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Anger over underspending

2010-02-17 19:11

Cape Town - Parliament's portfolio committee on higher education and training on Wednesday blasted the department of higher education for not making use of the National Skills Fund to train unemployed South Africans.

Committee chairperson Marius Fransman said in a statement after a briefing by Higher Education Director General Mary Metcalfe: "Under-spending of the money that has been put aside as a concrete strategic measure to fight unemployment is not acceptable."

According to the statement, Metcalfe made the admission during a briefing to the committee on Sectoral Education and Training Authorities (Setas).

"National Skills Fund and Setas should jack-up their commitment; they should be effective and efficient in order to meet their mandate," Fransman said.

He called on Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to ensure that Setas had the skills and that there was a national structure that would co-ordinate the work of Setas to ensure that they performed "well".

All 23 Setas would appear before the committee in due course, he said.