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Minister of Higher Education and Training

Dr Bonginkosi "Blade"​ Emmanuel Nzimande  

Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize

Date of Birth: 6 September 1952

Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize is the Minister of Higher              Education and Training of the Republic of South Africa          with effect from 17 October 2017.

 Prof Mkhize is a founder member and a trustee of the             Children and Violence Trust, she has been a trustee of the     Malibongwe Business Trust from 2005.

 She has been chairperson of the Peace Commission of the   South African Women in Dialogue since 2004; she is             treasurer  general of the African National Congress (ANC)     Women's League (ANCWL), and has been a member of the  National Executive Committee of the ANCWL since 2008.

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Minister Nzimande says RPL to be applied more widely
Minister Nzimande says RPL to be applied more widely
11 April 2017 – Minister Blade Nzimande says “recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be applied more widely, especially for young adults who wish to access programmes in our colleges.  Admission will not only be based on qualifications held by learners”.  Some 90 learners also graduated at the launch of the Umgungundlovu TVET College RPL Centre. Full speech

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Dr Blade Nzimande is the first minister of Higher Education and Training, appointed in 2009, reappointed in 2014. ​


DHET annual report 2014-2015​


Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Bongani Emmanuel Nzimande, University of Natal​