Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC), will address a meeting of the Council taking place on Thursday, 08 September 2022, at the Sedibeng TVET College, Gauteng Province.

The meeting will take stock of the progress made since the fourth HRDC Summit that took place in August 2021 as well as discuss the Council’s performance in implementing its mandate.

On the agenda of the meeting is the Digital and Future Skills Strategy. The Strategy seeks to address the development of digital skills relevant for the 21st century in South Africa, from early childhood development to post-school education and training, in the workplace and across the entire society. This will also cater for young people not in employment, education or training.

The Council will also discuss Entrepreneurship in Basic Education from Grade R-12. The Department of Basic Education was mandated by the Council to implement Entrepreneurial Education in schools to enhance the entrepreneurial capacity and instil an entrepreneurial mind-set in all learners.

Furthermore, the meeting will receive an update on the HRDC Strategy, which was revised by the Council to ensure that it adequately responds to the current human resource development context.

Deputy President Mabuza and council members will be taken on a tour of Mechatronics and CNC Turning and Milling. The Sedibeng TVET College is the first college in the Gauteng Province to introduce Mechatronics as a full course.

Mechatronics is a multi-disciplinary field that integrates mechanical, telecommunication, and computer engineering, frequently using microcontrollers, and involves skills required in advanced automated manufacturing industry.

The HRDC is a national, multi-stakeholder advisory body established with the objective of building the human resource development base required to ensure a prosperous and inclusive South African society and economy.

Source: Government of South Africa