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Government Publication Library

Welcome to the Government Publications Library where you will find primary sources published by the Government of South Africa and by other Southern African countries for Higher Education and Training. The Government Publication Library has the centralized government documents in both the current and historical publications.  The publications are issued at different levels from the National Government, the Provincial Government, Local Government and Public entities.


Opening Hours Government Publications

Government Publications is situated in Room 8 on the Ground floor of the William Cullen Library on the East Campus.

Opening Hours

During Term

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  08h00 - 17h00

Wednesday:  08h00 - 17h00


Sunday and Public Holidays: CLOSED

Mid year and year ends breaks

Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays:  CLOSED

Definition of Terms

The term post-school is used to refer to all education for people who have left school as well as for those adults who have never been to school but require education opportunities. 

Higher education is used to refer to the education that normally takes place in universities and other higher education institutions, both public and private, which offer qualifications on the Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF). 

Further education refers to education offered in Further Education and Training (FET) colleges and similar programmes in other vocational colleges. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is considering renaming the FET colleges Vocational Education and Training Colleges, but since no final decision has been taken in this regard, the existing name is used in this Green Paper. 

Vocational education refers to a middle level of education which provides knowledge and skills to enter the economy through a general, broad orientation in vocational areas, as well as general learning in essential areas such as Language and Maths. 

Occupational education refers to educational programmes that are focused on preparation for specific occupations, as well as ongoing professional development and training in the workplace. 

Professional education refers to educational programmes that lead to professional registration. 

Adult education and continuing education are used to refer to all other forms of education for adults. 

There are no clear dividing lines between general, vocational, occupational and professional education. They represent points on a continuum, with considerable overlap at times. Nonetheless, there are differences between these types of education, all of which add value to a diverse education system

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