Sol Plaatje University

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Welcome to the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) institution page! SPU is situated in the Northern Cape. They have 2 campuses in the heart of Kimberly and offer a variety of programmes.  

Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (9 October 1876 – 19 June 1932) was a South African intellectual, journalist, linguist, politician, translator and writer. Plaatje was a founder member and first General Secretary of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC), which became the ANC. The Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, which includes the city of Kimberley, is named after him, as is the Sol Plaatje University in that city, which opened its doors in 2014

Courses Offered

SPU offers various faculties, all of which offer their own degrees or diplomas.

  • School of Economic & Management Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Natural & Applied Sciences 
  • School of Humanities

Application Form

Please complete the application form below and return it to us by handing it in at:

Sol Plaatje University, North Campus, Chapel Street, Kimberley

or by mail:  The University Registrar, Sol Plaatje University, Private Bag X5008, Kimberley, 8300

or by email:  applications@spu.ac.za (remember to include a proof of payment)

or by fax: +27 (0)86 544 2766

Download the Application Form for 2018

Admission Requirement

This page sets the minimum academic requirements for admission into study programmes at Sol Plaatje University in 2017. The requirements are based on the results that applicants achieve in the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. Applicants who hold certificates from a different examination system will be considered individually for admission.

Note that if you satisfy the minimum admission requirements stated here, this does not automatically mean that you will be admitted to the study programme at SPU. The final decision on your admission will be based on your academic performance and the availability of space in the programme. The better your academic performance above this minimum, the better will be your chance of being admitted to study at SPU.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you satisfy the minimum requirements stated here, it does not mean that you will automatically be admitted to the study programme at SPU.  The final decision on your admission will be based on your academic performance and the availability of space in the programme.  If your academic performance is above these minimum requirements, your chance of being admitted to study at the University will be better.

How to Apply

Step 1:  Get your application form.

  • Hardcopy Application:
    This option is only available to undergraduate applicants. 

You can post your application to:

The University Registrar Sol Plaatje University 
Private Bag X5008 
Kimberley 
8300
South Africa

Step 2:  Complete your application form in full. 

*Remember you’ll need an email address.  

Step 3:  Attach all supporting documents.

You need to attach certified copies of all of your documentation as well as your proof of payment of your application fee. This includes: 

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  •  proof of payment of the application fee (R100)
  •  copy of your ID
  • copy of your latest Matric results
  • copy of age exemption letter from Matric Board (if applicable – older than 23)
  • You are required to have your academic transcripts and ID certified to prove to the university that those are the real documents. You can have your documents certified at any police station or anyone who holds Commander of Oaths rights (like a lawyer).

Step 4:  Complete a student accommodation form if you need to organise living arrangements. 

Online Application

Details of Sol Plaatje University Application Form

Application Status

Applications for the 2020 academic year opened on Monday, 25 March 2019 and run until the end of September 2019.

Please complete the application form below and return it to us by handing it in at:

Sol Plaatje University, North Campus, Chapel Street, Kimberley

or by mail:  The University Registrar, Sol Plaatje University, Private Bag X5008, Kimberley, 8300

or by email:  applications@spu.ac.za (remember to include a proof of payment).

Download the application forms (includes application for residence) below

Download

Postgraduate application forms are available here

Registration Date

Undergraduate registration for 2019 academic year is now CLOSED

MORE REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR 2019

FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR RETURNING AND FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

UPFRONT TUITION FEE PAYMENT

R5,000.00 is required to be paid prior to registration (proof needs to be submitted) if unfunded.

Students who have confirmation of a bursary from an organisation do not have to make the upfront payment. (Proof needs to be submitted). 

CONFIRMATION OF RESIDENCE PLACE

Payment of R5,000.00 is required to confirm a place in residence (proof needs to be submitted), if unfunded.

Students who have confirmation of a bursary must submit proof thereof and the upfront residence amount is waivered.

APPEAL PROCESS

Those who are unable to afford the upfront payments, need to submit a letter of appeal to the University Registrar with a full motivation, supported by a statement of the family income and to include all efforts made to secure alternate sources of funding.

SPU BANKING DETAILS

FIRST NATIONAL BANK              

Branch: Kimberley 

Branch Code: 230102

Account number: 62516049873

Account Holder: Sol Plaatje University

Account type: Deposit only

Contact Details

For tuition (quotations), kindly contact:

Mrs Valerie Herman, +27 (0)53 491 0156 or valerie.herman@spu.ac.za

Mrs Lebo Tlhalogang, +27 (0)53 491 0215 or lebo.tlhalogang@spu.ac.za

For application and registration information, kindly contact:

Switchboard:         +27 (0)53 491 0000

Email:                    information@spu.ac.za

Nombulelo Matroos, +27 (0)53 491 0109 or nombulelo.matroos@spu.ac.za

Patrick May, +27 (0)53 491 0220 or patrick.may@spu.ac.za

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