APPETD was established in 1997 as an alliance of the Association of Private Colleges of South Africa (APCSA), Association of Private Distance Colleges (APDEC), Association of Technical Providers (ATP), and INPROV. APPETD has a profound understanding of the different forms of education provisioning in South Africa. APPETD renders services that are specifically aimed at the needs and interests of its members and private providers as a whole. The specific needs include face to face, distance learning, Adult Basic Education (ABET), Early childhood Development (ECD), and Health Education.

Latest News from APPETD

Announcing the launch of the Nurse Education Institute Committee Portal

We are proud to announce the launch of the Nurse Education Institute Committee Portal. The purpose of this committee is to discuss and promote strategies for the survival of private NEI’s in the new legislative landscape. APPETD has also launched a forum to enhance collaboration between members of the NEI Committee and other strategic stakeholders.

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In the News: Cathsseta bosses allegedly on the take

Athandiwe Saba reports on payments for school trips to Italy, a missing R10m and university fees for board members’ children that have allegedly been happening at the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (Cathsseta), a body established to provide training and skills development for people wanting to work in those industries.  An unspecified Africa Cup of Nations project the organisation was involved in led to the disappearance of the R10m.  An explosive internal audit draft report by audit firm Grant Thornton also contains accusations of abuse of power and nepotism against Cathsseta CEO Mike Tsotetsi.

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In the News: Matrics Entering the Workforce are Illiterate

Until we are able to improve the quality of our education in South Africa, we will have to continue to import the skills that we need – at a premium price. This comes at great expense to our economy; our personal development and the right to a decent life for all our people. The right to education is a fundamental human right, for without education, nobody can realise their full potential and shake off poverty.

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The Implementation of the SETA Grant Regulations and their Impact on the Private Provision of Education, Training and Development in South Africa 

A legal Context - One of the problems that the Grant Regulations are trying to address is the way that current grant disbursement is being done in a manner that disproportionately involves private education and training provid¬ers in delivery of skills development programmes. Access these exclusive documents and learn more about the implementation of SETA Grant Regulations and their impact on the Private Education landscape.

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Comment from Adv Betsie Basson: Matrics Entering the Workforce are Illiterate

(With reference to article published on IOL and APPETD Website respectively.)

The statement made by Jackie Carroll is not new, when the training for OBE started in the late 1990's and the decision was made to give grade 9 learners school leaving certificates, many objections and arguments were put to the Department of Education, this was brushed aside. The Department of Education expected the private sector to come on board and do their bit for society by assisting with the training of the youth in South Africa. (Employing 15 year olds and pay for their education or employing youths leaving school at any older age and educate and train them). It was also implied that the private sector businesses must lighten the burden, financial or otherwise, of the state concerning education of the youth etc. in South Africa(to make up for the past). At that stage the people who did the training said that the department envisaged many students leaving school at the age of 15 to go and work and earn an income to support their families and then the burden or as they put it the privilege for their further education will fall on their employers. 

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Report on the DHET Workshop with PHEIs – 27 February 2014

Herwith please find the report from the Workshop of the DHET at the Senate Hall, UNISA on Thursday, 27 February 2014. At the above-mentioned event both PHEIs and DHET officials stated they are grateful for the opportunity to interact. The report has been made available to members of APPETD who could not be present at the mentioned workshop.

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Latest Events, Workshops and Important Dates

Mentornet Breakfast Workshop


A breakfast workshop on how private learning providers can cope with the changes in the ETD environment. Private learning institutions find it hard to survive in an unstable environment. The only way in which to cope with such change is by gathering recent and valid information about what to expect and by using this information to manage change. 

Date: Friday 9 May 2014

Venue: Silverstar Casino and Hotel, near Krugersdorp.

Time: 08:30 to 11:00. Coffee and other beverages will be available from 08:00.

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Workshop for Private NEIs

Purpose of the workshop: To discuss strategies for the survival of private NEI’s in the new legislative landscape. RSVP on or before 4 April 2014

Date: Monday, 23 April 2014

Venue: Emperors Palace

Time: 10h00 - 15h00

 Reserve Your Seat 

South African FET/TVET College Conference

We would like to invite you to attend the 1st SA TVET COLLEGES ICT Conference organised by Gert Sibande FET College, which is scheduled to hold from 09th April 2014 – 11th April 2013 at the Graceland Hotel & Casino, Secunda, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

You can join by FAX OR EMAIL, use the entry form in the brochure below  OR Access the Gert Sibande FET College website: www.gscollege.co.za, and follow the “Conference” link.

Your attendance to this important event will be greatly appreciated! We hope to see you there!

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