Introduction: the shifting understandings of skills in South Africa since industrialisation

SOURCE: Shifting understandings of skills in South Africa: overcoming the historical imprint of a low skills regime
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2004
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.McGrath
SOURCE EDITOR(S): S.McGrath, A.Badroodien, A.Kraak, L.Unwin
KEYWORDS: HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT, SKILLS PROFILE
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Web link: http://www.hsrcpublishers.ac.za/full_title_info.asp?id=2040
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2537

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Abstract

During the Mbeki presidency, skill has come to be a central theme of government concerns with improving social and economic performance and explaining weaknesses in implementation. Whilst not quite reaching the "spinned" simplicity of Blair's "education, education, education" in Britain, skill has taken a key role in official accounts about international competitiveness, economic growth and poverty reduction. The authors are particularly interested in unpacking the notion of skill as ways of supporting the national project and suggesting how best to deal with the issue of skill in South Africa.