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 As matriculants prepare to write their final examinations, many of them will be planning for the next step. For many this means studying further at a tertiary institution, which can be expensive.

Unisa have strongly criticised the decision made by Higher Education Minister to place the institution under administration. The university have raised several concerns about the timing of this decision as students are currently writing their final exams. 

Over the years, the tertiary education sector has faced many challenges ensuring access and affordability of higher education for all students. Government has put additional measures in place that aim to increase student intake within the sector.

TVET colleges provide students with practical skills and theoretical knowledge in various fields. However, the high dropout rate in TVET colleges has been a major concern for the Department of Higher Education and Training.

The Department of Higher Education wants to broaden access to tertiary education. A major component of increasing access to higher education will be the use of online learning.


Acts of corruption and the looting of public funds are some of the greatest challenges faced in South Africa. Experts have highlighted that corruption appears to have firmed its grip on the country’s tertiary education sector as well.  

It has been more than a decade since South Africa first encountered rolling blackouts. Loadshedding has been a heavy burden on various institutions that rely on electricity on a daily basis, and universities are among those whose pockets have been affected.


Thousands of students at Higher Education institutions across the country are currently facing financial exclusions and fee blocks. Many have raised concerns about what steps government is taking to resolve this crisis.

Usually when applying to universities, you will need to budget for application fees. Luckily, there are some universities that don't ask for one. 

A learnership is a great way to kick-start your professional career if skills development forms part of your career goals. Fortunately, SETA's are a good place to start looking.

The Department of Higher Education has various plans developing that aim to improve the Post-School Education and Training sector, for female students and TVET colleges, specifically. 

Although it has been a few weeks since the NSFAS confirmed that allowances are being disbursed to TVET college, a recent portfolio committee meeting indicates this is only true for a select few. 

Rorschach Innovation Services, a company headed up by MANCOSA alumni Niall Naidoo, has won the recently held pan-African Honoris at Harvard Entrepreneurship Competition. Naidoo will be jetting off to Harvard University in the USA on 22 March to participate in the Africa Business Conference 2023.

Following the recent completion of its first selection process of applicants on CACH, the Higher department is calling on prospective students to register and apply before the closing deadline. A recent update by the department also indicates that hundreds of applicants have been successfully assisted by the system.

The path to pursuing a meaningful career may begin in your post-school education, but skills training is the way to go if you have placed your future prospects on a career that involves practical skills. 

Having years of experience in your respective field can be beneficial when pursuing a qualification. This is because your chosen institution will still be interested in whether your skill levels match your preferred qualification, and this is where Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can benefit your eligibility status. 

Since the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in 2015, and its subsequent rise in prominence, the global view of education has been challenged to the extent that education systems need to be adaptable, or they will face becoming irrelevant.



Studying at the tertiary level while employed can be a bit of a demanding task, but if you are up for it and Brand Management is your preferred course, there are some options out there that you may find worth considering. 

Tertiary education comes at a high cost for many young South Africans. However, the Higher Education Department claims to already put measures in place to make higher education more through free online course programs from some of the country's top-ranking higher learning institutions. 




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