Lynel Farrell

  • Hi Sylvia,
    This has been confirmed by DHET, although the final word will come from the Minister. It appears that private training providers will now be evaluated within their context of operations, and not in a manner befitting a college.

    Just as a matter of clarity, this original communication was made yesterday early afternoon during a meeting…[Read more]

  • Please see copied below contents of the letter sent to DHET – provided by skills-universe member Nigel Shipston.

    In the ever unfolding saga of DHET Registration, and following the incomprehensible evaluation reports received by some training providers, the following was addressed today to DHET, QCTO, SAQA, DTI and Small Business…[Read more]

  • Hie Lynel and Nigel

    Thank you so much guys for the hard work, the report is quite detailed and it really addressees all our concerns as Close Corporations. We just hope the Minister will have a solution for us.

  • Hi Everyone. I don’t want to get too excited but I have a date with DHET, QCTO and HW SETA for the 25th of April. – Yes I’m still around and still in the battle 🙂
    I will give feedback after this date as to the outcome. I have the CC/PTY LTD question in there as well. and trust I can get back with some clear answers.

    • Hi Cornea, this is such good news! Well done. Please be advised that the CC issue is also now with the DHET Legal Team – just so that you know. We have not stopped liaising with the DHET on this issue. There legal team is working on this, but we don’t know how long it will take for an answer. So please let us know if you get any answer – this…[Read more]

      • Hi Lynel, I eventually got an answer back from Mr A Monageng Deputy Director: Private Higher Education Institutions re registration etc. He said I should contact Mrs Monica Motloi for further info and assistance, but sadley she does not answer any mails neither her phone. Livhuwani Mudimeli, Shaheeda Essack & Madikwe Mabotha were copied in on my…[Read more]

        • Hi Francois, when you email Mrs Motloi again, please ensure that you also copy in the Call Centre – do a read/receipt – keep all records. I think that the DHET is being flooded by emails and they are not able to keep up with the demand – I am aware that SETAs are starting to wake up now, but are communicating to providers in telling them they…[Read more]

  • Hello Everybody, I have been reading all the threads to the initial question posted by Lynel. I was waiting on one of my applications for a full qaulification with a seta to be approved. This has now happened and i am embarking on my quest.
    Will keep you posted on my progress and post questions on any grey areas that i encounter. I feel like Alice.

  • Dear Members, for a couple of months now, we have been working on solutions to the compulsory stipulations regarding the application for registration at the DHET.  Yes, it is true, it is compulsory and all Skills […]

    • I am about to engage with Lynel on this for one of our Clients who needs to wade through the process. Firstly the costing is really low (these three need are raise someone) I feel completely at ease that when my client engages with them. You go Team DHET!! Thank you for the selfless service you are giving.

      • Hey Tass, thank you so much for your kind message and comment. We really appreciate this so much. The main goal here is to secure training providers (SDPs). We had to lower the cost, in order to accommodate everyone – so this is not for our benefit but for the providers. We will take good care of your client. Quality submissions are most important to us. We will continue with our work and assist providers with this admin nightmare (as they call it) – thank you Tass! Your are super cool!

    • Sometimes I wonder, why do I do what I do, assisting and guiding providers nationwide, with regulations and stipulations in order to secure their business? Many members will stand behind me, as we have walked this road, with bumps, potholes, going off track, getting back on track, facing various issues, concerns and stressful situations trying to ensure that learners are given quality education, being upskilled and treated with respect. Our learners is our priority, always have been, always will be (no matter how hard it is out there).
      Today, I was my normal self, trying to convince a provider that the application is compulsory, and very important as it will affect their business if this is not done. The problem wasn’t the application per se, but in fact the problem was me. I did not meet their requirements to assist them with the application. To make this worse, I repeated: you do not have to make use of my service, but your application is important. As long as you meet the deadline of 30 June 2017 end of business day. Being treated as if you are a criminal, and being told that any document I forward is not worth the paper at all, was a low-blow to me and I cannot express how this has in fact impacted me negatively. So, now I ask you with tears in my eyes, do I deserve to be treated like this? Did I do something wrong? How do you pick up the pieces, when you have worked over a decade with private providers and Employers doing your utmost best, to give it your all?
      Is there room for improvement in how I deal with providers, learners, Authorities? Naturally I will say yes, as there is always room for improvement, this is how I learn and I do believe that many members will say the same here.
      I just had to get this off my chest. Someone, somewhere will treat me different, with respect, the same as I would treat them. I am here to assist providers, because you are important to me.
      I will continue working with providers no matter what. So, I won’t give up on you, are you going to give up on me?

    • Hello everyone! What did you do to help others this week? Did you spread the word to providers to ensure that they complete their compulsory application for registration to the DHET? Let’s take a stand together, notify others please. This is so important, and we need to adhere to these stipulations.
      Make your efforts count, we can make a positive difference in securing those whom still don’t know about the application for registration to the DHET – deadline 30 June 2017 – yes, that right – time goes by quickly, don’t delay, apply today!!

    • Eyewitness News: JOHANNESBURG – Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says the South African Qualifications Authority will soon name and shame holders of bogus qualifications on its website.
      The department says they hope this move will curb the prevalence of qualification forgeries.
      Last year, Nzimande published new regulations that will require employers to validate and verify their staff’s qualifications.
      The authority’s Shirley Lloyd says those found guilty of misrepresentation or forgery will suffer severe consequences.
      “If any kind of fraud is suspected, the South African Qualification Authority or Saqa, will report that to the police.
      “And should there be a successful prosecution through the courts and a person is found guilty of fraud in that case it will a fraudulent activity, that’s an offence and the offence carries, either a significant fine or it carries a jail sentence.”

      28 March 2017
      DHET opens cases against fraudulent private higher education colleges

      The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has formally lodged a total of 21 cases with the South African Police Services (SAPS) in the past four years to investigate suspicions of unlawful practices in the private higher education sector.

      The pending cases were reported between 2012 and 2017 and are at different levels of investigation with the SAPS. They range from allegations of unregistered institutions, illegal use of qualifications and offering of unregistered programmes.

      Registration and regulation functions for private higher education institutions are governed in accordance with the Higher Education Act No. 101, 1997 and Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions (Gazette No 39880, 2016).

      The requirement to register a private higher education institution only applies to institutions offering learning programmes that result in the awarding of qualifications such as certificates, diplomas or degrees at higher education level.

      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 also aligned with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

      DHET is aware of several colleges and institutions either not duly registered with the Department in accordance with regulations or purporting to offer unaccredited higher education programmes.

      In dealing with these institutions the Department will from time to time embark on mass public awareness campaigns at targeted major public venues and taxi ranks around the country to sensitise both prospecting students and parents on the pitfalls of illegal or bogus colleges.

      Early in 2017, the Department in partnership with local law enforcement authorities forcibly shut down several fake colleges during an impromptu inspection blitz in Braamfontein and downtown Johannesburg for operating fraudulently and contravening the relevant legislations in the private college sector. Some of the cases were referred to the police for further investigations.

      The Department will continue to monitor the status of these cases through regular contact and enquiries with the relevant investigating officers.

      The Department urges matriculants and students seeking study opportunities to be vigilant and to ensure that they authenticate the accreditation credentials of institutions before enrolling.

      Prior to enrolment, students are urged to thoroughly verify the credentials of private colleges or institutions by contacting DHET Call Centre on 0800 87 2222. The Department also maintains a full record list of both registered and unregistered private higher education institutions, private Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and skills providers which is available at:

      Information can also be obtained by visiting the Department’s Client Centre at 123 Francis Baard Street in the Pretoria CBD or by contacting DHET local district offices directly. Local district office details are available on

    • Teta email sent to their Accredited Providers (SDPs) reads:
      Importance: High
      Dear Skills Development Providers
      As per the joint communique 1 of August 2016 all Skills Development Providers Accredited that offer Occupational Qualification or Part Qualifications (skills programmes, irrespective of whether is a standalone unit standards) on the Occupational Qualifications Sub framework; by law are required to register with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Please note that this is not negotiable nor optional and people can not plead ignorant to this. For more information regarding the registration please contact Ms. Vuyokazi Patuleni on
      Nkosinathi Thango (TETA)

    • Hi everyone, please note there is only 55 business days left for the compulsory application for registration to the DHET! Don’t delay this process, you have lots of public holidays to work on this – don’t delay this important registration!!!!

    • What is the consequences if you do not adhere to this compulsory application for registration to the DHET?

      The 30 June 2017 deadline relates to registration with the Department of Higher Education and Training, not the QCTO. You only need to apply for accreditation with the QCTO if you intend to offer one of the 138 new occupational certificates. (Please note that the number of qualifications are increasing)
      If you fail to submit your registration application with the DHET by 30 June 2017 then the following will most probably happen:
      · You could be prosecuted by DHET for operating without registration and listed as a ‘bogus college’ and/or noted by SAQA on its register for misrepresentation.
      · Although this has not happened yet, the QCTO and the DHET may inform the SETAs (and other QAPs for that matter) to verify registration of all accredited providers and implement a corrective action process to ensure registration is completed as a matter of urgency.

      In terms of the Act, a person who offers or pretends to offer FET qualifications or purports to perform an act on behalf of an FET college without being registered is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both such fine and imprisonment. The Act further stipulates that a person, who pretends that a qualification has been awarded to him/her by an FET college, whereas no such qualification has been so awarded, is guilty of an offence and is liable, on conviction to any sentence, which may be imposed for fraud. NO private college is allowed to offer FET qualifications unless its application has been approved by the Registrar.
      For the past 6 months now, we have been working on solutions to the compulsory stipulations regarding the application for registration at the DHET. Yes, it is true, it is compulsory and all Skills Development Providers (Accredited Training Providers as we know it) must adhere to the requirements. Whether you are accredited with a SETA or with the QCTO (either way – it is compulsory)

    • Thank you Lynel, your web site has a lot of relevant information for this process!

      • Hi Tass, thank you, this is really appreciated. We will be updating the website as and when we get more information from the DHET. Thus far, we are concerned that Providers are delaying this process, I hope they will apply in time (this is crucial)!!

    • Dear Skills Universe Members, please note that there are only 10 weeks left to get your application for registration to the DHET! Do not delay this, it is crucial!!

  • I just wanted to add my follow up here, since the provider told me to remove my comments on this forum about his company.

    He, Cremo Vengay, demanded a meeting after I have identified him NOT as being the author of the material sold to my client. And him taking 2 months to make amendments to the materials, and that we STILL dont have. I indicated…[Read more]


  • COID – Compensation for Injuries on Duty Act stipulates that employers must be registered and contribute to a fund in case one of their employees is injured at work.

    In terms of DHET registration, when I approached FoodBev SETA, I was given the following response regarding their currently registered providers:
    • Kindly note that all FoodBev S…[Read more]

  • Hi Sylvia

    Firstly – thank you for the insightful notes! After a SETA workshop earlier this week I had many concerns (still do and hope to find proper discussions to settle my mind) about the new direction education and training is moving to in our country.

    I’ve read your notes in detail and I am ‘glad’ that some of my own concerns is…[Read more]

  • Sylvia and Lynel,
    Had a quick look at the members list; the group that is shining in its absence are the owners of the Private TVET colleges. They are not getting the message(s).

  • Hi Colette – welcome to the new site – yes I do think that Cynthia will be able to provide the DHET with a great deal of information.
    Let’s hope that she can achieve some modifications for the small providers.
    Regards sylvia

  • To reinforce your message Lynel, the DHET Registrar stipulated that by being SETA accredited, you are deemed to be accredited by QCTO, as QCTO have delegated the accreditation task to SETA’s until such time as QCTO can take over that function fully. So the SETA’s are seen as an “agent” of QCTO, which in turn qualifies all SETA accredited…[Read more]

    • Thank you Nigel. It seems that providers are given the wrong information, which is unfair to say the least. This is no time to assume, but to adhere and comply – if not, businesses will be forced to close down – which I do not believe is the intention of the DHET at all. They want to ensure that bogus providers are moved out of the system. We…[Read more]

  • Dear Skills Universe Members, concerned Training Providers (SDPs), the JC1 Group Consultants have in fact started with various communications to address all your needs and concerns with regards to the compulsory application to the DHET. Here is a letter that we have sent. We are working on these applications daily (7 days a week) to ensure…[Read more]

  • Hi Sylvia

    Thanks for your detailed notes! I think it’s clear that DHET needs to put in a bit more work to understand the private provider environment.

  • HI Gill, if you click on Downloads you will see at the top my 7 page report – you can Download the full Word document.
    I will update that section with any further info received.

  • Hi Sylvia, thanks for the update and please forward any additional information. The new site has a really great look and feel. Well done!!

  • The CEO of APPETD very kindly invited me to attend the meeting that they had arranged to provide private providers of occupational qualifications or part qualification with details of what is required for registration with DHET.
    In addition to accreditation with the QCTO or delegated Assessment Quality Partners, the private providers must now…[Read more]

  • This is a good idea, Sylvia and I hope we will manage to make a difference towards the quality of ETD offered by private learning institutions and QA by the QA Bodies. Let’s just not complain only (although I would have loved to) but also offer some good suggestions.

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