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Welcome to the merSETA. The merSETA is one of the 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). Established to promote skills development in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 (as amended), the 21 SETAs broadly reflect different sectors of the South African economy. The merSETA encompasses Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services.

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Introduction

The merSETA pursues the development of a skilled workforce within the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector (“the Sector”).

Its scope of coverage is determined by the Minister of Higher Education and Training in terms of the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998. All merSETA processes conform to the merSETA Constitution, the Skills Development Act, No 97 of 1998 (as amended), supported by the Skills Levies Act, 97 of 2003 as well as the SAQA Act, 58 of 1995, Public Finance Management Act of 1999 (as amended) and Treasury Regulations.

“The merSETA is stakeholder-driven and in terms of the Skills Development Act, it must be equally represented by organised labour and organised Employers.”

Committees of the Governing Board

The merSETA is a schedule 3a public entity and reports to the Department of Higher Education and Training.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training is the main stakeholder on behalf of Government and is defined as the Executive Authority. The Governing Board is defined as the Accounting Authority in terms of the Public Finance Management Act of 1999 (as amended) and Treasury Regulations.

The merSETA is stakeholder-driven and in terms of the Skills Development Act, it must be equally represented by organised labour and organised Employers.

Governing Board

In line with the merSETA Constitution, the Governing Board comprises 15 members in a non-executive and independent non-executive capacity.

Governing Board members are appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training in terms of the merSETA Constitution and twelve (12) of the members are nominated and represent organised labour and organised employers from the Sector as well as three (3) members who are independent and are directly appointed by the Minister.

The term of office of members of the Governing Board is five (5) years and they are eligible for re-appointment upon expiry of the term of office, provided that the reappointed members do not exceed one third of the members of the Governing Board at any one term.

Audit and Risk Committee

The Committee performs the functions as contemplated in the PFMA.

It is responsible for, amongst other functions, ensuring the adequacy and effectiveness of the risk management process, internal control systems, the internal audit function and reviewing the annual financial statements to ensure that these have been prepared in accordance with the PFMA and related Treasury Regulations as well as the applicable accounting framework.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing the management of the operational affairs of the merSETA. It also manages, coordinates and monitors the activities of Chamber Committees.

merSETA Constitution

“The merSETA Constitution was approved by the Minister of Higher Education and Training on 1 April 2011 in terms of section 13 (1) of the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998.”

The Minister of Higher Education and Training announced in November 2010 that the merSETA has been certified from 01 April 2011 to 31 March 2016.

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee is responsible for the development of guidelines and reviews the compensation and performance of staff of the organisation, reviews and approves corporate goals relevant to the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer, evaluates the Chief Executive Officer’s performance in light of these goals and objectives and takes responsibility for all Human Resources related matters.

Chamber Committees

The Chamber Committee develops sub-sectoral inputs into the Sector Skills Plan, identifying education and training needs,

makes inputs to education and training policies and monitors the development and implementation of learning programmes as well as other training in the sub-sector.

Education, Training, Quality Assurance (“ETQA”) Committee

The ETQA Committee is responsible for the oversight of the execution of the quality assurance functions and obligations of the merSETA on behalf of the Governing Board.

Finance and Grants Committee

The merSETA Finance and Grants Committee is responsible for the oversight role in respect of the management of Grant disbursement by the merSETA.

Regional Committees

The merSETA Regional committees form a strategic link

With regard to the flow of information between Chambers and merSETA Regional Committees structured in line with the country’s nine provinces.