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CHE > Media and Publications > Mous International Qa Organisations > CHE-South Africa and CHE-Lesotho sign a Memorandum of Understanding
October, 2012


On 16 October 2012 the South African Council on Higher Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its counterpart the Lesotho Council on Higher Education. This historic occasion formalised the ongoing collaboration between the two Councils that are, each within its national context, mandated (among other responsibilities) with assuring the quality of higher education provision and advising their respective Ministers on matters relating to the same.

Mr Ahmed Essop (Chief Executive Officer) signed the MoU on behalf of CHE-South Africa (with Dr Luke Mlilo as witness), while Mrs 'Makotelo Motseko' (Chief Executive) signed on behalf of CHE-Lesotho (with Professor Mokaeane Polaki as witness).

The MoU signing ceremony was attended by the Honourable Deputy Minister of Education and Training in Lesotho, Dr Apesi Rats'ele. In his keynote address he noted the special relationship that exists between Lesotho and South Africa, on both historical, political and cultural grounds. The signing of the MoU between CHE-Lesotho and CHE-South Africa was a visible manifestation of this "special relationship", specifically in the area of higher education.

Also present at the signing ceremony were members of CHE-Lesotho's Council and staff. In his welcoming remarks Dr Sam Motlomelo (Chairperson of Council) noted that the signing of the MoU was a "historic event" that would further strengthen the bonds of collaboration between the two Councils as they individually and jointly work towards the realisation of quality higher education in their respective countries and in the region.

The areas of collaboration between the two Councils on Higher Education include, among others:

  • providing training and developmental opportunities for staff of both parties
  • collaboration in joint research projects
  • exchanging information and expertise on quality assurance activities
  • establishing links between the websites of the two Councils

The MoU took effect on 16 October 2012, and a periodic review of its effectiveness will be undertaken every three years. The collaboration between CHE-South Africa and CHE-Lesotho formalised a commitment by both Councils to the provision of quality higher education on the African continent in general, and in the SADC region in particular.


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