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OVERVIEW

Education and training Gauteng is focussing on vocational training.

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he unbundling from the successful Curro group of a separate tertiary entity which listed on the JSE as Stadio Holdings is a good indicator of the growth of the private sector in education. There is a strong trend towards the opening of private or independent schools across South Africa, and not necessarily in the very expensive bracket. Some of the new private schools are small and modest but the sector is also attracting investors and the larger brands are growing fast through acquisitions and building new facilities. Stadio currently has three institutions: Southern Business School, AFDA (the School for the Creative Economy which has one campus in Johannesburg) and the Embury Institute for Higher Education which has recently opened two new campuses, one of which is in Pretoria. The business school is a distance learning institution with headquarters in Krugersdorp. Curro Holdings believes it will be running 200 schools in South Africa by 2020, double its current number. In Gauteng, Curro has 37 schools across its five brands. A funding agreement with Old Mutual Investment Group SA (OMIGSA) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) will see Curro roll out 11 low-fee independent schools. These will be called Meridian Independent Schools. JSE-listed ADvTECH has many schools across five brands (from primary to high school) and nine tertiary colleges in the province. Schools include Trinity House and Crawford College while the tertiary offering includes an advertising school (Vega), a chef’s academy (Capsicum) and a Varsity College.

SECTOR INSIGHTS Gauteng won the artisan skills development award in 2017. • Stadio Holdings is a new post-school JSE listing. Pembury Lifestyle Group (PLG) has 19 schools on seven campuses and listed on the Alternative Exchange of the JSE in 2017. Gauteng has achieved 95% access to Grade R. Enrolment in the province’s schools has grown from 1.3-million in 1994 to 2.3-million in 2018. As a symbol of the attractiveness of the province to South Africans from every region, the province is the only one to offer all 11 official languages in its schools, together with a further seven non-South African languages. The provincial government of Gauteng announced in 2017 that since 2014 it has built 43 new schools, including classrooms with ICT facilities in existing schools. To 2019, a further 34 new schools will be erected, together with 1 200 laboratories and more than 470 school libraries. Pupil numbers suggest that even more schools need to be built: in 2016 Gauteng schools accepted two-million pupils.

Training Unisa has more than 200 000 distance learning students.

GAUTENG BUSINESS 2018/19

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Vocational training is a strong focus for Gauteng and the

Gauteng Business 2018-19  

The 2018-19 edition of the Gauteng Business and Investment Guide is the premier business and investment guide for the Gauteng province and t...

Gauteng Business 2018-19  

The 2018-19 edition of the Gauteng Business and Investment Guide is the premier business and investment guide for the Gauteng province and t...

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