• Extreme weather has led to more frequent flooding. Our article published from p27 in Servamus: January 2022 look at which emergency services are involved during such disasters and give tips to stay safe.

  • Large parts of South Africa have suffered a severe drought for more than 6 years. Our article published from p30 in Servamus: January 2022 look at the impact of droughts on our lives; diseases during droughts and provide tips to save water.

  • Do you know what to do in case of a hazmat incident or vehicle crash? We provide valuable tips on what to do in such cases in our article published from p37 in Servamus: January 2022.

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Compiled by Annalise Kempen

What guarantee do we have that when we enter a doctor's consulting room that the person wearing the stethoscope around their neck has really qualified as a medical practitioner? Or when we consult with an attorney, that the person whom we pay to solve our legal challenges is duly qualified as a legal expert? Do we trust that the framed certificate that purports to be proof of their academic qualification is valid and confirmation that they are indeed legally qualified to operate on us or represent us in a court of law? Should we not verify that those whom we trust with our lives, pay for a professional service or want to employ in our organisation have the required and legal qualifications?

Earlier this year, the qualifications, or purported qualifications of various politicians were in the spotlight. Even though the majority of South Africans may not have any concern about whether or not their local ward councillor or even mayor has a tertiary qualification, the real issue is that if a person who is appointed in a position of trust and authority lies about their qualifications, can we trust them with our money (in this case rates and taxes), with the promises they make to render a service and that they will be ethical leaders?

iFacts, a leading employee screening and vetting services provider, reminds us that qualification fraud is rife globally and that no qualifications presented for employment or any other reason should be accepted at face value. In fact, this organisation found that 5% of matric and tertiary qualifications that have been verified have been found to be invalid (iFacts, Nd). This confirms why it is not only important to verify a person’s qualifications, but that prospective students also verify that the tertiary institution where they want to study is duly registered.

Choosing an institution for a post-school qualification
There are a multitude of institutions available in South Africa where one can obtain a post-school qualification. Traditional universities are often expensive but fortunately they are not the only option to study towards a tertiary qualification. That is why many prospective students explore the options offered by private universities, community and technical colleges. The next question that many people may ask is how do you know that you will be applying to study at a registered college or university and that your qualification will be up to standard?

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) (2015) has the following advice for prospective students before they enter into an agreement to study after school:

  • Make sure that the institution is registered with the DHET, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA);
  • determine whether the certificate for registration is displayed;
  • enquire whether the institution offers the qualification you are interested in;
  • determine whether the respective qualification is listed on the certificate;
  • enquire whether the institution can provide a brochure with all the details including the accredited qualifications. Remember that such brochures may also be provided in a digital format or on the institution’s website; and
  • ask whether the institution can provide a sample copy of a learning contract and/or registration forms.


[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: December 2021. If you are interested in reading the rest of the article, send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out what you need to do. The article also focuses on the role of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the registration of qualifications; where to verify South African and foreign qualifications and the importance of employers to do the checks prior to making an appointment. Ed.]

Servamus - January 2021

In Servamus: December 2021, I discussed how the killing or injuring of a human being may be justified in terms of our common law.
By Adv John I Welch
For many South Africans the word “disaster” became a reality in March 2020 when the President of the country, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation in the first of many “family meetings” to follow when he announced the country’s first lockdown.
By Annalise Kempen
Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods and hurricanes are damaging events that change the lives of people within no time.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Each year during the dry season, which for the largest part of the country is the winter months, authorities warn us about our behaviour about making fire.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - January 2022

- S v Tilayi appeal case no: CA 22/2020 High Court Mthatha dated 9 March 2021 and 2021 (2) SACR 350 (ECM)
Mr Mbiyozo Zanodumo Tilayi, the accused, was convicted during a summary trial before the High Court in Mthatha (“the trial court”) of the following offences:
Read More - Messrs (1) Sechaba Seloana; (2) Mmuso Seloana; and (3) Abraham Itumeleng Popa v (1) The Director of Public Prosecutions [for the Free State Province] [DPP]; (2) National Director of Public Prosecutions [NDPP]; and (3) the Presiding Magistrate in the Welkom District Magistrates’ Court case no: 4019/2020 High Court Bloemfontein dated 24 August 2021 (FB)
Relevant, applicable legal provisions Section 75 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:

Letters - January 2022

NAME: W/O L Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central Magistrates’ Court
During October 2021, my husband and I were on holiday but got stranded 10 km before Jansenville in the Eastern Cape with flat tyres.
January Magazine Cover

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