North West HRDC to strengthen human resources capacity

Monday, September 24, 2018

The launch of the North West Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) is set to strengthen the HR capacity in that province, says Premier Tebogo Mokgoro.

On Friday, the province, led by Deputy President David Mabuza, unveiled the provincial HRDC, which consists of representatives from government, organised labour, business, academia and civil society.

Mokgoro, who was also announced as the provincial chairperson of the HRDC, said the launch of the council is aimed at building the human resource development base necessary to ensure a prosperous and inclusive South African society and economy.

“The fact that the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa is the chairperson of this body is indicative enough of its strategic importance in the creation and growth of a capable public service in line with Chapter 13 of the National Development Plan 2030,” said Mokgoro.

The Premier will be responsible for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the provincial Human Resource Development Strategy. 

The provincial office will also ensure that there is adequate alignment and coordination of provincial plans and the overall strategy for South Africa. 

The Premier believes that the HRDC is central to the attainment of the necessary skills for government to deliver on its key objectives and defeat challenges faced by the country and development needs that are mostly unique to the North West.

“The provincial HRD Council should be a mirror of the national structure aimed at creating a relevant platform inclusive of all social partners… and enable them to engage towards using human resource development as a key vehicle towards addressing poverty, inequality and unemployment.

“South Africa needs to focus on building a skilled and professional public service from both the top and the bottom. At the top, recruitment and management should be based on experience and expertise, while at the junior levels, the State needs to focus on producing the skills and expertise that will be necessary for future public service cohorts,” said Mokgoro.

The HRDC mobilises various stakeholders behind the country’s Human Resource Development Strategy towards 2030, which aims to develop skills that serve the needs of the economy and support the national objectives of radical economic transformation towards inclusive growth. -