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Notice to applicants for evaluation of foreign qualifications On 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown from midnight on 26 March to midnight on 16 April to combat the spread of Covid-19. The President urged all residents to stay home for at least 21 days to avoid the potential catastrophic spread of the pandemic in South Africa. As a result, the South African…


CLOSURE OF WALK-IN SERVICES AT SAQA   To help contain the spreading of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) SAQA has decided to close its walk-in services to the public with immediate effect. As from 18 March 2020, this measure will have an effect on the following clients of SAQA:   Applicants for the evaluation of foreign qualifications who plan to submit applications at, collect results from and…


Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications Notice of tariff increases SAQA provides a foreign qualifications evaluation and advisory service in accordance with Section 13(1)(m) of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act. The service is provided on a non-profit, cost recovery basis, without external funding support.   SAQA has not increased tariffs since 2018. To sustain the provision of…


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 February 2020 The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) completed the registration of 6 268 new realigned qualifications to the 10-level National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the deadline of 31 December 2019. Thus, higher education institutions and students respectively, can offer and pursue these qualifications knowing that they have the SAQA “stamp of…


South Africa is the first SADC country to complete the alignment of its National Qualifications Framework to the SADC Qualifications Framework. This places the South African NQF in a unique position to pilot the proposed African Continental Qualifications Framework when it becomes available in 2022. Both the SADC Qualifications Framework and the African Continental Qualifications Framework share…


VERIFICATION LETTERS ISSUED BY SAQA The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) stopped verifying South African issued tertiary qualifications, both public and private higher education institutions, with effect from 29 November 2019.  The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) took over this function with effect from 1 December 2019. The original verification letter, as issued…


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6 February 2020 The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) tasked SAQA on 1 December 2019 to verify the qualifications of graduates who want to work or study overseas. SAQA put measures in place to verify all the qualifications it receives in the shortest possible time. The turnaround time is 20 working days as the process now includes verifying whether the…


The November 2019 special edition of the SAQA Update is now available. It covers the NQF 21st Anniversary Celebrations and displays our splendid performance in the last financial year. It also shows how we have been advancing higher education quality and movement across the African continent.