Funding and governance

Building a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning in South Africa is major national undertaking.

A coordinated combination of processes, institutional structures, technological infrastructure and human capacity must be designed to achieve the desired policy outcomes. 

This means that we need all the necessary role-players on board to support and enhance our work.

Credit: LMIP 

[Credit: LMIP]


The LMIP is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training through the National Treasury and South Africa's National Skills Fund. 

A formal memorandum of understanding between DHET and the LMIP consortium was signed in Februrary 2012 covering a four year period (2013-6). 

The LMIP contributes to Outcome 5.1.1 of the South African government's delivery plan. 


The governance of the LMIP is carried around through two key committees - the LMIP Advisory Committe and the LMIP Steering Committee. 

LMIP Advisory Committee


- Guide the research–policy nexus, providing leadership and strategic direction to the programme.

- Facilitate alignment and coordination between the DHET, other government departments, Sectoral Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), professional councils, South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), universities, the research community and the private sector.


- Director-General of the DHET (Chair)
- Department of Trade and Industry
- Department of Science and Technology
- Department of Economic Development
- Presidency: Monitoring and Evaluation
- National Planning Commission
- Human Resource Development Council
- National Skills Authority
- South African Qualification Authority
- Econometrix
- National Labour, Economic and Development Institute
- University of Cape Town
- University of KwaZulu-Natal
- Stanford University
- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
- SETAs 
- DHET project leadership
- HSRC project leadership

Steering Committee


- Responsible for the ensuring project implementation and the achievement of outcomes.
- Provide strategic direction to the research process.
- Agree on the specific project proposals for each of the themes.
- Review research proposals, budgets and research reports.
- Ensure progress and achievement of main outcomes
- Resolve any issues that may impede the successful and timeous delivery of LMIP.
- Sign off on the deliverables of each project


- DHET Deputy Director-General Patel (Chair)
- Representatives of DHET branches
- DHET Theme Committees
- Human Resources Development Council of SA
- Presidency: Monitoring and Evaluation
- LMIP research leaders
- HSRC project leadership
- LMIP secretariat

Internal DHET committees

The DHET has established internal committees to insert LMIP research into departmental practice and to oversee the implementation of the LMIP.

SA government departments involved in LMIP 

The following departments contribute databases with information relating to supply and demand of skills, formulate policy – such as economic and social policy - that impact on supply and demand in the labour market, and are key users of information for skills planning.

- Basic Education
- Economic Development
- Finance
- Home Affairs
- Labour
- Perfomance Monitoring and Evaluation
- Public Service and Administration
- Rural Development and Land Reform
- Science and Technology
- Trade and Industry
- National Planning Commission