Dept. Basic Education: About, Website, Contact Details [Every Details]

Department of Basic Education (DBE)
Founded: 2009
Headquarters: Sol Plaatje House, Pretoria, South Africa

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About DBE

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) 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.


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.


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

The Department of Basic Education adheres to the following values

People: Upholding the Constitution, being accountable to the Minister, the government and the people of South Africa.

Excellence: Maintaining high standards of performance and professionalism by aiming for excellence in everything we do, including being fair, ethical and trustworthy in all that we do.

Teamwork: Cooperating with one another and with our partners in education in an open and supportive way to achieve shared goals.

Learning: Creating a learning organisation in which staff members seek and share knowledge and information while committing themselves to personal growth.

Innovation: Striving to address the training needs for high-quality service and seeking ways to achieve our goals.

Strategic outcome-orientated goals: Improved quality of basic education

Improve the quality of teaching and learning

  • Improve teacher capacity and practices.
  • Increase access to high-quality learning materials.

Undertake regular assessment to track progress

  • Establish a world-class system of standardised national assessments.
  • Extract key lessons from ongoing participation in international assessments.

Improve early childhood development

  • Universalise access to Grade R.
  • Improve the quality of early childhood development.

Ensure a credible outcomes-focused planning and accountability system

  • Strengthen school management and promote functional schools.
  • Strengthen the capacity of district offices.

DBE Website(s)

DBE Contact

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

GPS Coordinates:
25.741790, 28.189212

Postal Address
Private Bag X895


Call Centre: 0800 202 933 |

Switchboard: 012 357 3000

General Information:

Certification: 012 357 4511/3 |

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