What is it?

DHET publishes data on the status and services provided by post-school training institutions as well as statistics related to student intake and performance, staffing and NSFAS funding distribution.

Key Points

  • Covers universities, TVETs, CETs and SETA learning programmes
  • Lists of registered, closed and illegal training institutions
  • Enrolments and examination results by field of study and gender
  • Staff numbers by population group and position

Why is it Important?

Post-school education and training in South Africa needs to accommodate much higher student enrolment numbers whilst also being responsive to the needs of society. Accurate data on student enrolment and staffing is critical for planning and allocation of resources. Prospective students also need information on credible, registered institutions.

How can it be accessed and used?

The DHET resources are distributed across a few website pages. Highlights include:

  1. Registers of skills development providers, private higher education institutions and private colleges published in PDF files and updated regularly.
  2. Annual statistics on highed education institutions (HEIs) (largely universities), TVETs, CETs and SETA learning programmes. Data is published as tables in PDF reports and covers student enrolments, staffing, examination results and graduations, and NSFAS and other funding distributions.
  3. Organising framework for occupations (OFO) list of job categories and descriptions. This is important for defining what skills are needed in different occupations and how these align with post-school training.
  4. Accredited lists of conferences and journals for research publications.
  5. Public TVET colleges contact information and GPS location.

For additional insights and more accessible data, the Centre for Higher Education Trust has sourced, analysed and visualised data from DHET related to universities and colleges in South Africa (and Africa). Data on higher education enrolment and achievement is also collected as part of Stats SA surveys, such as the annual General Household Survey (GHS) and 2016 Community Survey.

Registered private higher education institutions

Location: South Africa
Year: 2018Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • NAME: Name of the private higher education institution
  • SITES OF DELIVERY: Places where the training takes place
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Degrees and certificates that the institution is registered to offer

Public TVET colleges contact and location

Location: South Africa
Year: 2018Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • College name: Name of the TVET college
  • GIS Latitude/ Longitude: GPS location of the college
  • Websites for contact: Web URL for the college
  • statistics
  • research
  • monitoring
  • education
  • youth

Resource contact name:Department of Higher Education and Training

Creation or start date:2018-12-11

Resource contact updated at:2018-12-14

Spatial coverage  South Africa http://www.geonames.org/953987/south-africa.html

Where else has the resource been used?

Year Project Name::
2018 An analysis of out of school youth who have not completed matric: what can available data tell us?
2018 The changing demography of academic staff at higher education institutions (HEIs) in South Africa
2015 Matric mystery: What happens to all the girls who get bachelor passes?