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Historical Overview

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) was established in 2009 when the former Department of Education was divided into two sections: Basic Education and Higher Education and Training.

DHET Mandate

The mandate of the new Department included aspects of skills development which had previously resided in the Department of Labour.

The new Department was specifically established to focus on post-school education and training holistically and has extended its scope of operations extensively.

DHET Vision

An integrated, coordinated and articulated PSET system for improved economic participation and the social development of youth and adults.

DHET Mission

To provide strategic leadership to the PSET system through the development of appropriate steering mechanisms; effective oversight, monitoring and evaluation; the provision of support services in relation to teaching and learning, as well as the funding of PSET institutions and entities.

DHET Values

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is committed to:

  • Integrity.
  • Accountability.
  • Responsiveness.
  • Service Excellence.
  • Collaboration.


R141 million for foundation phase teachers ​​​R141 million for foundation phase teachers 
In a ground-breaking initiative, the Department of Higher Education and Training is using R141 million allocated by the European Union to attract and deliver more capable and effective foundation phase teachers, particularly teachers who teach in indigenous languages...more

Did you know?​​

The Section 29 rights states that everyone has a right to basic education including adult basic education.


Higher Education Amendment Act, November 2016​​

Accredited Skills Development providers,24 February 2016 ​