Determining skills in Durbs

Mayor James Nxumalo

ETHEKWINI Municipality is working on a skills audit programme in all 103 wards to determine the existing and deficient skills within the eThekwini community. The project, which will cost more than R2 million, will first be piloted in the South Durban Basin and will later be rolled out to other wards. 

The programme is in line with the national and local governments’ strategic objectives which include the New Growth Path through National Skills Accord, National Skills Development Strategy, the eThekwini Long Term Development Framework under Plan 2, which is aimed at economic development and job creation. The exercise was recently approved by the Executive Committee and Council. 

Mayor James Nxumalo said the audit will assist the Municipality to have a full understanding of the availability of skills in the City. “This will assist us in our planning to address youth unemployment.
The knowledge gained will enable us to come up with programmes that will empower citizens by addressing skills gap and improving the employability of our young people as well as other opportunities.”

The audit is expected to start in April and proceed for about six months. Sixty students are set to benefit from this project, as they will be employed to conduct data collection and analysis. Mpilo Ngubane, the Head of Skills Development Unit, said: “We already have a database of students who applied for work experience. We are committed to helping our youth with work experience so that they are employable.” 



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