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Dr. Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande or popularly known as Blade Nzimande; is the Minister for Higher Education and Training in South Africa.

Blade Nzimande has been the Minister for Higher Education and Training since its inception in 2009. He has also been the General Secretary of the South African Communist Party since 1998.

The Minister was born on the 14th of April 1958 and has a doctorate degree in philosophy; specialising in industrial and labour studies. The minister also has a BA in Psychology and Public Administration, and a MA in Industrial Psychology.

Department of Education South Africa

In 2009 the Department of Education was divided into two sections: Basic Education and Higher Education & Training.

Past Ministers:

  • Johannes de Klerk: 1961 – 1969
  • Ferdinand Hartzenberg: 1979 – 1982
  • Gerrit Vijoen: 1980 – 1989
  • Gene Louw: 1989 – 1990
  • Louis Pienaar: 1990 – 1992
  • Piet Marais: 1992 – 1994
  • Sibusiso Bengu: 1994 – 1999
  • Kader Asmal: 1999 – 2004
  • Naledi Pandor: 2004 – 2009


Department of Basic Education (DBE)

The Department of Basic Education deals with all schools from the lowest Grade to Grade 12, including adult literacy programmes. The aim of this department is to develop, maintain and support a South African school education system for the 21st century.

The department believes it’s aim can be achieved by:  improving the quality of teaching and learning, undertaking regular assessment to track progress, improving early childhood development and ensuring a credible outcome focused planning and accountability.

The Minster of the DBE is Mrs. Angelina Matsie Motshekga; who has been its Minister since its inception in 2009.

DBE Contact

National Office:

Address: 222 Struben Street, Pretoria, South Africa.

Tel: 0800 202 933


Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

The Department of Higher Education and Training deals with universities, while focusing on post-school education and training, with a mandate of skills development.

Department of Higher Education and Training: Vision

Our vision is of a South Africa in which we have a differentiated and fully-inclusive post-school system, that allows South Africans to access relevant post-school education and training; in order to fulfil the economic and social goals of participation in an inclusive economy and society.

Department of Higher Education and Training: Mission

It is the mission of the department of Higher Education and Training to develop capable, well-educated and skilled citizens who are able to compete in a sustainable, diversified and knowledge-intensive international economy, which meets the development goals of South Africa.

DHET Contacts

Pretoria Office:

Address: 123 Francis Baard Street, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa.

Tel: +27 12 312 5911

Cape Town Office:

Address: 120 Plein Street, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa.

Tel: +27 21 469 5150

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