Public comment invited for the E-skills bill

May 28th, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: EngineerIT, Uncategorised articles

Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Nbabeni-Abrahams.

Parliament has called for public comment on the Ikamva National E-skills Institute (iNeSI) bill. The bill seeks to, amongst others, establish iNeSI as a juristic person. It will integrate the work done by the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA), the e-Skills Institute (e-SI), and the Institute for Satellite and Software Applications (ISSA). The objective of the INeSI is to act as national catalytic collaborator and change agent for digital skills and multimedia development and organisational capacity in the country towards systemic change across all sectors for inclusion and competitiveness in the digital economy. It aims to collaborate with relevant post-school education and training institutions who are offering digital skills and multimedia programmes to maximise the use of existing infrastructure and resources and to work towards a pro-active response to the digital skills and multimedia and capacity demands required within the digital economy. It plans to encourage and promote an innovative research network focusing on digital skills and multimedia with links to public and private university networks locally and internationally.

The deputy minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Nbabeni-Abrahams invites written comments on the iNeSi bill by 12 June 2018. This is the next step in the public engagement process which will lead to the enactment of laws that institutionalise training partnerships that are required to build the e-skills needed by the country for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “We need to move expeditiously yet firmly in our march towards equipping our youth, women, people with disabilities and SMMEs with the skills that will enable them to take advantage of the opportunities brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Written submissions should be sent before 12 June 2018 to hsalie@parliament.gov.za. A copy of the bill can be found online here.

 

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