3rd July 2018, KwaZulu-Natal, the Discretionary Grant workshop commenced on a positive note with an atmosphere where stakeholders were eager to hearken to the message that the CETA Accounting Authority had for stakeholders in the province.

The purpose of the workshop was to provide support on the new online system used as a tool for discretionary grant application, to understand stakeholder needs and to address them.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Robert Semenya raised that the CETA and industry at this point needs to focus on quality in all aspects of skills development such as accrediting quality sites, facilitating quality training as well as the output being quality artisans that are globally competitive.

KwaZulu-Natal stakeholders welcomed the online system as the ultimate solution to previously experienced challenges. Stakeholders were also requested to make inputs that would make the current online system experience even more user friendly, making the CETA not only responsive but proactive in its approach.

Mr Sipho Dlamini – Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) incubation centre in KwaZulu-Natal commended the CETA for always responding to stakeholder needs as well as valuing stakeholder inputs. The system is indeed user friendly and further light heartedly mentioned that any of the stakeholders that needs assistance may consult the SEDA incubation centre for additional assistance.

The CETA emphasised that the due date for all applications is 20 July 2018 and encouraged stakeholders to apply.