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Shortage of skills in the automotive sector a thing of the past Embargo: 29 November 2007 If the current relationship between the manufacturing and engineering SETA (MERSETA) and the AIDC ESDLE (employment and skills development lead employer) is anything to go by then the shortage of skills in the automotive sector will be a thing of the past. 242 learners will be awarded certificates after having embarked on level 2 learnerships in Autotronics, Automotive Repair & Maintenance (Passenger & Light Delivery vehicles), Auto Component Manufacturing & Assembly, Fitting, Fabrication and Mechatronics. Gauteng Premier, Mr. Mbhazima Shilowa, will deliver a keynote address. This project which is solely funded by the MERSETA to the tune of 9, 5 million rands is now in its second year. According Linda Nxumalo, MERSETA Project Manager, this project has enabled the MERSETA to create a labour pool in scarce skills. “We see this graduation as a good return on the investment we made in the future of this country. It also brings us closer to closing the skills gap” said Nxumalo. The Gauteng Province stands to benefit a great deal from this labour pool that has been created by this project. MERSETA’s funding of the project is in line with the province’s Human Resource Development (HRD) theme of “maximising human capital for shared growth”. “Over 60 % of the learners have secured employment and over 80% have finished training and are receiving nationally recognised certificates” said S’thabiso Madondo, Managing Director of the AIDC ESDLE which has implemented the project on behalf of MERSETA.

HEAD OFFICE PO Box 61826 Marshalltown 2107 Phone 011 484-9310-16 Fax 011 484-9320 info@merseta.org.za

EASTERN CAPE PO Box 34733; Newton Park; Port Elizabeth; 6055 Phone 041 363 0117 Fax 041 363 0144 zngayeka@merseta.org.za

FREE STATE & NORTHERN CAPE PO Box 6848 Bloemfontein 9300 Phone 051 430 1263 Fax 051 447 8873 gslabbert@merseta.org.za

GAUTENG & NORTH WEST PO Box 62297 Marshalltown 2107 Phone 011 639 7800 Fax 011 639 7821 rchammudzi@merseta.org. za

KWAZULU NATAL PO Box 10279 Marine Parade 4056 Phone 031 208 4600-02 Fax 031 208 4624 mmtshali@merseta.org.za

MPUMALANGA & LIMPOPO PO Box 13660 Leraatsfontein 1038 Phone 013 692 4616 Fax 013 692 4637 pmakaba@merseta.org.za

WESTERN CAPE PO Box 2383 Bellville 7535 Phone 021 948 6606 Fax 021 948 6676 spretorius@merseta.org.za

web:http://www.merseta.org.za

Through this project and strong backing from MERSETA and AIDC, further education and training (FET) colleges that have previously not implemented the NQF (National Qualification Framework) system and those that did not understand the process of running a learnership, have been capacitated into understanding the requirements of ETQA (education, training and quality assurance) and the SETA process. This project is seen as a big achievement in that lives of ordinary South Africans have been changed through this intervention. Details of the graduation are as follows: Date: Venue: Time: Dress: Friday, 30 November 2007 Colosseum Executive Suite Hotel, 410 Schoeman STR (Cnr du Toit STR), Arcadia, PRETORIA 12:30 for 13:00 Formal

Issued by: Thamsanqa Malinga; Communications Officer 8 Hillside Road, Parktown, 2193. PO Box 61826, Marshalltown, 2107 Tel: 011 484 9310 Fax: 086 670 0718, Cell 082 559 8676 E-mail: tmalinga@merseta.org.za Ends

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