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.

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Community colleges on the cards

More young people are enrolling to study further. This has been a bittersweet development for government as overcrowding at universities prevents many eligible students from pursing a higher education. 

“…Since the dawn of democracy in 1994, headcount enrolments in our universities have approximately doubled to almost one million students today. We expect a two thirds increase in university headcount enrolment of over 1.6 million by 2030”, reported Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande.

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00

News from the NEI Committee - August 2014

The SANC Communique, “Accreditation of Nursing Education Programmes and Nursing Education Institutions by the South African Nursing Council” posted on the SANC website on 28th July 2014, refers.  There currently is a debate on the nature of nursing qualifications and the viability of some nursing qualifications being registered on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF) of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). 

Attached is a copy of a presentation from QCTO that illustrates the scope of their responsibilities and method of operation.  APPETD has submitted an application to the QCTO for the development of nursing qualifications for registration on the OQSF of the NQF. However, we are mindful of the statutory requirements for nursing professionals to be registered with SANC and the legal imperatives for SANC to ensure that the qualifications are compliant with the professional standards as determined by the Council.  To this end, APPETD will continue to work with the QCTO and SANC who is integral to nursing education and their knowledge, experience and commitment to excellence will make an essential contribution of the success of the process.

Meeting Date: 6 August 2014.    Time: 15h30 to 19h30

Role of APPETD in the HRD Council and the National Development Plan.

The meeting began with a presentation by Brenda Ntombela (Chairperson of the HRD Council) who outlined the National Human Resource Development Strategy and its mandate. The HRD Council has several tasks teams in place who are currently reporting to the Council on their research. APPETD was part of the TVET task team represented by Dr. Tholsia Naidoo (Chair of APPETD) and Ms. Cynthia Reynders (APPETD CEO). 

(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.

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