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Department of Higher Education and Training

The Department of Higher Education and Training

Historical Overview: The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) was established in 2009 when the former Department of Education was divided into two sections: Basic Education and Higher Education and Training.


DHET Mandate: The mandate of the new Department included aspects of skills development which had previously resided in the Department of Labour. The new Department was specifically established to focus on post-school education and training holistically and has extended its scope of operations extensively.


Click here to access the official website: http://www.dhet.gov.za           

Council on Higher Education (CHE)

The Council on Higher Education (CHE)

The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body established in May 1998 in terms of the Higher Education Act (Act No 101 of 1997), as amended and it functions as the Quality Council for Higher Education in terms of the National Qualifications Framework Act (Act No 67 0f 2008).


Click here to access the official website: https://www.che.ac.za                                                                                               

South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

South African Qualifications Authority

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is a juristic person - that is an entity given a legal personality by the law. The South African Qualifications Authority Board is a body of 12 members appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training.


Click here to access the official website: http://www.saqa.org.za/       

Acts and Legislation

Higher Education Act 101 of 1997 (As Amended)

This Act aims to promote good-standard education beyond formal schooling. It regulates higher education in South Africa and governs all the legislation related to the establishment and operation of a Council on Higher Education and the funding and operation of public higher education institutions (such as universities and technikons). It also provides for the appointment and functions of an independent assessor as well as the registration of private institutions.


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The South African Qualifications Authority Act 58 of 1995

This Act aims to promote good-standard education beyond formal schooling. It regulates higher education in South Africa and governs all the legislation related to the establishment and operation of a Council on Higher Education and the funding and operation of public higher education institutions (such as universities and technikons). It also provides for the appointment and functions of an independent assessor as well as the registration of private institutions.


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