About Us

What is SACEE?

The South African Council for English Education is a registered non-profit association mainly consisting of voluntary members. SACEE was established in 1955 by a small group of people who were dedicated to the protection of English usage. Our mission statement – to support the teaching, learning and appreciation of English. Today, through a network of branches and membership, the Council succeeds in initiating and sustaining a wide variety of worthwhile activities and projects, undertaken voluntarily by members and aimed at benefiting teachers, learners and college and university students. SACEE provides a practical means for individuals and organisations to participate in the development of skills and in the enjoyment of the English language. SACEE draws together people with an appreciation of the richness of the language, a concern for clarity of thought and a respect for the multilingual diversity of South Africa.

Where is SACEE?

A National office is based at Queenswood, Pretoria. Branches operate in Gauteng (3 branches in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Mid-Vaal) in the Free State (Bloemfontein), Eastern Cape (2 branches in Port Elizabeth and East London) and the Western Cape (Cape Town). It is hoped that future branches will be opened soon in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Limpopo.

Who can join SACEE?

Anyone who enjoys using the English language and believes in maintaining its usage. Membership consists of – teachers, lecturers, learners, pensioners, journalists, editors, writers, broadcasters, TV presenters and the corporate sector. Please contact the relevant provincial branch to obtain membership information.

How does SACEE sustain itself?

Through membership fees, contest entry fees, sale of publications, sponsorship, advertising, donations and fundraising events. SACEE is a registered ‘Public Benefit Organisation’/NPO and holds Section 18A status.(tax exemption for funders)


Border Mrs V Packery May 2020
Bloemfontein Ms Melissa Smith May 2020
Eastern Cape Mrs Anne Peltason May 2020
Johannesburg Dr Rohan Quince May 2020
Pretoria Mrs C Marks May 2020
Polokwane Mr T Mashitisho May 2020
Western Cape Mrs A Gwynne-Evans May 2020
Mid-Vaal Miss Annastella Papageorgiou May 2020


English Alive Mr T kalula
English Olympiad Dr Diana Ayliff
Language Challenge and Puzzle Parades Mrs V Packery
SACEE Newsletter Dr Malcolm Venter
Website coordinator Mrs Lesley Todd


National Treasurer/Secretary Mrs Lesley Todd