Nzimande concerned about awarding of fake doctorates

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande is concerned about the continuing and recently reported cases of bogus institutions awarding honorary doctorates to unsuspecting individuals, especially targeting local celebrities.

Minister Nzimande urges members of the public to always be cautious and not accept such qualifications. “I have already requested the Council of Higher Education (CHE) to investigate and advise on appropriate action on all the reported cases of the awarding of these bogus honorary degrees”.

The Minister advises members of the public to visit the Registers of private higher institutions and private colleges, which can be found on the Department of Higher Education and Training website at

A number of these bogus colleges are not registered with the Department as public or private higher education institutions to provide higher education programmes as required by section 51(1) of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997) (“the Act”)

Minister Nzimande has reiterated that students should first verify the legality of any programme offered by institutions before enrolling, to avoid falling prey to illegal operations.

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