The Strategy

The Strategy

Addressing skills deficits in the economy and implementing intervention plans to develop human resources is essential to developing the South African economy and ensuring higher rates of employment. 

The need for a robust HRD strategy is still as prevalent in South Africa today as it was at the beginning of our democracy in 1994 and current challenges facing human resources influence our policy framework.

A prevalent inefficiency that we face is “bottlenecks and logjams in the skills pipeline” which affects our goals around human resources development.  Our framework is founded on broad-based and opportunity-specific HRD strategies that are aligned with South Africa’s present economic needs. 

Elements that positively impact our country’s

Economic Performance

Educational attainment

Skills development

Science and innovation

Labour market / employment policies

Our strategy has been aligned with increasing competition and the expansion of global production systems, as well as addressing equity and reducing poverty and inequality throughout South Africa. 

Our priority is to accelerate development to match supply and demand for skilled workforce, and therefore our approach is diverse and includes both high and intermediate skill development.  Our demand strategy aligns with a large-scale employment growth supported through skills training at lower levels. 

We aim to impact all institutions, policies and processes both within and outside of governmental systems, including public and private entities and NGOs. 

Key Government Line Departments

The following government line departments are obligated to implement and report on progress with regards to the HRD strategy set in place.

Department of Basic Education (DBE)

Department of Basic Education is responsible for the implementation of commitment 3 of the HRD Strategy that aims to ensure delivery of quality basic education in the country as well as increase access to and improve the quality of matric results.


Department of Science and Technology (DST)

Department of Science and Technology is responsible for the implementation of commitment 6 of the HRD Strategy that ensures improvement of the country’s science, technology and innovation capability, and ensuring enough national research capacity.


Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA)

Department of Public Service and Administration is responsible for the implementation of Commitment 7 which accounts for ensuring capacity of all public servants to ensure effective service delivery. The DPSA is also responsible for implementation and monitoring of the Public Service Human Resource Development Strategy.


Contact person: Bully Sedibe

Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

The Department of Higher Education and Training is responsible for all tertiary education and training in the country and for the implementation of 75% of the HRD Strategy commitments (commitments 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & 8)


Provincial Coordinating Forum

Established in July 2011, the HRD Provincial Coordinating Forum was established to ensure the coordination, alignment, integration, collaboration and communication of the HRD objectives with the Provincial Growth and Development Plans (PGDP).  This forums main focus is on human resource and skills development as well as Local Economic Development Plans. 

This Forum encouraged provinces to form their own HRD Councils with the intent to address human resource development at a unique provincial level. 

Since its establishment, the HRD Secretariat has joined forces with provinces to understand their unique needs and challenges to gain a broader understanding into human resources as a whole for South Africa. 

Provinces submit quarterly progress reports portraying successes and shortfalls of their provincial HRD objectives.