Central application database almost ready

Blaze Nzimande says the central application database will be ready for use in 2015.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister Blaze Nzimande said on Thursday the centralised application database will be fully operational in 2015.

University's have in the past faced a number of problems when dealing with an influx of students at the beginning of the academic year, who are all trying to enrol.

This resulted in a stampede at the University of Johannesburg in 2012 which caused a mother of one of the applicants to be crushed to death.

Nzimande said this will improve the application centres at all the country's universities.

"The next step, we want to implement is to have a common closing date for all applications and begin to introduce a single standard fee for applications - rather than institutions charging different kinds."