Concerned Providers Interest Group – QCTO/SAQA/SETA/DHET


The use and abuse of DHET, QCTO and SAQA Logo?

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    • #76214
      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      The use of a Logo.

      We first saw the DHET logo being used by providers whom have not been registered by the DHET (NOTE: IT IS NOT ALLOWED UNLESS YOU ARE A STATE OWNED ENTERPRISE/COMPANY), then we started seeing the QCTO being used by providers that were not accredited by the QCTO or accredited, but did not know that the use of the QCTO logo is forbidden (as per the QCTO published circular).

      The next logo that are being used, is the SAQA logo. Okay, let’s be clear – SAQA does not accredit Private Skills Development Providers (nope they don’t). So, in order to use the SAQA logo, you need permission to use any of the SAQA Trademarks – this is actually done in writing to the SAQA CEO. If granted (that is a HUGE IF), an agreement is entered into.

      If no written permission have been given, and no agreement/license is evident, then the use of the SAQA logo is seen as: using the trademark illegally. Extracted from the Policy on Usage SAQA Trademarks by Stakeholders reads on page 5: “In the event that SAQA becomes aware of the unauthorized usage of Trademark, the appropriate steps, including legal action with cost if necessary, to force the termination of such usage will be taken”.

      The whole point in this post, is that we cannot assume that we can make use of a Logo without permission – this is done in writing. Let’s remind each other to do what is right, and what is legal.

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    • #76216
      Alcon Dube APR
      Participant

      Thank you Lynel. It goes without saying only an unaccredited or accredited clueless provider would take such a risk. This sinister proclivity to use any IP whimsically and without due process or remorse including the mushrooming of stolen or unacknowledged learning material is a procecutable offence under law. The toil and sweat of clued up professionals is just reduced to trivially and more often than not, the end user is shortchanged.

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      • #76224
        Lynel Farrell
        Keymaster

        Thank you Alcon – if I could give you a Bells now, I would! Truly appreciate your comment!

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    • #76256
      Nigel Shipston
      Participant

      Can we include confirming with the relative SETA’s regarding use of their respective logo’s? Each has it’s own policy regarding logo use, some permit their logo use under express conditions while others do not allow use of their logo. It is recommended that any logo’s used on company documentation is permitted by the logo holder concerned, including those of professional bodies and associations.

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