MQA SETA for Mining and Minerals Sector
The Mining Qualifications
Authority (MQA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Mine Health
and Safety Act No. 29 of 1996 and is a registered Sector Education and Training
Authority for the Mining and Minerals Sector in terms of the Skills development
Act No 97 of 1998.
The SAQA Act No 58 of 1995 requires of the MQA to generate unit standards and
qualifications and enables the organisation to be an Education and Training
Quality Assurance (ETQA) body for the sector. The MQA must support the objectives
of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) as determined by the Department
of Labour and also support the objectives of the Mining Charter in terms of
the Minerals and Petrolium Resources Development Act (No. 29 of 1996).The MQA
has adopted its Constitution, Policy and Five year business plan.
The MQA is responsible for driving transformation in the Mining and Minerals
Sector through the facilitation of skills development in terms of the Skills
Development Act (No 97 OF 1998). In addition, the MQA in the execution of its
mandate supports the broad based socio economic empowerment charter (Mining
charter) in terms of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (No.
29 of 1996). The priorities outlined in the Mining Charter include amongst others,
human resources development aimed at redressing the imbalances brought by the
previous dispensation, increased participation of women in mining, and the empowerment
of previously disadvantaged communities.
Core Functions include:
Developing and Implementing a Sector Skills Plan; Audit Committee;
Developing Unit Standards and Qualifications for the Sector;
Establishing, Registering, Administering and Promoting Learnerships and Apprenticeship
Maintaining the Quality of Standards, Qualifications and Learning Provision;
Disbursing Grants from the Skills Development Levy.
To ensure that the MQA delivers on its mandate, the following standing committees
have been established:
Standards Generating Body (SGB);
Finance / Skills Development Levy Committee;
Sector Skills Planning Committee; and the ABET Ad-Hoc Committee
Developing and Implementing a Sector Skills Plan;
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