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artisan2The Star writes that the majority of the country’s 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas), the recipients of more than R10billion of taxpayers’ money annually, remain far from being institutions the government could be proud of.  

Not only did they expend a staggering R216million in dubious transactions over the past financial year, many of them remain plagued by governance instability.  Executives at several of the Setas, which have a mandate to skill millions of youths who are not yet in education, employment or training, face corruption allegations.  The bodies fall under the .  Two Setas currently face probes by the Special Investigations Unit, while several have been hit by a senior staff brain drain.  The troubles of the Setas were laid bare in a report that the Department of Higher Education and Training has presented to Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education.  The 216m in irregular expenditure was incurred by 12 of the 21 Seats.  The Wholesale and Retail Seta incurred the highest irregular spending, amounting to R85m.  The Financial and Accounting Seta came second, with its irregular spending amounting to R56m.  But there was a glimmer of hope at a few Setas.  Though it faced numerous allegations of corruption, the Construction Seta (Ceta) significantly improved its performance.  Despite incurring R2m in irregular expenditure, the previously troubled Safety and Security Seta also improved its performance.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Bongani Nkosi on page 4 of The Star of 11 September 2019


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