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Skills Development


The core function of the Skills Development, Planning and Research Department (SDPR) is to facilitate and conduct research, planning and skills development within the sector. The SDPR department has various integrated divisions that drive the implementation of the National Skills Development Strategy and form the basis of the execution of the Departmental plan.



This division is led by the SDPR Executive Manager supported by the research and SSP manager, research coordinator and an administrator.  The CATHSSETA established a research unit as a division of the Skills Development, Planning and Research Department. The core function of the unit is to uplift the research and skills planning activities of the CATHSSETA so that they may directly contribute to the establishment of a credible institution mechanism for skills planning for the sector and the country. It is also to conduct research and develop a sector skills plans that covers all sub-sectors of the CATHSSETA.


Levies and Grants

The core function of this division is the facilitation of the levies and grants implementation in all sub-sectors of the CATHSSETA. This division is led by the SDPR Executive Manager, supported by one coordinator and one administrator.

The priorities of this division include:

Supporting Skills Development Facilitators (SDF) in the process of completing the WSP/ATR forms;

  • Reviewing and updating the SDF’s guideline document and provide capacity building.
  • Maintaining communication with SDFs and the sector at large on the submission requirements of the Mandatory Grants;
  • Maintaining the database of levy payers, non-levy payers, government departments paying and not paying 10% administration fee
  • Reviewing and updating the Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and the Annual Training Report (ATR); Updating and maintaining the WAS/ATR forms on the SETA Management System (SMS)



The core function of the chambers division is to manage stakeholder dynamics within each chamber. The chambers are led by the SDPR Executive Manager, six chamber coordinators and two administrators. The chambers division also has to raise awareness on skills development interventions as well as develop and implement learning interventions within the CATHSSETA.


Hospitality Chamber

Hospitality is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy of our times. The hospitality industry alone is a growing multi-million rand enterprise it is exciting, never dull and offers unlimited opportunities. It is diverse enough for people to work in different area of interest and still be employed within the hospitality industry.


Gaming and Lotteries Chamber

The Gaming and Lotteries sector is the smallest in CATHSSETA’s scope and is estimated to include 740 employers employing 22293 employees. Getting into the industry requires that one possess a matric certificate or an equivalent to NQF level 4. Some of the legal requirements for working in a casino include; no criminal record, no background of credit problems, must be over 18 years and must be up date with tax returns with no tax default.


Tourism and Travel Chamber

The Tourism and Travel sector is the second largest in the CATHSSETA scope. The industry is extremely labour intensive and creates jobs requiring varying degrees of skills and allows quick entry into the workforce. A career in tourism and travel is demanding and requires people with good communication and listening skills, dedication to quality and good service, team player, good organisational skill, attention to detail, smart presentation and grooming, flexibility and a preparedness to work well under pressure.


Sport, Recreation and Fitness Chamber

The Sport, Recreation and Fitness sub-sector is the fourth largest in CATHSSETA’s scope and is estimated to include 3300 employers employing 20000 people. The sector also has the highest number of its employers with NQF levels 4 and 5 qualifications.


Arts and Culture Chamber

The creative industries sub-sector focuses on services within the cultural, visual and performing arts arena. The sector requires creative, free-spirited and artistic individuals who are able to think out of the box.


Conservation Chamber

The Conservation sector is the third largest in CATHSSETA’s scope and is estimated to include 3500 employers employing 30000 people. In conservation the overall responsibility for the management of the environment and tourism lies with the National Department if Environmental Affairs. The South African National Parks is responsible for the management of the National Park, the nine provincial agencies are tasked with managing the provincial game reserves and other natural and cultural-historical sites.