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South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996)

Chapter 5 : Independent Schools

48. Subsidies to registered independent schools



1) The Minister may, by notice in the Government Gazette, determine norms and minimum standards for the granting of subsidies to independent schools after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers and the Financial and Fiscal Commission and with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance.


2) The Member of the Executive Council may, out of funds appropriated by the provincial legislature for that purpose, grant a subsidy to an independent school.


3) If a condition subject to which a subsidy was granted has not been complied with, the Head of Department may terminate or reduce the subsidy from a date determined by him or her.


4) The Head of Department may not terminate or reduce a subsidy under subsection (3) unless –
a) the owner of such independent school has been furnished with a notice of intention to terminate or reduce the subsidy and the reasons therefor;
b) such owner has been granted an opportunity to make written representations as to why the subsidy should not be terminated or reduced; and
c) any such representations received have been duly considered.


5) The owner of an independent school may appeal to the Member of the Executive Council against the termination or reduction of a subsidy to such independent school.