Something that was brought to our attention last year was the number of Fly by night institutions that exist and how people invest tons of money in them and walk away with a qualification that is not even worth the value of the paper it is printed on.

So here is the low down:

The Government established in 1998 The South African Council of Higher Education (CHE) which has a sub Committee called the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). Between these two bodies they hold the responsibility of accreditation and quality of education in South Africa.

So whether the institution is a full time or distance learning establishment there are a number of protocols that needs to be followed.
 
1.The institution needs to be registered with the Department of Education (DoE)
2.Every qualification needs to be registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
3.The institution needs to be accredited by the CHE.
4.For a higher education (HE) institution to qualify as a HE provider it needs to have qualifications at the NQF level 5 and above.
 
Sounds hectic, yeah we know!! Just make sure you not getting ripped off, education is a huge investment and making an informed decision early on is important!!
 
Useful websites:
The South African Department of Education: http://www.education.gov.za
The Council on Higher Education: http://www.che.ac.za
The South African Qualifications Authority: http://www.saqa.org.za