n Journal of Public Administration - Skills deficit and development in the South African public sector : a training and development perspective

Volume 44, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



South Africa faces enormous challenges as it seeks to achieve development objectives set out in the , 1996. Despite the enormity and complexity of these challenges, there is potential and opportunity for growth provided that skills deficit and development is promptly addressed. The extent to which the public sector can evolve as a developmental state centres on high skills levels. These skill levels inescapably influence the constitutional principles which are effectiveness and efficiency with which the government serves the twin goals of social and economic development. The seeks to maximize people development, management and empowerment through quality skills development to accelerate transformation and service delivery that will benefit the people of South Africa. The aim of this article is to analyse skills deficit and development within a training and development paradigm. Furthermore, the legislative and institutional mechanisms will be discussed as a means to sustain life long national skills growth for effective service delivery. Finally, this article proposes an innovative and learning strategy for training and development of human capital as an investment for a high performance public sector.

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