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| Vision & Mission

The Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) was established in 2000 in terms of the Skills Development Act (as amended). The public entity aims to facilitate the skills development needs of the Wholesale and Retail (W&R) sector through the implementation of learning programmes, disbursement of grants and monitoring of education and training as outlined in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS).

SETAs are entities of the Department of Higher Education and Training. There are 21 SETAs; each servicing a specific economic sector of the Country.

Invitation to the 2017 Qualification Management Body (QMB) Roadshows

The W&RSETA will be conducting national roadshows on all developed and registered W&RSETA occupational qualifications. An invitation is extended to all W&RSETA Stakeholders (training providers, institutions of higher learning and industry experts). The roadshows are planned to take place from 27 September – 25 October 2017.

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The Wholesale and Retail SETA seeks to notify Medium and Large companies who submitted their Annexure II documents on or before 31 May 2017 of the allocation process for Learning programmes for the 2017/2018 financial year.

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Invitation to participate in the 2017/18 Sector Skills Needs Survey

The Wholesale and Retail SETA (W&RSETA) invites all Stakeholders within the Wholesale and Retail Sector and it’s sub-sectors to complete a SKILLS NEEDS SURVEY that will assist the W&RSETA identify occupational shortages (also referred to as scarce skills) and skills gaps (also referred to as “top-up skills”) in the Wholesale and Retail Sector. This information will feed into the W&RSETA Sector Skills Plan 2017/2018. All completed surveys and questionnaires must be forwarded to Mxolisi Maphakela email: mmaphakela@wrseta.org.za and Tsakani Mabasa email: tmabasa@wrseta.org.za by 21 July 2017.

Click here for a Hard to fill vacancy survey
Click here for a Change Driver questionnaire
Click here for the W&RSETA 2016-17 SSP Presentation

National Treasury Circular No 3 of 2015/16 Central Supplier Database Registration (CSD) W&RSETA and CSD Integration

Purpose of the circular is to inform Public Entities listed in Schedule 3 to the PFMA, 1999 (Act No.1 of 1999) about National Treasury’s single platform, the Central Supplier Database (CSD) for the registration of prospective suppliers including the verification functionality of key supplier information. With effect from 1 July 2017, the W&RSETA Public Entities in Schedule 3 hereby inform all suppliers of the CSD Integration process. The W&RSETA will therefore no longer accept any CSD Summary reports for uploads onto the W&RSETA Supplier Database. Request for CSD summary registration will only occur through the expression of RFP/ RFI or RFB. We thank all suppliers for their continued support and adherence to the PMFA and Legislative Circulars and Instruction Notes.


The W&RSETA invites Small (employing less than 50 people) and Medium Levy Paying companies (with between 50 and 149 employees) operating in the Wholesale and Retail Sector to apply for the Discretionary Fund. The funding is aimed at supporting small companies to facilitate training for their employees and meeting the NSDS III Goal to address the skills gaps as identified in the Sector Skills Plan in both the scarce and critical skills lists. Registered Fuel Retailers are encouraged to apply as there will be no separate project to cater for this sub-sector.

Click here for the SME Discretionary Grant Advert
Click here to download the SME Grant Application Form
Click here for other required documentation for the Grant

Establishment, Alternatively Re-establishment of SETAs

The Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr B.E Nzimande alternatively re-established all existing 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) after consultation with the National Skills Authority, under section 9(1) (b) of the Skills Development Act, 1998 read with Government Notice No. 39260 of 6 October 2016, as amended by Government Notice No. 336 of 18 March 2016, as from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020.

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Study on Skills Supply and Demand in South Africa

The W&RSETA participates in the National Projects to improve research capacity within different sectors to enable Effective Skills Planning pertaining to demand and supply. This initiative aims to inform the development of skills strategies and policies for those institutions responsible for skills development such as SETAs. The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) was commissioned by Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to study the dynamics of skills supply and demand in order to inform skills policy in South Africa.

Click here for full study on LMIP Skills Supply and Demand

Mandatory Grants payment dates

Mandatory Grants payment dates Kindly be informed that Mandatory Grant payments for the 2016/17 (4th Quarter) and 2017/18 Financial Year will be processed on the following dates:

  • Quarter 1 – 2017/18 – on or before 30 September 2017
  • Quarter 2 – 2017/18 – on or before 31 December 2017
  • Quarter 3 – 2017/18 – on or before 31 March 2018
  • Quarter 4 – 2016/17 – on or before 30 June 2017

Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) Grant Regulations Notice

W&RSETA Stakeholders are hereby inform of the SETA’s position following the letter from Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) dated 15 April 2016 to its members regarding the Labour Court order and the perceived implications of the order on the SETA Grant Regulations.

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  Riverside Office Park | Hennops House | 1303 Heuwel Avenue
Cnr. Lenchen South and Heuwel Avenue | Centurion, PRETORIA
South Africa,0167  
  Private Bag X106 | Centurion | 0046
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