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Your back-up plan if you did not get into Varsity. Since its inception in 2013 the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) has provided matriculants with a second chance to gain entrance into institutions of higher learning. This invaluable service assist students whose original application was unsuccessful but subsequently qualify once their final Grade 12 results are released.

The CACH service facilitates the collection of information of matriculants who are seeking placement at a University, University of Technology or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in the beginning of the year.

It send a prospective student’s information to these institutions and the sector education and training authorities (SETAs) for placement. Where places exist and prospective students meet the requirements, institutions will contact them directly to offer them a place.

The CACH service is provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training as a free service to both applicants and institutions. Since 2013 it has helped thousands of aspirant students find places at institutions of higher learning.

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Sign-up now for your place at a higher education institution!

·Central Application Clearing House (CACH) refer prospective students who want to enter tertiary education but face challenges with getting a space.  

·Learners who applied for higher education studies but who have not been accepted at an institution at the time, and now qualify when their matric results are released can sign-up on CACH.

·Prospective students can access the CACH by sending a standard SMS indicating their name and ID number to 31629. 

·Prospective students can also access the online system through to sign-up.

CACH works!

·The Department of Higher Education and Training has developed the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) to assist prospective student access to higher institutions of learning.

·It is a second chance for entry into institutions such as universities, TVET colleges and learnerships within the SETAs.

·CACH provides Higher Education and Training institutions with electronic information of possible applicants that meet those institutions' minimum admission requirements.

·It also matches a prospective student’s biography, study preference and study province of choice to a variety of educational spaces.

·Since 2013 CACH has referred thousands of aspirant students to spaces at institutions of higher learning.

The DHET has responded to challenges in the higher education sector. 

·Before the implementation of CACH thousands of aspirant students would yearly approach institutions of higher learning to try and find placement.

·CACH provides a single portal for both aspirant students and higher learning institutions.

·The CACH system has helped to ease the burden on both prospective students and institutions of higher learning.

·It has helped to reduce walk-ins, and is assisting institutions to fill places.

·CACH is helping to address the growing demand for post school education.

Apply early for a government bursary!


·Government is investing heavily in education and skills development of our youth to ensure we produce a skilled workforce to meet the country’s future needs.

·Government encourages prospective students that need financial assistance to access the National Student Financial Aid Scheme website -

·The NSFAS provides funding to students at all public universities and TVET colleges throughout the country.

·The Department of Basic Education offers Funza Lushaka Bursaries to students who aspire to become teachers. More information is available on

·Bursaries to study Social Work are available through the Department of Social Development. Application forms can be found on

Verification of private institutions is a phone call away

·Prospective students are encouraged to check whether learning institutions and their courses are accredited. This can be done by calling 0800 872 222.