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Media Releases and Statements 2019

14 August 2019

20 July 2019

27 May 2019

11 April 2019 

02 April 2019

27 March 2019

26 March 2019

15 March 2019

11 March 2019

11 March 2019
Minister Pandor to officially open the National Skills Conference and officiate at the Skills Awards gala dinner ceremony
01 March 2019

26 February 2019

21 February 2019

DHET is committed to finding solutions to issues raised by NEHAWU

08 January 2019

08 January 2019

Media Releases and Statements 2018

12 December 2018

12 December 2018

07 December 2018

08 October 2018

GANDHI-Mandela centre of specialisation for artisan skills launched in Pretoria

11 September 2018

Statement of Importance on NSFAS to the National Assembly by Minister Naledi Pandor

30 October 2018

NSFAS applications for 2019 to open on Monday – 03 September 2018

17 August 2018 
Minister Pandor appoints Dr Randall Carollissen as NSFAS Administrator

July 2018
Mpumalanga & North West TVET colleges battle it out for the 'regional Mandela centenary quiz competition' title 

Minister Pandor appoints a strong Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Reference Group

Minister Pandor opens state-of-the-art KSD TVET College's refurbished student residences

The Peddling of lies, Illegal use of the DHET letterhead and DG’s signature

Winnie Madikizela Mandela tribute
The sudden passing of Mama Winnie has resulted in national grief, an outpouring of never-told-before anecdotes and a daily obsession with retelling and reviewing her life. Hers was much more than an ordinary life. She was an extraordinary woman, a woman of substance who made an indelible contribution to our history, our struggle, and our freedom.

Minister Naledi Pandor's speech to graduates of the Wholesale and Retail SETA's 2017 Retail Management Development Programme

17 Institutions of higher learning share R1.1 billion to build student housing

The Department of Higher Education and Training launches Artisan Centres of Specialisation

Applications for International Scholarship for 2018 are Now Open

The Department of Higher Education and Training Compliance Inspection Drive Exposes Fraudulent Private Colleges 

Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) embarks on a countrywide Private Colleges inspection to enforce Compliance

Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela meets with the EFF student command on matters pertaining To Higher Education

Media Briefing Input on Subsidised Free Higher Education                                     for Poor and Working-Class Students

The Department of Higher Education and Training Calls on Successful Matriculants without a University or College space to Register with CACH

Media Releases and Statements 2017

Students to stay on high alert against bourgeoning illegal private colleges operating across the country

The Department of Higher Education and Training upholds a Durban-based College operating licence appeal

High alert warning for an Illovo Private College offering unacredited Higher Education programmes

Ministers from South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to Forge Collaboration in the Field of Higher Education and Training

Update on Durban based Oval International Computer Education (Pty) Ltd Operating License Cancellation

Minister Mkhize Pleased with rising University Graduation numbers and the continuing transformation of South Africa's Higher Education Sector
The Department of Higher Education and training clears TVET Colleges national diplomas and national certificate (vocational) certification backlogs

Department of Higher Education and Training announces Electronic Query System for TVET College students
22 Students to Attend Prestigious World Skills International Competition in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Minister Nzimande Wishes Them Well

The Department of Higher Education and Training Welcomes Improved SETA Audit Performance

Minister Nzimande to Host Mandela Day Career Development Festival in Kimberly

DHET Warning on Cloned and Fraudulent Online Universities

DHET clarifies a recent story making rounds on social media about the Minister being ordered to offer qualifications to MK veterans
19 Septermber 2017 - The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) wishes to clarify that a recent story making rounds on social media alleging that Minister Blade Nzimande has been ordered by President Jacob Zuma to offer MK veterans unearned higher education certificates and diplomas is fake news and need to be treated as such. 

Japan offers free Scholarships for South African Students

DHET High Alert on a Hoax Circular on the Adjustment of College Examination Marks

The Department of Higher Education and Training Prepares for the upcoming World Skills Competition

Capacity Constraints at Medical Schools Puts Pressure on Clinical Training of Foreign-Trained Medical Students

The Department of Higher Education and Training media statement on Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana

DHET Announces the Rescheduling of Certain Report 190/1 August 2017 TVET College Examination Question Papers
27 July 2017- The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has received evidence to the effect that the question papers for certain subjects currently being written in the Report 190/1 Engineering Studies August 2017 examinations may have been compromised.

The DHET new alert on illegal fine art college operating in Cape Town and Pietermarizburg

DHET Investigates a suspected Bogus International University In Central Pretoria
18 July 2017 - The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is investigating the owners of a suspected fraudulent international University on allegations of operating an illegal private institution in central Pretoria. 

Government Pushes to Increase Critically-Needed Student Accommodation at Universities and Colleges

Deputy Minister Manana to officiate at the opening of the higher education and training aids youth conference in durban


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



Minister Nzimande Calls on South Africans to Work Together to Bring Arsonists to Book

NQF Legislation To Tighten On Education, Training Providers, Verification Of Qualifications

Media Releases and Statements 2016
Government Unveils Innovative Blueprint to Fund SA’s Poor and Missing Middle Students

Minister Blade Nzimande Welcomes Auditor General’s Report on Clean SETA Audits, Urges Other DHET Entities to Emulate Them

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has welcomed the 2015/16 report by the Auditor General which highlights the significant positive contribution of the Sector Education and Training Authorities to the year’s overall improved performance at national government level.

Bad weather delays TVET college examinations

October 2016

Minister Nzimande welcomes resumption of classes

DM Manana call: “Parents with your children to go back, write exams for 2016 academic year”

Minister Nzimande meets with University of Zululand

DHET appoints team to address SGBV in HE institutions

Minister Nzimande hosts a successful multi-stakeholder meeting

September 2016
Minister Nzimande concerned with escalating violent protests
Minister Nzimande condemns violent protests

Minister Nzimande makes announcement on 2017 fee support to students from poor, working & middle class families

Progress on 2016 university funding

DHET, NSA to host conference, present skills development awards

7 September 2016 - Consultations are Continuing on 2017 University Fees, DHET Calls for Continuing Patience from All Sides

August 2016

16 August 2016 - "Usain Bolt will be retiring soon, this could be the next star." That is how the legendary Michael Johnson explained the feat by the Kovsie athlete Wayde van Niekerk.

July 2016
27 July 2016 - Deputy Minister Manana concludes a successful 2-day engagement with employers and high school learners in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape

June 2016
Standerton House Hand Over
Mandela Day Career Development

The Fees Commission extends the due date for submissions to 30 June

May 2016

Manana promotes Decade of the Artisan in the North West

NFS appointed to investigate NSFAS allegations

Manana launches Aids campaign in Mpumalanga

Minister Blade Nzimande visits injured Wits students in hospital, sends condolences to the university and families on tragic death of students

April 2016

March 2016

Deputy Minister visits rural university

February 2016
Appointment of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) board for the period 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2020

Statement on the death of a student in DUT

Further delay in release of NC (V) certificates

Update on the release of noted report 190/1 November 2015 examination results

January 2016

Deputy Minister Manana promoting linkages between TVET Colleges and Industry

Statement on Registered Colleges

Minister Nzimande engages with university student leadership

President Zuma announces Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education funding and other issues

Minister Nzimande on opportunities for the 2015 matriculants in the post-school education and training system 11 January 2016  


Durban Statement 17 October 2015

Disruptions at Institutions of Higher Learning as a Result of Student Political Intolerance

Dedicated funding for students with special needs

Majuba TVET College Decade of the Artisan

The Ministry applauds the formation of Universities South Africa

Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr. Mduduzi Manana to visit North West School for the deaf in North West for the "opportunities for people with disabilities" campaign

First Things First programme launched in Mthatha

Media statement on the Payment of CET Educators

The new Social Inclusion policy framework for Post school education seek to eliminate discrimination of all forms

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Minister Nzimande is saddened about the passing away of one of the leading historian professor Jeff  Guy,17 December 2014

Minister Nzimande is upbeat about the National Skills Fund management, its project funding and its efficient due diligence

Statement from Higher Education South Africa (HESA) following the meeting held between HESA, DHET, NSFAS and the Minister of Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande on Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Department of Education and Training is expanding TVET Colleges as institutions of choice by building more Campuses in South Africa

The statement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training on fraudulent qualifications in South Africa: 03 December 2014 

Conference on building infrastructure and capacity in Higher Education: Lessons from China and South Africa

Media statement by the Director-General, Mr Gwebinkudla Qonde, on the removal (de-accreditation) of the Mediterranean Journal of Social Science from the IBSS list 17 November 2014

Higher Education and Training Department to host a national TVET college conference

The Department of Higher Education and Training condemns the killing of a student at the Tshwane University of Technology

Partnership between UNISA and TVET colleges sealed

Statement by the Minister of higher Education and Training on a visit to United Kingdom to build partnerships with institutions of  Post-School Education and Training 

Statement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training on incorporation of Medunsa campus into SMU

Statement by Minister Dr Blade Nzimande Incorporation of the Lowveld College of Agriculture (Mbombela Campus) into the University of Mpumalanga

Synthesis to the report of the independent investigation task team on the welcoming and introduction of first year students at North West University

Response to the report of the independent investigation task team on the welcoming and introduction of first year students at North West University

Media Statement: Minister Nzimande has condemned the TUT criminal act during strike

Minister Nzimande welcomes the normalisation of the situation at MEDUNSA

Minister Nzimande to launch SAFTA in partnership with Vukani Aviation

The Minister of Higher Education and Training in partnership with the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Secretariat (PICC) will launch the "Skills for and through SIPs" report

Minister Nzimande on the Department of Higher Education and Training's 3rd Quarter Performance Report

Ministry of Higher Education and Training to Launch Apply Now Campaign2014 and Career Guidance Expo in Pietermaritzburg

Keynote Address by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande at the Launch of the KZN FET Graduate Placement Project, UMgungundlovu TVET College, Pietermaritzburg, 04 April 2014

Opening remarks by the Director-General of Higher Education and Training, Mr GF Qonde, at the Free State Further Education and Training colleges placement launch, Flavius Mareka FET college, Sasolburg on 1 April 2014

Speech by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, at the Launch of the Free State FET Graduate Placement Project at the Flavius Mareka TVET College, Sasolburg, 1 April 2014

Media Statement on Post-School Education and Training Opportunities: 09 January 2014


Deputy Minister is officially handing over a state of art wheelchair to Mr Muziwendoda Alfred Bhengu: 8 November 2013

The Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with the University of KZN will host the Mzala Nxumalo 23 October 2013

Minister Nzimande to address BRICS academics: 11 March 2013


Tribute to Professor Jakes Gerwel, 28 November 2012

Minister Nzimande applauds SAPS quick response at examination leakages in Mpumalanga FET College, 22 November 2012

Minister Nzimande calls on COSATU to develop sector and union-based Skills strategies, 03 July 2012

Minister Nzimande engages higher education and training stakeholders on growth and infrastructure expansion plans, 06 July 2012

Minister Nzimande meets SAMA to discuss medical training in the country and other issues, 23 October 2012

Minister Nzimande on The New Age - SABC 2 Business Breakfast

Minister Nzimande pays tribute to Dr Neville Alexander, 28 August 2012

NSFAS sets the record straight

The Department of Higher Education and Training welcomes the groundswell of popular support for the position that we have been arguing for some years: that our post-school system (university, TVET, and community college) is seriously underfunded...more

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Universities recorded an enrolment increase of close on 25%, rising to 180,823 students in 2013.


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