Higher Education and Training

This website is managed by the New Universities Project Management Team established by the Department of Higher Education and Training to plan for the new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.

The main purpose of the New Universities website is to provide stakeholders with information on the progress made in establishing the new universities. In addition, it will be used to support the tendering processes for the professional services required.

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The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has officially launched the University of Mpumalanga at an event attended by the Premier of Mpumalanga, Mr David Mabuza, members of the Mpumalanga Provincial legislature, traditional leaders, academia, business people as well as thousands of community members from different parts of the province. The launch has been hailed as a significant milestone in government's programme to significantly increase access to higher education.


The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET has announced the winners of the University of Mpumalanga architectural design competition, and revealed the winning designs that will be used as part of the future campus.

Of the seven submissions received in the second stage of the competition, four have been recommended for appointment to undertake architectural design work on University of Mpumalanga over the next three years. The winners are (in no particular order):

  • Cohen and Garson - represented by Fiona Garson
  • Conco Bryan Architects - represented by Llewellyn Bryan
  • TC Design Group (Pty) Ltd - represented by Mark Pencharz
  • Gapp Architects and Urban Designers (Pty) Ltd - represented by Caron Schnaid

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has hailed the launch of Sol Plaatje University in the Northern Cape as a major milestone in the transformation and expansion of the higher education sector. Minister Nzimande outlined the four key pillars underpinning the launch of Sol Plaatje University:

  • A 10-year development plan that would see the university adopting a phased approach to growth, starting with a modest start of 135 students and three academic programmes for 2014 and gradually increasing to achieve a target of 7 500 students by 2024.
  • A high-powered and dedicated Interim University Council that is currently leading the university through the early development phase, while developing its long-term teaching and research programme and is tasked with appointing the interim university management team and appointing a full council.
  • The identity and character of the university, designed to build on the legacy of Sol Plaatje to provide a space for the exchange of ideas and production of knowledge, while contributing to the transformation, growth and development of the country's economy.
  • The physical development of the university, which would see the development of three campuses - Central, Northern and Southern - with an initial focus on renovating existing buildings for the 2014 student intake while simultaneously constructing new buildings in time for the 2015 academic year.