R/€ = 14.28
R/$ = 10.66
Au 1296.29 $/oz
Pt 1479.50 $/oz
Sep 21, 2007
Closing the skills gap vital to South Africa's shared-growth aspirationBack
Engineering|Expertise|Africa|PROJECT|Africa|South Africa|Finance|Information Technology|Gauteng Shared Ser-vices Centre|Mike Maile|Ngcuka|R|Information Technology
© Reuse this There is a ‘major gap’ in the area of critical skills in South Africa, Gauteng Shared Ser-vices Centre (GSSC) CEO Mike Maile tells Engineering News.
“There is a consensus that we must seriously consider the issue of skills, more specifically attraction and retention, especially in areas like auditing, information technology, finance, and strategic human resource planning,” he adds.
Maile says that this is essential as South Africa is competing with some of the best global players in these fields of expertise, and to compete effectively, it is necessary to be equipped and prepared through acquiring adequate skills.
In its aim to improve service delivery, the GSSC is reviewing its operational model and will present a five-year review report to the provincial Cabinet.
The business sector has an import- ant role to play in transferring skills to small, medium-sized and micro- enterprises (SMMEs), Deputy Presi-dent Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said at the Shared Services Confer-ence hosted by the GSSC, in Gauteng.
Ngcuka said that it is essential to accelerate a shared economic growth and to continue to educate and train people and to ensure that grass-roots people share in the growing economy.
She pointed out that it was necessary for the private sector to strengthen collaboration with government and social stakeholders. “A small project funded and supported by a business can make a big difference to the lives of a community,” she said.
Ngcuka added that the public service must be more innovative in order to alleviate the ‘acute poverty’ many people face in South Africa. While there is progress in reducing poverty, Ngcuka commented that it was still too slow.
According to the development indicators midterm review published recently by the Presidency, in the year 2000, 50% of the population lived on less than R 3 000 a year, and, in September 2006, 43% of the population lived on less than R3 000 a year.
Ngcuka also said that while the review of government’s programme of action indicated that government was making progress, it was agreed that there was still a need to iden- tify interventions, which would further accelerate service delivery, and to increase capacity and efforts in partnership with the community, to meet developmental goals.
Maile says that there has been much debate in the past few years on State departments and the private sector in South Africa delivering on their core service mandate. He reveals that the GSSC, in its bid to deliver service and assist government departments to focus on their core mandate, has achieved milestones.
He refers to price stability and says, “With regard to procurement, we have been able to bring stability on costs, especially in the area of fast-moving consumer goods. Previously, departments would have paid different prices for the same products.”
Maile points out that, to help build an effective government, the GSSC will, in the next financial year, complete a business plan outlining its aim of creating a call centre hub in Gauteng. Future plans also include the possibility of establishing call centres in different areas, including the West Rand, in Gauteng.
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other News This Week News
Updated 5 hours ago Nigeria-focused oil and gas explorer Oando Energy Resources (OER) on Wednesday announced that it had completed the acquisition of the Nigerian upstream oil and gas business of New York-listed ConocoPhillips for a total cash consideration of $1.5-billion as well as a...
Updated 5 hours ago The disciplinary hearing of telecommunications giant Telkom’s suspended CFO Jacques Schindehütte was set to resume next Wednesday. Telkom said it hoped the hearing would result in a definitive resolution on the matter of Schindehütte’s personal conduct after a...
Updated 6 hours ago While unauthorised expenditure by South Africa’s municipalities has declined year-on-year, irregular expenditure has recorded a R2-billion increase as municipalities failed to follow legislated procurement procedures, the latest Auditor-General South Africa audit...
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Steel 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel and stainless steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
This Week's Magazine
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
South Africa is currently the largest component of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) active portfolio in Southern Africa, comprising 62.5% of the bank’s $7.9-billion exposure to the 12-country region – the second largest beneficiary is Mauritius, which...