Successful matriculants who have not secured study space at university or college at the beginning of the new year can use the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) system to get space.
An initiative of the national Department of Higher Education and Training CACH has been running since 2013. It is an online application portal designed for Grade 12 students who are seeking admission to post-school training and education (PSET). It assists prospecting students by sharing their matric results with public and private further and higher education institutions across the country, including Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) colleges, universities, Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), and registered private higher institutions.
Institutions with open study places, technical training opportunities, or apprenticeship slots then make them available to the most suitable applicants on the CACH database.
Students who have been declined offers by say one or two targeted university can also go to CACH to find a study space that is still available at another institution. CACH also provides a portal for school leavers and other prospective students who may not have completed their schooling to career information, advice and development services.
The CACH system can be accessed via website at: cach.dhet.gov.za or through toll-free number on 0800 356 635. It can also be accessed by sending an SMS with name and ID to 49200 and can also be accessed via Facebook: www.facebook.com/CACH_S.A.
For students who remain unclear about which career to follow, CACH also provides advice and information through the department of higher education Khetha Career Development Service website at: www.careerhelp.org.za CACH opens on 5 January following the release of the matric results. The service will close on 28 February.