Challenges faced by Education department must be addressed for SA to move forward:Mabuza

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Deputy President David Mabuza in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) says the country cannot move forward unless there are urgent interventions to address the challenges faced by the Department of Basic Education. Mabuza has been delivering his speech at the HRDC meeting in Sedibeng TVET College, Gauteng earlier on Thursday.

“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,” Mabuza explains the council’s plans.

The college is credited for offering Mechatronics as a full course, which integrates mechanical, telecommunication and computer engineering.

Mabuza addresses the Human Resource Development Council meeting


Mabuza says South Africa has to keep its children and youth in school to win the fight against poverty.

Mabuza was accompanied by among others, Minister of Higher Education Dr Blade Nzimande and his deputy Buti Manamela as well as Minister of Small Business Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, North West Premier Bushy Maape and Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) General Secretary  Bheki Ntshalintshali who is the Deputy Chairperson of the Council.

“We must as council finalise our programme of action to reflect on whether this council will produce the necessary skills that are appropriate for pour citizens to thrive in the era of the forth industrial revolution Therefore, the program of action led to the realisation of  better environment for learning and training . We cannot move our country forward if we do not urgently intervene to address the challenges that are facing the basic education sector.”