Minister Nzimande Is Ready For Class of 2020

Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that they are ready for the new intake of first time students and also gave an update on NSFAS, University and College admissions and CACH.


Now that Matric results are out, the Department of Higher Education has to prepare for the incoming students.

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, congratulated the Matric Class of 2020 on their pass rate of 76.2%. 

"These results illustrates the resilience of the South African youth and our schooling system, despite the unprecedented challenges brought by COVID-19," said Nzimande.

University Admissions

University admissions’ decisions are made by individual universities. Universities have staggered registrations for continuing and new students.

Admissions decisions will be processed this week now that Matric results are out.

The 2021 academic year will officially commence between March and April.

TVET College Admissions

TVET Colleges will also start welcoming students for their National Certificates (Vocational) and National Diploma programmes. 

Should individuals need to build their learning before doing a course, they are then able to do the Foundational Learning Programme (FLP) for one year, and then proceed into a qualification offered at TVET colleges.

Applicants are also encouraged to check for placement opportunities at the college closest to them. A full list of colleges can be accessed on the homepage of the Department’s website:

Matric Rewrites

The Minister went on to encourage learners to take advantage of Second Chance Matric Programme if they want to rewrite their papers. 

Adults and out-of-school youth who want to improve their marks are also encouraged to register for examinations by 21st March 2021 for the May/June 2021 senior certificate examinations at Community Education and Training (CET) Colleges.

A list of CET colleges is on the homepage of

Central Application Clearing House (CACH)

The Central Application Clearing House (CACH) is there for students who applied for a space in a University or College but were denied. 

CACH is a referral system and will refer students to institutions who have space.

Sign up by sending an SMS with your name and ID number to 31629, visit or e-mail

National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

Nzimande made it clear that all students who are already funded by NSFAS and who have met their study and eligibility criteria will continue to be funded this year.

NSFAS received 730 000 online applications and 60 000 applications done through the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the TVET college walk in processes.

NSFAS is currently finalising the due diligence and quality checks of the application information received. They will communicate funding eligibility once the verification and quality assurance process is complete in order to ensure the credibility of this important process.

Funding for students will begin once NSFAS receives registration information from the respective higher education institution.

NSFAS applicants are advised to track their applications on the myNSFAS portal. Here, pending documents can be uploaded as well.

Legacy Qualifications

It was recently brought to everyone's attention that NSFAS will be stopping the funding of various courses. However, it's important to note that these courses are those which are being phased out.

Those students who are already being funded for these qualifications may continue to complete their qualifications and their funding will not be affected.

The Bachelor of Nursing and the Bachelor of Education at NQF Level 7 are still being funded by NSFAS.

The Minister has said that him and his department are ready to receive a new cohort of first-time entrants in all institutions of higher education and training.

Read the full statement from Minister Blade Nzimande and the Department of Higher Education here.

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