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Wrong Ivor Blumenthal?

Dr. Ivor Blumenthal

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FORMER Services sector education and ... [cached]

FORMER Services sector education and training authority (Services Seta) CEO Ivor Blumenthal says he resigned from the entity at the end of May because the legal tussle between the Seta and the Department of Higher Education and Training made his leadership "untenable".

Mr Blumenthal said he resigned, "because the situation that had been created by the DHET had made my situation untenable. I had become their target," Blumenthal said today.
This leaves the Services Seta without a CEO until the council that lead the entity under Blumenthal, and which was reinstated by Judge Annelie Basson's dismissal of Nzimande's appeal application, can find another one.
Ferreira said the original Services Seta council, led by Blumenthal, would try to undo what had been done under Sihle Moon, who was appointed chairman and then administrator by Nzimande in February.

The Higher Education Transformation ... [cached]

The Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) has called on the suspended Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) CEO Dr Ivor Blumenthal, as well as and the entire board of the Seta, to step down in support of steps being taken by South Africa's Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to revamp the country's 23 Setas.

Nzimande has been embroiled in a spat with Blumenthal, who is also taking legal action against the Minister over a lack of consultation on the proposed 'model' constitution for the Seta, which Blumenthal alleges is unlawful.
Blumenthal said that Moon's appointment as chairperson was in breach of the Skills Development Act and has now initiated litigation against the Minister.

Ivor Blumenthal, Chief ... [cached]

Ivor Blumenthal, Chief Executive of the Services Sector Education Authority (SSETA) also delivered a truly motivating speech in which he welcomed the graduates to the Services SETA family and set them a challenge: to go out into the world of work and their communities, to make a difference and spread the word of the value of vocational education and training.

Business Report - Ludicrous policoes are thwarting Setas [cached]

Setas were attacked for not spending enough on the elderly and other vulnerable people ... from Ivor Blumenthal, Chief executive: Services Seta

Ivor Blumenthal, Chief executive: Services Seta

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Blumenthal takes Quixote-like view of labour as evil giant

From reading "Business community must take back power" (Business Report, July 11), it appears that writer Ivor Blumenthal, chief executive of the Services Sector Education and Training Authority, has mastered all these tricks.
He pretends to direct his annoyance at organised business for not defending the interests of the business community - whatever he means by that.But a closer reading of his article reveals a man obsessed with crushing the labour movement.
He seems angered by what he perceives to be the unlimited power of labour; a power he expected organised business to contest.So he calls for business to take back what he feels has been taken away from it.
What he really says is that we should call for the emasculation of all labour rights, to prove that the leadership of organised business still articulates the sentiments of the business community.
What is it that we must take back?When and how was it taken away from business?
Blumenthal is angry with the power of labour - an entirely imaginary power.He is angry that Business Unity South Africa and other voices of organised business have either abdicated their responsibility or lack the skills, capacity or will to do what he ridiculously claims is the need to regain the power base of business.
According to Aristotle: "Anybody can become angry; that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody's power; that is not easy."
We are left rather bemused by the misdirection of the anger that comes out of Blumenthal.
It is not clear from the article what he wants organised business to do on the issues that he raised to illustrate his annoyance.
Who should organised business have locked out when the public sector workers went on strike?
His infantile charge that we should have come out in support of the government, by virtue of the fact that it is an employer too, presupposes the end of organised business as an independent voice: it calls for the dissolution of the independent voices of business and government, in favour of government and business speaking in one organised voice, especially on labour relations.
Though his view is hidden in such calls as business standing up for its "share of the power relationship", it is clear that Blumenthal favours a totalitarian outlook that sees "progressive South Africa As One" (represented by government and business) and labour as, at best, a nuisance or, at worst, a force whose destruction business and government should work to realise.
The most dangerous aspect of Blumenthal's piece is the sense that the business community never stands up for issues on behalf of business, even when it disagrees with labour and the government.
(Where it suits Blumenthal, organised business must stand up to the government - as he said FirstRand should have done when instead it pulled its advertisements protesting high crime rates - but when it comes to strike action, the government and business should speak as one!)
Bereft of facts to substantiate his argument, Blumenthal does the predictable: he gets personal and insults every leader of organised business.Instead of strengthening his argument that local organised business is not playing its role sufficiently - a perfectly legitimate line of argument - he accuses all organised business of taking instructions from social partners, and of cowardice and incapacity.
The world of organised business therefore needs our Don Quixote - Blumenthal - to lead a revolution against its inept leadership.
Coming from the skills development fraternity, our Don Quixote is probably looking at developing a skills development programme that, under his supervision, will qualify us for the leadership of organised business.
Contrary to the ridiculous assertions of Blumenthal, organised business continues to speak strongly on its own behalf, and does so without fear or favour.
Where we disagree with the government or labour, we express our disagreement.As organised business, our constituency is business, and we will always advocate on its behalf.
It may well be that our disagreement with Blumenthal is that we do not believe that the test of good business leadership is through "permanent hostility to government and labour", but rather through partnership driven by honest co-operation and disagreements - just as we do not believe that the test of relevance for the trade union movement is the number of industrial actions a year.

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