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Skills transfer in municipalities in South Africa

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Local Government Sector & Education Training Authority (LGSETA); University of Venda

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Hlaele, Ntwa Godfrey; Mafunisa, Mutuwafhethu John; Nekwakwani, Thanyani Professor; Ramabulana, Ronald Thifulufhelwi


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This study focused on skills transfer in local government with specific reference to South Africa. The terms of reference for the study are: To develop a concept document on skills transfer in the workplace focusing on capacity-building programmes, commissioned work and monitoring of on-going transfer of skills; To understand a link between lack of skills transfer and service delivery; To understand the nature of learning environment in the municipalities; To come up with an informed analysis on the factors that debilitate transfer of skills in the workplace; and To develop a strategy that will inform the Local Government SETA on skills transfer. The project also involved, in addition to desk research, travelling to the points of interest for data collection. The study was conducted in selected local municipalities in various provinces with a view of identifying challenges in skills transfer, best practices and also approaches being used in capacity building. This was done using qualitative research approach. Data was collected using questionnaires and interviews. Twenty eight municipal officials and two academics, who are experts in local government capacity building constitute focus groups for this study. This research project covered the inland provinces.

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