DBE: About, Website, Contact Details

Department of Basic Education (DBE)
Founded: 2009
Headquarters: Pretoria, South Africa
Predecessor: Department of Education

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About DBE

The Department of Basic Education is one of the departments of the South African government. It oversees primary and secondary education in South Africa. It was created in 2009 after the election of President Jacob Zuma, when the former Department of Education was divided.

The Department of Basic Education was formed when the former National Department of Education was split into two: Department of Basic Education and the Department of Higher Education and Training. The DBE deals with all schools from Grade R to Grade 12, including adult literacy programmes. The aim of the DBE is to develop, maintain and support a South African school education system for the 21st century.


DBE vision is of a South Africa in which all our people will have access to lifelong learning, education and training opportunities, which will, in turn, contribute towards improving the quality of life and building a peaceful, prosperous and democratic South Africa.


DBE mission is to provide leadership in the establishment of a South African education system for the 21st century.


  1. ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod
  2. ASIDI
  3. EMIS
  4. Funza Lushaka
  5. Gender-Based Violence
  6. Health Promotion
  7. Inclusive Education
  8. Kha Ri Gude
  9. National School Nutrition Programme
  10. NEEDU
  11. Physical Planning and Rural Schooling
  12. QLTC
  13. Quality Assurance and Skills Development
  14. Safety in Schools



» Physical Address
Department of Basic Education
222 Struben Street
Pretoria Central, Pretoria

» GPS Coordinates: 25.741790, 28.189212

» Directions from OR Tambo International Airport
» Directions from Johannesburg

» Postal Address
Private Bag X895

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