As of my last update in September 2021, the following are some of the key skills development bodies for higher education in South Africa:
1. Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET): The DHET is a government department responsible for formulating policies and overseeing the higher education sector in South Africa. It works to promote and coordinate post-school education and training, including universities and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.
2. Council on Higher Education (CHE): The CHE is an independent statutory body responsible for advising the Minister of Higher Education and Training on all higher education matters, including quality assurance and accreditation of higher education institutions and programs.
3. Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs): SETAs are responsible for promoting skills development and ensuring that education and training initiatives are aligned with industry needs. There are several SETAs, each focusing on specific economic sectors and industries.
4. National Skills Authority (NSA): The NSA is an advisory body that provides advice and recommendations on matters related to skills development and training in South Africa.
5. Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO): The QCTO is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, and certification of occupational qualifications in South Africa. It collaborates with other bodies to ensure that qualifications are relevant to the needs of industries and the economy.
6. National Qualifications Framework (NQF): The NQF is a framework that provides a standardized system for comparing and recognizing educational qualifications within South Africa. It facilitates the progression and portability of qualifications across different education and training sectors.
7. Universities South Africa (USAf): USAf represents the interests of public universities in South Africa and serves as a coordinating body for issues related to higher education.
Please note that the information provided is based on the situation as of September 2021, and there might have been changes or developments in the South African higher education landscape since then. For the most up-to-date information, it is recommended to refer to official government and education authority websites.