TVET colleges

By | March 30, 2020

Public Colleges Contact Details
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There are fifty registered and accredited public TVET Colleges in South Africa which operate on around 364 campuses spread across the rural and urban areas of the country. Public TVET Colleges are established and operated under the authority of the Continuing Education and Training Act 16 of 2006 and resort under the Department of Higher Education and Training. Public TVET Colleges are subsidised by the state with approximately R8 billion per year. Each region has a DHET regional office that provides specialised professional support to the public TVET Colleges in provinces. DHET Regional Offices should not be confused with District Offices in provinces. District Offices oversee school education for the Department of Basic Education.

 DHET Regional Offices

Region City Physical Address Contact numbers
Eastern Cape Zwelitsha Steve Vukile Tshwete Street, Eastern Cape Provincial Education Complex, Zone 6, Zwelitsha, Eastern Cape 040 608 4306
Free State and Gauteng Johannesburg 111 Commissioner Street, Provincial Education Building, Johannesburg, Gauteng 011 355 0930
Kwa-Zulu Natal Pietermaritzburg 19 Wigford Road, Mansions Mill, Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal 033 345 2580/6
Limpopo Polokwane 113 Biccard and 24 Excelsior Streets, Limpopo Provincial Education Building, Polokwane, Limpopo 015 291 2010   Or

015 291 2662

Mpumalanga and North West Mafikeng Dr Albert Luthuli Drive, Provincial Department of Education, Mafikeng, North West 018 389 8150
Northern Cape and Western Cape Cape Town 9 Adderley Street, Golden Acre, Floor 18, Cape Town, Western Cape 021 467 2614

 Number of students in TVET Colleges

There are considerably more than 700 000 students in public TVET Colleges. The 2019/2020 target is that there should be 1 238 000 students in TVET Colleges. This means that TVET Colleges are in a rapid growth and development phase.


Courses offered at public TVET Colleges are externally and independently quality assured by the Quality Assurer under whom the particular education and training programme or course resorts. In addition, a number of public TVET Colleges are also SABS ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Examinations, Assessment and Certification

Examination, Assessment and Certification for core programmes is co-ordinated by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Other programmes/courses will have examination, assessment and certification subject to the various independent quality assurers under whom the specific learning programme/course resorts.

Student Support Services

Professional student support services are available at most public TVET Colleges. New students may be required to complete a competency assessment on enrolment.  This will assist the college to determine the most suitable learning and support programmes for the prospective student. Generally, the student support is focused on both academic and the broader social/psychological needs of students.


Department of Higher Education and Training offers bursaries which are available for National Certificate Vocational courses and Report 191 (NATED or ‘N’) courses at public TVET Colleges to students who meet the criteria. These bursaries are not loans. The bursaries are administered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).  Other bursaries are also available, which will vary from college to college. Prospective students should enquire at the college at which you plan to enrol as to what bursaries are available for the course that you would like to study. During 2015 approximately 307419 students at TVET Colleges benefited from DHET bursaries administered by NSFAS.

Department of Higher Education and Training, TVET College bursaries that are administered by the NSFAS, are readily available but are subject to two important criteria.  Namely, the prospective student will be required to undergo a ‘means test’ that will indicate that the student really does need financial assistance and secondly, that the student has a good academic performance record. Prospective students who believe that they may meet these criteria should contact their nearest public TVET College.  The college will provide the application forms and oversee the application process.

Modes of Delivery

Various modes of delivery exist at the colleges, depending on the nature of the course. Some colleges also offer blended learning (e-learning) facilities for some course content. A number of the larger campuses have Open Learning Centres and Internet Cafes.  Further information can be given by the college on this aspect when applying or enrolling for course admission.

Linkages and Partnerships

In an effort to ensure that courses are responsive to the needs of commerce and industry, public colleges go to great lengths to secure linkages and partnerships with key role-players in commerce and industry and with the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA’s). A number of colleges have a management division devoted to this aspect.

Job Shadowing and Practical Workplace Exposure

Public TVET colleges try as far as possible to facilitate job shadowing and practical workplace opportunities for top performing students. Many campuses also operate simulated enterprises to augment the need for practical exposure related to the course of study.

International Exchange

In an increasingly globalised labour market, a number of public TVET Colleges have international partnerships with similar institutions in various parts of the world. This ensures that education and training is internationally benchmarked with best practice in diverse international settings.

Detailed contact information the public TVET Colleges

Campus Details
Caledon (028) 212 3270/2 Address
Paarl (021) 872 3323 Address
Stellenbosch (021) 887 3027 Address
Strand (021) 853 7611 Address
Worcester (023) 348 6920 Address
Boland TVET College
Telephone: (021) 886 7111/2
Campus Details
Athlone (021) 637 9183 Address
City (021) 462 2053 Address
Crawford (021) 696 5133 Address
Gardens (021) 461 9418 Address
Guguletu (021) 638 3131 Address
Pinelands (021) 531 2105 Address
Thornton (021) 531 9124 Address
Wynberg (021) 797 5540 Address
College of Cape Town for TVET
Telephone: (0860) 103 682
Campus Details
Fish Hoek (021) 782 0144 Address
Khayelitsha (021) 361 3430 Address
Mitchell’s Plain (021) 391 0717 Address
Muizenberg (021) 788 8373 Address
Westlake (021) 701 1340 Address
False Bay TVET College
Telephone: (021) 787 0800
Campus Details
Belhar (021) 952 2113/9 Address
Bellville (021) 951 2231 Address
Goodwood (021) 591 3181 Address
Parow (021) 931 8238 Address
Protea (021) 946 2250 Address
Tygerberg (021) 524 2200 Address
Wingfield (021) 591 9207 Address
Northlink TVET College
Telephone: (0860) 065 465
Campus Details
Beaufort West (023) 414 3064 Address
Bitou (044) 533 2388 Address
George (044) 874 2360 Address
Hessequa (028) 713 4775 Address
Mossel Bay (044) 693 2613 Address
Oudtshoorn (044) 272 2110/9 Address
South Cape TVET College
Telephone: (044) 884 0359
Campus Details
Atlantis (021) 577 1727 Address
Citrusdal (022) 921 2457 Address
Malmesbury (022) 487 2851/2/3 Address
Vredenburg (022) 713 3167/18 Address
Vredendal (027) 213 5673/4 Address
West Coast TVET College
Telephone: (022) 482 1143

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