SAPTU supports emphasis on skills for economic growth

SAPTU (South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union) wholeheartedly agrees with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement that the most effective and sustainable way to strengthen and build the economy is to empower people with skills and knowledge.

In his State of the Union address, Ramaphosa said that hard work is being done to strengthen the link between the skills that are developed and the knowledge that is needed to drive them.

“Empowering the youth for the reality of life is very important. It is necessary that education is focused on making the youth capable of taking South Africa towards the future,” says Adv. Ben van der Walt, General Secretary of SAPTU.

“In order to address unemployment and the lack of skills, we need to look at the training our youth gets. The focus areas and what money is spent on. The fact that the President recognises that one of the key factors for economic growth and competitive work environment is the ability to learn skills, which the economy needs, is gratifying.”

SAPTU is a politically neutral union for any employee working in South Africa. The union was initially established to serve members in the parastatal and tertiary institutions fields in 1993, but now represent a wide range of members from the agricultural, hospitality, security and construction industries. 
We are affiliated with FEDUSA. SAPTU and its members benefit from the collective knowledge of these affiliations, which contributes to greater participation and strength. Furthermore, SAPTU has the opportunity to influence legislation through FEDUSA and NEDLAC. This enables SAPTU to keep abreast of all new legislation and essential labour developments.

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