n Journal of Public Administration - Assessment of the status of HRD in the North West province - the case of the Office of the Premier and the Department of Education

Volume 40, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994, the government has been grappling with how to address the legacy of apartheid, when the majority of the country's citizens did not have access to training and development opportunities. Such opportunities were therefore skewed towards one sector of the South African population. A diversity of legislation has been enacted since 1994 to deal with problems around human resource development. The question that arises ten years hence is what has been achieved with human resource development (HRD) and if not, what are the challenges experienced and how can these be addressed. The article begins with a brief literature review on HRD focusing on linkages between human resources development and training. This provides a theoretical framework. This is followed by an empirical overview of HRD programmes and projects undertaken in the public service of the North West province since 1994 and their value. This will be done within the context of the legislative framework as shall be explained. The article concludes with recommendations on how to improve human resource development in the public service and the identification of areas for further research.

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