Extension of Skills Development grants to 31 May 2020 and beyond

Government Gazette 43278 dated 5 May 2020 was published by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation confirming the extension of the submission date for Skills Development grants.

Skills Development Facilitators (SDFs) are aware of the usual 30 April deadline each year for submission of annual training reports and workplace skills plans. These plans include training numbers and costs for the previous 12 months. As the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown imposed by government influenced the ability of businesses to comply with this deadline several SETAs consulted with government to ensure that an extension to this date was obtained. This includes the submission of info related to the 2020 Mandatory Grant.

A final document was received indicating an extension from end April to 31 May 2020 via the gazette.

A number of Sector Education & Training Authorities (SETAs) insisted for various reasons (their software, their interpretation of relevant legislation) that stakeholders still had to apply for an extension for submission to their Board.

If SETAs have problems with their software as has been the case before is for the SETAs to correct and inform the stakeholders where required.

The Grant Regulations regarding monies received by a SETA and related matters, dated 03 December 2012, Gazette Number 35940, states in regulation 4(8) that the SETA may grant an extension up to a maximum of one month from the date contemplated in sub-regulation (2) for late submission of a grant subject to a written request by an organisation. This, therefore, means that the SETA may grant an extension until Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

An extract of the recent gazette (43278) is given below.

“Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, in terms regulation 10(8)(a) and (c) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002:Regulations relating to COVID- 19, Government Notice R398 of 2020 published in Government Gazette No. 43107 of 18 March 2020 read with section 36(b) of the Skills Development Act, 1998 and regulation 4(1) and (3) of The Sector Education and Training Authorities Grant Regulations regarding monies received by SETAS and Related Matters, 2012, in Government Notice No. R990, published in Government Gazette No. 35940 of 3 December 2012, hereby issue a directive and grant an extension for the submission of the 2020/2021 financial year applications for mandatory grants by levy paying employers in terms of regulation 4(1) of the SETA Grant Regulations, 2012 as prescribed in sub-regulation (3) as set out in the Schedule.”

The SETA Authority may only grant an extension until and not beyond the deadline of Tuesday, 30 June 2020 to organisations who have submitted an online extension on the National Skills Development Management System (NSDMS) by no later than Sunday, 31 May 2020.

The impact of the new deadline date would be that organisations, who wish to apply for mandatory and discretionary grant funding, would be required to do so by no later than Sunday, 31 May 2020.

Author Craig Tonkin

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