CAO South Africa | Central Applications Office
The CAO plays an integral part in students future, and processes applications for what has grown to include all universities, universities of technology, most private and five TVET (Technical, Vocational, Education, and Training) colleges in KwaZulu-Natal.
The non-profit organisation, in Mary Thiphe St. (previously Cato Manor Rd.), is the only organisation of its kind in South Africa.
Every year applicants also have a chance each year to win one of four bursaries, ranging from R10 000 to R20 000, as well as one bursary which covers the full cost of tuition for three years.
Applications encompass over 730 programmes, grouped under 25 career directions. The CAO lists career directions- assisting in deciding career or subject choices with a self-assessment quiz.
These applications can be done online, or in hard copy at their offices or partnering institutions, at the Department of Basic Education district offices, public libraries, schools and career exhibitions in KZN.
Pupils require just one form and one fee for all their applications to various institutions.
That fee covers submissions for up to six institutions, instead of individual payments and submissions to each institution.
The CAO continues to pay special regard to rural and undeveloped areas