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More than one million students are set to pursue higher education qualifications in 2024. Here's what's being to ensure a smooth start to the 2024 academic year. 

The 2023 academic year has officially kicked off, and 2024 applications will soon be opening. It's crucial to take note of the various dates issued by South Africa's universities so that you don't miss the deadlines to send in your applications. 

Leaving home and heading off to university is a rite of passage for many young people but it’s also a stressful time of adjustment for them and their parents; one which is exacerbated by the lack of available and affordable student accommodation.

Ongoing student protests have spread from institutions in the Western Cape, and have plagued other places of tertiary education across the country. The protests are similarly related to the financial/academic exclusions implemented by universities. 

The recent release of OpenAI's ChatGPT has taken the world by storm, raising questions about its impact and implications across various industries. One sector that urgently needs to consider questions around the opportunities and challenges surrounding ChatGPT in particular, but artificial intelligence in general, is higher education.

Students enrolled in academic programmes at South Africa’s 26 public universities are gearing up for the new academic year. However, when many of them register, they will find out that the cost of tuition and accommodation at their universities is set to increase.

Education is viewed as one of the most important instruments to reduce poverty in South Africa. The government has committed to ensuring education is accessible to students, which they believe will have long-term benefits.


Student debt currently stands at R16.5 billion, making it a burden that weighs heavily on both students and institutions of higher learning. As it continues to be on the increase, a solution that will work for those affected is much needed at this point in time.


In the fast-changing world of work and with South Africa’s high unemployment rates, many graduates (and their parents) are questioning the value of academic qualifications. Even the Bachelor of Commerce degree (BCom), previously considered the most sure-fire way to secure a job in business or finance, has come under the spotlight.


College students are often under the impression that they’ll get a well-paying job as soon as they graduate from college. Unfortunately, with South Africa’s current unemployment rate, finding a job that soon after completing their studies remains a pipe dream for most. Some graduates are fortunate enough to find work in their field of interest soon after graduation, while others spend months looking for work; some are even willing to accept an unpaid internship to gain experience. 

Prospective students considering a law degree often have visions of black robes and courtroom battles in their post-graduation future. However in South Africa, the legal practice environment has in recent years seen a movement towards more non-litigious, non-adversarial methods of dispute resolution, which means that those who were hesitant to pursue a legal qualification because of what appears like a prohibitively intimidating environment, now have cause to reconsider.

The results of the April 2021 Initial Test of Competence (ITC) of the South African Institute of Chartered  Accountants (SAICA) released on Friday 2 July 2021, once again reaffirms the University of Johannesburg (UJ)  as a leader in Accounting Education in South Africa. The ITC is the first of two professional examinations which  candidate Chartered Accountants (CAs) are required to pass in order to register with SAICA as CAs, and the  result tables compare the performance of all universities offering SAICA accredited degrees.  

Hoping to study at Unisa in 2022? Applications are now open for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. 

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced the launch of a new online high school. This new online high school will be the first of its kind in Africa.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has called for Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to resign. 

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said NSFAS is making strides, as over 60% of students who are funded by NSFAS are also SASSA beneficiaries. 

The Department of Higher Education and Training has informed the Skills Portal that they have withdrawn the press release they issued on Friday the 8th September claiming that a bogus university was launching in Johannesburg. 

Thinking of studying at Unisa? Now is the time to apply for the academic programme of your choice.

Starting university can be quite intimidating. A bigger workload, a different environment and new people can be very overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your first year on campus.




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