Welcome to SACE
SACE is the professional council for educators, that aims to enhance the status of the teaching profession through appropriate Registration, management of Professional Development and inculcation of a Code of Ethics for all educators.
Important Notice to All Educators
IMPORTANT NOTICE ON FRAUDULENT AND BOGUS REGISTRATION AGENTS / COMPANIES (read more here)
Please note the link to the online registration for SACE. The SACE online registration is facilitated through the SITA e-services portal. Please go to www.eservices.gov.za. Click on the link then Register on the e-gov services. Once registered with the e-gov service, you can then login to the e-gov portal and select on SACE to begin registering. If you already registered on www.eservices.gov.za just proceed with login no need to register twice.
Media Release - 13 August 2020
SACE mourns the passing on of the MEC for Education in the Northern Cape (read here)
Measures to deal with Registration of Educators
In the wake of COVID 19 pandemic and the related national lockdown measures, all the SACE offices are currently not able to process the registration applications, until the lockdown period is over. In the light of this, we have noted the following concerns:
- The expiring of the old provisional registration status;
Some concerns were raised about the expiring provisional / conditional registration status, during this lockdown period. Applicants falling into this category have been registered CONDITIONALLY with an understanding that they need to meet certain requirements before they can be awarded the FULL Registration status. We urge applicants falling into this category not to panic because the current lockdown period is beyond everyone’s control. SACE can only be in a position to assist them after the lockdown period.
However, it is important that they satisfy their CONDITIONAL Status requirements as reflected in their SACE Registration Letters received during the time of their first application or application update.
- Police Clearance Certificate
When applying for new registration or updating provisional or conditional status, the Police Clearance Certificate should be valid for a period of 6 months from the date of issue. Consequently, the following scenarios might happen:
The Police Clearance Certificate that was done in January/February 2020, just before the lockdown period, and posted to SACE with the Registration or Update Application will expire in July/August 2020. Therefore, the certificate will still be valid even after the lockdown period, in May 2020.
In the worst-case scenario, if the Police Clearance Certificate expires during the lockdown period for whatever reasons, SACE will take the contextual factors into account in processing that Registration Application. That is, each case will be treated on its own merit.
Please note that the Police Clearance certificate must be valid for a period of 6 months form the date of issue.
SACE Management of applications during the lockdown
This refers to applicants who visit one of the SACE offices personally, to register. Since the COVID 19 and lockdown period, SACE has not been able to respond to the walk-ins effectively since it had to observe the COVID 19 directives and restrictions, and might continue to do so after the lockdown period. SACE, like all other service organisations, will await President Ramaphosa’s national address just before the end of April, to make the necessary assessment and decision on the walk-in application.
Postal Services Some of our applicants use the Post Office to send their registration application forms to SACE. The receipt of their applications, by SACE, is largely dependent on the Post Office processes. While, the Post Office has been working during the lockdown period, it should be noted that SACE had a shutdown. Consequently, there will be unavoidable delays in processing these applications and posting them back to the applicants accordingly. SACE would appreciate that applicants write their emails and cell numbers on the registration application forms, so that the registration letters or certificates could be sent electronically while awaiting the originals to be sent through the post-office Online Registration System The SACE is gradually phasing-in the online registration system for all the applications, however currently only first-time applicants can apply using the online registration system. This system is available via the e-government service portal (www.eservices.gov.za) and has been piloted with student teachers in various Higher Education Institutions. The feedback on the pilot is being used to refine the system with the view of opening it widely to all the applicants. Notwithstanding this, there are applicants using the online system already for application purposes. SACE has not been able to process many of the applications through the system because some of the applicants have uploaded the wrong supporting documentation or have not uploaded any supporting documentation. The office has been communicating back to these applicants to upload the required and correct documentation accordingly. Applications done via online will also be attended to after the lockdown period. Post the COVID 19 lockdown period, SACE will finalise all the systems and processes to open up online registration.
UPDATE - Registration
CRITERIA FOR REGISTERING ACADEMICALLY QUALIFIED AND PROFESSIONALLY UNQUALIFIED PEOPLE
- Professionally unqualified persons will be accorded provisional registration with a condition that they produce proof of completion for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) together with a complete academic record indicating that the qualification has been completed (refer to the SACE website for the registration requirements --- www.sace.org.za).
- The validity period will be two (2) years.
- If PGCE is not completed within the two (2) years, a one (1) year grace period will be given to the applicant.
- If at the end of the three (3) years, the application has still not completed the PGCE, no further extension will be granted and the applicants information will be removed from the SACE register of educators.
Update - Verification of foreign documents
As of the 1st January 2019, all foreign applicants will be processed and finalised at the SACE head office in Pretoria. No applications will be finalised at the SACE provincial offices. This process will take up to 8 weeks as all documentation submitted for registration will be verified with relevant department and institutions.
The above includes new applications and extensions of Non - SA citizens takes up to 8 weeks to allow for verification of submitted documents.
Covid 19 Update
Please note all our offices will remain closed during this level 4 lockdown period until further notice.
However, we have put in place virtual and online mechanisms for the Registration process.
In the meantime, please visit the SACE Website on www.sace.org.za to download the forms (if you need them) and familiarize yourself with the new Registration, Renewal, Updates, Payable Fees and Payment Methods.
For more information on UPDATING OR RENEWING PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION (Click here)
Service Alert : Centurion office
Kindly note that the SACE office in Centurion has been temporarily closed due to an employee testing positive to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Decontamination of the office is underway currently and the tracking and tracing of contacts is being undertaken.
As Council we will continue providing services to the profession as some members continue working remotely from home although the turnaround time will be slower.
Notification will be provided on when the office resumes its operations.
Council appreciates your understanding during this difficult period.
Teacher Support Survey - Covid 19
Dear Participant, the South African Council for Educators (SACE) would like to thank you for taking the time to fill in this survey. The purpose of the survey is to get YOUR perspective on Teacher support during the Pandemic and to find out if you feel prepared and supported to resume your duties in the classroom in the midst of COVID-19. The survey should not take you more than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you again for your time!
Please click on the link below.