Legislative Mandates

The following acts and associated regulations directly inform the strategic and operational functionality of the EWSETA:

National Legislation and Regulations

  • South African Qualifications Authority Act, 1995: Forms the scaffolding for a national learning system that integrates education and training at all levels
  • Further Education and Training Act, 1998: Provides the basis for the development of nationally coordinated further education and training
  • General Education and Further Education and Training Quality Assessment Act, 2001: Provides for the development of norms and standards for curricula and assessments
  • Public Finance Management Act, 1999 and Treasury Regulations, 2005: Promotes the objective of good financial management in order to maximise service delivery
  • The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 and Regulations, 2011: Guides procurement in government where a preference point system must be followed
  • National Skills Development Strategy NSDS III: Defines the national skills development framework and targets against which all EWSETA’s must deliver
  • Skills Development Act, 1998: Forms the basis of the existence of all EWSETA’s and their operating mandate
  • Employment Equity Act, 1998: Provides a framework for implementing affirmative action and protects workers and job seekers from unfair discrimination
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997: Forms the basis of all employment relationships and is the backdrop to both learnership agreements and internal EWSETA employee relations
  • Labour Relations Act, 1995: Governs both internal employee/ employer relationships and external learner/ employer relationships
  • The Division of Revenue Act (enacted annually): Defines the budgetary allocations for governmental organisations
  • King III, 2009: Informs the functioning of the board and its sub-committees
  • OCTO gazetted in Government Gazette No 33059, 1st April 2010: Oversees the quality of the curriculum development, the accreditation of qualifications and assessment
  • The Medium Term Strategic Framework: Designed to guide governmental policy and the programme of action over the next five years
  • The Human Resource Development Strategy for South Africa, 2009: Promotes the maximisation of the potential of the people of South Africa, through the acquisition of knowledge and skills
  • New Growth Path: Provides bold, imaginative and effective strategies to create the millions of new jobs South Africa needs.
  • Green Economy Accord: Aims to create 300,000.00 jobs by 2020 in the Green Economy

Sector-Specific Regulatory Framework

In addition to the national legislation above, the following sector regulations directly influence and inform the focus of EWSETA operations:

  • The Strategic Framework for Water Services, 2003: Sets out a comprehensive approach with respect to the provision of water services
  • The National Water Resource Strategy (NWRS): Provides a framework for the use, development, conservation, management and control of water resources
  • Industrial Policy Action Plans (IPAP 2): Sets out in detail key actions and time frames for the implementation of industrial policy
  • Water Services Act, 1997: Provides for the rights of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation and for the setting of national standards and tariffs
  • National Water Act, 1997: Acknowledges the National Government’s overall responsibility for and authority over the nation’s water resources and their use
  • Municipal Structures Act, 1998: Provides for the establishment of municipalities
  • The Municipal Systems Act, 2000: Provides for the core principles, mechanisms and processes that are necessary to enable municipalities to move progressively towards the social and economic upliftment of local communities
  • Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003: Promotes the objective of good financial management in order to maximise service delivery
  • Nuclear Energy Act 1999, Act 46 of 1999: Provides for the establishment of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation Limited
  • National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) Act, 1999: Provides for the protection of persons, property and the environment against nuclear damage through the establishment of safety standards and regulatory practices
  • National Energy Act, 2008: Promotes the availability of diverse energy resources in sustainable quantities and at affordable prices.