The Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), a permanent committee of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), carries out quality assurance in higher education by virtue of the Higher Education Act (No. 101 of 1997, as amended). In terms of this Act, the CHE‘s mandate includes quality promotion and capacity development, institutional audit and programme accreditation. In addition, the National Qualifications Framework Act (No. 67 of 2008) assigns to the CHE the role of Quality Council for higher education, which brings with it additional responsibilities. In the main these relate to the management and quality assurance of the sub-framework of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) dedicated to higher education, that is, the Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF).