Human Resource Development Council of South Africa

Partnering to innovatively develop SA’s human potential


The Human Resource Development Council

The Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC) is a multi-tiered and multi stakeholder advisory body under the leadership and a stewardship of the Deputy President of South Africa. It is managed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Training. Membership is based on a five-year tenure and consists of representatives from a number of Government Ministries, organised labour and senior business leadership, as well as academia and civil society


The aims is to develop institutional synergies for an integrated Human Resource Development Strategy of South Africa which will stimulate a culture of training and lifelong learning at individual, organisational and national levels to transform our country into a knowledge economy.

Our Mission:

The HRDC seeks to:

Advise the government on the HRD Strategy and its priorities;
Identify blockages, provide solution to unblock them and monitor implementation thereof;
Coordinate the efforts of government departments and social partners in the implementation of the strategy;
Monitor and report on the implementation of the strategy; and
Evaluate the impact of the strategy against agreed indicators.

HRD Strategy goals
Strengthen basic education and foundation programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM), Languages and Life Skills;
Expanded access to quality post-schooling education and training;
Improved research and technological innovation outcome;
Production of appropriately skilled people for the economy; and
A developmental/capable state with effective and efficient planning and implementation capabilities.

The work of the HRD Council is organised into the following five programmes for the achievement of the strategic goals :

1: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Languages and Life Skills, 2: TVET and the rest of the college system,
3: Higher Education and Training, Research and Innovation, 4: Skills for the transformed society and the economy, 5: Developmental/Capable state


Address: 6th Floor, Ndinaye House, 178 Francis Baard Street, Pretoria Email:
Tel: +27 12 943 3187

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