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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.


The Wholesale and Retail SETA (W&RSETA) hereby invites qualifying levy paying companies within the Wholesale and Retail Sector to apply for a special project in Critical Skills for the 2019/20 financial year.

All Applications must be submitted electronically via the email. Kindly note that applications submitted through any other means, including hand deliveries, will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications: 15 February 2020

Click here for the full advert and the template.

The W&RSETA hereby extend the Request for bid as was published in the Government Printing Works on the Friday, 06 December 2019 in the Government Tender Bulletin and Regional Media Houses

Publication extension for the below mentioned bids are as follows:

 Bid Description   Reference Number  Submission of Proposals
 Office Space: W&RSETA Head Office  COO/2019/0006  Friday, 31 January 2020 @ 11:00

 Submissions to the Manager: Supply Chain Management
 1303 Riverside Office Park
 Corner Heuwel and Lenchen South
 Hennops House
 Office Space: W&RSETA Eastern Cape  COO/2019/0007
 Office Space: W&RSETA Free State  COO/2019/0008
 Office Space: W&RSETA Gauteng North  COO/2019/0009
 Office Space: W&RSETA Gauteng South  COO/2019/0010
 Office Space: W&RSETA Kwazulu Natal  COO/2019/0011
 Office Space: W&RSETA Limpopo  COO/2019/0012
 Office Space: W&RSETA Mpumalanga  COO/2019/0013
 Office Space: W&RSETA Northern Cape  COO/2019/0014
 Office Space: W&RSETA North West  COO/2019/0015
 Office Space: W&RSETA Western Cape  COO/2019/0016

For enquiries send email to: tenders@wrseta.org.za

Click here to access the tender form

Establishment of the Wholesale & Retail Leadership Chair: Gauteng

The Wholesale & Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) hereby invites Institutions from both public and private sector to submit applications for the Establishment of the Wholesale and Retail Leadership Chair, which will be awarded to an HETI based in Gauteng. Applications for the tender bidding of Wholesale and Retail Chair are now open and will close on 24of January 2020 at 11 am (11H00).

For enquires please contact Mxolisi Maphakela mmaphakela@wrseta.org.za or call 012 622 9620.

2020/21 Grant Season is now open!

W&RSETA registered wholesale and retail companies have until 30 April 2020 to submit Annexure II (Workplace Skills Plan / Annual Training Report / PIVOTAL Plan) documents for the 2020/21 financial year. Submissions must be made on the new Management Information System which is accessible from www.wrsetaonline.org.za under Stakeholder Login. Stakeholders that require assistance to access the system or require capacitation should contact their relevant regional office.

Stakeholder access to W&RSETA policies

Stakeholders are informed that key policies on the W&RSETA operations are available on the SETA’s website. These include policies on grants allocations, learner registration, certification, bursaries & placements, among others.

policies available from https://www.wrseta.org.za/inner.aspx?section=1&page=330


Stakeholders are reminded of the Regulations on Workplace-based Learning Programmes which came into effect on 18 November 2018. The W&RSETA has prepared a guideline to assist stakeholders to comply with the Regulations. Please note that compliance is not optional and is effective from 18 November 2018. Stakeholder should contact their relevant W&RSETA regional office for assistance with these requirements.

Click here for the Regulations and guideline


Mandatory Grants payment dates Mandatory Grants payment dates Kindly be informed that Mandatory Grant payments for the 2019/20 Financial Year will be processed on the following dates:

  • Quarter 1 – 2018/19 – on or before 30 September 2019
  • Quarter 2 – 2018/19 – on or before 31 December 2019
  • Quarter 3 – 2018/19 – on or before 31 March 2020
  • Quarter 4 – 2018/19 – on or before 30 June 2020



You are kindly reminded that all compliant invoices should be submitted to the W&RSETA official invoice email address (invoiceadmin@wrseta.org.za) to ensure timeous processing of invoices.

Stakeholders are further reminded that the turnaround time for payment of compliant invoices is 30 working days.

Your cooperation in this regard would be appreciated.


On 7 March 2019, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Ms Naledi Pandor, after consultation with the National Skills Authority, published propagated the highlight anticipated National Skill Development Plan (NSDP)which replaces the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS). The NSDP will become the blue print for skills development in South Africa and will be implemented from 1 April 2020.

The full document is available here


Stakeholders are informed of the amendment to the Unemployment Insurance (UIF) Act through the Taxation Laws Amendment Act, No. 17 of 2017 which now includes 18.2 (unemployed) learners on Learnership programmes in the UIF provision. Please refer to the communique that addresses this issues, particularly the impact on contracts in terms of Section 18(2) of the Skills Development Act, No. 9 of 1999 (“SDA Act”).

Click here for the communique

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Cnr. Lenchen South and Heuwel Avenue | Centurion, PRETORIA
South Africa,0167  
  Private Bag X106 | Centurion | 0046
Switch board: 012 622 9500

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