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Nzimande Expects 270 000 New Students at Universities by 2024



Nzimande Expects 270 000 New Students at Universities by 2024

Nzimande Expects 270 000 New Students at Universities by 2024. In 2024, over 270,000 new students are expected to embark on their academic journeys at South Africa 26 public universities. Minister Blade Nzimande highlights preparations and funding mechanisms for a smooth start.

Funding Landscape by NSFAS

Minister Nzimande underscores the pivotal role played by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), revealing that 70% of university students and 90% of TVET college students will benefit from NSFAS funding in 2024.

Matric Success and Transition to Higher Education

Discussing the 2024 academic landscape, the minister acknowledges the matric class of 2023’s impressive 82.9% pass rate. Notably, 40.9% of learners achieved bachelor’s passes, unlocking access to degree programs.

University Enrollments and Monitoring Mechanisms

The minister unveils a DHET monitoring tool to assess university readiness, along with a steering committee involving key stakeholders. Over 200,000 applications for scarce skills programs signal a demand for fields such as engineering, life sciences, and teacher education.

Late Applications and Participating Universities

Late applications are accepted by various universities due to the delayed matric results release. Institutions like CPUT, DUT, MUT, and others provide opportunities for those still seeking admission.

TVET College Challenges and Enrollment Targets

Despite a substantial TVET college enrollment projection of 482,244 students, the minister acknowledges falling short of departmental targets. Challenges persist, but efforts are in place to bridge the gap.

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Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) Initiative

To enhance accessibility, the Department reopens CACH, facilitating prospective students’ registration and information acquisition about institutions offering specific academic programs in 2024.

Beware of Bogus Colleges

Minister Nzimande issues a caution against “bogus colleges,” urging the public to verify the accreditation status of educational institutions. With the reopening of CACH, students are encouraged to choose registered colleges for nationally and internationally recognized qualifications.


As South Africa anticipates an influx of 270,000 students in 2024, Minister Nzimande strategic initiatives, NSFAS funding, monitoring tools, and caution against bogus colleges promise a transformative academic journey. Stay informed and make wise choices for a successful educational pursuit.

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