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Director-General of Higher Education and Training

​​Mr Gwebinkundla Fellix Qonde​​

Mr Gwebinkundla Fellix Qonde

  • Holds a MA in Education
  • Held various senior positions: Principal of the Harry Gwala Secondary School, special advisor to the Minister of Higher Education, councillor with the City of Cape Town, executive director and deputy municipal manager for Cape Winelands District Municipality
  • Initiated the Khayelitsha Development Forum​

A former school principal, Mr Gwebinkundla Fellix Qonde was appointed Director-General in September 2011. 

He holds a Master’s degree in Education, as well as Bachelors in Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees and a Diploma in Labour Law.

Mr Qonde started his career as an educator, moving through the ranks of management to become the Principal of Harry Gwala Secondary School. He has also served as a special advisor on education to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande. 

Other leadership positions include serving as a Councillor within the City of Cape Town. His local government experience at strategic management level spans six years in the positions of Executive Director for Corporate Services and Deputy Municipal Manager for the Cape Winelands District Municipality. During his tenure at Cape Winelands it won an award for the best run municipality in South Africa. 

Mr Qonde initiated the Khayelitsha Development Forum and has served on many structures with the aim of developing and uplifting communities.


PA to the Director-General​

Nandipha Gatyeni (Ms)                                                                    
012 312 6349/50

Pretoria Office​

123 Francis Baard Street, Pretoria, 0001 Map
Private Bag X174, Pretoria, 0001
Telephone +27 12 312-6349/50
Fax 012 323 0291

​Cape Town Office

120 Plein Street, Cape Town, 8000 Map
Telephone +27 21 469-5175
Fax +27 21 461-1761

​​​Qonde talks about DHET's 2015​ Qonde talks about DHET's 2015​
2015 has certainly been a year of major milestones for DHET. We have moved towards strengthening our post-school education and training oversight mandate with the transfer of TVET colleges and establishment of Community Education and Training Colleges, expansion in the university sector and now the transfer to DHET of Agricultural Colleges is underway, a project recently commenced...more

Did you know?

Winelands District Municipality, Qonde's municipality, the Cape Winelands won an award for the best run municipality in South Africa. 


DHET annual report 2020-2021​


Director-General, Department of Higher Education and Training, Gwebindkundla Gwebs Qonde​