18 February 2021

The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has this morning published the 2021 Critical Skills List for public comment. 

The publishing of the list follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement during the State of the Nation Address that a revised critical skills list would be published within a week towards ensuring that the final list reflected skills needed by the economy.

Members of the public, interested organisations and institutions are invited to submit written comments on the Technical Report by 16:00 on 31 March 2021.

The published list was developed through an extensive scientific methodology led by the Department of Higher Education and Training, through its Labour Market Intelligence Research Programme.

“I encourage South Africans to participate in this process to ensure that the final list helps to rejuvenate our economy as we continue to embrace the new normal,” said Minister Motsoaledi.

The Technical Report on how the Critical Skills List was compiled is available here <<< 

The gazette is available here <<< 

Written submission and enquiries can be forwarded to the following address:


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By post/hand delivered:


Mr Phindiwe Mbhele

Department of Home Affairs (Hallmark Building)

17th Floor

236 Johannes Ramokhoase Street




Enquiries by telephone: (012) 406-7068 / 4572


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