The government is looking to reduce the number of sector education and training authorities (Setas) as part of broader plans to revamp the post-school education and training system. There are currently 21 Setas, which cover all work sectors. The Setas are tasked with creating opportunities in the form of internships, skills programmes and apprenticeships. They control billions of rand via a skills levy derived from all employers who have more than 50 workers. They receive more than R14bn in ring-fenced funds annually and are governed by boards made up of labour and employer representatives. However, the Setas have often been criticised for inefficiency, being a haven for corruption and for enrolling ghost students. They have also come under fire for failing to address the country’s skills deficit. Officials from the Department of Higher Education and Training told MPs on Wednesday that as part of plans to improve efficiency and avoid duplication, there was a proposal to reduce the n...

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