Is Damelin a College Or University

Is Damelin a College Or University

Is Damelin a College Or University, Damelin is a private college, with 17 campuses, owned by Educor (the Education Investment Corporation Limited) group. It was founded by Benjamin Damelin in 1943. Despite offering degrees, diplomas and other higher qualifications, Damelin is considered a college instead of a university due to the regulations for tertiary institutions in South Africa. Damelin is a wholly owned division of Educor (the Education Investment Corporation Limited) group, which National Pride Trading 452 purchased in January 2008. Damelin is the oldest and most profitable education subsidiary owned by Educor. By November 2012, over one million students had graduated from Damelin.
Educor is a wholly owned division of A1 Capital, owned by Leo Chetty. It is one of the largest education service providers in Africa.

What does Damelin stand for?

If you are looking for quality private education, look no further!

With full-time and part-time programmes falling under a number of different schools, Damelin has your needs covered.
At Damelin, we believe in our students, and we ensure that each individual’s learning experience becomes an exciting one. Our campuses offer courses that will give you the knowledge and skills you need to launch your career, and set a platform for lifelong learning. We deliver innovative and relevant programmes in Higher Education and Training (HET), as well as Private College (FET Institution) and Occupational Qualifications Programmes.

Mission Statement

We pride ourselves on being a provider of quality student-focused education. It is our mission to deliver innovative and relevant programmes on multiple NQF levels while contributing with integrity and commitment to the community ideals of skills development and employability. Our mission is to meet regulatory requirements as it applies to private institutions and exceed all expectations of quality.

Our Vision

To lead and inspire quality private education and training throughout Southern Africa and the African continent.

Our Core Values

  • Academic commitment.
  • Reputable and quality brand.
  • Innovative relevant programmes.
  • Skills development and employability.
  • Integrity.



In 1943, Benjamin Damelin established Damelin as a “cramming college for white students”. In 1951, Johann Brummer joined Damelin as a teacher, in 1952, becoming a partner and serving as Educor’s Executive chairman until his resignation in 1998. One of the key aspects in the development of the Damelin name was initiated in 1952 when Brummer started developing materials for long distance learning, which later became the Damelin Correspondence College in 1955.
In the early years of the 1960s, Damelin began offering evening classes at what would later become their Johannesburg Campus . In 1968, the Damelin Management School was established and offered education and training to adults for the attainment of Damelin certificates. In the 1970s, many of the prisoners imprisoned on Robben Island were registered as students of Damelin. In 1985, the Damelin Computer School, which only offered part-time programs at the time, was established in Johannesburg.
By 1991, Damelin had started offering contact instruction to University of South Africa students, which had been established for middle-class African students who were unable to gain entry into universities of higher prestige with higher level education. All these programs were coordinated at the same Johannesburg site for many years until 1993, when the Braamfontein Campus was founded. In 1998, the University of Pretoria approached the Damelin Computer School to facilitate the computer training of residential students of the University of Pretoria on their main campus because their IT faculty was better suited to training undergraduates than the University of Pretoria’s .
By 2005, Damelin was the only institution in Southern Africa whose Bachelor of Commerce degrees were recognized by the Oxford Brookes University, a university established in 1992. In 2007, Damelin aligned their programs with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)  and by 2008, Damelin was offering more than 200 NQF programs. In 2008, Educor was purchased by National Pride Trading 452 as a going concern and the Milpark Business School started integrating the Damelin School of Banking and Insurance’s academic operations as part of their offerings.
In 2013, Pacofs signed a three-year contract with Damelin for the training of audio engineers.
In October 2013, the Damelin Gaborone campus cut its ties with Damelin South Africa and renamed itself. From November 2013 as part of an initiative in the South African education sector called Project Athena, the South African telecommunication company Telkom has pledged to give over 40 000 SIM cards to Damelin students over the course of three months. In the next phase of this project, free Wi-Fi access is to be implemented across selected Damelin campuses for students to use.


Damelin has 17 campuses across South Africa in various cities, including but not limited to Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and East London.
All of the current campuses are situated within South Africa’s borders in 5 of South Africa’s 9 provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape, the first of which was established in the 1960s in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Eastern Cape

There are two campuses based in the Eastern Cape. One is based in Port Elizabeth and the other in East London.
The East London campus was established in 1992.

Free State

There is one campus based in the Free State. It is based in Bloemfontein and was founded in 1991. On 2 August 2013, it was announced that the Bloemfontein campus would be relocating to a larger premises. The campus is located on Charlotte Maxeke Street.


The entrance of the Damelin Randburg campus with the main building on the right.

There are nine campuses based in Gauteng. These campuses in Gauteng can be located in Benoni, Boksburg, Braamfontein, Bramley, Centurion, Menlyn, Randburg, Pretoriaand in the Vaal. Three of these campuses are based in Pretoria.
Damelin’s presence in Gauteng is central to its history and operation as one of the first campuses was founded there in the 1960s and their head office relocated to Braamfontein in 1992.
The Benoni campus was founded in 1991 and is located on Princes Avenue.
The Boksburg campus is located in Jacobs Street. It is noted for its social events such as beauty pageants and fun days as well as its social outreach programs. It is also known for its absolutely abysmal quality of education. The Boksburg campus is also the first ever tertiary institute in South Africa to establish a bird sanctuary.
The Braamfontein campus was founded in 1993 and is located on the corner of Simmons and De Korte Street. The Braamfontein Campus is also located on an entire block, allowing it to be seen from all angles. It is also within walking distance of a Gautrain station.
The Bramley campus was founded as the Allenby Campus in 1994 by Nick Matzukis, Vivien Keller and Val Bartram. It is located on Glen Road.
The Randburg campus was founded in 1997 and is located on the corner of Malibongwe Drive and Republic Road. It is home to the Randburg Campus Library as well as the Randburg School of Business and Management, which is a member of the One Palmes League as per Eduniversal’s rating system. On Wednesday 4 December 2013, the campus proudly received ISO 1900:2008 certification from the South African Bureau of Standards, marking a significant milestone for the entire Damelin education group. The Randburg campus sets the benchmark for the other 16 campuses and it serves 2500 students, making it the largest of the 17 campuses.
The Pretoria City campus was established in 2010 and is located on Thabo Sehume Street.

Kwa-Zulu Natal

There are three campuses based in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The campuses in Kwa-Zulu Natal can be found in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
The Durban campus was founded in 1966.
The Pietermaritzburg campus was founded in 1991 and is based in the Compen Building on Church Street.
The Durban City campus was established in 2010 and is located on Anton Lembede Street.
The Damelin Overport campus is located on 92 Overport Drive

Western Cape

There are two campuses based in the Western Cape. The campuses in the Western Cape can be located in Cape Town and Mowbray.
A Cape Town campus was founded in 1983.
The Cape Town city campus was established in 2010.
The Mowbray campus is located on Liesbeek Parkway. For mother’s day in 2013, Mowbray campus students and staff visited Mowbray Maternity Hospital to spend time with mothers who were in the care of the hospital.

Contact Us

Head Office: Damelin (Pty) Ltd,
57 Underwood Road,
Tel: +27 860 532 887 (General Queries)
Fax: +27 (31) 208 5822
Email: Customer Care:
For other direct department queries please use the email below:Academics Department: Click here to make an enquiry
Accounts Department:
HR Department :
Fraud Report:
If you are an existing student and have a query, please click here.
If you would like to contact a campus directly, please utilise the relevant campus links below
Gauteng Benoni
Tel: 011 749 2000Boksburg
Tel: 011 878 5800Braamfontein
Tel: 011 242 3400
Tel: 011 440 7020
Tel: 011 796 2000
Tel: 012 663 2000
Tel: 012 471 3300
Pretoria City
Tel: 012 406 0000
Tel: 016 421 4154
KwaZulu-Natal Overport
Tel: 031 268 9400Durban City
Tel: 031 304 0600Pietermaritzburg
Tel: 033 345 0688
Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth
Tel: 041 506 7700East London
Tel: 043 726 4291
Western Cape Cape Town City
Tel: 021 462 6160Mowbray
Tel: 021 681 6000
Free State Bloemfontein
Tel: 051 430 8030
Mpumalanga Nelspruit
Tel: 087 087 3378