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LISTEN | Public universities will admit only 200,000 first-year students in 2022

Students at the University of Johannesburg. File image.
Students at the University of Johannesburg. File image.

Only 200,000 first-year students will be admitted to public SA universities this year — less than a quarter of the applications received.


Thandi Lewin, acting deputy director-general for university education at the department of higher education & training, says the demand for higher education is growing.

Earlier this week, the Sunday Times reported that universities received more than a million applications for this year. That is for the 26 public universities in the country.

The department opened the central application clearing house (CACH) service to allow students who have not been admitted to university to find suitable spaces at tertiary institutions. Students struggling to find space can:

  • WhatsApp: text "Hello" to 078-776-8660;
  • visit CACH's online portal;
  • USSD: *134*225#; or
  • contact the call centre: 0860-690-722.



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