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.

(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. 

Thursday, 03 April 2014 08:04

A message to all private NEIs

Dear Colleague

Since publication of The National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice 2012/13-2016/17 in March 2013 and subsequent Regulations published by SANC, we have all struggled to understand why a successful scenario for private NEI’s in the FET band of the NQF should be disrupted.

The introduction of ‘new’ qualifications and a wholesale migration to the Higher Education Band of the NQF has seemed to us all as unnecessary and the CHE criteria as unduly onerous and lacking in relevance. This was particularly so when examination of the specific outcomes of the ‘new’ qualifications at Level 5 & 6 revealed a programme identical to that currently being delivered by private NEI’s in respect of R2176, R2175 and R683.

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.

 Visit the NEI Committee Portal Register on the NEI Forum 

The Department of Health has published the National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice 2012/13 - 2016/17 on its website. The development of the strategic plan has its roots firmly in the Nursing Summit which took place in 2011 and the Nursing Compact that was drawn up as a direct consequence of the Summit.

This link is published on the Nursing Council website in an effort to distribute this important information as widely as possible and particularly amongst the nursing profession and others involved in the health care sector.  Please download a copy of the strategy document and share it with your friends and colleagues.  

Click here to download

Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:41

Briefing Document QCTO/PNEI’s Workshop

The objective of the workshop is to find a way to create circumstances in which NEI’s are able to deliver the proposed new Certificate at Level 5 and Diploma at Level 6 as QCTO accredited and registered TVET (FET) Colleges with effect from 2015.  This would effectively mean that they can continue to do what they have done successfully for the past 20 years.  The ‘new’ Certificate and Diploma need a four year learning programme which is exactly the same period as the current combined programme for the three legacy qualifications; R2176, R2175 & R683.  In developing a ‘new’ curriculum for the Certificate and Diploma, it is suggested that there will be no significant difference between that and the content or level of the learning programme currently being delivered by private NEI’s for the ‘legacy’ qualifications.  To relate current content, outcomes and competency levels to the Level 3 & Level 4 qualifications now registered on the OQSF is disingenuous. Benefiting from your own professional experience and the close relationship with working professionals in the wide range of health institutions where student nurses from private NEI’s are placed, your facilitation staff have no doubt continuously integrated changes in scope of practice, technology and scientific developments in health care into the programmes being taught.  Without such a development, graduates would have been unemployable and this is certainly not the case.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:33

Occupation or Profession

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose; by any other name would smell as sweet."

In Shakespeare’s lyrical tale of star crossed lovers, this is how Juliet Capulet tells Romeo Montague that names are an arbitrary and meaningless convention and that she loves the man not the name. This one short line encapsulates the central struggle and tragedy of the play!

Almost five hundred years later do we still, in our every day lives, care more for the name than the substance?  The Concise Oxford English Dictionary says that an occupation is a job or profession and that a profession is a paid occupation especially one involving training and a formal qualification.  So a professional nurse is a qualified person in a paid occupation.

Report on Workshop for Private NEI’s: Held on Monday, 10th March 2014 in Durban

Purpose of the workshop: To discuss strategies for the survival of private NEI’s in the new legislative landscape.


  • Thomas Lata – Director General - QCTO
  • Vijayen Naidoo – Director General -QCTO
  • Cynthia Reynders – Chief Executive Officer – APPETD
  • John Scarrott – NEI Committee of APPETD
  • Principals of sixteen Private NEI’s in KwaZulu-Natal 

Cynthia Reynders opened the meeting by welcoming all present and thanking them for their attendance.  Particular thanks were expressed to Thomas Lata and Vijayen Naidoo for their presence and the interest taken in the future of nurse education.

Thursday, 30 May 2013 08:10

Terms and Conditions

The applicant does not now, nor does it intend in the future, to publish or advertise anything which is, or may be construed to be, misrepresentative with regard to:

  • Recognition or accreditation of courses, qualifications or the institution;
  • Career or job prospects of students enrolled at our institution.

The applicant does not now, nor does it intend in the future, to infringe the copyright of published matter whether in print or in electronic form.

The applicant agrees to abide by the APPETD Code of Ethics, which was received with this application form, and to uphold the integrity of the Association and its members. We authorise the APPETD to obtain a credit report on our institution, should this be necessary.

The applicant agrees to pay the annual membership fee within 30 days of receipt of the invoice,

The applicant acknowledges to be aware that, in terms of article 2.10 of the APPETD Articles of Association, if the applicant’s membership has been terminated for whatsoever reason, the applicant shall remain liable for all sums that may at the date of termination of membership be due from the applicant to the Association and shall not be entitled to any refund of subscription monies already paid nor have any claim on the Association or its officers, its property or its funds.

All information in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. The contents of this declaration are understood and have been noted.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 06:58

APPETD Board Members

APPETD hereby presents the Board Members for 2013 (Click on a Board Member to access their profile)

  1. Dr Tholsia Naidoo (Chairperson)
  2. Linda Ingram (Vice Chairperson)
  3. Cynthia Reynders (APPETD CEO)
  4. Rooksana Rajab 
  5. Dr Marina Le Grange 
  6. Prof Paul Beard 
  7. Rick Edmonds 
  8. Bajith Panday 
  9. Guy  Blackbeard 
  10. Dr. Anton Van der Riet
  11. Dr. Burton Malgas
  12. Pet Ryf
  13. Graeme Jay

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.  The irregularities came to light because employees sent an anonymous e-mail to Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande last year.  Apparently, a meeting between Cathsseta and the department has been set for 1 April to discuss the report.  But, Tsotetsi said Cathsseta never received the report, which the board mandated.  “As far as the board is concerned, Grant Thornton is still engaged in conducting the investigation, and the board is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation process,” he claimed.  Two unnamed board members contradicted this by saying the report was sent to them and the board was still discussing it.

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