Stakeholders in media, advertising and ICT met in Johannesburg on 2 and 3 June for a road show introducing the MICT Seta (Sector Education Training Authority). The new Seta was formed as per Minister of Higher Education & Training, Blade Nzimande, on 1 April this year when the former ISSET Seta, working within the ICT sector, incorporated the media and advertising sectors that were formerly part of the now-defunct MAPPP-Seta.
The purpose of the MICT Seta is to facilitate skills development in media, advertising and ICT.
During the meeting at the Midrand Conference Centre stakeholders from the film and broadcasting industry voiced concern that the new Seta would see the industry categorised as a mainly technology driven sector.
Other concerns raised pertain to the freelance nature of work in film and television production, making workplace skills plans and skills training more complicated than it would be in other sectors.
However, MICT Seta CEO Oupa Mopaki emphasised that the Seta wants to be driven by its stakeholders. He said that while the Seta re-alignment bought many challenges and much confusion, including the incorporation of some aspects of the media industry in other Setas, they would work to correct the situation.
It was a government decision, and it is unfair if the change of landscape affects you negatively, Mopaki told the gathered stakeholders.
It was decided that media and advertising industry stakeholders would be included in functional committees to help the MICT Seta managers understand the industries and find better ways to facilitate skills training in these sectors.
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