The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) is a skills development authority serving the energy and water sectors. It is one of 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities SETAs established in South Africa in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 – amended. It plays a crucial function in ensuring that the National Skills and Development Strategy is executed within the energy and water sectors. The main areas of focus of the EWSETA is energy, renewable energy, gas and water services sector, as determined by the Honourable Minister of Higher Education and Training in terms of section 9(2) of the SDA, read in conjunction with Government Gazette No 33756, RG 9417, No. R1055 of 11 November 2010
EWSETA’s responsibility is to manage the skills development through strategic sector skills planning within the framework of the National Skills Development Strategy III.
We achieve our vision through:
- Comprehensive research and a sound understanding of the skills demand and supply forces in our sector.
- Coordinating , facilitating and providing quality assurance for sector relevant skills development programmes for our stakeholders, aligned with stated national skills development priorities and
- Establishing a sector skills pipeline with a positive impact on government‘s economic growth policies, employment creation and the eradication of poverty.
We will be the recognised, reputable and leading authority in world class skills development facilitation for the energy and water services sector.
Eskom dominates the generation of electricity in South Africa; the national utility controls and operates the national grid. Eskom supplies 95% of South Africa’s electricity requirements. Approximately 90% of the country’s electricity is produced in coal fired stations and the remainder is supplied by municipalities, redistributors and private generators.
Gas accounts about 2% of South African energy. The South African gas sector is expected to grow expeditiously with the potential of shale gas in the Karoo as well as the availability of natural gas in other Southern African states such as Mozambique and Namibia.
Government has pledged its commitment to supporting the transition towards a green economy, as envisioned in the 20 year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which includes a diverse mix of clean energy options. The move towards renewable energy subsequently impacts the need for new technology and green skills development. EWSETA is hence playing a major role in developing the necessary green skills that add value to the economy it has established a national Skills Development Strategy for renewable energy, energy and resource efficiency.
Water plays a vital role in the development of our economy. South Africa is a water stressed country, the average rainfall the country receives annually is way below the world average. In 2008 the Minister of Water Affairs launched two incentive based programmes that is the Blue Drop certification and the Green Drop certification. The Blue Drop Certification symbolise drinking water quality management regulation and the Green Drop Certification signify waste water quality management regulation. These two processes assist in promoting ongoing developments in drinking water quality management and at the same time improving service delivery levels by municipalities, water service authorities and their service providers.
The national government is committed to eliminating the backlog in basic water, sanitation services and improving the levels of services. The necessary skills are therefore pivotal in ensuring that services are rendered satisfactorily. EWSETA is mandated as a training authority to develop skills that meet the needs of the sector.
Work of SETA’s
Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) are in charge of developing and implementing sector skills plans, bolster learnerships, internships, apprenticeships, skills programmes and hand out funds in their relevant sectors. SETAs were established in terms of the Skills Development Act 1998 –amended (link it with to the Act description on the Department of Labour website), (hereinafter referred to as the SDA); to address the skills gap facing the country and enhancing skills in the different sectors of the economy. The advancement of skills by SETAs is carried out in accordance with the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS III), which assists in giving guidance to sector skills planning and implementation in the SETAs. The skills strategy recognises that all South Africans especially youths have access to skills development. Skills development has been identified as one of the main pillars underpinning economic growth in South Africa and also viewed as one of the avenues that will assist in economically emancipating the previously disadvantaged majority.
SETAs get funding from:
- Skills development levies paid by employers
- The National Skills Fund;
- Grants and donations;
- Interest received from investments they make.
Based on Legislation in Section 14, of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act