Applications are now open for the 2019/20 CATHSSETA Discretionary Grants

CATHSSETA hereby invite applications for Discretionary Grants funding from stakeholders and entities that fall within the CATHSSETA scope. Applications should reach CATHSSETA no later than Wednesday, 31 July 2019 at 23:59. All applications should be submitted via the online portal which will remain open until 23h59 on the 31st of July 2019. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Please refer to the following documents before submitting your applications online. (the attached documents)

For more information on how to submit your application, please email or call 087 131 0486.


Persons to be appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training as additional members of the Accounting Authority of the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) up to 31 March 2020


The CATHSSETA is a Schedule 3 public entity established in terms of Section 9(1) of the Skills Development Act, No 97 of 1998. CATHSSETA’s mandate is to facilitate skills development in the following subsectors: Culture, Arts and Heritage; Tourism and Travel Services; Hospitality; Gaming and Lotteries; Conservation; and lastly Sport, Recreation and Fitness. To address this, the Skills Development Act directs CATHSSETA to develop the Sector Skills Plan and implement various learning programmes in support thereof.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training invites nominations from relevant organised labour and employer organisations within the CATHSSETA scope to submit nominations of qualified persons to serve as additional members on the CATHSSETA Board. The Minister will consider candidates with proven experience in fostering good governance, who demonstrate understanding of the legislative and policy framework applicable to CATHSSETA as well as government policies and plans applicable to the subsectors referred to above.

In line with the current Board gender balance requirements, preference will be given to nominations for women candidates.

Nominated representatives from the relevant organised labour and employer organisations should have competencies in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Application of corporate governance and ethics
  • Skills development legislation and the NSDS III
  • The PFMA
  • Financial management
  • Education, training, skills development and human resources development, and
  • Quality assurance of learning provision

Nominations must contain a full motivation, the full name and address of the candidates, a signed nomination form and acceptance of the nomination by the nominee, an ID Copy and Curriculum Vitae of the nominee.

It should be further noted that employees of National, Provincial and Local Government or Institutions, Agencies and Entities of Government serving on Commissions or Committees of Inquiry or Audit Committees are not entitled to additional remuneration.

Candidates will be subjected to security clearance and disclosure of business interests.

Please send your nominations by no later than Tuesday, 23 April 2019 at 16:30. Nominations to serve as an additional member of CATHSSETA Board should be forwarded to PO Box 1329, Rivonia, 2128, South Africa. The nominations can also be hand-delivered at the CATHSSETA reception situated at 01 Newtown Avenue, Killarney, Johannesburg, 2193, for the attention of Mr. Jeremiah Sikhosana or alternatively send nominations via email on Nomination forms may be obtained from our website

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. Nominations received after the closing date will not be considered.

All enquiries must be addressed in writing to:

Click here to download Board Nomination form


The Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport, Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) invites all CATHSSETA levy-paying organisations to submit their 2019 Mandatory Grant applications on or before 30 April 2019. The CATHSSETA Indicium System will remain open until 30 April 2019 at 23h59.

No Applications will be accepted after this deadline.

Please refer to the following documents below before submitting your application online

  1. Mandatory Grant Application Policy 2019 
  2. Online System User Manual
  3. Mandatory Grant Guidelines 
  4. SDF Registration cut-off date
  5. OFO Version 2017

Click here to access mandatory grant portal

QCTO Symposium

Dear Valued Stakeholder


The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is planning to host a symposium in Gauteng Province on the 21st of February 2019 (venue to be confirmed soonest). The focus of this symposium will be on – Skills Development for Livelihood and Employment as a way of addressing the increased rapid rate of the cohort of persons not in the employment, education and training. This symposium will explore as explained in the invitation – ways in which skills development programme can make a difference.


Please click here for invitation . Your organization can RSVP maximum of 3 delegates.


You can extend the invitation to your stakeholders who might have interest in this symposium.

2018/19 PIVOTAL PROGRAMME (STRATEGIC PROJECTS) WINDOW Opening Date: 13 January 2019 Closing Date: 04 February 2019 at 16h00

CATHSSETA invites applicants to apply for funding any of the following:-

• Training of 374 SMMEs, NGOs/, NPOs and Cooperatives on the following Unit Standards.
• Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) projects that are aimed at assisting beneficiaries to obtain
formal recognition for knowledge gained throughout life, such as in workplace and own experiences.

  1. Advert for Pivotal programme, 13 Jan 2019
  2. Acknowledgment-of-CATHSSETA Policies
  3. Application Form
  4. Asset Register
  5. CATHSSETA-Declaration-of-Interests
  6. TOR for Pivotal Programmes ,13 Jan 2019
  7. Strategic Projects policy, final
  8. Final 2018-19 DG Policy

All applications must be emailed to . No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Couriered or hand delivered applications will not be considered.

CATHSSETA DISCRETIONARY GRANTS 2019/20 APPLICATIONS are now open. Closing date: 31 January 2019 at 23H59.

CATHSSETA hereby invites applications for Discretionary Grant funding from stakeholders and entities that fall within the CATHSSETA scope. Applications should reach CATHSSETA no later than 31 January 2019. The online portal will be closed at 23h59. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Please refer to the following documents below before submitting your applications online.

  1. Acknowledgment of DG Policy
  2. Declaration of Authorised Person
  3. Declaration of Interests
  4. Discretionary Grant application Guidelines
  5. Host-Employer-Confirmation-Letter
  6. Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
  7. Online system user manual
  8. Final Advert
  9. Discretionary Grants policy

Click here to access the online indicium system for submitting applications

For more information on how to submit your application, please email Ms Tebogo Bengu at or call 087 287 9004.

Dear CATHSSETA Stakeholder

Please take note of Communique 1 of 2018 from the Department of Higher Education and Training. The notice pertains to the registration of private providers offering qualifications and part qualifications on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework.

Click here for QCTO Communique 1 of 2018

Request For Expression Of Interest

The Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Skills Development Act (1998), as amended, to advance skills levels in accordance with the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III. The CATHSSETA has initiated a partnership programme with the Chinese Culture Centre, a leading Chinese institution in South Africa together with the National Department of Tourism to provide TVET students with work experience through a 12 months Work Integrated Learning programme.

The main objective is to to establish a skills pipeline that will feed the hospitality industry with highly competent skills acquired from the Chinese industries.

CATHSSETA hereby invites TVET Colleges who are implementing Nated courses in Hospitality to express their interest in the 12 months Work Integrated Learning Programme

Target Beneficiaries:

  • N6 graduates in Hospitality

Interested TVET Colleges should complete the attached form and email it to or submit at CATHSSETA head office.

For Hand Deliveries:  CATHSSETA Head Office

1 Newtown Avenue

Killarney, Johannesburg



Enquiries must be directed to Ms Veronica Jiyane or CATHSSETA Regional offices.

Last date of submission:  Thursday, 25 October 2018, 4 pm


Please click here for Expression of Interest Form

2018/19 CATHSSETA SMME, NGO, Cooperatives and Trade Union Capacity Programme

Stakeholders operating within the CATHSSETA scope are invited to submit applications for funding sector conferences/events/workshops related to skills development.

Closing date: 14 October 2018 at 23h59


Document Description Download
Application Form
TOR for SMMEs capacity programme, Sept 2018
DG Policy
SP Policy
Acknowledgment of CATHSSETA Policies
Asset Register
CATHSSETA – Declaration of Interests
Declaration of Authorised Person



Johannesburg 19 June 2018


A total of 67 candidates will be graduating from the CATHSSETA Global Executive Development Programme – a programme that culminated from a strategic partnership between CATHSSETA and Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).


The custom-made Global Executive Development Programme (GEDP) was aimed at building a talent pipeline of senior executive management and to support transformation in the CATHSSETA subsectors. The Skills Audit commissioned by CATHSSETA and the Department of Tourism in 2016 identified a shortage of senior executive skills in the management structures of Hospitality, Tourism, Sport, Arts, Culture and Heritage, Conservation and Gaming sectors. Fulfilling its mandate of skills development within its diverse sectors, CATHSSETA forged a partnership with GIBS and crafted an executive development programme with the aim of closing the identified skills gaps thus contributing to economic development and growth of the sectors.


Acting CEO of CATHSSETA, Ms Keitumetse Lebaka says, “This is a great milestone for CATHSSETA in that we were able to award 72 bursaries for an executive development programme. In the past our focus was mainly on disbursing funds for bursaries for mostly undergraduate programmes, for learnerships, for internships and for work integrated learning but through our ongoing engagement with our stakeholders, we then identified a skills gap and took it upon ourselves to address it.”


The 12-month GEDP afforded candidates time to attend formal classroom modules over a five week study blocks including travelling to international destinations offering best practice and learning opportunities in our subsectors. The cities visited are Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Berlin and Warsaw.


The graduation ceremonies will take place in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal and will be preceded by 15-minute individual presentations on Action Learning Projects completed by the candidates. The research completed will go a long way in supporting CATHSSETA research.


Commenting on behalf of GIBS, Ms Lerato Mahlasela – Director of Custom Programmes said, “Senior leaders are continually faced with the challenge of enabling the business of today while preparing it for the future. This requires that they are able to make sense in an ever shifting business environment, make appropriate strategic and ethical choices and align people for execution. CATHSSETA delegates have, through this programme, been exposed to best and next practice thinking as well as experiences that assist them to reflect on not only their way of doing but being in the world. Their world will continue to be disrupted; we believe, however, that they leave the programme with a treasure chest of tools and confidence to lead their organisations successfully and create further shared value. We wish them well as they go on to apply their learning recommendations in their various organisations.”



Gauteng Western Cape KwaZulu-Natal
Date: 19 June 2018

Venue: GIBS Campus –  Classroom 2, Illovo, Johannesburg


Time: 18:00


Date: 21 June 2018

Venue: Taj Hotel – The Reserve Room, Cape Town


Time: 19:20


Date: 22 June 2018

Venue: The Garden Court, Umhlanga, Durban


Time: 19:20




GEDP is one of CATHSSETA’s flagship programmes. Ms Lebaka said, “This is but one of the many ways in which CATHSSETA is responding to the skills gap challenges and making a difference to our valued stakeholders. One of our values as a SETA is stakeholder orientation. Our stakeholders are therefore at the heart of everything we do. CATHSSETA is made up of very diverse sectors where a lot of times it becomes a challenge to grow a pipeline of leaders who will grow the sectors further.” There is great potential but there are no sufficient skills to get the managers to a level where they can sustain the ever growing sectors.


Managing Director of Batsumi Travel, Ms Lisa Sebogodi is one of the GEDP beneficiaries. She had this to say, “The programme has assisted me personally and in my business. My business is growing from strength to strength and is able to create job opportunities through best practice I have been exposed to through this programme. There is a paradigm shift – I am able to think out of the box.”


GEDP has attracted a lot of interest from our stakeholders and as such a similar programme is in the pipeline for the class of 2018/19.


For more information about the Global Executive Development Programme, please contact Ms Lebogang Mpye – Acting Executive Manager: Skills Management via email


For more information about CATHSSETA, please email Ms Nosipho Poshy Damane via email







CATHSSETA, the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority was established under the Skills Development Act (No 97 of 1998) [the Skills Act] for the Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Economic Sector.


CATHSSETA’s main function is to contribute to the raising of skills – to bring skills to the employed, or those wanting to be employed, in their sector. They have to do this by ensuring that people learn skills that are needed by employers and communities. There is no value in training people if they cannot use the skills they have learnt. Training and skills development is not just for young people starting their first jobs though it is important for them too! The skills of people already in jobs must also be enhanced.