Universities South Africa Office

The Office of Universities South Africa is located within the Hadefields Office Park (at 1267 Pretorius Street) in Pretoria. The organisation is led by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is responsible for the leadership and management of the organisation’s overall operations in accordance with the strategic priorities adopted by the Board of Directors. The position is also responsible and accountable for developing and achieving the strategic plan, safeguarding the USAf reputation and profiling the organisation within the Higher Education sector and in society; managing the external and internal operations, and providing consistent high level advice to the Board on operations, policy and planning.

The CEO is supported by the following directorates:

  • Operations and Sector Support
  • Finance and Administration
  • Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDs (HEAIDS) Programme

The Directorate Operations and Sector Support is responsible for:

  • Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, under which most policy analysis and strategic research is co-ordinated;
  • Sector Support, including capacity development through the Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) Programme; and
  • The Matriculation Board

The Directorate Finance and Administration is responsible for:

  • Financial, Administrative, Human resources and IT management
  • Risk management and
  • Supply chain management.


The Directorate / HEAIDS Programme , which is an initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) undertaken by Universities South Africa, is responsible for:

  • Formulating a response strategy in mitigation and treatment of the HIV/TB/STI and other general health and wellness wellbeing of students and staff in higher education institutions, in consultation with all public universities and all vocational education and training colleges (TVETS) and also in alignment with the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, STIs and TB (2017-2022);
  • Co-ordinating and implementing an HIV prevention, treatment, care and support service to students and staff in the university and TVET sectors in close partnership with the Department of Health (DoH), the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), the global funds, German Government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its implementing agencies among other private and corporate partners.

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