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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology was established on 1 January 2005, when the Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon merged. This merger was part of a national transformation process that transformed the higher education landscape in South Africa. Today, this institution is the only university of technology in the Western Cape. It is the largest university in the region, boasting more than 30 000 students, several campuses and service points, and more than 70 programs.
However, the institution has humble beginnings in the Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon, dating back to the early 1900s. The Cape Technikon has its roots in the Cape Technical College, which was established in Longmarket Street in 1920. The college's establishment followed more than ten years of petitioning by the community for the consolidation of technical courses offered in various venues in Cape Town. In the late 1960s, this institution changed to a College for Advanced Technical Education and was renamed the Cape College for Advanced Technical Education. However, a decade later, the Technikons Act was promulgated, and in 1976 the institution becomes known as the Cape Technikon and was allowed to offer degree programs.
During the apartheid era, all educational institutions were forced to serve a specific race group. The institution offered courses for white students; however, in 1987, the student population's makeup changed after the institution applied for and was granted permission to have the Government's regulation lifted on the quota for black students. The 1990s would usher in a new era for the Cape Technikon. This institution launched its new organizational structure, which featured six faculties, a new corporate identity, and a new vision and mission statement. In 2001 the Boland and Mowbray Education Colleges were incorporated into the Cape Technikon, forming the Faculty of Education at Wellington and Mowbray sites. In 1962 the Peninsula Technical College was established to cater for the steady growth in the number of colored apprentices in a variety of trades. Classes were conducted in Cape Town until the relocation to a site in Bellville in 1967, which today is the central campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
In the 1970's the institution had its status changed to a College of Advanced Technical Education and was rebranded as the Peninsula Colleges for Advanced Technical Education. However, this name and status change was short-lived, and in 1979, the college was legally established as the Peninsula Technikon. Primarily offering education to people of color during the apartheid era, the institution opened its doors to all races in 1987. The 1990's also ushered in more changes for the institution, which was empowered to offer degree programs. The year 1997 saw restructuring the institution's academic programs into the faculties of Engineering, Business, and Science.
During March 2001, the Minister of Education, Kader Asmal, announced the National Plan on Higher Education. This plan saw the merger of various higher education institutions across South Africa and the formation of Universities of Technology. After lengthy processes, which involved the setting up of merger task teams and a renaming process, the Minister in 2003 approved the name, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. In 2005, Cape Peninsula University of Technology was officially launched, and on 1 February 2006, Prof Lineo Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga was appointed as the first Vice-chancellor of the institution.

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