KZNEIA Newsletter 01 – 2016: Proposal for a new NSDS and SETA landscape

Date: 20 May 2016

Communication brief – 01/2016 | Friday 15 January 2016

Good Day All,

We hope you had a restful festive season and for those who took a break, we hope it was regenerating. No need to say our industry experienced major challenges in 2015 and indication is that conditions will prevail through 2016.

Change is needed, possibly even radical reform. A saying often quoted: You cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome.

Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

–         Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Executive Team of KZNEIA and those members who participated in our Association meetings towards the end of last year are making this the mantra for 2016.

2016 will be a year of growth and change for the Association and it’s members. We ask members to join us at Association meetings and forums in order to ensure you get the maximum benefit of your membership.

Plans and details will be shared as the year takes momentum.

Call for Comment: Proposal for a new NSDS and SETA landscape

Our new year has begun with a sharp focus on Skills Development. There is a proposed change to the National Skills Development System (NSDS) and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) landscape.

Invitation was sent out to all the KZNEIA Skills Development Representatives to participate in a Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry forum to get input for comment. This took place on Wednesday 13 January.

The forum principally rejected the proposed changes, especially the proposed structure, as it would put too much power in the hand of the minister and does not allow adequate opportunity for businesses, and/or the service providers business generally uses, to have input on industry needs.

A position paper is to be drafted, discussed further and submitted before the deadline at the end of February. Further, the SEIFSA office is engaged with a similar process and will also make a submission on behalf of the industry. We therefore have an opportunity to have our position submitted both regionally and nationally. Should you wish to have more information and/or provide comment, please contact:

Retirement Reforms

The announcement of the Retirement Reforms was received with mixed reaction on Wednesday. The intention is however to ensure that people save for retirement. The MIBFA funds will be making necessary adjustments to ensure they conform and details will be given as they are made known.

Kylie Griffin will be attending a MIBFA Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday ** Febraury 2016 on behalf of KZNEIA. Should you have specific questions or queries, please make contact on 082 563 0574 or

Coming up……
Date Time Event Venue Comment

18 Jan

10:00 SEIFSA Strategy Session CCJ Henk Duys and Kylie Griffin to attend

01 Feb

12:00 SEIFSA Board and Council Meeting CCJ Ian Delport to attend

03 Feb



Employer Caucus followed by MEIBC Regional Council MEIBC Durban KZNEIA MEIBC delegates to attend

04 Feb

10:00 Joint Employer party Collective Bargaining Forum CCJ Kylie Griffin to attend

10 Feb

07:30 KZNEIA Executive Duys Engineering Executive Team

11 Feb

15:00 KZNEIA Association Meeting Augusta, Hillcrest All members to attend


Note: Feedback from all events will be given to members at the meeting on Thursday 11 February 2016 as well as an update on developments with regards KZNEIA and the move to greater independence and autonomy.


Members are urged to make an effort to be at this meeting in order to engage and ensure the Association if working for you.


Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson