As per the new Sector Education Training Authority (SETA) landscape announced by Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nizimade on 9 November, the Media Advertising Publishing Printing Packaging (MAPPP)-SETA has been dissolved and its eight economic sub-sectors reallocated.
Carolyn Carew, the South African Screen Federation’s (SASFED) representative on the board of the MAPPP-SETA describes the SETA’s disbandment as devastating news for the board, staff and many stakeholders.
It comes at a time when we thought we had finally established a solid base from which to take our skills development mandate to another level, she says. The management and staff of the MAPPP-SETA under Bheki Zulu have worked extremely hard in the past year to make it fully operational again. We also received an unqualified audit from the Auditor-General, one of the few SETAs to do so.
According to the minister’s statement the Media (film, electronic and print media) and Advertising sub-sectors will form a new SETA together with the Information Systems Electronics and Telecommunications Technologies (ISETT) SETA. This is called the Media, Information and Communication Technologies (MICTS) SETA.
Read more in the January 2011 issue of Screen Africa