PROGRAMME 1: COROPRATE SERVICES
The corporate services programme provides support to the other programmes within MKI that are focused on assisting learners and educators in preparing them for employment and other economic opportunities in the South African marketplace. The support offered includes providing strategic direction, integration and co-ordination of activities, support on finance and supply chain activities, performance-based monitoring and evaluation, human resource management services, facilities management services, marketing, business development and communication services. It is a transversal programme aimed at improving and maintaining the effective and efficient functioning of the operational activities and ensuring good governance.
Sub-programme 1.1. – Office of the CEO:
The Office of the CEO provides overall strategic direction, leadership and management for MKI. It ensures that there is alignment across the operational programmes, is responsible for the implementation of strategy, policy and directives of the Board and has direct oversight over legal services. The Office is responsible for the development of the Annual Performance Plans, Annual Reports and ensuring that the strategic and annual performance plan targets are achieved.
Sub-programme 1.2. – Finance:
This sub-programme houses finance, supply chain management and information technology that the operations of the Institute. The sub-programme provides support in contract management, entity performance monitoring, budgetary and financial reporting, and ensures that systems are running in support of all programmes. It is responsible for the development internal controls to enable effective and efficient financial, supply chain and information technology management processes compliant with the PFMA and policies of the MKI.
Sub-programme 1.3. – Corporate Services:
This sub-programme houses business development, human resources management and monitoring and evaluation. The business development unit provides support to operations by securing partnerships, establishing and maintaining effective communication within the Institute, shareholder and stakeholders. This unit also employs varied systems and strategies aimed at enhancing brand awareness and increased knowledge about the Institute’s programme offerings to raise funds for programme delivery. Corporate services also house human resources administration and staff development, as well as monitoring and evaluation services for the entire Institute. The following tables illustrate the strategic objectives, programme performance objectives, annual and quarterly targets to be pursued through the administration programme by sub-programme.
PROGRAMME 2: SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS
The Skills Development programme focuses on bursaries, schools and skills training coordination sub-programmes. The bursary programme will focus on bursaries for postgraduate level and for its own scholars/undergraduates. MKI will also be establishing a special school for needy and deserving students, to address gaps in skills and industry in science and technology. In order to support skills interventions that identify and address current and future needs, MKI aims to coordinate selected sector-based training forums. Priority sectors such as maritime and agro-processing will be targeted. The following table illustrates the programme and sub-programme structure and its associated strategic goals and strategic objectives.
PROGRAMME 3: RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
The research and innovation programme provide support in an interdisciplinary and applied approach towards research development and innovation interventions for the province. The Board of MKI has embraced the proposed new mandate of the Institute and welcomes the opportunity to support the growth of a knowledge-based economy. There are limited platforms in KZN for strategic and critical reflection on the key issues for future economic growth, particularly on how develop and use knowledge to radically transform the existing economic structure. This could enable MKI to operate in a trans-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary manner at the nexus of science-economic-social research aimed at enabling the provincial government and civil society to better understand the opportunities presented, shaping their policy and investment choices, harnessing the economic and scientific opportunities for growth and development and managing the pitfalls related to potential negative consequences. The following table illustrates the programme and sub-programme structure and its associated strategic goals and strategic objectives.
PROGRAMME 4: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Emerging technologies programme identifies research priorities and undertake relevant research in order to advise on the impact of 4IR on current and future economic growth paths within KZN.