Alan Hammond


  • President Zuma has made a surprise announcement that poor and middle class students will be fully funded for university and college education.

    In a statement on Saturday the President has announced changes to […]

  • As 90-year-old Thumekile Mthiyane proves, you’re never too old to learn or try new things.
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    Peter Rule, Stellenbosch University

    Change, o […]

  • Press release from Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer:
    Schools will issue report cards to learners across the province this week when the academic year ends for learners on 6 December 2017.

    My office […]

  • Predatory publishers are vultures feeding on academics’ worries about output and incentives.
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    Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University

    Every d […]

  • The Labour Appeal Court has ruled against the Minister of Higher Education and Training in a matter brought by business grouping BUSA regarding regulations enacted by the Minister in 2012.

    The Minister, at the […]

    • Just to clarify further – in effect the LAC upheld what the LC had ruled. So the LC judgment is what stands.
      That is that:
      the Minister failed to consult the NSA as required, and
      that the sweeping provision was not reasonable, especially since it was known that the SETAs were not able to adequately deal with the funds received, and that would result in a substantial amount of unspent funds.
      The LC also found that the sweeping mechanism was not compliant with the SDA., and that any changes to how the levies should be disbursed would have to come from parliament.
      So the LC set aside the 2012 regulations, suspended until 31 March 2016 for the Minister to correct the regulations.
      The Minister then did issue revised Regulations, which also state 20% levy refund, but without the sweeping mechanism.
      So the questions are:
      First, what is the status of those Regulations? Was the consultation prior to those regulations sufficient and compliant?
      Secondly, in the Report SDF edition 4/2016 by Global Business Solutions it is reported that BUSA again launched proceedings “in the Labour Court on 1 July 2016 to review and set aside Regulation 4(4) as well as the Minister’s decision to re-promulgate it”.

      Now where is that case up to – and why is it so difficult to find out what is going on?

      • Yee Yah ! They can hide but not run ! Not this time nah nah…

        There is training budget again without fear or favour 🙂 The Pivotal Grant was, and is, NOTHING more than the Discretionary Grant and I said it ALL ALONG – ( solely awarded on SETA’s discretion)

        It’s been a long haul since 2013.

  • We have a lot of vacancies at the moment from colleges, training companies and others looking for contract and permanent staff via the Jobs Portal website.

    I’ve highlighted some of the positions below, but you […]

  • Ukrainians mark the first anniversary of the Orange Revolution in 2005.
    REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

    By Jane Duncan, University of Johannesburg

    The term “colour r […]

  • Higher education will continue to be placed at the centre of government’s transformation agenda, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday.

    “The student movement has correctly put the issue of higher edu […]

  • On 14 January 2016 President Jacob Zuma established a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the feasibility of making higher education and training fee-free in South Africa.

    The Commission was chaired by […]

  • There are various vacancies available at Northlink College.

    Senior Manager: Education and Training
    – Campus Managers [x2 Posts]
    – Physical Facilities Resource Manager
    – Student Support Services Manager
    – […]

  • Stats SA have released the official report into the financial statistics of higher education institutions.

    One of the key findings was that the higher education institutions had a cash surplus of R1 628 million […]

  • Management at the University of Cape Town have announced that they have today concluded an agreement with their trade unions so the proposed strike will not go ahead.

    Workers and some students had threatened to […]

  • Media reports have speculated that the newly sworn-in MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma could be on her way to the Cabinet.

    This would be in a reshuffle that could also see Dr Blade Nzimande (who is also the […]

    • Personally, I believe that Minister Nzimande has provided leadership and brought cohesion to what was fragmented, & the White Paper provides that vision. He has also brought in new universities and enhanced the TVET college structures, which are of benefit to youth. He has been extremely constructive and responsive to the inputs from the private providers, evidenced by the DHET now accepting CCs to register as providers – following his intervention.
      Everything is not perfect and there is much more work to be done. However, it does not matter who is put in – someone new will result in delays. Education and training are key elements of our redress agenda. We need to stop moving the deckchairs, and get on with implementation – in the interests of resolving our education deficit, and providing the means to assist people to rise out of poverty.

    • My few pence worth!
      I absolutely believe that a change in Minister and/or philosophical mindset change in the corridors of the DHET will be catastrophic. I’ve always surported Dr. Nzimande’s ethos of elevating the development and position of Technical and Vocational Institutions as a means of addressing the dirty in skills development and talent production. I firmly believe this to be the case in the socio-economic phase of our skills revolution currently being focussed upon.
      The propensity of this ethos to focus on Youth and the under-employed is a saving grace for our National Democratic Revolution. Compromising this will only result in destroying decades of progress and especially averting a social crises upon which South Africa is teetering.

    • I believe Dr. Nzimande has proven, with his recent decisions regarding the DHET registration of private training providers, that he is willing to co-operate and assist private training providers within reason. At this stage, with so much he has put into the education and training sector, it would be a shame to have him removed for some demented, ill advised political manoeuvre. Do you remove a coach who is achieving something? Suffer all the growing pains of a new encumbent while all the preparations of years fall apart?

      In all honesty, I care not what party Dr. Nzimande is affiliated to, and there are times when perhaps you may question some decisions made. However, he has proven a man of integrity (something of a rarity in our current line-up), and a reasonable man willing to take action. I shudder at the thought of any changes at this time, and certainly, the speculated replacement is enough to bring on convulsions!

      Blade must NOT go!

    • No doubt Blade has done a lot since he took over office. What differentiated him is his 1.decisiveness and 2. willingness to engage other stakeholders. Can we safely say that leaders are abound to be found wanting in those two fronts if they are cocky and arrogant? Of which he is not.
      However, he has to report at both the parly and Luthuli House and it is at the latter where it all comes down.
      With Gigaba controlling finances, it is not going to be easy to reach a decision on how to tackle the financing of free education simply because he is not his own man like the two finance ministers who preceded him. So it might be easy for the powers that be at Luthuli House to agree with Zuma on replacing Blade for his ex as a means to buy time on that issue of free education. It will be easy to explain to all and sundry that: “let the new minister find her footing first and then let’s allow her to show us her plan going forward”.

  • In the age of social media controversies can grow rapidly and lead to permanent damage to a company’s reputation. It also means that young, unskilled interns can do as much damage to a company as the bosses c […]

  • Request from Educor Holdings:

    A private provider of tertiary education located in Cape Town is urgently requiring part-time Examiners and Moderators for the following disciplines:

    -Further Education and Training Certificate: PC Engineering – SAQA ID – 21190
    -Further Education and Training Certificate: PC Support – SAQA ID – 21191
    -National Cer…[Read more]

  • Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has welcomed the continuing probe by law enforcement agencies of claims of people attempting to sell places to study medicine at the University of […]

  • US online education specialist 2U has announced that they have bought Cape Town-based firm Getsmarter for $103 million in an all cash deal.

    In a press release, 2U’s CEO Chip Paucek explained the rationale […]

  • A new pact, approved by Cabinet this week, will provide an enabling environment across African states for the recognition of higher education qualifications, allowing for the mobility of learners, academics and […]

  • The staff of Portal Publishing have noted the calls from many and varied groups in South African society for a national shutdown on Friday the 7th April.
    The protests are to express the national dissatisfaction […]

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