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The DHET alert on illegal fine art college operating in Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg

Staff Reporter

Johannesburg, July 25 – The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has declared that the annulment of an operating licence for the Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design (CFAD) College effected in November 2016 still remains and that the Institution has until 31 December 2017 to phase out pipe-line students.
“Similarly all the college business sites that subsequently resurfaced and now operating in Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg are considered illegal and fraudulent as they are not approved by the Department as required by law”, sad the department on its statement.
The department has warned the prospective students that any programmes or diplomas offered by the college cannot be quality assured or certified by the Department.
In 2015, the Centre originally operating in Durban, KwaZulu Natal was found to have violated its licence conditions by failing to submit its annual report for the 2013 academic year as required by section 57(2) of the Higher Education Act, Act No. 101 of 1997.
The institution subsequently lodged an appeal with the Ministry as permitted by the law, but this was rejected in April 2017.
“Therefore, as of the date of the letter of cancellation of registration, the centre was required to serve a phasing out period until 31 December 2017. These include ceasing all operations and student enrolments on any year of the programme”.

The department also said as a result of the cancellation, the institution was also mandated to fulfil its regulatory obligations by reimbursing enrolled students and make adequate arrangements for affected students to complete their programmes at a comparable institution.
“The notice of cancellation of the registration of the Centre for Fine Arts Animation and design (PTY) LTD was published in the Government Gazette, Volume 618, No. 40480 on 9 December 2016”.

All the affected students are urged to further their queries to the following:
Mr A Monageng: 012 312 6184 Monageng.A@dhet.gov.za
Dr L Ntonzima: 012 312 5276 Ntonzima.L@dhet.gov.za
Ms MR Rammutla: 012 312 5481 Rammutla.R@dhet.gov.za
Ms P Mekgoe: 012 312 5184 Mekgoe.P@dhet.gov.za

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