NATIONAL PEST MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
SOUTH AFRICA PEST CONTROL ASSOCIATION
The Association was constituted as a National Association in 1987 and is dedicated to developing and setting appropriate standards for the contract cleaning industry.
Its mission is to provide leadership to the industry by striving to create a professional environment through facilitating and co-ordinating industry activities, by providing quality services, maintaining a national platform and influencing the environment to achieve the desired benefits for its members and the community as a whole.
The Association aims are to:
- provide a unified voice for cleaning contractors, cleaning suppliers, and organisations who provide allied services to the Industry;
- strengthen the competitiveness and profitability of its members by providing professional and management expertise;
- set and maintain industry standards;
- develop guidelines and frameworks for skills development within the industry working within the structures of the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SSETA);
- impress on clients the professionalism, integrity and credibility of its members by adherence to a code of ethics and all legislative requirements applicable to the Industry;
- safeguard its interests by representing the industry views to government departments and the private sector; and
- provide a regular forum for members to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest.
Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA’s) have been established in terms of the Skills Development Act and as from 1 April 2000, will be responsible for disbursement of the training levies payable by all employers. These levies will be collected by the South African Revenue Service via the Department of Labour, and are to be disbursed through a management system motivated by skills requirement assessment and monitoring.
Thus SETA’s will ensure that the skill requirements of the sector are identified and that the adequate and appropriate skills are readily available. The SETA would contribute to the improvement of sector skills through achieving a more favourable balance between demand and supply, and would ensure that education and training:
- Is provided subject to validation and quality assurance;
- Meets agreed standards within a national framework;
- Ensures that new entrants to the labour market are adequately trained, and;
- Acknowledges and enhances the skills of the current work force.
The Department of Labour evaluated the applications for SETA’s and the Minister of Labour established 25 SETA’s on 20 March 2000.
The Services SETA
The Services SETA has been established to ensure that the skills needs of the services sector are identified and addressed. This will be achieved through the SETA forming partnerships with its stakeholders and role-players and implementing the business plan.