Webinar on Qualifications for Municipal Councillors, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MECs & other Elected Officials

2 December 2021


Hosted by Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, this webinar will discuss improving Elected Officials competencies

The White Paper for Post-School Education and Training states that “Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) remains a key approach to redressing past injustices and recognizing competence gained through practical workplace learning and experience…”. Recognition of RPL is a process through which non-formal learning and informal learning are measured, mediated for recognition across different contexts, and certified against the requirements for credit, access, inclusion or advancement in the formal education and training system, or workplace (SAQA, 2021). This webinar aims to examine the role of RPL in bridging the gap between existing knowledge, skills, competencies and experience and qualifications for Municipal Councillors, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MECs & other Elected Officials.

The objectives of this event are to reflect on what should be the minimum qualification requirements for elected officials; and explore possibilities for elected officials to follow RPL practices for recognition of experience.

Speakers include:

    • (Chair) Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, Director-General, DHET
    • Ms Mamphokhu Khuluvhe, Director, DHET
    • Prof. Haroon Bhorat, DPRU, UCT
    • Mr Vuyisile Mathiti, Talent Manager, on behalf of Acting Secretary to Parliament
    • Dr Tracy Ledger, Senior Researcher, PARI
    • Ms Josie Singaram, SSP Manager, LGSETA
    • (Chair) Ms Nolwazi Gasa; DDG: Planning, Policy and Strategy, DHET
    • Dr Heidi Bolton, Senior Manager, SAQA
    • Mr Vijayen Naidoo, CEO, QCTO
    • Dr Shirley Lloyd, Independent Consultant
    • Prof Busani Ngcaweni, Principal, NSG
    • Dr Mutambuli James Hadji, RPL Specialist, UNISA