Head of Department: Dr. P R Tshidzumba

Tel: +27 40 653 8033/4/5
Fax: +27 40 653 8036
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 545 0316


Brief Description about the Department

Fort Cox forestry department is one of the two academic departments in Fort Cox College Agriculture and Forestry. The department offers a dynamic academic three year general forestry diploma programme at NQF level 6. The programme is accredited and recognized by Council on Higher education. It is our main aim to continue producing high quality graduates who are responsive to the current challenges facing the forestry industry. Moreover, considering the afforestation programme approved for the Eastern Cape Province, our forestry department has a major role to play to capacitate future foresters who will sustain the afforestation programme. It is without reasonable doubt that fort cox is an institution of choice for studying forestry qualification. Through our dedicated partnership with private companies in the industry that provides an integral opportunity of exposure to current and prospective students to attain various technical experiences in forest management.

Three year Diploma in Forestry: Dip Forestry

(Under Institute admission procedure, no person shall be admitted to a diploma programme unless he or she has obtained a Senior Certificate or National Senior Certificate with a minimum aggregate symbol E, passed at least two science subjects in matric and obtained the required minimum score of 40 percent in the Swedish Rating System. This system, outlined below, has three components as shown.)

(a) Matriculation Results
Admission Criteria for the National Senior Certificate (NSC)
The certificate or statement of results clearly indicates whether the candidate meet the minimum requirements to be admitted to a Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor Degree programme. For example, it states that “The candidate is awarded the National Senior Certificate and has met the minimum requirements for admission to a diploma or higher certificates as gazetted for admission to higher education”. Then the candidate qualifies to be admitted to the Institute, provided the combination of subjects and level achievement meets the programme needs.

Admission Criteria for NSC
To be admitted for Diploma in Agriculture or Diploma in Forestry, the candidate shall be required to pass at a prescribed level (in the language of learning as certified by Umalusi coupled with minimum rating of 3 (Moderate achievement 40% - 49%).

The subject combinations required are as follows:
• English (Compulsory)
• Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy (Compulsory)
Any two of the following:
• Physical Science,
• Life Sciences/Biology
• Agricultural Sciences

The preference will be given to those applicants with science subjects. For those applicants who may not have the preferred combination of subjects, but meet the minimum criteria the admission, the Committee will evaluate their applications individually.

(b) Subject evaluation code -subject I
(a) With exemption - i.e. 4HG & S2SGsubjects 10
(b) With exemption - i.e. 4SG & 2HG subjects 6
(c) Senior certificate - 3HG & 3SG subjects 2

Category 1 (All these subjects carry a +4 rating)
l. Mathematics
2. Biology
3. Physical Science
4. Agricultural Science
5. Chemistry
6. Accounting
7. Economics
8. Computer Studies

Category II (All these subjects carry a +2 rating)
l. English
2. Geography
3. Practical Agriculture
4. Business Economics

Category III
(Any other subject, other than those listed in categories I and II, carries a zero rating)
Scoring for subjects in categories I and II

Subject symbol A B C D E F G
Score for higher grade 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Score for standard grade 6 5 4 3 2 1 0

NOTE: The total maximum points score possible for each subject is 12. (This is made up of the +4 rating for a Category 1 subject added to the +8 rating for an A symbol).
(Science subjects refers to Mathematics, Physics/Chemistry and Biology)

Foreign Qualification
Applicants are responsible for the evaluation of their qualifications by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Certified copies of qualifications and the relevant Certificate of Evaluation from SAQA must be submitted to the Institute’s Admissions Committee.
NB: The above admission criteria will be subjected to the Institute internal evaluation procedures.

(c) Post-matriculation experience
Circumstance Value
Experience 2
No. experience 0
Maximum points possible 2

Summary of maximum points possible from Sections 1, 2 and 3 above:
1. Matriculation results.................................................. 10
2. Subject evaluation code (six subjects) ....................... 72
3. Post-matriculation experience..................................... 2


The minimum score of 40 percent for a student to be considered for admission to Fort Cox diploma is thus 34 points.
NOTE: Only six relevant subjects should be evaluated, but if a student has done seven subjects he/she will be evaluated on a total point of 96. 

Mr. P.R. Tshidzumba      HOD Forestry        PhD. BSc Forestry, MSc Agric, Dip Project Mgmnt


Ms. M. Sigogo         Senior Lecturer Forestry         BSc Forestry, PGDHET


Mr. A.E. Ramphinwa         Senior Lecturer         Environ. Science B. Env. Mngnt, PGDHET


Mr. S.S. Quvile         Senior Lecturer          Community Forestry B. Forestry, PGDHET


Ms. T. Mjali         Senior Lecturer        Forestry BSc Forestry, MSc Forestry


Mr. L Mapipa         Technician Forestry         B. Tech Forestry 



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P.O. Box 2187
King Williams Town


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