSA Executive Officer)
    Questions and discussions
    Prof Rasool Hoosen
    (FR Research Services)
    Reforms to empower SETAs to a post-COVID 19 world.
    - Proposed radical reforms to ensure that SETAs “step up to the plate” in a post-COVID-19 world.
    Moderator: Dr Thabo Mashongoane
    (NSA Executive Officer)
    Questions and discussions
    Ms. Nazrene Mannie
    (GAN Global)
    Trends, innovations and challenges at a global level and how these will influence the Future of Work.
    Moderator:  Dr Thabo Mashongoane
    (NSA Executive Officer)
    Questions and discussions
    Dr Charles Nwaila
    (NSA Chairperson)
    Summary of proceedings
    Dr Thabo Mashongoane
    (NSA-Executive Officer)
    Closure & Vote of thanks

  • Dr Charles Nwaila

    Dr. Charles Nwaila served in the public sector for 42 years in various positions within Gauteng and, Free State Provincial and National Government Departments, including tertiary institutions. His career started in January 1976. He has served in different capacities among others as: Director-General (2010-to 31 January 2018): Established the Department of Traditional Affairs, Director-General- Acting (February-December 2017): Department of Cooperative Governance, Director-General (2005-2010): Free State Provincial Government, Superintendent-General of Education-(2002-2005): Free State Department of Education. Dr Nwaila retired from the Public Sector in 2019 and he currently holds the following positions post his retirement: A member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IODSA); A Certified Director by Institute of Directors in Southern Africa; Independent Non-Executive Director of SAPO; Independent Non-Executive Director of the SAPO Retirement Fund and currently the Chairperson of the National Skills Authority (2020-2025).

    Dr Nwaila Holds a Doctoral Degree in English which he obtained from the University of Pretoria. He developed himself in a variety of disciplines in the development of his career, ranging from various fields of study such as; Public Service Management, Corporate Governance, Performance Budgeting and Financial Management and internationally accredited studies in Management Program (1996) Reading University (UK) and International Executive Program (2005 and 2006): Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
    He has extensive international experience and exposure, he was part of the delegations that visited various countries to look at the best practices. He was also part of Education MEC delegation to explore best practice (Austria, Sydney and Canberra) in Further Education and Training institutions and establishing partnerships in 2002/2003 financial year.

    He visited the Public Servant Academy (IRA Institute) in Paris to explore possible partnerships with the Free State Training and Development Institute, and also led a delegation consisting of Provincial Heads of Department to explore best practice in public service training and development within the public sector and universities in all the regions visited in Canada. Dr Nwaila also visited Curitiba (Brazil), Dubai and Abhu Dabi as part of Premier’s delegation to explore economic opportunities and inter-modal facilities which are among the best in the world. He has held many other responsibilities in shaping the Public Service.

  • Dr. Thabo Mashongoane

    Dr Mashongoane’s career started as an automotive industry fitter and turner in the early 80s where he began training company employees in various programmes.  He became an artisan lecture/instructor in 1989, and later acted as head of division for 16 engineering trades (metal, civil, motor and electrical). Exposure to senior management experience started in 1997 as a Principal of a Technical College, as well as a manager for cluster of colleges for various portfolios such as Student Support Services, Human Resources, Linkages to Industry and Learnerships.  He joined the National Department of Education as the Deputy Director in the FET-Policy Planning and curriculum development before moving over to the Department of Labour as the Executive Manager for the National Skills Authority (NSA). In 2009 he joined the Department of Higher Education and Training in the same portfolio as the Executive Officer.

    He manages the work of the NSA which includes advising the Minister on strategic and policy matters within skills development including monitoring and evaluating the performance and governance of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). He ensures skills development footprints in all provinces through the establishment and support to Provincial Skills Development Forums (PSDF).

    He holds a doctoral degree in educational management and various qualifications ranging from engineering, education, management, human resources, business management, business administration as well as a post-graduate Diploma in M&E.

    He led and participated in labour movement in late 80s to early 90s and represented lecturers from the former Bophuthatswana Homeland during the change-over period to the new SA. He actively participates in his community, church and sits on various councils including the Quality Council for Occupations and Trades (QCTO), Northern Cape HRDC, North West HRDC, SASCE, the Public Service Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) and few other councils.

  • Ms. Melody Xaba

    Ms. Melody Xaba is a Learning & Development Consultant & Co-Founder of My Future Work, a digital skills agency specializing in upskilling and reskilling the workforce for the digital age. She's a member of the MICT-SETA 4IR Committee, advising in the labour cohort.

    She was named Mail & Guardian Young 200 in 2019; won a Veuve Cliquot Elle Boss Award in 2018 and awarded the Henley Business School Johnny Clegg MBA Scholarship in 2018. Ms Xaba is also a professional speaker, advocating for digital skills development of our workforce to positively impact our economy and improve the living conditions of our citizens.

  • Prof. Hoosen Rasool

    Prof. Hoosen Rasool is lead researcher at FR Research Services, a labour market research, training, and advisory consultancy. He is advisor to the Department of Higher Education & Training (South Africa) on skills development issues; the Namibia Training Authority (Namibia) on TVET; and the Human Resource Development Council (Botswana) on skills planning. He also consults to several international agencies such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO), European Union, GOPA worldwide Consultants, GIZ-German Leading provider of international cooperation services and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

    Prof Hoosen Rasool was Managing Director of the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) between 2008 and 2012 and Quality Assurance Director in 1998-99. His key role was to expand the institution’s footprint in sub-Saharan Africa. He also served as Strategic Advisor for Regenesys Business School between 2012 and 2013, focusing on assisting the institution with quality assurance issues.

    He was Chief Executive Officer of the Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather Sector Education and Training Authority between 2003 and 2007. Prior to this, he was Education and Training Quality Assurance Manager of the same organisation between 1999 and 2003.

    Prof Rasool is actively involved with labour markets, migration, industry, skills planning and post-school research in several countries. Prof Rasool and his research team have conducted upward of 60 research studies in the last 10 years. He is also a research associate of JET Education Services
  • Ms. Nazrene Mannie

    Ms. Nazrene Mannie, the Executive Director of GAN Global is a specialist in the field of social policy focusing on youth employment and skills development. She joined GAN Global in August 2019. Since her arrival, Ms Mannie has been appointed as a Geneva Champion and has worked closely with organisations such as the Global Alliance for Youth, private sector companies and international development entities such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Bank, International Organisation of Employers (IOE), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to drive forward the agenda for agile Workforce Development within the context of the Future of Work.
    Ms Mannie, a former board member of the National Skills Authority (NSA) has worked for a range of key multi-sector organisations in South Africa and has engaged in several international projects including working with the ILO and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) on Standards Setting in the social policy and labour environment. Ms Mannie has been involved in skills development and VET projects with multiple international organisations including, but not limited to, the European Union, GIZ-German Leading provider of international cooperation services, African Union and the British Council.

    Ms Mannie has managed large donor funded programmes including the Beyond Advocacy Fund (BAF) a business led programme, funded jointly by business in South Africa and USAID to create systemic impact in the areas of Youth Employability, Support to small and medium enterprises, Education development and Infrastructure support.

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