Parliamentary question: DoT: Training





Mr M S F de Freitas (DA) asked the Minister of Transport:
(1) Whether his department and/or any of its entities have training academies similar to that of the Transnet Freight Rail Academy; if not, why not; if so, (a) what is the (i) function and (ii) mandate of each of these facilities and (b) what are the further relevant details;
(2) whether his department and/or any of its entities has any mentorship programmes; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?



The Minister of Transport:
(1)(a) (i) & (ii) and (b)

Department of Transport (DoT)

The Department of Transport (DoT) is not a training provider and therefore do not have established and accredited internal training academies. However, the DoT has established an academic relationship with 14 Higher Educational Institutions to build both human and research capacity in the areas of transport, such as Transport Economics, Transport Logistics, Civil Engineering and Maritime Studies. This is done to address the skills shortages of the transportation sector. Furthermore, the DoT has been working in close collaboration with the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA), which has both local and international partnerships with various training academies and tertiary institutions.

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has a training academy in existence. The purpose of the academy is to encourage and promote learning and development within ACSA, irrespective of job, grade, level, race, gender, age, or other distinguishing factors, with a specific focus on achieving the ACSA business strategy and improving business effectiveness and efficiency.

This academy has been in existence for over 6 years. The ACSA Training Academy’s mandate is to provide training which is central to the business of ACSA so as to ensure adherence to the license requirements for the airports, and to this effect it is mandated to ensure the provision of training in operational areas like fire and rescue, safety and security.

The academy further provides training interventions (in partnership with external providers) in the areas of:

Leadership development

Behavioural competence

Non-regulated function and technical training

Development of future talent capability

Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS)

Yes, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has a training academy.

The ATNS Aviation Training Academy, situated in Bonaero Park, provides training to Air Traffic Controllers, Engineering Technicians and Aviation Management personnel. Training ranges from basic to advance in the disciplines associated with the above functions. In the 2009/10 financial year a total of 1798 learners were trained across the disciplines mentioned above, with a pass rate of 91%. Approximately 12% of these learners come from neighbouring African states.

The ATNS Aviation Training Academy is one of only two facilities in South Africa that provides Air Traffic Services training in a civilian context.

The Training Academy has daily capacity for 120 students in a classroom environment. The Academy holds the following accreditations:

TETA (Transport Education and Training Authority)

IATA ( Air Transport Association)

SA CAA ( Civil Aviation Authority)

Trainair (ICAO – International Civil Aviation Organisation)

Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA)

The Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) does not have a training academy as it outsources all training that has to take place.

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) does not have a full time training academy. Inspector qualification training is provided in-house by formally accredited instructors. Additional training such as the Government Inspectors Course, that our employees undergo, is done through the ATNS Aviation Training Academy, an academy qualified and accredited to present ICAO and IATA accredited courses. SACAA instructors with ICAO accreditation present most of these courses.

South African Maritime Safety Association (SAMSA)

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is the authority charged with the development of maritime skills for the country. Part of that function requires that SAMSA ensures that the quality of the South African Maritime Skills is of an internationally acceptable standard in terms of the “Standards for Training and Certification of Watchkeepers” (STCW). As such, SAMSA is the Maritime Qualifications Authority for the country and presides over the many maritime training providers including the Transnet School of Ports on the Maritime Programs. SAMSA would thus not have its academy as it is considered to be a referee in the industry. It does however accredit and offer support to institutions that offer maritime training. There are however discussions on establishing a Maritime University.

South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL)

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) does not have training academies similar to that of Transnet Freight Rail Academy.

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) does not have a centralised training academy similar to that of Transnet. However, PRASA is registered with TETA (Transport Education and Training Authority) as an accredited training provider. Through its division, Metrorail, it provides accredited train operations training, apprenticeships for artisans in Rolling Stock, other technical training as well as training in Protection Services. The organisation has established training facilities based in Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg and Tshwane. All these training centres provide training to PRASA employees or trainees predominantly in the train operations grades. Metrorail is busy with the acquisition of train simulators for its 3 major regions. These regions will all have simulators by the end of 2011 which will assist in improving on the effective delivery of training for both new and current train drivers.

The organisation also has a fully accredited apprentice school that trains electrical fitter artisans for the Rolling Stock department based in Cape Town. A similar apprentice school is currently being established in the Metrorail Gauteng Region based in Johannesburg. In addition, the organisation is also capacitated to provide technical training in signalling and overhead electrical maintenance and this training is being provided in both Cape Town and Durban. This training is mainly focussed on the training of employees in the relevant technical areas within the Infrastructure department.

PRASA has also identified the need to start preparing itself to train its own protection services employees and has started the process of capacitating itself to provide training related to the security industry. The organisation has finalised this extension of scope with TETA and has received the necessary accreditation related to this training area.

It is intended to establish a PRASA Training Academy to co-ordinate all training within the various PRASA divisions and subsidiaries. Although this training will be delivered at decentralised level, such training will be co-ordinated to ensure it is effectively utilised and is able to meet PRASA’s current and future skills needs.

Road Accident Fund (RAF)

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is not familiar with the Transnet Freight Rail Academy and we don’t have our own Training Academy. RAF will study the Transnet Freight Rail Academy, if required.

RAF has an established Training Department and training is conducted internally.

Railway Safety Regulator (RSR)

The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has no training academy. The nature of the RSR’s operational scope does not warrant the establishment of a fully-fledged academy similar to that of Transnet. The RSR will however utilise current existing academies/ training institutions for training and development purposes when such needs arise.

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC)

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) does not have a physical Traffic Training Academy at present. The 12 approved Traffic Training Colleges in the country belong to the Provinces (6) and the Metro’s (6). The RTMC has a Unit of 7 officials who are responsible for curriculum development and updates, monitoring and evaluation of training and national assessments for all training of Authorized Officers at all approved Traffic Training Colleges. It is important to note the following:

These Traffic Training Colleges are approved in terms of the National Road Traffic Act, 1996, (Act 93 of 1996) and evaluated annually by the RTMC to ensure that they comply with the Policy Document for Traffic Training Colleges.

This approval mandates them to train Authorised Officers (Traffic Officers and Examiners for Driving Licences and Vehicles).

The Standards for Training are set and controlled by the RTMC in terms of the Policy Document for Traffic Training Centres.

The RTMC has a Memorandum of Understanding with the LGSETA (Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority) to co-quality assure any training for Authorised Officers which are registered with the SETA.

Ports Regulator

The Ports Regulator does not have a training academy. It is currently in the process of staffing the organisation.

Department of Transport (DoT)

The Department does have a mentorship policy which sets out how mentorship programme needs to unfold across various levels of employed staff and unemployed youth on internships. The programme outlines the following:

The implementation of the mentorship programme is guided by the skills needed in the department and the labour market.

Divisions are annually expected to identify training and developmental areas upon which mentorship would be required preferably before the end of the financial year for budgetary purposes

Each mentee is assigned a mentor who is accountable to the Human Resources Department.

Both mentors and mentees are taken through an induction programme as well as mentor and mentee workshops so that they could both develop a proper understanding of their respective environments.

Mentorship contracts are developed and signed by both mentors and mentees. Each mentor is expected to develop a Personal Development Plan for each mentee and continuously assess mentees progress, challenges and achievements.

Mentors are expected to submit progress reports on a periodic basis.

It is also critical to mention that the programme/ policy makes provision for the implementation of the grievance procedure in case of any form of dissatisfaction on any of the parties involved.

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

The ACSA training academy coordinates the development of coaching and mentorship skills for ACSA employees. Supervisors and managers have been provided with the required skills to be effective coaches and mentors.

Furthermore, these issues are addressed in the leadership programmes such as Management Development Programme (in partnership with GIBS) and Supervisory Development Programme (in partnership with the LR Group).

All of the above interventions are further delivered in line with ACSA’s Talent Management Principles.

Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS)

There is no formal mentorship programme, but Air Traffic Controllers are developed in the company of experienced Senior Controllers who help develop their skills and ensure validation.

Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA)

The Agency is still in the process of establishing policies that surround the succession plan, which would encompass the mentorship programme. However, in the past two years, an Internship Programme was started..

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

The SACAA does not have a formal mentorship programme or an adopted policy on mentorship. However, because of ther mix of experienced and younger inspectors, on-the-job training, which includes mentorship, takes place continuously. Plans are underway to establish training programs for Black Pilots in conjunction with various Government Departments. Consultation meetings have taken place with Black pilots and Industry representatives to discuss the mandate and the format that the program will take.

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

Yes, it has several mentorship programs which are as follows:

It has a Gender-Based Program which will ensure that the women on the program are prioritised for development in the technical areas and they are mentored in the process.

SAMSA also has a succession plan where surveyors are mentored on entry level by the Principal Officers until they(Principal Officers) are satisfied that they(Surveyors) can do surveys on their own.

In addition, the workplace exposure program recruits graduates from the academic institutions who otherwise would not be absorbed by the market, particularly the maritime students. They are placed in the organisation and rotated within the industry while we source berths for them.

Furthermore, there is an ABET program for employees without matric, which is linked to their careers. It is aimed at obtaining the relevant qualification to the job employees and therefore looking at their progression. These employees attend classes and afterwards have to do practicals in the work situation.

South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL)

SANRAL has entered into a Commitment and Undertaking with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). This provides flexibility and an opportunity for candidate engineers to structure their training and to develop professionally in accordance with ECSA’s minimum requirements. A mentor registered by ECSA has been appointed to guide candidate engineers in the work situation.

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

There are mentorship programmes within PRASA. These are within the train operations and technical departments. In the train operations department, senior train personnel assist trainees that have completed the required theoretical training to acquire practical on-the-job exposure, training and experience. Only on completion of the required training criteria is the employee certified competent and allowed to operate independently in that position.

Within the technical departments, mentoring is provided to learners that require P1 and P2 vocational exposure, experience and training. This training assists the learners to meet the requirements of their qualification and thus are then in a position to graduate with a technical diploma from the respective higher education institution at which they are registered. The organisation is also registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) to provide mentoring to relevant graduates that are registered as engineers in training. Once such exposure is completed, the mentor/ supervisor signs off these submissions so that the engineer in training is able to register as a professional engineer with ECSA.

PRASA has also started the process of exposing newly qualified individuals with tertiary education qualifications to the workplace. This involves structured programmes being developed so that the graduate is able to gain workplace experience and be guided and coached by a mentor. This opportunity affords the person to gain some experience which assists them in the search for gainful employment related to the qualification that they have acquired.

Road Accident Fund (RAF)

RAF does not have a mentorship programme. It does however have a skills development programme in place. The RAF is in the process of introducing the new Operating Model and once the new model is stabilised the Mentorship programme will be introduced.

Railway Safety Regulator (RSR)

Yes, the RSR has a mentorship programme in place. Experienced railway engineers are employed by the RSR to undertake safety assurance activities (safety audits, inspections and occurrence investigations) as well as provide mentorship to young engineers within the Inspectorate division.

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC)

No official national Mentorship Programme exists at present. Plans are in place to develop such programmes and policies as soon as the National Training Framework for Road Traffic Management has been completed at the end of September 2010. Individual Colleges and Provinces like, Gene Louw Traffic Training College in Cape Town and the Eastern Cape Province do have their own Mentorship Programme which forms part of their Field Training Officers Programme, whereby a mentor is assigned to newly trained Officers when they graduate from the Traffic Training College.

Ports Regulator

The Ports Regulator has an internship programme in the Economic Regulation component, primarily as trainee analysts and researchers. Included are:

Two black females, with Masters in Maritime Studies,

One Black female with a B.Com in Economics (Hons), and

One Black male with Certificate in Maritime Studies

In addition, the previous cleaner has been promoted to receptionist and is part of a mentoring and re-skilling process.