Department of Higher Education and Training

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Department of Higher Education and Training
Department overview
Formed 2009
Preceding Department Department of Education
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Headquarters Pretoria
25°45′00″S 28°11′03″E / 25.75000°S 28.18417°E / -25.75000; 28.18417
Ministers responsible Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training
Mduduzi Manana, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training
Department executive Gwebinkundla Qonde, Acting Director-General: Higher Education and Training
Key document South African Higher Education Act, 1997
Website www.dhet.gov.za

The Department of Higher Education and Training is one of the departments of the South African government. It oversees universities and other post-secondary education in South Africa. It was created in 2009 after the election of President Jacob Zuma, when the former Department of Education was divided.

The political head of the department is the Minister of Higher Education and Training; as of May 2009 this is Blade Nzimande. The department is headquartered in Pretoria in what used to be known as Sol Plaatje House, named after the author and political activist Sol Plaatje. The name Sol Plaatje House is now used for the new Department of Basic Education building.

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