From the desk of the LMIP director

Dear Colleagues,

The Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) commitment to lead a process to establish a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning represents a coherent attempt to develop a centralised approach to skills planning that links decision making to the outputs of an embryonic Labour Market Intelligence System.

Over the past four years, the LMIP has produced a significant body of research in an attempt to develop approaches and methodologies appropriate to South African contextual realities. The research reports and policy briefs, all available on the LMIP website, can contribute to strengthening the evidence base over the medium to long term.

In this issue of our Research Bulletin we direct you to a new output, a Special Issue of the journal Development Southern Africa published this May, in which LMIP researchers address the question: What are the characteristics and determinants of the skills challenge in South Africa?

Introducing the eight articles in the Special Issue, Minister Nzimande reiterates the significance of understanding what occupations and skills are required to support inclusive social development, economic growth and trade investment. The challenge is to take into account the complexity of the task, starting on a weak and fragmented base, in order to establish and strengthen the institutional conditions and capabilities necessary for skills planning.

A short overview of and a way to access each article is provided below.

We will debate these and other key issues from 26 to 30 September when, together with DHET, the LMIP will participate in a week-long series of events on skills planning in the South African context.

The week begins on Monday 26 September with a presentation of LMIP research on skills planning frameworks and datasets to the SA government’s Economic Cluster.

On Tuesday 27 September, Azghar Adelzaideh will lead a workshop on the use of a Linked Macro-Economic Model for skills forecasting, which was developed by Applied Development Research Solutions and the Centre for Researching Education and Labour at the University of the Witwatersrand.

On Wednesday 28 September, four specialist workshops have been organised to bring together researchers and practitioners. For further information about each of these workshops please see the [programme>link].

On Thursday and Friday 29-30 September the LMIP is hosting a research colloquium focussing on the question: How do we plan to meet South Africa’s skills needs? Its main goal is to inform and support the skills planning policy and practice of DHET and its entities, at varying levels and in varying spaces. The colloquium will take place at the Birchwood Conference Centre near OR Tambo International Airport.

To participate in the research colloquium or the specialist workshops mentioned above, please send an email to

We look forward to engaging with you.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Vijay Reddy
Executive Director, Education and Skills Development
LMIP Programme Director