FP&M SETA Insider Newsletter - September 2014

              World Skills SA

              World Skills SA inspires, talented and committed, young South Africans to be ambitious in their pursuit of technical and artisan career paths. This is achieved through regional and a national skills competition. Winning the national competition will lead to representing South Africa at the International Competition in Brazil in 2015. The WSSA regional competitions kick off in November 2014 in various central locations and competitions are designed by industry experts to a range of critical technical skills as well as qualities valued by employers such as team work, time management and meeting of deadlines. Click on this link http://www.worldskillssa.org.za/page/Competition.aspx  for more information. The closing date for the competition is 31 October 2014.

              20th FP&M SETA Annual Vukani! Fashion Awards 2014

              The 20th FP&M SETA Annual Vukani! Fashion Awards, premier platform for the empowerment of our country’s young and emerging designers concluded this weekend with the African Pride Awards Gala Dinner held at Shine Studios in Johannesburg on Friday, 17 October 2014 and the Vukani! Fashion Awards for Young designers held on 18 October 2014 at the same venue.

              African Pride awards were bestowed on Mr Sibusiso Leope aka DJ Sbu, Ms Thaniswa Mazwai and Mrs Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde

              • Sibusiso Leope aka DJ Sbu (Most Inspirational Entrepreneur)
              • Thandiswa Mazwai (Afrocentric Dresser)
              • Life Time Award Mamma Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (in absentia) The Life Time Award was received on Mrs Madikizela-Mandela's behalf by Mrs Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, former Speaker of the National Assembly and former Minister.

              Ms Felleng Yende, CEO of the FP&M SETA, Honourable Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana, Mr Sipho Ngidi, Chairperson of the FP&M SETA, Mr Sonwabile Ndamase, President of SAFDA and Sibusiso Leope ake DJ Sbu.The awards were handed over by the Honourable Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana, who was the key note speaker at the Gala Dinner on 17 October 2014. The Deputy Minister commended the FP&M SETA for their support of the South African Fashion Design industry.


               The Vukani! Fashion Awards for young designers were presented during a fashion extravaganza on 18 October unveiling the sophisticated creations of the twenty finalists created around this year’s theme “We have a story to tell” - an artistic interpretation of the political events since 1994. 

              The winners of the Young Designers Awards were:Masebe Motsepe, overall winner, with Ms Felleng Yende, FP&M SETA CEO and Mr Sonwabile Ndamase, President of SAFDA

              • High Fashion/Traditional Garment Award  - Tshukudu Phasha
              • Most Innovative Costume Award - Joy Tswala
              • Best Ready-to-Wear Collection and the Overall Winner of the 20th Vukani! Fashion Awards for Young Designers - Masebe Motsepe


              Follow this link to access an interview conducted with the founder of the Vukani! Fashion Awards, Mr Sonwabile Ndamase.

              The week-long event started-off with fashion and craft exhibitions at the Festival Mall in Kempton Park from 14 – 19 October and a series of training and information workshops, presented by experts from various niche areas, held between 15 and 17 October, which were attended by more than 260 youth from the Johannesburg area.

               Notice of Annual General Meeting - Thursday, 30 October 2014

              The FP&M SETA hereby gives notice of the Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday, 30 October 2014 in Johannesburg from 10:00 - 14:00.

              The business to be conducted at the meeting includes:

              1. The Annual Report and Annual Financial Statements of the FP&M SETA for the period 1 April 2013 - 31 March 2014
              2. The Report of the Auditor-General of South Africa

              The FP&M SETA cordially invites all stakeholders in the FP&M sector to attend. The closing date for registrations is Friday, 10 October 2014. Seats are limited.

              To register for the AGM, please click here.

              Learnership Allowances

              Prescribed minimum learnership allowances pertaining to learners on learnership in sectors where there is no bargaining council. These wages must be applied in context of the the Sectoral Determination Gazette issued in 2011 which allows for an annual update of the learnership allowances.

              Amended mandatory and discretionary grant funding windows

              In order to deliver on customer satisfaction and efficiency, the FP&M SETA has aligned the  mandatory and discretionary grant funding windows. These will now be open from mid November 2014 and will close on 30 April 2015. Click here for more information.

              Moderation, Coaching and Mentoring and Skills Development Facilitation Courses

              The FP&M SETA is offering training for education, training and development practitioners and skills development facilitators during September – November 2014 in various regions. See attached invitation with AMENDED COURSE SCHEDULE to attend the courses FREE of charge.

              It's cool to be a 21st Century Artisan!

              The second “Decade of the Artisan” event took place in Mpumalanga on 8 August 2014 and The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana, visited the artisan workshops at the Ehlanzeni TVET College in Nelspruit.was sponsored by the FP&M SETA. The event was hosted by Ehlanzeni TVET College in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. 

              In 2013, the Department of Higher Education and Training launched the “Year of the Artisan” to raise the profile of artisans and artisanry as a career of choice.  This only began to raise awareness of the importance of artisan traininig and it was decided to continue with a long term advocacy programme that would be known as “2014 – 2024 Decade of the Artisan”.

              The purpose of the advocacy campaign is to -  

                     Promote artisanry as a career of choice among the upcoming youth;

                     Further professionalize artisanry by skilling our already existing artisans; and 

                     Give cognizance to the Recognition of Prior Leaning (RPL) for artisans.

              The chosen theme for the 2014 to 2024 Decade of the Artisan Programme is “Its cool to be a 21st Century Artisan”.

              For more information on the event, click here.




              Skills Development Facilitators registered on the Indicium system have been granted authorisation to view the levies and grants summaries of organisation/s linked to their profile. This will enable SDFs to track levy payments made by their organisation/s to the FP&M SETA via SARS and will also enable them to keep record of mandatory grant payments made to organisation/s linked to their profiles. For more information, click here.



              Click here to access the NEW Learning Programme Registration Form to be used for the registration of all  apprentices / learners with immediate effect.


              Click here to access the White Paper for Post-School Education and Training approved by Cabinet on 20 November 2013.


              Learners interested in entering the FP&M sector via a learning programme (learnership, apprenticeship or skills programme) are invited to register on the FP&M SETA Learner Database by completing this application form and e-mailing it to learner@fpmseta.org.za.


              Click here to access the relevant application forms.



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