Universities Ready To Welcome New Students


Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande is confident that the higher education sector is ready to welcome new students and old ones.

“As we head into a new academic year, it is important to remember that admissions’ decisions are made by individual universities and colleges and that institutions have staggered registrations for continuing and new students,” Nzimande said in a statement.

With the recent release of the Matric results, many learners are waiting for feedback from universities and colleges. 

The Minister said the final outcomes for tertiary applications will be processed this week. 

Students enrolling at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges will be offered two qualification types:

  • National Certificates (Vocational) for students without matric
  • National N Diploma (made up of the N4, N5 and N6 certificates and work experience).

“Those students who need strengthening of their learning foundations can be enrolled in the Foundational Learning Programme (FLP) for one year, and then proceed into a qualification offered in our colleges. Applicants are also encouraged to check for placement opportunities at the college closest to them,” the Minister advised.

A full list of colleges is available on the higher education department’s website:

Minister Nzimande has urged all applicants to send all required documents in order to avoid delays. 

Declined applicants can make use of the Central Application Clearing House (CACH). 

CACH is a referral system that handles applications for rejected applicants. However, the system does not handle admissions, as these are handled by higher education institutions. 

“Due to the limited spaces in universities and colleges, meeting the minimum requirements does not mean a space for everyone who applies. The department has therefore made available the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) for students who have applied for a space but were declined,” said Nzimande.

You can sign up by sending an SMS with your name and ID number to 31629, or you can visit or e-mail [email protected].

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