SACE Structures

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South African Council for Educators (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.

The SACE Council 

SACE Council was instituted by the SACE Act no 31 of 2000 as amended by Education Laws Amendment Act, No. 31 of 2007 and Basic Education Laws Amendment Act, No. 15 of 2011.  The Council Chairperson and members are appointed by the Minister of Basic Education with due consideration to representation in respect of race, gender, disability, geographical distribution and their professional expertise in education field.

The diverse Council consists of thirty members. They are from the Organised Profession (18), Department of Basic Education (5), National Associations representing School Governing Bodies (2), the Council for Higher Education (1), Council for Further Education and Training Institutions (1) and a National body representing Independent Schools. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) completes the Council.

The Council convenes at least three times a year and is the highest authority and decision maker for all policies of SACE. It consists of seven Sub-committees viz. the Professional Development Committee (PRODCO), Registration Committee (REGCO), Ethics Committee (ETHCOM), Advocacy and Communication (ADVOCCO), Audit Committee (AUDCO) Staffing Committee (STAFFCO) and Finance Committee (FINCO).

List of SACE Councillors (2021 - 2025)

Organized Teaching Profession

Chairperson – Mr. M L Cele

Deputy Chairperson - Mr G N Ntantala

Mr M E Maseko

Dr  H J Deacon

Mr M Dudula

Mr J W Bester

Ms G W Bowles

M B Z Mbatha

Mr R G Themba

Mr T T J Ledimo

Mr B H Hlaise

Ms L M Motshwane

Ms S Kwazi

Mr M S Moloi

Ms F Solomon

Mr S A Mpalala

Ms P Nqumashe

Ms P N Caluza

Mr S S Tjebane

Prof L Le Grange

Ms E M Mokgalane (CEO)

Mr S L Sethusha

Ms V Hofmeester

Ms N Maqashalala

Dr J Joshua

Ms C Weston

Mr S A Dlamini

Ms N Mboniswa


  • This Committee oversees policy implementation

EXCO consists of the following members:

Mr M Cele (Chairperson)

Mr F N Ntantala (Deputy Chairperson)

Mr W Hlaise

Mr G Themba

Ms B Mbatha

Dr L Swanepoel

Ms G Bowles

Ms V Hofmeester

Ms E Mokgalane




REGCO oversees the registration work of SACE in as far as the following are concerned:

  • Consider and make recommendations to the Council on minimum criteria and procedures for the registration or provisional registration of educators.
  • Consider and make recommendations to the Council on any application for registration or provisional registration
  • Recommend the period of validity of the registration of an educator to the Council.


  • Must promote, develop and maintain the image of the teaching profession
  • Must advise the Minister of Basic Education on matters relating to the education and training of educators
  • Must research and develop a professional development policy and promote in-service training of all educators
  • May develop resource materials to initiate and run training programmes, workshops, seminars and short programmes that are designed to enhance the profession
  • May compile, print and distribute a professional journal.
  • May establish professional assistance facilities for educators.


  • Compose, maintain and from time to time review a Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Ensure that an alleged breach of the SACE Code of Professional Ethics is investigated
  • Establish panels to investigate and hear complaints against educators.
  • Ensure that fair hearings in accordance with the procedure determined by the Council are conducted On the basis of a recommendation of the relevant panel, come to a finding and recommend appropriate action if any, to the Council.


  • This committee deals with the SACE outreach and communications to all stakeholders at various levels.
  • Repositioning,   maintaining and managing the corporate image of SACE.
  • Forging and identifying strategic partners through effective stakeholder management.


  • This committee deals with SACE staffing matters, which include conditions of service, salaries, appointments, and SACE administrative measures.


  • Ensures financial discipline and control with the purpose of reducing the opportunity for fraud.
  • Reviews financial statements before submission to the Council.
  • Reviews financial policies and recommendation to EXCO and Council for approval.