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The high rate of young people who are unemployed, not enrolled in education or training programmes is a concern for South Africa's higher education department. The department believes that skills development is key to solving this crisis.


The Higher Education Department is committed to playing its role to reducing unemployment in South Africa and has announced it will provide millions in funding for community colleges to upskill adults in the country. 



South Africa has 26 public universities throughout its nine provinces, however, only specified institutions offer certain unique and specialised courses. Students wanting to study at these universities require accommodation, which is not always possible.


The Higher Education Department has aligned its goals to that of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) which aims to reduce poverty, iniquity and unemployment by 2030. Here's how the department will look to contribute to these goals through its plans to support Community Education & Training (CET) colleges.


Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande has outlined how his department’s budget will develop scarce skills needed by the South African economy.

Budget allocations for the year are crucial for government departments. This year, the Department of Higher Education and Training has revealed how it will spend its allocation of R130 billion over the course of the academic year.  

There will be an increased focus on preparing young people to fill the scarce skill shortage in the South African economy. This was revealed during the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation’s budget vote on Thursday


Earlier this year, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande revealed that more than 1.1 million students will enrol at South Africa’s 26 public universities.


Higher education provider STADIO, has honoured Dr. Mathew Phosa with their first-ever Fellow of STADIO award, during a graduation ceremony in Krugersdorp on Tuesday, 12 April.


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Academic dishonesty in higher education is not a new phenomenon. The reasons why students are not academically honest are varied – some students have weaker language skills and the language at university is difficult, and for some their work ethic led them to search for non-legitimate solutions to submitting assignments, for instance. 

The cost of tertiary education is a barrier between many students and their academic goals. However, this latest announcement will put many students' minds at ease and allow them to focus on their education.

Many young people in South Africa do not have adequate skills to enter the labour force and are not upskilling themselves due to several circumstances

Unemployment, poverty and inequality have become the biggest challenges facing South Africa in a generation. Stefan Botha, CEO of education company Optimi (which is owned by PSG), gives insight into how private sector education companies are ready and willing to play a big role in boosting access to education in SA and addressing these massive challenges. 

More than 66% of South Africans between the ages of 15-years-old and 24-years-old are unemployed.

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande has ordered a full-scale forensic investigation into possible maladministration and corruption at the National Skills Fund (NSF).

Tens of thousands of young Matriculants will step onto university campuses over the coming weeks, ready to take on the next phase of their lives. This milestone marks their entry into adulthood and will be exhilarating, exciting and often rather scary, because they are now wholly autonomous and responsible for the trajectory of their lives.

Tertiary education is a significant financial commitment and not being funded could often mean financial exclusion for many students every year. 

Tertiary education is a big financial commitment for students around South Africa. Without funding, many students may not be able to attend a higher education institution.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) released the official funding list on Wednesday.