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Department of Higher Education and Training
Media Statement :The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, Statement on Post School Education and Training sector state of readiness for the academic year 2020
First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the Class of 2019 following the Minister of Basic Education announcement of the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam results.
I would like to particularly congratulate all those who will be joining us in our various post-school institutions, the public universities and TVET colleges.
The 2019 NSC overall pass. Rate, with the progressed learner included, stands at a new record of 81.3% - a 3.1 percentage points improvement from the 78.2% achieved in 2018.
Central Application Clearing House Update
Prospective first-time entry students who have applied for spaces in a university but have not been able to secure a space in their institution of choice will be referred to the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) for assistance in finding another space available in the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) system.
Students who did not apply to an institution can also utilise CACH for referral to career guidance. CACH is live from 14 January 2020 to 28 February 2020. Learners who are unable to secure spaces at the institutions they applied to can send an SMS with their name, ID and contact number to 31629 or 49200 and they will be called back. They can also access the system via the website cach.dhet.gov.za or send an email to CACH2020@dhet.gov.za. The CACH service will verify the learner’s information and forward it to institutions that still have unfilled places. Where places exist, and applicants meet the admission requirements, institutions will contact learners to offer them available places.
The 2020 CACH service is linked to the Khetha Helpline, which can provide career advice, guidance and information and assist anyone interested in pursuing higher education and training opportunities or other skills development opportunities in the PSET system. Learners will be guided through possible alternative options at TVET colleges, artisan training and other skills development opportunities.
Trained career advisors can be contacted for free on 0860 356 635. Alternatively, a ‘please call me’ can be sent to 072 204 5056 or an e-mail to
We call on all prospective students who have applied for but not been able to secure a space in an institution of their choice in 2020, to register with the CACH to receive assistance.
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Medium Term Strategic
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Research on PSET
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More PSET-related links
Council on Higher Education (CHE)
Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC)
National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NHSS)
National Skills Authority (NSA)
National Skills Fund (NSF)
National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)
Quality Council for Traders and Occupations (QCTO)
Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs)
Other related links
Career Development (Khetha)
South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
Staffing South Africa's Universities Framework (SSAUF)
Universities South Africa