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Mr Nigel Shipston

Education and Training Development Consultant

Dear Mr Shipston


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your correspondence  of 10 May

2017, detailing the concerns of private Skills Development Providers (SOPs) in relation to  the  requirements  for  registration  with  the  Department  of  Higher  Education  and Training.

After careful consideration of these concerns within the broader legal context and in consultation with the Director-General of the Department, who is the Registrar of private education institutions, it was decided to grant relief to SOPs to expedite their registration with the Department as follows:

1. The Department will henceforth accept and process applications for registration from

SOPs that are registered as close corporations under the Close Corporations Act, 1984,  as the Companies  Act, 2008  acknowledges  existing close  corporations  as juristic persons.

2. To  the extent  permitted  by  the  Companies  Act,  2008  and  within  the  context of differentiation therein, the Department will accept financial reports by accounting officers, chartered accountants and auditors accordingly. However SOPs will still be subject to assessment to determine their financial sustainability.

3.   The Department will continue to accept applications for registration from SOPs beyond the deadline of 30 June 2017. A determination of the closing date for acceptance of such applications shall be made by the Department in consultation with the South African Qualifications Authority and the Quality Councils and once determined it shall be publicised accordingly.

I hope the relief granted above will go a long way in ensuring that the registration of SOPs is expedited with a view to eradicate the scourge of illegal provision of private education and training in the country.

Yours sincerely
Dr BE Nzimande, MP

Minister of Higher Education and Training
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