St Augustine to Introduce New BCom (PPE) Degree. Don’t Waste Time, It Is For You

St Augustine to introduce a BCom (PPE) degree in 2018

St Augustine College of South Africa ( is to introduce a Bachelor of Commerce (PPE) degree in 2018. The degree will be offered on a full-time (three years) and part-time (six years) basis.

All students registered for the Bachelor of Commerce (PPE) will major in Economics, with a second major in either Philosophy or Politics. The curriculum includes a number of compulsory subjects. In the first year, modules in Academic Development and Research Skills assist students with developing their reading, writing and communication skills, and, in the third year, two modules are devoted to a research project. Three modules in the first and second years provide students with opportunity to explore topics that are fundamental to the ethos of St Augustine (Philosophy of the Human Person, Introduction to Ethics, and Introduction to Catholic Social Thought). Additional compulsory subjects include Mathematics, Statistics and Accounting; elective subjects include Business Management and Law. The curriculum allows for a possible third major (in either Philosophy or Politics, Business Management, Law and Mathematics).

Apart from acquiring subject content knowledge, the multidisciplinary nature of the qualification prepares graduates for a range of careers that require critical thinking, logical reasoning, and a solid foundation in commercial literary and numeracy.

In addition to the Bachelor of Commerce (PPE), St Augustine already offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) degrees at the undergraduate level and a range of postgraduate qualifications from the honours through to the doctorate (in Theology, Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Education and Peace Studies).

Founded in 1999, St Augustine is a private, Catholic, tertiary academic institution situated in Victory Park, Johannesburg. (Although a ‘university’ in all senses of the word, current legislation prevents it – and other private tertiary institutions – from calling itself such.) All of St Augustine’s degree offerings are recognised and accredited by the relevant branches of South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training. To the benefit of its students, St Augustine is a member of a global network of Catholic universities, many of which are amongst the most highly ranked universities in the world.


For further information please contact:

Name: Professor Garth ABRAHAM

Designation: President

St Augustine College of South Africa

Tel: 011-380-9030

Cell: 076 440 0661


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About St Augustine College of South Africa

Founded in 1999, St Augustine is a respected provider of quality, values-based, tertiary education. Apart from registration with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training, St Augustine is canonically recognised as a Catholic ‘university’ by both the South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) and the Congregation for Catholic Education in the Vatican. All of the degrees and certificates that it offers are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, the mission of St Augustine is to produce graduates who have learnt ‘to think rigorously, so as to act rightly and to serve humanity better’.

Studies at St Augustine

In addition to the two undergraduate degrees (BA and BTh), St Augustine offers a full range of postgraduate degrees in the Humanities: from Honours through Master to Doctoral degrees. Fields of study include Culture and Education, Applied Ethics (Business Ethics, Social and Political Ethics), Peace Studies, Theology, and Philosophy. In addition, the College offers a 2-year Higher Certificate in Biblical Studies and a number of innovative short courses for lifelong learning.

Did you know?

  • A ‘university’ in all senses of the word, currently, South African legislation prevents St Augustine – and other private tertiary academic institutions – calling itself a ‘university’;
  • St Augustine provides high quality lecturing in creative small-class formats, with personalised tuition;
  • The emphasis is on helping students to engage in critical and interdisciplinary reflection, in the light of the values of human dignity and the common good;
  • The pass rate is higher than that achieved at many South African universities;
  • Graduates acquire skills and discipline that employers seek in the South African workplace;
  • Graduates are equipped to serve as ethical and intellectual leaders across various sectors of society;
  • St Augustine possesses a well-stocked library covering all relevant disciplines;
  • To the benefit of its staff and students, St Augustine is a member of a global network of Catholic universities, many of which are amongst the most highly ranked universities in the world.

For further information please contact:

Name: Professor Garth ABRAHAM

Designation: President

St Augustine College of South Africa

Tel: 011-380-9030

Cell: 076 440 0661


Southern Africa Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) Condemns Crimes Against Women and Children


The recent unfolding agony of violence against women and children has resulted in a nation numbed with shock. The brutality of this and the knowledge that so many of these crimes have been perpetrated by individuals known to the victims raise questions that demand answers. Our society has been shaped by enduring which has compromised healthy family life, as well as the very fabric of our society.

A recent study indicated that 1 in 5 children have been sexually abused. Furthermore, 75% of boys experienced bullying at school. While corporal punishment has been banned at school the practice remain prevalent. Domestic violence is common. The physical integrity of women and children is not respected. There is a pervasive culture of alcohol and drug abuse which exacerbates the violence. Binge drinking among the young is common which undermines good judgement and social morals and can result in irresponsible and violent behaviour. Participation in gangs is commonplace and may result in collective violence and gang rape.

Each crime against a woman and child causes the delicate fabric of our society to unravel that much more. While some perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted through the criminal justice system, survivors face secondary victimization as the matter progresses through the courts. The social and human cost is immense.

Relying on successful criminal prosecution and subsequent incarceration as a solution is not going to result in the change we need. We have to go back to the beginning and look at the way we socialize our children if we wish to curb this violence in the future. Instead of only investing huge sums of money in the criminal justice system and correctional facilities more allowance should be made for parenting programmes and support. This would do much to address the intergenerational spiral of violence and disregard for the corporal integrity of others. We need interventions to combat the normalization of violence at home, at school, at church and in our communities.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all victims of such violence. Victims sometimes blame themselves for what has happened to them but there is nothing that can justify such blatant cruelty.


+Stephen Brislin

Archbishop of Cape Town

President of the SACBC



19th May 2017

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The Gift of Priestly Vocation Document – Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord

The Congregation of the Clergy has Published the new document ‘The Gift of Priestly Vocation’ to help us reflect once more on the beautiful vocation of Priesthood.

All are encouraged to go through this document thoroughly in order to find out what it entails.

The document is not only meant for the Priests, but for all the people of God to understand the mind and the reflection of the Church on the Vocation of Priesthood in the world of today.

NB. You can download the document through internet search engines: “The Gift of Priestly Vocation.”

I wish you all the best in reading this beautiful document.

Yours in Christ

Fr Paul Tatu CSS (SACBC Communication & Media Office) 






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