Director-General and Deputy Directors-General
Senior Management Service members,
Union Representatives from NEHAWU, SADTU and PSA
From our Entities:
UMALUSI, CEO: Dr M Rakometsi, Chairperson – Prof J Volmink (Awaiting confirmation)
From the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC): General Secretary - Ms C Foca and Chairperson – Adv. L Bono (Awaiting confirmation)
From the South African Council of Educators (SACE): CEO – Ms E Mokgalane and Chairperson – Mr M Cele - (Awaiting confirmation);
From the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT): CEO – Mr G Khosa and Chairperson – Mr S Nxasana (Awaiting confirmation);
From the ETDP-SETA:
- CEO – Ms S Nxesi,
- Chairperson - Mr D Hindle
- COO – Dr T Makofane
Let me welcome you this cold winter morning to our two (2) day Strategic Planning Session (SPS) and mention that we are particularly encourage by your commitment to serve our country in this very critical field.
Yesterday, Minster and I joined the whole nation as we watched President Cyril Ramaphosa present the State of Our Nation under the theme; “Imagining the South Africa We Want”. In his speech, the President outlined key interventions on the recovery of the economy, fighting poverty and the creation of job to end unemployment, particularity among the youth.
This Strategic Planning Session (SPS) therefore, seeks to builds on the work plan outlined by the President for the Basic Education sector and concretise the work of our previous Retreats which were convened on 14 – 15 November 2018 at Roodevalley Faircity Hotel in Kameeldrift, Pretoria and recently on 24 – 25 April 2019 at the Mount Grace Hotel in Magaliesburg respectively.
The focus of the November Retreat was to come up with concrete recommendations around the five chosen thematic focus areas/commissions, namely:
- Skills and Competencies for a Changing World;
- Collaboration and Accountability,
- Finance, Human Resources and Infrastructure;
- Research and Strategic Planning; and
- Health Promotion, Safety and Values.
Our last retreat was convened to firm-up and strengthen the recommendations of the 5 commissions and to consider implementation implications. It further reiterated the need to do things differently, leading to the installation of the 6th Administration of the Democratic South Africa.
This SPS will deepen engagements on the thematic commissions by mainly focussing on the plans for the first 100 days, the first year and the rest of the term for this administration.
The key objectives of the SPS among others could be summarised as to:
- Communicate the Electoral mandate and priorities of the 6th Administration;
- Cascade information and directives from the Cabinet Lekgotla;
- Consolidate plans on the key priorities for the first 100 days and 2019 -2024 term for implementation; and
The Minister will set the scene for us by reflecting on the Electoral Mandate of the 6th Administration and the Director-General, will make an input on the Re-engineering of the Basic Education Sector.
All of us will use these scene setters and the focused presentations on the thematic commissions to engage and finalise our set objective.
Ma may wish to add something in here as this is her maiden speech.
Let me now introduce our brand new Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, MP.
Minister Motshekga is an educator, mother, politician and public office bearer par excellence. The President clearly showed his confidence in the Minister when he decided to appoint her for another term to lead the basic education sector and we are privileged to have her back. Please join me in welcoming the Minister to address us and also wishing her a Happy Belated Birthday.
Minister, the floor of yours…