The Secretariat of the HRDC provides strategic, technical, administrative and logistical support to the Council, Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson while assuming responsibility for the following:
- Managing the multi-sectorial response to human resource development matters
- Managing allocated funds designated to the Secretariat in order to fulfill its functions in terms of the multi-sectorial HRD implementation plan
- Facilitating sectorial coordination
- Ensuring preparation of annual situational analysis and progress reports
- Attending all meetings of the Council as well as of the TWG in a non-voting capacity and serving as secretary of these meetings
- Informing government, civil society members, organised business, organised labour, professional bodies and other stakeholders of their appointment to the various committees in writing
- Ensuring that a major review, based on systematic evaluation studies and impact assessments, is undertaken every five years
The Secretariat keeps committee members informed of any developments of any relevance to the HRDC. As a central coordinating body – the Secretariat functions as the driving force behind the HRDC and holds all responsibility for monitoring, evaluation and reporting guidelines as well as any other important aspects required for five yearly term reviews.
The Secretariat is the driving force behind the Human Resources Development Council of South Africa. The Secretariat oversees all day-to-day activities, goals and priorities as well as overseeing the Technical Task Teams and ensuring that the HRDC’s eight commitments are met. The Secretariat Structure is comprised of the Head of Secretariat, Director, 4 Programme Managers, and related Assistant Directors namely:
The main function of the research Unit in the Secretariat is to coordinate, identify, participate and conduct research on human resource development in South Africa. The main task of the HRD Council is to identify critical skills shortages in the South African economy and to address these through education, skills training and further required interventions where necessary.
The Communications Unit of the HRDC is to build advocacy for the councils cause as well as manage all marketing and communications such as press releases and public statements. All public relations related to human resource development in South Africa is coordinated via this unit.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Unit ensures that the purpose of the HRD Council is implemented through stringent monitoring and progress reporting. All evaluations and reviews are undertaken through this unit.
Management & Staff
Extended HRDC Secretariat Staff
Chief Director: Strategy and Special Projects (The Presidency) Ms Lerato Lentsoane
Deputy Director: General, Outcomes Facilitation, Basic Education and Skills (DPME) Ms Lulu Madhlophe
Manager: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA)
Mr Thulare Senona
Media Liaison Officer: Special Projects and Events (The Presidency) Mr Sam Bopape
Director: Media and National Communication, Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Mr Fanie Ngoma
National Skill Fund
Mr John Zulu
Department of Basic Education (DBE)
Mr Andrew Lebepe
Department of Science and Technology (DST) Ms Rose Msiza
HRDC Maths and Science Standing Committee
Ms Robyn Van Vuuren
Director: Department of Trade & Industry
Ms Angie Ontong