College SA was initially established in partnership with the Curro School Group, as Curro College in 2007. In 2008, the Curro School Partners sold their shares, and Curro College became College SA.
From inception, College SA's mission was to provide affordable distance learning to the many South Africans who could neither afford traditional tertiary education, nor meet the entry requirements of these institutions. The fact that many universities, technikons and colleges insist on a Matric qualification in order to enrol prospective students, means that many South Africans cannot study with these institutions to improve their career prospects.
This gap in the market gave College SA the opportunity to provide quality distance education to thousands of students. Initially, the bulk of the course material was sourced from reputable third party providers, but it soon became apparent that the need for more affordable, high-quality course material was needed. With this in mind, College SA began producing a range of its own courses; purposely built to address the unique needs of the distance learning student and backed by an academic support system.
From 2008, College SA has grown from strength to strength and has added more than 200 courses to its prospectus. These courses include both non-accredited, as well as nationally and internationally accredited courses. To meet the high demand for course material, it eventually opened its own in-house printing department.
In 2016, majority shareholding in the company was sold to JSE-listed RECM and Calibre Limited (RAC) and Tabaldi Investment Holdings Pty. Ltd. (TIH), the family investment vehicle for Richard and Yvonne Starkey.
Dimitrios Ladielis, a key shareholder, was appointed as Managing Director and entrusted to take College SA forward in line with the new group vision and strategy.
The new vision for College SA is to become the most trusted provider of distance education in Africa, with the 4 key values of:
RAC and TIH have already made key investments in other educational assets, including Tabaldi Education (Tabaldi Online Accounting Classroom), UK-based IASeminars, HBM Edu Tech and Optic Blaze Media.
Together these organisations are providing strong synergy and support, which allows College SA to deliver on its new vision, and its strategy of making a significant positive impact on South African education in the years to come.