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Students urged to use online university placement system

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Post-matric students seeking placement at higher education institutions for this academic year must use the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) online system.

This is the call made by higher education, science and innovation minister Dr Blade Nzimande, urging students to make use of the online application service.

Designed and introduced by the Department of Higher Education and Training, CACH is an online application portal designed for grade 12 students who are seeking admission to post-school education and training.

In a statement, Nzimande explains CACH is particularly useful for applicants who applied for admission to a university or college in time in 2020, and met the entry requirements when their grade 12 results were released, but have not been offered a place in their programme of choice.

In addition, CACH is useful for prospective students who applied and met the entry requirement based on their grade 11 results, but found they didn't meet the entry requirements when their grade 12 results were released.

For the 2021 academic year, the CACH service opened on 22 February and will be available until the end of April.

“CACH also provides referrals to career development services, funding opportunities and skills development opportunities, including artisan programmes and learnerships,” says Nzimande. “Institutions with skills development or study opportunities will then select potential students from the CACH database and make direct contact with those selected.”

To register to use the online application service, click here.

Alternatively, prospective students can call the toll-free call centre number on 0860 35 66 35, or SMS their name and identity number to 49200.

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