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At PwC we are passionate about education and as a result we have invested significantly in the education industry.

We are the only professional services firm with a dedicated education industry group that adds value to universities, TVET colleges and educational institutions.

How we can help

We have the most distinguished higher education practice in South Africa. We are external auditors / advisors to all 26 public universities in South Africa. We are also external auditors / advisors to the majority of the 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges (TVET) in South Africa. We provide external audit, advisory as well as taxation services to this industry.

Internationally, PwC renders professional services to a significant portfolio of leading universities around the world. We are external auditors of 9 of the top 10 universities in the world, as measured by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of 2016-2017.

We are also happy to welcome to our first edition of the PwC Education Newsletter, which can be accessed here.

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PwC Africa and Times Higher Education Africa Roundtable

Our Roundtable discussion, proudly held in collaboration between PwC Africa and Times Higher Education, brought together a panel of senior leaders from academia and industry in Africa to discuss challenges and the importance of getting faculty members to align with recent educational shifts.

PwC 27th Annual Virtual Education Conference

PwC 27th Annual Virtual Education Conference

Date: 6-7 September 2021

Thank you for your interest in PwC’s 27th Annual Virtual Education Conference, hosted by Roshan Ramdhany, PwC Education Leader. We’ve made the recordings and slide deck from the conference available below and trust that you will gain valuable insights from them, as we keep working together for a collaborative and reimagined future for education.

Click here to access the slide deck and session recordings



Industry group

As a result of our significant footprint in the industry, we have formed a Education Industry Group that consists of almost 100 partners and managers. Roshan Ramdhany, our Education Leader, ensures the group meets on a quarterly basis to discuss topical matters and industry best practice for universities and TVET colleges and broader education. This industry group has produced material to support tertiary institutions on corporate governance, the Higher Education Act and the framework for cost and income allocation in higher education institutions. This group has also been successful in obtaining binding class rulings on the tax treatment of Post-Doctoral Fellowships and subsistence allowances in respect of overseas sabbaticals. In addition, the group worked closely with the Department of Higher Education and Training to update the Reporting Regulations for Annual Reporting by Public Higher Institutions.


Annual conference

Since 1993, we have hosted a Higher Education Conference where strategic and technical role players in the sector share thoughts and debate matters of importance to the education industry. Vice-chancellors, representatives of the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Auditor-General, international education experts and various other stakeholders have participated in the conference over the last 23 years. This remains a valuable forum for chief financial officers of tertiary institutions and we view it as an important part of our ongoing support to the sector.


We have an unsurpassed footprint in the education industry in South Africa. Our annual conference connects role players and our thought leadership elicit debate in the industry.

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Roshan  Ramdhany

Roshan Ramdhany

Partner, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 11 797 4144

Anisha Vittee

Anisha Vittee

Senior Manager, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 11 797 4838

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