SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC COLLEGES ORGANISATION MANDATE
SAPCO has a clear and strategic role to play in representing the interests of member colleges within the system of government as a whole and supporting them to fulfil their developmental obligations. SAPCO is expected to provide common policy positions on various issues and ensure that member college’s interests are represented as well as provide solutions to challenges facing member colleges.
- SAPCO derives its legislative mandate from the supreme law of the Republic, the Constitution, within the purport of section 29, read with Schedule 4,
- Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997) (HE Act), Regulates higher education; Provides for the establishment, composition and functions of a Council on Higher Education (CHE) and Delineates the establishment, composition and functions of public higher education institutions;
- National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act, 1999 (Act No. 56 of 1999) (NSFAS Act) which Provides for the management, governance and administration of NSFAS; and The granting of loans and bursaries to eligible students at public Colleges and public Higher Education Institutions, the administration of such loans and bursaries as well as the recovery of the loans and for matters connected therewith.
- Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006 (Act No. 16 of 2006) (CET Act) Provides for the regulation of continuing education and training; Oversees the governance and funding of TVET and CET Colleges; Monitors the registration of private colleges; and Manages the establishment, composition functions and functioning of the South African Institute for Vocational and Continuing Education and Training (SAIVCET) and for matters connected therewith.
- National Qualifications Framework Act, 2008 (Act No. 67 of 2008) (NQF Act) Provides for the National Qualifications Framework; Outlines the responsibilities of the Minister in terms of this Act; and Provides for SAQA and the Quality Councils (QCs), repeal of the SAQA Act and provides for matters connected therewith.
- Represent, promote and protect the interest of TVET colleges in the higher education sector
- Assist in transforming the TVET sector to enable it to perform its developmental role in accordance with the CET Act
- Development of common approaches for colleges as a distinct sector of higher education
- Enhance corporation, mutual assistance and sharing of resources amongst TVETs colleges
- Develop and enhance stakeholder relations between the SETAs, DHET etc
- Encouraging the settlement of disputes among its members and between them and their employees or trade unions through cooperative governance or labour law principles.
To support, represent, promote and protect the interests of all Technical and Vocational Education and training Colleges in South Africa.
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