Our mission and vision


SASSETA was established in terms of the Skills Development Act, No. 97 of 1998 with the mandate to promote and facilitate skills development for the safety and security sector. The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation relicensed the SETAs for the period of 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2030, to operate within the skills development framework articulated in the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) 2030. The SETA’s mandate is therefore to facilitate the skills development of multiple generations in the safety and security sector by making an active contribution towards the realisation of the National Skills Deployment Plan (NSDP) vision of ‘An Educated, Skilled and Capable Workforce for South Africa’. 

SASSETA also seeks to improve access to occupations in high demand and priority skills aligned to supporting economic growth, employment creation and social development while seeking to address systemic considerations. This should be done through the provision of need based job-oriented programmes to assist the individuals in obtaining jobs and employment opportunities. Other legislation, policies and strategies that underpins the operations of the SETA are listed in the latest SASSETA Strategic Plan available here


To be the leader in skills development for the safety and security sector in the SADC region..


Transforming and professionalising the safety security sector by providing qualifications and quality skills through effective and efficient partnerships.


SASSETA is supported by the culture of Ubuntu and subscribes to the following values:

  • Leadership – We commit to decisive leadership in advancing skills development within the sector.
  • Equity – We commit to treat all diverse stakeholders in an equitable manner.
  • Accountability, transparency and integrity – We pledge to execute SASSETA’s responsibilities in an open, honest, and ethical manner.
  • Professionalism – We work as a team and value the contribution of others, while maintaining proficiency and service excellence.