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IPD June 2014 Newsletter

CFO to CEO: "What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave us?"
CEO: "What happens if we don't, and they stay?"

National Policy has placed a focus on Skills Development, but there is certainly still much room for improvement. Some positive strides have been taken but Skills Development still does not have the focus, clarity and drive which is needed for it to make a real difference. Companies need to understand that Skills Development is a professional field and that, therefore, specialists are required to draw up strategies and experts are required to emplement programmes.

The skills shortage in South Africa can be resolved through pointed training that is embarked upon in line with skills gap analyses and not merely because there is training budget available. This leads to wasted money and low return on investment. In addition, inappropriate or duplicated training may lead to staff feeling insignificant and unappreciated.

Targeted Skills Development must become a key component of employment in South Africa.


Congratulations to Nomava Nkosi who has been promoted to the position of L&D (Public) Training Coordinator, having previously been Sales Administrator. Nomava is excited about this opportunity to close the gap of unskilled workers and transform Skills Development to a higher level in the workplace.
Well done Nomava, we are proud of your progress!


We welcome Tabetha (Tabs) van der Heever who began working at IPD from the 19th of May 2014 as Accounts Administrator and Bookkeeper. Tabs currently holds certificates in advanced bookkeeping and has so far enjoyed working with the IPD team and the new challenges that she is taking on. Her professional passion is accounting and her goals for the future include learning as much as possible and expanding her knowledge.

In her spare time, Tabs enjoys spending time with her husband and children while exploring her hobbies which include guns, fishing, gym and cycling. She lives her life drawing power from her faith and her favourite quote is; "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

With the professional goal of ensuring learners are happy, Pinky Motlakase fulfils her position as Catering Coordinator at IPD with much pride and is the proud recipient of the 2013 Employee of the Year Award. Pinky started working at IPD in May 2005 and enjoys taking care of the learners, always ensuring that they are properly catered for.

Pinky enjoys that her position allows her to meet new people and it makes her happy to see the learners enjoying their educational experience. Pinky's personal goal is to own her own catering company one day; a goal which she attributes to the oportunities given to her to learn and gain experience at IPD. Her fervour for catering and serving others is evident from her favourite quote, excerpted from Janet Clarkson's blog, The Old Foodie; "Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea."

Pinky is culturally engaged and has a daughter that is currently studying at the University of Johannesburg. When she's not at work, Pinky enjoys reading, cooking, listening to gospel music and attending Church.

Onias Nkomo started working at IPD in September 2011. He is currently the grounds man and has a qualification in fire prevention and security. Onias loves that his job gives him the opportunity to live on the vast IPD property with his family, taking care of the land every day.

Onias has been married since 1996 and has four children; three daughters and a son. His passion in life is to give his children a quality education so that they can have a better life. In his spare time he likes to read the Bible and work on his car. His favourite quote is by American Cartoonist, Bil Keane; "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present."


Born versus Made; the Management Skills Debate

By Mark Orpen, CEO of The Institute of People Development
Issued by The Old Shanghai Firecracker Factory

One of the greatest areas of dispute in the study of human behaviour is the nature versus nurture debate. The nature argument is that behaviour will be determined by an inherited, genetic structure. This is also known as innate behaviour and focuses on genetic, hormonal and neuro-chemical explanations of behaviour. The nurture argument is that behaviour is the result of learning and experience resulting from outside factors, such as parents, media, peers and religion. This is also known as learned behaviour and focuses on behaviour being adopted through conditioning.

Similarly, this debate rages on within organisations that are divided as to whether management skills can be taught. According to author and scholar, Warren G Bennis; "Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing." While certain personality traits will certainly make the path to effective leadership easier, these traits are not what make a successful leader. The training of soft-skills is as important as that of hard- and technical-skills, especially in a management role.


  • Assmang Chrome: Dwarsrivier Mine - ETD NQF Level 5
  • Rand Water - Project closure and final submissions for ETD NQF Level 5 Certificate due 30 June
  • Transnet School of Security - ETD NQF 5 RPL kicked off late May
  • Morapule Coal Mine (Botswana) - TTT programme
  • Namdeb - Assessor programme


  • Planning for Managers
  • Management RPL
  • Management Foundations
  • Relationship & Perception Management
  • General Management
  • Skills Development Management
  • ReCr8 Workshop

Education, Training and Development:

  • ETD NQF 5 Diploma
  • ETD NQF 4
  • Assessment, Moderation & Evauation
  • Training, Assessment & Coaching
  • L&D Management & Quality Management
  • Qualifications, Standards & Curriculum Design & Development
  • Needs Analysis & Skills Planning
  • Learning Programme Design & Material Development
  • ReCr8 Workshop

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