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The new SETA landscape: rolling hills or a mountain to climb?

Following the move of skills development from the Department of Labour to the National Skills Authority (NSA) in November last year, numerous structural changes to the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) have been proposed by NSA in order to rework the National Skills Development Act. Fieta (Forestry Industries Education and Training Authority) has not remained untouched in this process.

Amongst several other SETA amalgamations, the NSA proposes the following for Fieta:

1.) Forestry will move away from Fieta and become part of a new merged SETA made up of AgriSETA and FoodBev (to be called AFFSETA)

2.) The balance of Fieta (Wood Products, Pulp & Paper, Furniture) will be merged with the current Clothing Textile Footwear and Leather SETA and the printing, packaging and publishing components of the current MAPP SETA, to form a new Manufacturing SETA (to be called ManSETA)

With the NSA looking at such SETA restructuring as a means of increasing efficiency, one has to ask: will it be realistically more efficient to divide Fieta and, more importantly, the value-chain that Fieta represents so well?

While Fieta and Pamsa support the aims and principles behind the proposed new SETA landscape, there is naturally a concern that the strength of the forest sector’s supply and value chain may not be retained – especially as the division of Fieta between AFFSETA and ManuSETA means Fieta will essentially cease to exist.

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