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By lynelfarrell, 16 January, 2018

To all Accredited Training Providers in South Africa!

For the past year we have been posting various information blogs/discussions on various online sites, whereby we have attempted to share information of the compulsory application for registration with the DHET. The DHET is now in full force, and will ensure that public awareness is done, to combat and get rid of the bogus/fly-by-night providers.

We have taken the liberty to share the information with you, to ensure that this very important messages will be reaching you. Please adhere to the stipulations, rules and requirements, in order to save your business and to continue to upskill learners. There is no time to delay this process, or take chances. The time is now.

Extracts from the DHET Facebook page, which is in the public domain today 16 January 2018:

“Prospective students can also access the private and public higher institutions registers on the Department’s website at www.dhet.gov.za/resources/Registers or call the DHET at 0800 87 22 22.”

“Students are therefore urged to verify the accreditation and registration status of private colleges and private higher education institutions, their programmes and sites, with the Department, the relevant SETAs and the QCTO.”

“As a new legislative requirement all private Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) accredited providers are now required to register with the Department as private colleges.”

“All private higher education institutions are governed by the Higher Education Act, 1997 and the Continuing Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006. The purpose of the legislations is to ensure that institutions operate within the law, have the necessary resources, capacity and expertise to offer acceptable standards of higher education qualifications that are aligned to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).”

“The campaign - in partnership with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the Quality Councils - will kick off on Thursday 18 January 2018 at the main Rustenburg taxi rank. The campaign will conclude on 10 February 2018 with an inspection blitz in Bloemfontein at 28 Maitland Street as well as a mass awareness campaign at the taxi rank.”

“The DHET officials will be conducting impromptu inspections in partnership with local law enforcement authorities as well as public awareness campaigns in public venues and taxi ranks countrywide to expose fraudulent private higher institutions that are rampant this time of the year.”
“The campaign will consist of inspections and public awareness activities in major towns and cities around the country including Rustenburg, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Bloemfontein”

“The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) will be embarking on a three-week long nationwide public awareness campaign aimed at enforcing compliance with the relevant legislations in the private college sector.”

“WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT DOING ABOUT PRIVATE EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE NOT REGISTERED (FLY-BY-NIGHT OR BOGUS INSTITUTIONS) ?
The Department of Higher Education and Training is working closely with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other law-enforcement agencies to close down unregistered private institutions including raising massive public awareness. In addition, the Department regularly alerts the public through MEDIA ALERTS.”


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