Have you missed application deadlines? Use the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) Service as a last resort.


What is the CACH service?

The CACH service is a free service developed by the Department of Higher Education to help students find space at universities, TVET or private colleges, as well as learnership opportunities through SETAs.


How does it work?

It is a free service created by the Department of Higher Education.

  • You need to register online or via telephone.

  • The administration office will then call you back to capture all your information.

  • Once your registration and profile are complete, the system will automatically receive your Matric results from the Department of Basic Education.

  • All your information will be captured into a database.

  • Universities, colleges and SETAs can access the database and contact you directly if there is still space available and you have met all the requirements.

  • The service runs from January to February every year.


How to register:

You will need to have your Grade 12 Examination number and South African ID or Passport number to complete the registration. There are 3 ways you can register:

  1. You can SMS your name and ID number to 49200, and the administration office will call you back.

  2. You can call 0860 356 635 to register via telephone.

  3. You can sign-up online at http://cach.dhet.gov.za/Applicant/SignUp - you will then receive a link to verify your email address to access the form.


For more information send an email to cach@dhet.gov.za or call 0800 356 635.