The notion of limits, especially when it comes to her career,
is not one that the CEO of the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA), Maphefo Anno-Frempong, is familiar with From the classroom.
“I have a passion for making a diff erence in people’s lives. I am a person who can do things that others feel are impossible.
I don’t put limits on myself. “I believe that as long as I am competent in an area I can succeed in it.
I am not defi ned by what people think of me. I am very comfortable with who I am,” she says.
Although initially trained as a teacher, Anno-Frempong has grown to love the transport sector,
which she says is essential to the country’s economic and social development.
As CEO of TETA, she provides strategic leadership,
ensures corporate governance and oversees financial management at the organisation.
Anno-Frempong explains that TETA’s responsibility is facilitate skills development for both public and private sector institutions.
This means that TETA provides funding for skills intervention in the entire industry.
“For example, if the public sector identifi es a skill that is needed for a transport department to excel in the work they do, we then fi nd the funding to develop these skills.
We almost play the role of a broker – somebody who brings parties together.
“We have the funding so we then fi nd an institution to do the training and link up benefi ciaries with the institution.”
In some instances, TETA also helps those who have received training fi nd placement in the workplace.
TETA works with all government entities and departments nationally and provincially, and receives its revenue from the skills levy certain companies pay.
TETA is funded by the skills development levy paid by companies within the transport sector that employ more than 50 people
and have a payroll expenditure of over R500 000. This levy is 1 per cent of the total payroll expenditure of the company.
The levies are collected by SARS and then transferred to the Department of Higher Education for the distribution.
Sector Education Training Authorities (SETAs) get 80 per cent of the levy and the National Skills Fund (NSF) 20 per cent.
The organisation also does research on which sector in the transport industry has the greatest need.
In South Africa, the transport sector
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