Minister Nzimande Holds Productive Meeting With College Student Leaders

January 31, 2017

PRETORIA, 29 January 2017 – The Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Dr Blade Nzimande, met with the leadership of the South African Further Education and Training Students Association (SAFETSA) on Friday, resulting in a number of important milestones. The meeting came after SAFETSA submitted a list of concerns to the Department late last…

Be creative, higher education minister advises TVET colleges

January 17, 2018

Higher Education and Training Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says institutions of higher learning should be creative and innovative in creating access to education for prospective students. The call comes as universities and government-funded colleges for technical vocational education and training (TVET) struggle to enrol students. Last week, scores of students joined queues in search of places…

NSFAS, DHET slammed for failure to implement free higher education at TVET colleges

January 17, 2018

Thabo Mohlala The South African Further Education and Training Association has slammed the National Students Financial Aid Scheme and the Department of Higher Education and Training for failing to co-ordinate the implementation of free education announced by President Jacob Zuma in December last year. The association’s deputy-president, Joel Mamabolo, told 702 radio station on Friday…

Students should pay for education when they can afford to‚ fees commission says

November 27, 2017

Students should be made to accept that they should pay for education if and when they can afford to do so‚ the Heher commission has found. The long-awaited report by the commission‚ set up in January 2016 to study the feasibility of free tertiary education‚ was released on Monday. The report suggests several approaches to…

Fees Commission: TVET colleges could be biggest winners

November 27, 2017

Johannesburg – Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges will be the biggest winners if the fees commission report is fully implemented. While retired Judge Jonathan Heher outlined, in the fees commission report, that the state could not provide free tertiary education, he said TVET colleges should be fee-free for all and that stipends…

Tech colleges need better support

November 27, 2017

The much-anticipated Heher Commission report on free higher education says the state cannot afford free education for university students but recommends that study at technical and vocational education and training (TVET) should be free. The commission, headed by retired Judge Jonathan Heher, was established by President Jacob Zuma in 2015 after nationwide student protests over…

Tiger Brands Chefs

July 27, 2016

Bridgitte Backman, Group Executive for Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Tiger Brands, said the following: “ On June 16 1976, South African youth rose up against an inhumane system of government. This year almost 22 years after South Africa attained its freedom and democracy, the youth of South Africa – armed with skills, knowledge and…

Rewarding excellence at the Northern Cape Rural TVET College

October 20, 2015

With royal flare and red carpet glamour, the Northern Cape rural TVET College paid tribute to academic staff members for their achievements in 2014. During a prestigious Award Ceremony on the 29th of September 2015 at the Kathu Campus, many lecturers were rewarded for their hard work and dedication to academic excellence during the 2014…

NCR TVET College students invades the workplace

July 13, 2015

After 1994 South Africa introduces policies and strategies, and created institutions intended to improve information about training needs and opportunities. These institutions were intended to plan for skills development, to radically expand the training available in workplaces- especially for previous disadvantaged people and to improve the quality of formal education and training aimed at preparing…

Fifteen new tech colleges to be built

January 26, 2016

The rise in technical vocational education and training (TVET) college registrations has resulted in the Department of Higher Education and Training establishing 15 new technical colleges in some of the country’s provinces. A statement from the Presidency says the technical colleges will be established in four provinces across the country, namely the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal,…