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Review of South Africa's Human Resource Development Strategy

Crystal Dicks

This study provides a theoretical outline of human resource discourse as a hegemonic global representation of reality. It explores the underlying assumptions and development of this discourse and puts forward a different position which is more likely to articulate with the challenges currently facing South Africa.
South Africa's human resource development is examined in context, showing how policy co-ordination and implementation have been marked by contradictions, fragmentation and disjointedness.

The bulk of the research, which is based on interviews with Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC) members, then focuses on the mechanisms established to support HRD-SA and the HRDC: its agenda, aims, workings, successes and challenges.Conceptual and theoretical aspects of the study are counterbalanced by the voices of the HRDC members. This provides a useful basis for posing deeper philosophical questions and for considering alternative solutions that will serve the interest of the majority of South Africans.

The project is funded under the Education Policy Consortium (1) research programmeof the DHET and constitutes a part of the Wits EPU’s outputs related to EPC1.

Crystal Dicks in an associate at the University of the Witwatersrand Education Policy Unit (Wits EPU), email:


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