HOW TO APPLY FOR THE EXXARO BURSARIES?
Exxaro is a top 40 JSE constituent and a South Africa founded Mining group. This group is offering Matriculated South Africans the opportunity to obtain a degree or diploma in the mining industry. Their bursaries include registration fees, tuition fees, computer fees, book fees, housing and meal fees as well as extracurricular fees. Exxaro does not, however, provide for travel to the University from home or the other way round. This should, however, not prevent anyone from applying for a bursary as the other benefits are comprehensive.
They will ensure vacation work as prescribed by the Institution of Study for In-Training experience and also provide you with a brilliant career. They specialize in Coal, Base Metals, Ferro-alloys, Mineral Sands and Iron. Exxaro has mining operations throughout the world with the Africa continent, Asia, and Australia being the largest countries of concern. The mining industry is bursting at the seams and many opportunities are arising daily. If you really want to study in this line but are unable to do so due to financial strain then these bursaries are ideal. If you have a constant drive and passion in this line of education you should apply.
EXXARO BURSARIES AVAILABLE
If you are planning to study in any one of the following directions these bursaries are just what you need.
- Geology – Hons compulsory
- Mining Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Mining Technician – B Tech
- Mine Surveying – B Tech – MRM
EXXARO BURSARIES REQUIREMENTS
If you are currently still in grade 12 but would like to apply you will be pre-evaluated with your grade 11 levels and you can also apply if you have just matriculated.
To study for a degree, you will need to have a
- Grade 12 level of education with at least a level 6 in Mathematics and Science
- Level 5 for English
- Possess a South African ID
To study a diploma course, you will need at least a
- Level 5 in all three those subjects
- Possess a South African ID
MORE EXXARO OPPORTUNITIES
You can apply for a BSc 4-year program if you are a historically underprivileged citizen of South Africa.
If you have passed your grade 12 or are in grade 11 at the moment you can be considered for this program. Exxaro will sponsor you for the first year and include the tuition, meal fees, housing fees, book fees and make contributions towards extra expenses. You can look for a development plan at the affiliated Exxaro Universities of Pretoria and after an effective accomplishment of the first year of the program, you will be eligible for the full bursary.
You will require the following:
- Level 4 Mathematics & Science
- Level 4 English
- Validation by the University
As part of this specific bursary, Exxaro will sponsor four teams (2 members in each team) full entry to the Absa Cape Epic race. This also includes free entry, pre-training support and training camps with some of the Absa Cape Epic race experts. This is a bicycle race and the idea is to help talented riders progress in finishing the race. Both competitors must be part of the Exxaro BCS 4 year program and be 26 or younger before the 31 December of the year they are participating.
EXXARO BURSARIES APPLICATION
Please include your latest school results and certified copy of your ID. You can find more information on the Exxaro Bursary Site, download the application apply form, complete it and hand it in at the closest representative to you. You will find details to the representatives on the second page of the application.
Selected candidates will be contacted to complete a psychometric test and a NBT (National Benchmark Test. From here selected candidates will be asked to partake in an interview. Once this is completed the committee will select the candidates that will receive bursaries and these candidates will be notified in 3 weeks after the interview process. Candidates will then also have to complete a medical examination before receiving their bursary offer letter.
EXXARO BURSARIES CLOSING DATE
This bursary program usually opens every year with the start of February and closes for applications 29th March.
The bursaries available for students interested in these directions are very comprehensive and Exxaro still has the right to limit which fields will be available each year as is needed. Therefore, a limited amount of Exxaro bursaries will be accessible and due to the high demand you will need to submit your forms at the soonest possible time. Also indicate why you should be eligible for a bursary and what your interests are in the mining, science, and engineering field.
They assist underprivileged students and students with little financial assistance to grow. Exxaro expects the approved candidates to sign an offer of employment before studies commence for a period of time suitable to repay the bursary costs.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides loans and gives various NSFAS bursaries to students at all 25 of our public universities, as well as the 50 public FET (Further Education Training) colleges. Instead of having to repay the monetary value as with loans, bursars who apply for a NSFAS bursary will enter into a contract to work in a specific sector in South Africa for a specified amount of time after their graduation.
NSFAS has been highly successful in helping to educate the youth; available funding has grown from R441 million in 1999 to a whopping R8.5 billion in 2013.
NSFAS BURSARY REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION
The following basic requirements must be met in order to apply for any of the NSFAS bursaries; applicants must:
- Be South African citizens
- Comply with the entry requirements set by the universities of their choice / have proof of registration or acceptance to said university
Once successfully awarded the bursary, students must pass all courses and complete the qualification within the minimum time frame prescribed by the particular university to avoid the risk of having to repay the bursary amount.
In some cases, bursars may be required to report their particular NSFAS bursary exam results in order to continue to receive funding.
All applications will require certified copies of the following:
- ID document
- Grade 12 results
- Parent/guardian’s ID and employment documents (salary slips/pensions slips if applicable/affidavit if unemployed)
- Proof of university acceptance/registration
NSFAS BURSARY PACKAGE
Unless otherwise stated, the bursary fund will allow for a portion of, if not all of, the following study-related costs:
- Prescribed books/study material
The amounts prescribed for the above-mentioned costs will be dependent on the outcome of the NSFAS Means Test. This test assesses to what extent the student’s family can contribute – mainly through determining the gross annual family income. Students can qualify for varying amounts up to the maximum of R60 000 per year.
1. FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARY
The Funza Lushaka bursary is available to individuals who wish to study to become teachers. Read our detailed article for more information and access to the NSFAS online application.
2. SOCIAL WORK SCHOLARSHIP
This bursary is available to students who are currently studying Social Work as well as prospective students who wish to enrol and work towards a Social Work degree. The bursaries are conducted through the Department of Social Development.
The bursary package will also cover funds needed for practicals.
How to Apply
Applications can be found on the DSD website from 1 September every year (or visit your regional Department of Social Development office). This particular NSFAS closing date is 31 October.
Ms Vuyelwa Mngadi; tel: (012) 312 7294 / email: VuyelwaM@dsd.gov.za
Ms Kefiloe Bosman; tel: (012) 312 7223 / email: Kefiloeb@dsd.gov.za
3. SCARCE SKILLS BURSARY
This bursary is funded by the National Skills Fund (NSF) with the purpose of supporting the development of scarce skills in South Africa. Scarce skills include fields such as Engineering, Science, Commerce, IT and Medical. The full list of skills/occupations can be found on the Department of Higher Education document, from page 14.
In addition to the basics, this bursary also includes a maximum of R150 for Internet access (paid directly to the university) and a R3 300 cash allowance (paid directly to the bursar’s bank account) for books, study equipment and other expenses as needed.
Those who wish to apply for Engineering, Geology or Science degrees must have achieved a minimum of level 6 for Mathematics and Science. Those who wish to apply for Accounting degrees must have achieved a minimum of level 6 for Mathematics.Mathematics Literacy will not be accepted.
How to Apply
The NSFAS Bursary application form for this particular bursary can be found on the Career Wise website and the closing date is 30 May.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Tel: 0861 007 787
4. NSFAS BURSARY FOR NATIONAL CERTIFICATE (VOCATIONAL) AND CERTAIN REPORT 191 COURSES AT FET COLLEGES
Vocational and Further Education and Training (FET) courses are those that offer education and training for students who plan to work towards a specific range of jobs or employment possibilities. In some cases, students may qualify for admission to the University of Technology in order to continue their studies at a higher level. In order to qualify for this bursary, candidates must demonstrate that their potential for academic success with a minimum overall average of 50%.
How to Apply
Visit the NSFAS website or simply visit your nearest FET college to apply. Applications open in October and September each year. For more information have a look HERE.
Tel: 0800 87 22 22
5. BURSARY FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
This bursary programme, conducted through the Department of Higher Education and Training, is applicable to disabled students who wish to study in all fields of study as long as they are accredited higher and further education and training programmes. Candidates must also be academically able and financially needy (as determined by the NSFAS Means Test or at the discretion of the Disability Support Unit).
In terms of defining a disability, it is regarded as a long-term impairment (has lasted or is likely to persist for at least 12 months) that is recurring and substantially limiting. For this programme, chronic diseases are also included as a disability; these include HIV/AIDS, diabetes, asthma, cancer and tuberculosis (TB).
The NSFAS bursary also covers the costs of an assistive device or human support that the student needs in order to improve their quality of life.
NSFAS Contact Details
For any further queries either visit the NSFAS Student Bursaries page, call 0860 067 327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is medicine your field of specialty?
SAMA originated in 1998, it is known today as an association of experts within the medical field. It is open to private as well as public medical doctors, they are however a voluntary member association. They focus on the interests and needs of their associates, within all health care fields, while also standing in as a trade union.
Due to the scarcity of skilled professionals in a specific area of medicine, SAMA offers bright individuals the opportunity to become experts, fighting diseases, and building on sound medical assistance in South Africa. Their bursary program only offers partial aid to selected candidates and ought to be seen as an additional bursary. Implicating that bursary candidates may have other sources of bursary funding along with this one.
This bursary funding is open for candidates from Grade 12 who wish to study in the fields provided. It is additionally also made available for candidates who are already studying from their first year to their fourth year. Funding will however only be paid into their University account where they are studying within the Medical field.
If candidates who receive funding fail their funding will be stopped. This bursary will be continual yearly as long as the bursary candidate keeps their grades up and pass successfully each year.
SAMA BURSARIES AVAILABLE
SAMA offers bursaries to talented candidates who have a strong passion for helping others. They provide financial aid to deserving candidates to study within the medical profession.
Some of these include fields.
- Bachelor of Medicine
- Bachelor of Surgery
SAMA BURSARIES: REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must be South African citizens. Candidates must include a detailed curriculum vitae with contact details. Ensure you have contactable references, as well as any information you feel may be suitable to the application. Please also include certified copies of all relevant certificates and ID Document.
Applicants will be obligated to have the following:
- Candidates must have Matric
- Candidates must be in need of financial assistance
- Candidate must have exceptional academic records
- Candidates from a historically disadvantaged background will get preference
- Candidates must be proficient in English, read, write and speak
- Candidates must have good communication skills
- Candidates must show a commitment to learn
- Candidates must provide a letter of acceptance from a Medical Education Program within South Africa
Candidates who receive additional funding may do so, however, this needs to be declared to the committee. Candidates currently studying in the medical fields mentioned may also apply for funding if they meet all requirements.
The following will be taken into consideration by the committee for bursary awards:
- Academic Merits of candidate
- Leadership Qualities of candidate
- Recommendations received
- Awards or Prizes received
- Historical Disadvantage
SAMA BURSARIES: APPLICATION
SAMA bursaries online applications are made available on their website. Candidates are urged to download all the applicable forms and ensure they are correctly, as well as completely filled in before submitting them. For more detail along with the required forms, candidates can go HERE. Forms can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. Alternatively, candidates can also have a look HERE and HERE.
Candidates applying must ensure they complete all fields of the application, and sign the form before sending it in. Candidates must ensure that they provide the following documentation, certified copies only with their application:
- South African ID Document or Birth Certificate
- Address, e-mail details, contact details and full names as is found on ID document
- A letter of acceptance from a Medical School within South Africa
- A motivational letter of Curriculum Vitae (2 pages Max)
- Recommendation letters
- Awards or Prizes received
Applicants can return the application with relevant documentation to, email@example.com or post to SAMA
Any application that is missing information or documentation, will not be considered.
SAMA BURSARIES: CLOSING DATE
These bursaries provided by SAMA can only be applied for from the start of August, until the end of September yearly.
Applications that are not filled in completely, missing a signature, missing documentation or are received late, will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates are urged to please allow between one and three months for correspondence. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applicants must fill in the form completely, sign it and attach an up to date Curriculum Vitae, with all certified copies of documentation as stipulated. All applications must be completed in English.
Good luck to all candidates applying for these bursaries!
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of South Africa’s youth?
If this is what you want, then the Department of Education may have a bursary for you!
The bursary program provided by the Department is a multi-year program. It also promotes teaching at public schools as that is where the need lies. They are devoted to providing learners of all ages, with a quality education. The children of South Africa strive for a better future, with highly trained teachers, the Department can fulfill this need. You can aid in making this vision a reality, by becoming a teacher!
The Department provides full-cost bursaries to eligible, talented candidates. This will aid these candidates to receive a complete, and full teaching qualification within one of the national priority fields. Successful candidates will, however, be required to teach at one of the public schools in South Africa, for the same amount of years as the duration of their studies.
Are you not sure, well, here are some reasons why to consider teaching as a career path!
- Do you love learning? Turn that love into teaching and help other experience the joy of learning.
- Did you have a favorite teacher that made a difference for you? You can be that teacher to someone else!
- Would you love to see someone else succeed? Experience the joy of being able to give another person hope, to see them learn to write, read, count and strive towards their dreams.
- Help children understand the value of all things in life, and aid in building strong and proud citizens.
- You can once again see the world through the eyes of a child, see them grow and become even more special.
- Serve the community and your country, but most of all the children who need your help.
- Share your own knowledge while sparking curiosity in tender minds.
- Pass on the love you have for learning, giving hope for the future, building a solid and honored nation.
Candidates who receive bursaries can ask to be placed in a province of their liking, however, they may not decide which school they would prefer to be employed in. The Department concerned will make the final decision. Upon completion of their studies, candidates will be placed where there is a suitable opening. If there is no opening within the selected province, the Department has the right to place candidate where there are a suitable opening and a need.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BURSARIES AVAILABLE
If you are planning to study into one of the following directions these bursaries are just what you need.
Bachelor of Education – B.Ed.
- Foundation Phases – Grades R to 3
- Intermediate Phases – Grades 4 to 6
- Senior Phases – Grades 7 to 9
- Further Education Phases – Grades 10 to 12
- Bachelor of Engineering
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Technology
- Bachelor of the Arts
- Bachelor of Computer Science
Post Graduate Certification in Education – PGCE.
- All Majors that allow for this level of education
If you are currently still in grade 12 or studying at an institute of higher learning in one of the fields mentioned, you may apply for a bursary with the department.
To qualify for any of these bursaries, candidates must adhere to the following:
- Grade 12 level of education
- Must be proficient in English
- Must be a South African citizen
- Possess a valid South African ID
- Must be committed to teaching and making a difference
- Must provide proof of the need for financial aid
Candidates must also provide proof of acceptance at an institute of higher learning. Candidates from a previously disadvantaged background will be given preference.
Please include your latest school results and certified copy of your ID, Curriculum Vitae as well as all other documentation as is indicated.
You can apply for your bursary online here and read more about Funding your Studies and becoming a Teacher.
It is highly recommended to carefully read the information provided prior to the application. Then also, carefully consider your answers before entering them into the application form. Answer all questions truthfully and precise. Ensure all documentation is certified, and attached before submitting your application.
Applications close the middle of January each year, thus, it is suggested that candidates ensure their applications, with all required documents reach the Department before this date.
Candidates are also urged to pursue alternative funding, as there is a limited number of bursaries available each year. Due to high volumes of applications, the Department will only be contacting those who have made the short-list. If you have not heard from the Department within three months after closing, candidates can consider their applications as unsuccessful. These candidates can re-apply the following year.
Are you a compassionate person always willing to care for the health needs of others?
Do you love doing research and finding solutions to difficult situations?
Are you seeking to make a change in the lives of other people?
Then this fund may have a bursary that is suitable for you!
South Africa has a great need for professionals within all fields of the health industry, many of these fields are seen as a scares field and in them the need is even greater. If you have motivation, ambition and a love for your fellow man, then you may just be where you want to be and assistance to complete your life’s goals are within reach.
The world has many career paths to enter and opportunities for the talented students. Health science is no different, yet, it is also a scary place and might not be all you wanted in life. However, with a solid education life becomes a little easier. This fund provides just such opportunities for qualifying students.
If you know that caring for others and helping those that cannot help themselves is the career path you would love to follow, then you may have found your route. To find out what you need to do and which fields are available continue reading below. This bursary offers successful candidates financial assistance to complete their education and enter the workforce prepared.
DAVID MORRISON BURSARIES AVAILABLE
There is a variety of fields made available yearly to talented candidates. However, most of their main bursaries will be within the health science and health care fields. Bursaries made available by this fund will be for financial aid and candidates are selected according to academic results and financial need.
There are many fields to consider, here are some that are included for applicants to consider:
- Fitness Studies
- Biomedical Science
- Biomedical Technology
- Heath Care
- Health Science
DAVID MORRISON BURSARIES REQUIREMENTS
As with any other bursary, candidates will have to adhere to the set requirements before applying for a bursary from the David Morrison Fund.
Candidates interested in applying must have and provide the following:
- Applicants must be South African citizens
- Applicants must hold a valid ID document
- Applicants must hold a valid Matric certification
- Applicants must provide proof of financial need
- Applicants must provide a copy of parents / guardians ID documentation
- Applicants must have exceptional academic results
- Applicants must be proficient in English
- Applicants must provide a details Curriculum with up to date contact details
- Applicants must have a letter of acceptance to a University or Institute of Higher Learning
- Applicants must be able to proof their passion for their choice of study
- Applicants must attach a short essay on their interests and reason for application
Applications with recommendation letters are preferred, but not obligatory. Candidates must hold a great passion for working with people, for caring for their mental and physical well-being. Candidates with compassion, empathy, patience and integrity are ideal.
DAVID MORRISON BURSARIES APPLICATION
David Morrison bursaries applications online are not made available, candidates may enquire at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, campus career center for an application form. Completed applications must also be returned to this University.
Application inquiries can also be made to:
The Scholarship Office
University of Witwatersrand
Private Bag 3
Please ensure all relevant documentation is certified and accompany your application. The candidate must also sign the application and ensure all fields are completed in full. Candidates will also be able to find out more regarding these bursaries from the Witwatersrand University financial center and campus career center.
DAVID MORRISON BURSARIES CLOSING DATE
There are at this time no closing date for these bursaries, thus, candidates may submit their applications during the year.
The fields of study made available by this fund are some of the scarce career fields and South Africa is always in need of professionals within these. However, candidates must have a love and need for caring for others as these paths may seem emotionally, as well as physically draining and overwhelming at times.
If helping the sick and caring for those who cannot care for themselves, gives you a reason to live, then one of the fields within nursing may just be what you need. There are multiple directions one can take and also further studies going into a variety of careers with a solid nursing diploma or degree behind you. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of others, yet, you do not have the finances to complete your studies, then a bursary within the nursing field may be what you need.
BestMed has high standards, they believe to inspire that which lies within, and assists in providing excellence in quality care and medical innovation.
This association takes great interest in growing values of dignity in those who hold a great passion for the medical field. This Institute offers successful candidates leading motivation, building of character and knowledge to assist in their personal and professional growth.
Build the necessary skills to a winning career in the medical profession. Become a professional in nursing with compassion and quality in each step. Candidates can apply yearly for their bursary program, if they meet the requirements of the endowment. The bursary covers tuition fees and study material.
They offer so many possibilities within further study, these are towards many nursing fields for candidates who loves caring and working with those who require medical help. They deliver value to all candidates and create new healthcare horizons by implementing successful solutions to affordable health care. BestMed provides quality to the public of South Africa.
BESTMED BURSARIES AVAILABLE
At this point BestMed has NO bursaries available.
This company is known to be a leader within technological systems. They offer great services to multiple defence forces. Their scope of operations includes space solutions, guided weapons, missiles along with unmanned vehicle systems and integrates systems. Their range of products is manufactured, designed and even developed within South Africa.
Except for this company being tactical partners with the South African Defence Force, they also supply services to other defence forces throughout the world. This company is on the forefront of exploration and innovation within the fields of technology, science and engineering. They seek only the brightest and top minds, employing engineers with great intellectual enthusiasm.
They believe in employing local talent, transforming not only the business industry but also the people within every community. They offer their successful candidates great opportunities for education and also skills development. These are delivered by their bursary program, their mentorship and skills transfer while keeping the talent pool moving.
They focus on innovation, development and the evolution of reliable systems and products. Their quality meets the highest standards and this is also what they expect from each successful candidate. This company has extended its reach and now offer new services with pioneering products to combat poaching, to secure borders and even improve cyberspace operations.
This company may be a state-owned institute, yet is it commercially driven. The deliver ground-breaking technology on all fields within security, aerospace, maritime, defenses and more. They compete globally upholding great standards and provide services to a wide range of clients.
If this is where you belong and you have a brilliant mind, then maybe Denel Dynamics is the company for you. Successful candidates who receive a bursary will have the following covered by the Denel Dynamics bursary program:
- Full cost of tuition at selected University
- All required books
- Accommodation costs
- A monthly allowance
- Computer allowance
DENEL DYNAMICS BURSARIES AVAILABLE
Candidates who want to apply for a bursary from Denel Dynamics may do so within the specific fields provided by the company. All the fields provided are however within a high-tech engineering field. These will, therefore, be for a National Diploma or a BEng/BSc Degree.
These fields of study are as follow:
- Computer Science
DENEL DYNAMICS BURSARY REQUIREMENTS
Candidates wishing to apply within one of the above-mentioned study fields may do so yearly. Candidates will, however, be required to adhere to all the stipulations as set by this company.
The minimum requirement for candidates are as follow:
- Candidates must be South African citizens
- Candidates must hold a valid ID Document
- Candidates must either be studying at a registered Institute for Higher Learning within South Africa or planning to study at one within their field of application
- Candidates must hold a minimum of sixty percent average
- Candidates must have passed all subject
- Candidates must not hold any other bursary
DENEL DYNAMICS BURSARY APPLICATION
Denel Dynamics bursaries online applications are made available yearly. Candidates interested in applying to this company within any of the mentioned fields may do so via their website.
Candidates will also find additional information and can lodge their application. However, you will be required to register with the company first. Candidates are reminded to ensure all provided information is correct and up to date.
Candidates may also upload their curriculum vitae when registering. Please make sure you have all required documentation at hand when making your application. Late applications, as well as applications that are missing documentation, might not be considered. Thus, it is important to ensure all fields are completed and all documentation attached.
DENEL DYNAMICS BURSARIES: CLOSING DATE
Closing date for bursaries provided by this company is usually in August. These usually open yearly around April.
Candidates are urged to read the application carefully, to ensure they answer all questions truthfully and supply information that is relevant. If you have a passion for all thing innovative, high-tech and the fields of engineering, then Denel Dynamics may be the company for you.
These bursaries are awarded to talented individuals who have a great interest in the Information Technology or IT field. BBD believes in equal opportunity and has a diverse mix of men and woman from all races and cultures employed and they encourage this in their bursary program as well. They would like the very best talented candidates to apply that absolutely need the assistance.
Their bursary program pays certain costs for university study concerning tuition fees needed, prescribed books, residence, and meals, as well as including a monthly allowance. They mainly look at the financial need in addition to academic results when selecting and approving candidates.
BBD BURSARIES AVAILABLE
BBD has the following fields of study available for bursary students to choose from:
- Computer Science
- Computer Engineering
- Software Engineering
BBD BURSARIES REQUIREMENTS
Candidates applying for these bursaries will have to provide the following documentation as well:
- Candidates must be South African citizens with valid ID Books or ID Cards.
- Candidates must qualify for study at a South African University or be studying at one.
- Candidates who have a passion for building and creating software and computers.
- Candidates must have strong Mathematic skills.
- Candidates with an academic average of 65% or higher can apply.
- Candidates must have proven skills in written and verbal communications.
- Candidates must be in dire financial need and must also be able to prove this need.
Considerations will only be given on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
Candidates with disability and from a previously disadvantaged background will receive preference.
BBD also has a Learnership program and a Graduate Employment Program that students can have a look at if they are interested in either. Here is a quick overview of each.
The company offers 2 openings in February each year and 2 in August. Candidates will receive a minimum wage monthly and the learnership program will run for a period of one year after which candidates will have a recognized qualification in IT. Candidates will receive an education in the classroom as well as in the workplace during this year.
The following requirements have to be met for students to apply:
- Candidates must have less than one year’s work experience.
- Candidates must be a South African citizen.
- Candidates must have a National Diploma in IT or relevant field of study.
- Candidates must be open minded and be extremely energetic with great work ethics.
- Candidates must also possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Candidates must be able to give great attention to detail.
- Candidates with a burning need for learning, teamwork, growth, knowledge partaking as well as cooperation can apply.
- Candidates must show self-discipline, be able to take accountability for their actions and also possess perseverance.
BBD Graduate Employment Program
There are usually a limited number of vacancies available for this program and this gives candidates the opportunity to become full-time employees of BBD. Candidates in this program will receive accelerated training, mentorship and exposure to the work field thus guaranteeing a perfect start in their careers.
The following requirements have to be met to apply:
- Candidates must be South African citizens.
- Candidates must have less than one years working experience.
- Candidates must have an average of 65% in their academic results or higher.
- Candidates with a B Sc computer science or engineering in IT or similar qualification may apply.
- Candidates must have proven writing and verbal communication skills.
- Candidates with a burning need for learning, teamwork, growth, knowledge partaking as well as cooperation can apply.
- Candidates must show self-discipline, be able to take accountability and also possess perseverance.
- Candidates must be open minded and be extremely energetic with great work ethics.
- Candidates must be able to give great attention to detail and be interested in furthering their careers.
BBD BURSARIES APPLICATION
Candidates who would like bursaries online applications can do so via this link yearly. Please ensure all documents are in one of the following file formats and ready to be attached to your application form. Only DOC. – PDF. and TXT. Files will be accepted.
BBD BURSARIES CLOSING DATE
Closing date for bursary applications are yearly at the end of October and no late entries will be considered. If a candidate has not had any contact from BBD within a month after closing you have not qualified, as qualifying candidates will be contacted within that time frame.
This government department has bursaries available for qualifying candidates each year to study further in a field they love that is seen as critical and scarce in the sectors of their industry. Their bursaries are to aid the financially restricted candidates that have a great potential and a desire to study further.
The following will be covered by the bursary awarded to selected candidates:
- Tuition fees
- Book fees
- Accommodation fees
- Meal fees
- A monthly allowance fee
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BURSARIES AVAILABLE
The following fields of study are available with a bursary from this department and some only at specific Universities:
- B Sc Agricultural Soil Science
- B Sc Agricultural Agronomy
- B Sc Plant Pathology
- B Sc Oceanography & Marine Biology
- B Sc Forestry & Wood Science
- B Sc Geo-informatics
- National Diploma in Food Technology
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
- B Sc Bio-resource Engineering / Agricultural Engineering
University of Cape Town
- B Sc Marine Biology
University of Pretoria
- Bachelor – Veterinary Science
- B Sc Ichthyology Specializing in Aquaculture
University of Stellenbosch
- B Sc Food Science
- B Sc Viticulture & Oenology / Soil Science / Plant Pathology
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
- National Diploma in Forestry
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
- National Diploma in Oceanography
- National Diploma in Fisheries Resource Management
Postgraduate subjects are also available for B Tech / B Sc / Honors / M Tech / PhD / M Sc and D Tech within the different fields of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as required by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OPPORTUNITIES
The department also provides Internships and a Youth Development Program for unemployed youth in South Africa. The selected individuals that get awarded these opportunities will receive on the job training in technical skills, public service skills, business skills as well as critical life skills. With these skills, they will be able to move on to the formal work sector and become a success story.
They have four main fields available and these are as follow:
- Young Professional Development Plan which is for graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Forestry or Fisheries that which to improve and move forward with Honors, Masters, B Tech or Ph.D. There are usually about 20 openings available and successful applicants will need to sign an internship agreement.
- Agri-Export Technologists Program is for unemployed graduates with Agricultural Science, Environmental Health or Food Technology with a minimum of a three-year National qualification. Candidates awarded these opportunities will be placed in the appropriate industry establishments under exceptional leadership and guidance. There are a limited number of openings not exceeding 25 for candidates that are interested.
- Employment opportunities are always available for qualified graduates that are unemployed and between the ages of 18 & 35, with the required qualifications in one of the fields of study within Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry as set by the department.
- Experimental Training Opportunities are made available for undergraduates registered in one of the fields of study within Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The selected candidates are required to complete experimental training in order to obtain their degree or diploma.
For more information on the selection process, the requirements and how to apply have a look here or visit the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries web page.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BURSARIES REQUIREMENTS
The requirements for fields of study as above will depend on the subjects needed for those fields although there are a few common basic requirements. For the different study fields and their respective requirements please have a look at the information provided on the application.
The following will be required of all candidates:
- All candidates must be South African citizens with a valid ID Book or ID Card.
- All candidates must supply certified copies of income for both parents.
- All candidates must supply certified copies of their academic results.
- All candidates must have Mathematics and Physical Science as subjects.
- All candidates must be previously disadvantaged, poverty stricken or from deep rural communities.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BURSARIES APPLICATION
Bursaries online applications can be found here under the bursaries tab or visit www.daff.gov.za for more information. Your completed application form with all the relevant documentation can also be sent to the following address.
Sector – Education and Training
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Private Bag X 250
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BURSARIES CLOSING DATE
Closing date for bursary applications are usually in the beginning of September each year and candidates will be notified during January of the following year. If applicants have not received a response by the end of January of the following year their applications have been unsuccessful.
Selection works on a 14 point system and there is only a number of available bursaries per year as deemed needed by the Department of Agriculture. Candidates must ensure that the application forms are filled in completely and all the required documentation certified and attached to the application.
Allan Gray strives to help financially strained pupils to complete their high school education by placing qualifying candidates at their partner placement schools. Candidates that show an innovative business potential that can prove they need financial support will be considered for these bursaries. This bursary program helps pupils develop their full potential as to become successful responsible entrepreneurs with a passion.
Entrepreneurial programs will be made available to successful candidates to provide them with a more solid start in life. Allan Gray knows that every candidate is special in a way and comes from different unique backgrounds but they intend to provide each with the skills needed to become educated members of society that can start and run a business successfully. They offer unique opportunities for South African students as well as students from Swaziland and Botswana.
ALLAN GRAY BURSARIES
Bursaries cover the following within its terms:
- Full High School tuition fees
- Boarding fees where applicable
- Allowance for the needed books
- Allowance for the needed stationary
- Allowance for school uniforms
- Allowance for private clothes
- Allowance for traveling if deemed necessary
- Allowance for Extra activities at the school
- Pocket money
They do try and place students in their own provinces but the available space does not always allow this and the child needs to know that they might be placed in another province.
ALLAN GRAY BURSARIES AVAILABLE
The bursaries available are dependent on the space they have available in each province.
The schools in each province that are partner placement schools are as follows:
- St Cyprians
- Rustenburg Girl’s High School
- Rondebosch Boy’s High School
- Clarendon Girls’ High School
- Selborne High School College
- Grey High School
- Collegiate High School for Girls
Kwa Zulu Natal
- Epworth independent High School
- Michael House
- Pietermaritzburg High School for Girls
- St Mary’s High School in Waverly
- St Alban’s High School College
- St Andrew’s Girls’ High School
- King Edward VII High School
ALLAN GRAY BURSARY REQUIREMENTS
Candidates who want to be considered need to adhere to the following conditions and necessities:
- Grade six pupil in current year
- Have an overall average of 70% or higher
- Have an average for English of 70% or higher
- Have an average for Mathematics of 70% or higher
- Have an average for Literacy of 70% or higher in the Annual National Assessments (ANA)
- Have an average for Numeracy of 70% or higher in the Annual National Assessments (ANA)
- Candidate will be required to provide proof of the need for financial assistance
- Candidate must be a South African citizen
- All required documentation needs to be certified.
Candidates need to reveal the following characteristics as well:
- Pupils who are inventive and highly resourceful shows Intellectual Imagination
- Pupils who are brave/gutsy, as well as determined/resolute, shows Courageous Commitment
- Pupils who are equipped to address change and yield action shows Personal Initiative
- Pupils who love to make an effect on others and make changes shows a Spirit of Significance
- Pupils who set high academic, as well as non-academic principles for themselves show Achievement Excellence
ALLAN GRAY BURSARIES APPLICATION
Bursaries online applications are not available but the application form can be found here or for any additional information please visit their web page by clicking on the link provided.
To be eligible for this bursary a pupil needs to follow the selection process guidelines as follow:
- Complete the application form
- Attach the following certified copies to your application form
- Birth Certificate / ID Book / Passport for the applicant
- ID Documents for both parents / guardians
- If needed the Death certificate of parent / guardian
- Grade 5 end results
- Grade 6 mid-year results
- Annual National Assessment (ANA) results with school stamp on for Grade 6
- Proof of latest income slip or statement for both parents / guardians
- If the parents / guardians own a business income statements must be provided
- If the parents / guardians own a business 3 months bank statements will also be required
- If parents / guardians are un-employed an original affidavit needs to be provided with reasons for being unemployed
- Signature of both parents / guardians is required on the application form
If the form is incomplete or all the required documentation is not supplied the application will be unsuccessful.
- Candidate will be placed on a short list and notified of the interview time and date
- Candidates on the short list will also receive an invitation to attend a two-day selection camp
- Recommendations will then be made of candidates to the placement schools
- Finally, the bursary will be awarded and candidates will be required to sign a memorandum of agreement with the foundation as well as the placement school.
Forms and inquiries can be e-mailed to the following sections firstname.lastname@example.org this is for Grade 6 pupils email@example.com for Grade 12 or 1st-year students. For more information on their Fellowship program or their Scholarship program visit these pages online.
Closing date for applications is the beginning of September each year and candidates are asked to refrain from faxing or e-mailing application forms. You can however obtain an application form via sms and you will also receive notifications about the progress of you application via SMS so it is also of utmost importance to include a cellphone number on your application. To receive an application form you can simply sms ‘SCHOLAR’, as well as ‘YOUR FAX NUMBER’ to 36777 and an application will be faxed to you.
Applicant’s approval is completely up to the Allan Gray Scholarship Foundations discretion. The foundation is also not obliged to give any details upon unsuccessful applications.
Volkswagen bursaries are made available to candidates wishing to complete their education to gain qualifications relating to the motor vehicle industry. This bursary program provides financial assistance as well as vacation work to talented candidates. The company awards bursaries according to their needs yearly. Candidates who are studying their second year or going into their second year of study can apply. These studies have to be through a recognized institute of higher learning within South Africa.
Volkswagen South Africa offers these programs to aid development via academic knowledge and skill. Volkswagen is constantly looking for talented candidates with initiative and innovation as reflected by their brands to assist candidates in reaching their dreams.
VOLKSWAGEN BURSARIES AVAILABLE
Service binding contract after graduation for a period equal to the tenure of the bursary will have to be accepted. Volkswagen South Africa also has a Graduate Trainee Program and a VW Technician Trainee Program available for interested candidates. Volkswagen is looking for driven and dedicated candidates interested in the motor industry that wants to improve not only their knowledge but also their skills. Both of these trainee programs are for a period of 12 months and after successful completion candidates will be given the opportunity to join their workforce.
These programs are aimed at helping candidates with a degree in a range of fields to gain a solid foundation. With this knowledge, they will also be able to build a solid career. The Technical Trainee Program will also cover P1 & P2 which are needed for an Engineering Diploma. The graduate trainee program is directed at candidates in their final year of study although exceptions can be made for candidates who have recently completed their studies.
For more detail visit Volkswagen South Africa’s web page as given under the Bursary Application sector here below.
The fields of study available can be any of the following, depending on the current need of the company:
- Corporate Communications & PR
- Information Technology
- Human Resources
- Sales & Marketing
VOLKSWAGEN BURSARY REQUIREMENTS
Candidates wanting to apply will need to provide the company with the following documentation:
- Candidates must be South African citizens
- Candidates must provide a Certified copy of their valid ID
- Proof of household income
- Full academic results
- Enrollment at an institute of higher learning
- Candidates will be given preference if from a rural area
Please be aware of the following
After closing the applications will be reviewed and a shortlist will be made.
All candidates on the short list will be contacted for interviews.
After completion of all interviews, bursary candidates will be selected and notified.
VOLKSWAGEN BURSARIES APPLICATION FORM
You can get the bursaries online application form from their website by clicking here: Bursary inquiries.
All applications must be submitted online. For additional information on their bursary program please go to this webpage. For additional information on all that Volkswagen South Africa has to offer.
VOLKSWAGEN BURSARY CLOSING DATE
Depending on the company requirements each year, the bursaries available will differ, but applications are made available the beginning of June and close the middle of August. Check on a regular on their site for any opportunities that may interest you.
Do you love motor vehicles, technology and investing in a greater future?
BMW prides itself, as they are committed to investing in the future. They are committed to advancing in their people, and this is what makes them unique as well as successful! Employment equity is a serious thing, thus, they ensure a multiplicity of employees within all levels of business.
BMW believes in creating equal opportunities, forming a solid company with skilled labor. They recognize the talent of each individual, giving their employees a competitive edge to succeed. They seek candidates who would like to make an impact, who strives for the best and always gives their utmost everything in all they do.
Would you like to shape your future? BMW has the ideal opportunity to reach your dreams in life. Add sparks to all you are with this program. Their bursary program is aimed at developing young talent while ensuring stable growth. Their bursary program includes many perks for successful candidates.
The BMW bursary program includes financial support for the following:
Accommodation fees at the Institute of Higher Learning
Prescribed book or learning material fees
Their bursaries program is designed to help candidates reach their full potential. Except for the financial aid they make available, candidates could also have the opportunity for vacation work. Candidates may be asked to sign an employment contract with the company, for a period as is deemed required.
Brighten not only your future but also build a stable environment around you with assistance from the BMW bursaries program. If this is the path you want to follow, let BMW help you move.
BMW BURSARIES AVAILABLE
If you are planning to study in one of the following directions, the bursaries offered by BMW may just be what you need. Candidates can apply for a range of study fields, including the following:
- Production Engineering
- Computer Science
- Business Management
If you would like to apply for a bursary from BMW, candidates must provide all required documentation, complete the application form and meet all requirements.
Anglo American Platinum is the leader in the world’s platinum industry and also one of the largest mine concerns in South Africa. There is a wide range of career choices with Anglo Platinum Limited but not all of them over outstanding bursaries. Their bursary packages offer not only the financials needed to study at the different institutes but also include medical aid and a computer allowance. Anglo Platinum then also provides their students with permanent placements in their company. Not only in their operations here in Southern Africa but also in the global Anglo Group.
This bursary scheme from Anglo Platinum is there to give young, eager students the opportunity to gain needed qualifications to assist them in the mining industry and give them a successful career. It also provides them with the skills that they will need to be successful. They offer stable and enriching opportunities to make our youth elevate above all their expectations and live a happy fulfilled live.
ANGLO PLATINUM LTD BURSARIES AVAILABLE
If you are planning to go to University or the University of Technology you will have the opportunity to first live your career choice before going off to study. Anglo Platinum will give you the opportunity to receive practical training before deciding that the choice you have made is the correct career for you. You will be able to study the career of your choice under the care and supervision of highly qualified practitioners. You will also receive a comprehensive allowance during your training period. This will allow you to be certain that the career you are embarking upon is the one you want and that you enjoy what you are going to do in the future. This year is called the ‘Exposure Year’ and Anglo American Platinum believes strongly that it is a valuable experience and it is recommended quite highly.
- Electrical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Metallurgical Engineering
- Mine Surveying
- Finance / Accountancy
- Analytical Chemistry
- Rock Engineering
- Ventilation Engineering
To study Rock Engineering candidates must study either Mining Engineering or Geology before embarking on Rock Engineering studies.
University of Technology
Studies at this University consist of the same subjects as per Universities above and require the same necessities as you need for Universities and will also provide you with the same perks.
- Ventilation Training
- Mine Surveying
For these fields, you can obtain the needed qualification through practical training.
ANGLO PLATINUM LTD BURSARY REQUIREMENTS
To qualify for a bursary in all the fields mentioned above you will need at least a grade 12 academic certificate with a minimum of sixty percent in each of the following subjects.
- Physical Science
Physical science is not a requirement if you are applying for a bursary in finance or information.
ANGLO PLATINUM LTD BURSARY APPLICATION
You can also do your bursaries online application to ensure that it has been sent to the right place and in time. If you are interested in applying read this Information sheet and access the bursaries application form in the link below:
ANGLO PLATINUM APPLICATION FORM
If you have all the needed requirements then you can send them with your completed application. Send your application together with your certified academic results, testimonials and a covering letter stating which bursary you want to apply for and why you feel you are the ideal candidate for such a bursary.
Anglo Platinum Limited also has bursary programs from time to time for 1st and 2nd-year students that would like to have a career with them. To enquire about such bursaries visit Anglo American Platinum Website and see what they can offer. Here you will also find the email address and details on how to submit your application.
BURSARY CLOSING DATE
The closing date is each year in May and after closing the company will select candidates for available bursaries. This process is a very delicate and well developed one. They receive many applications each year and have to make their decisions with great care to ensure that the right candidate is chosen. Selected candidates will be contacted.
Anglo Platinum Limited strongly believes that operations can only be successful it the most qualified candidates are used and this is why they are prepared to run such and extensive bursary program. They produce thirty-eight percent of the world’s platinum and they strive to equip their staff with the best possible education and experience. If you have the right attitude and determination to be considered for one of their exciting bursaries then you should apply today. Join a diverse, vibrant and technologically advanced company offering the best there is to all of their employees.
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What will you achieve?
This programme aims to develop you as a specialist in a specific field. You’ll be placed in an area of the business where you hold a relevant degree.
Required application documents
- Certified copy of your identity document (ID)
- Certified copy of your matric certificate
- Your curriculum vitae (CV)
- Academic transcripts
Conditions of the programme
You must be:
- a South African citizen
- a graduate with a degree in finance, commerce or law
Applications for 2016 are now open.
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The bursary was established for the benefit of children whose families were removed from Die Vlakte, an area close to the Stellenbosch town centre, …
Cape Town – Half a million rand has been allocated to the Stellenbosch University Die Vlakte Bursary Fund as a means of restitution.
The bursary was established for the benefit of children whose families were removed from Die Vlakte, an area close to the Stellenbosch town centre, during the Group Areas Act.
The neighbourhood – situated between Muller, Bird and Joubert streets and Merriman Avenue – was home to mostly coloured people.
The university said that at the time, it “did not protest”, and later built on the expropriated land.
On Monday, the university announced the first recipients of the fund.
Die Vlakte bursary recipients: Wesley Gabriels, Cleo Lawrence, Professor Wim de Villiers, Griezelda Stuurman, Brad Poole and Melissa Hector. (Picture: Anton Jordaan)
Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen said the funds were received from the Harry Crossley Foundation, which awarded it to Rector Professor Wim de Villiers for exceptional leadership in 2015.
De Villiers said the establishment of the fund was one of his first acts as rector and was close to his heart.
“I have decided to allocate the donation I’ve received from the Harry Crossley Foundation towards this fund in an effort to bolster it and put us in a financial position to award even more bursaries in future,” he said.
“Higher education is a potent form of empowerment, and thus creating opportunities for students in financial need is a priority for me.”
The bursary covers basic class fees for the minimum length of the course.
The students selected were Wesley Gabriels and Cleo Lawrence, both first-year students in the social sciences; Melissa Hector, a fourth year medical student; Brad Poole, a second year engineering student; and Griezelda Stuurman, a honours student in education.
A community committee was established to verify the applicants’ lineage from Die Vlakte, where after the bursary committee’s allocation criteria were applied.
A maximum of five bursaries will be awarded annually to those who lived in the area, their children and grandchildren. Current and prospective undergraduate students may apply, as well as applicants who will be registering for a first postgraduate programme, the university said.
The Memory Room was opened in the Wilcocks Building in 2013 and is a “permanent contemporary exhibition space depicting the suppressed history of people of Die Vlakte”.
This project was the brainchild of the late rector and vice chancellor Professor Russel Botman and originated from an apology in 2012 offered by student leaders in Dagbreek men’s residence for the role they played in the Battle of Andringa Street, when white students attacked coloured residents of the adjacent Vlakte and damaged their residences in 1940, the statement reads.
This was followed by a meeting between students and former residents of Andringa Street at Botman’s house.
“Forced removals from Die Vlakte under the Group Areas Act also resulted in the Lückhoff School in Banghoek Road being given to the university. The Lückhoff School has since been rededicated to the local community in 2007 and houses various community organisations in addition to the university’s Division for Social Impact,” the university said.
“In 2008 and 2009 a permanent photographic exhibition was installed in the building to give recognition to old boys and girls of the school who had become prominent role-players in South African society.”
These bursaries are usually awarded by the school based on academic merit … When asked how they went about receiving the bursary, Candice said: …
Uncontained excitement filled the Feather Market Hall on Thursday, 14 April as The Varsity College class of 2015 graduates were honoured and celebrated by staff, lecturers, family and friends at their graduation ceremony. Special guest, Nola Payne, Head of Faculty for Information Communications Technology from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) took to the stage to cap all the eager graduates.
Among those who graduated on Thursday were Candice Olivier (The IIE Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management) and Luyolo Nqakula (The IIE Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications).
Luyolo was part of the winning team at the annual Varsity College School Quiz hosted by the Port Elizabeth campus in 2011 while Candice was the recipient of the 2012 Schools Quiz bursary.
The Varsity College annual Schools Quiz is hosted and sponsored by all eight Varsity College campuses for high schools based in their communities. Algoa FM is Varsity College Port Elizabeth’s School Quiz partner. As part of the prizes in 2011 and 2012, the winning schools were each given a bursary to the value of R80 000 to award to a deserving Grade 12 pupil of their choice. These bursaries are usually awarded by the school based on academic merit and financial need.
When asked how they went about receiving the bursary, Candice said: “Students were given the opportunity of a lifetime to apply for the bursary by writing an essay why we deserved to receive the bursary and how it would change our lives. They announced the winner at the 2012 valedictory where I was awarded this incredible life-changing bursary.”
Luyolo also shared his experience: “During my first year at Varsity College, I had an opportunity to apply for the Varsity College bursary which the school won during the Schools Quiz in 2012. There were four of us who applied. My high school principal, Mr Hopley, then informed me that I was selected because of my overall performance”.
“This bursary has given me so many opportunities that I thought I would never have. Financially I wouldn’t have been able to study but thanks to this blessing I was able to study what I have always wanted, which was a three year The IIE Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management. I am truly thankful to Varsity College and Victoria Park High School for this opportunity. They have allowed for my dreams to come true and have opened so many doors for me.” says Candice.
Since having completed her final exams in November 2015, Candice has been employed at Rennies Travel as a Financial Refunds Clerk.
As part of the graduation ceremony, the top graduates with the highest overall average in each of The IIE qualifications were awarded the Top Achiever Award in recognition of all academic achievements. Recipients of this amazing award were only announced during the graduation ceremony with Candice Olivier being the Top Achiever for her class graduating with an amazing overall average of 87% and 25 distinctions.
Top Achievers from the other courses included: Khanyisile Juliet Tiki (IIE Higher Certificate in Information Technology in Support Services), Reniel Wesley (IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practices), Nicole Ann Assumption (IIE Higher Certificate in Events Management), Gaynor Sharon Jordon (Diploma in Business Management and Entrepreneurship), Jade Lee-Anne Blignaut (Diploma in Public Relations), Alveno Dillian Douglas (IIE Diploma in Commerce in Marketing Management), Waldo Kapp (IIE Diploma in Sport Development and Management), Marc Clyde Burgess (IIE Diploma in Information Technology in Software Development), Funeka Gloria Soga (IIE Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications) and Andisa Tyala (Bachelor of Commerce).
Varsity College is very proud of all their graduates and wishes them every success as they start the next chapter of their lives.
Sixteen girls in KwaZulu-Natal have been told that they have to keep their virginity if they are to stay on the bursary –known as the Maiden’s Bursary– …
Sixteen girls in KwaZulu-Natal have been told that they have to keep their virginity if they are to stay on the bursary –known as the Maiden’s Bursary– that they have been awarded by the District Municipality of UThukela in KwaZulu-Natal in order to further higher education . A contract of this type fails on both moral and legal grounds.
How does the bursary work?
The Maiden’s Bursary has been awarded to sixteen girls who have finished high school and subsequently wish to pursue their studies at a tertiary institution . A condition of the award is that the girls had to agree to undergo virginity testing every holiday to ensure that they had not engaged in any sexual activity in the intervening time . The girls are also required to furnish the municipality with a certificate stating that they are virgins . Failure to meet these conditions would mean that the bursary would be taken away from them.
This new category of bursary was first introduced during the Mayoral Matric Excellence Awards on 11 January 2016 . The Mayor of UThukela District, Dudu Mazibuko, stated that these “bursaries were intended to encourage young girls to stay pure and focus on their education” . She also said that virginity testing is not something new as it has “existed in Zulu culture for decades” . This is an issue in itself, as it suggests that only Zulu women will be given the bursaries to the exclusion of all other women.
Issues around the bursary scheme:
There are a myriad of issues surrounding the bursary scheme and some of them include the constitutionality of the virginity testing practice, the right to dignity, the right to bodily integrity, right to privacy, discrimination on the grounds of gender as well as the right to reproductive health. These will each be discussed below. Firstly, we should consider virginity testing as it is traditionally practiced in Zulu culture .
It is performed by older women who inspect the vagina of a young girl or woman to look for signs of an intact hymen . According to this examination if the hymen is intact then it means that the girl or young woman is a virgin; otherwise she is not. Medical research shows that this test for virginity testing is not reliable . There are many ways within which a young woman or girl might break their hymen. These include falling off a bicycle, athletic activity such as gymnastics, or during medical examinations, or the use of a tampon .
Moreover, the Children’s Act  in sections 12 (4) – 12(7) states that virginity testing on a child younger than 16 years of age is prohibited. It goes on further to state that if it is performed on a child older than 16 years then it may only be performed if the child has consented, after proper counselling in the manner prescribed, and the results may not be disclosed without the consent of the child. This section further states that the child who has undergone virginity testing may not have their body marked in any way.
All law has to be interpreted in the light of the Constitution, which protects the rights to dignity; bodily integrity and privacy. All these rights are violated by this practice. Requiring the girls to submit a certificate to the municipality stating that they are virgins is a breach of their privacy. Requiring them to remain virgins intrudes on their right to reproduction and reproductive choices as enshrined in the Constitution. The fear of these tests, as well as the trauma associated with the examination and possible stigma attached to these tests, impairs the dignity of young women or girls. Bodily integrity is also impaired, since there is a risk of infection if the tests are not done in a sterile environment. Furthermore, making it mandatory that only the females remain virgins is discriminatory on the grounds of sex as there is no limitation on the males to conform to such standards.
The municipality seems to be under the misconception that by not remaining a virgin one gets pregnant. However, this is not true as there are many ways a non-virgin can refrain from getting pregnant such as the use of contraception. The municipality by taking an archaic, paternalistic stand seems to believe that it must step in, as the young girls cannot think for themselves and need to be saved from themselves. If given the means and sexual education, the young women under this bursary scheme can deal with their own reproductive and sexual health and still focus on their education. There are no grounds for forcing them into remaining virgins during their studies.
The terms of the bursary are conditional on the girls remaining virgins. This condition renders the contractual terms void ab initio. The reason is that the contract places the girls in a position where they are unable to choose for themselves. They are forced into the conditions of the bursary scheme to educate themselves, without other options being available to them. This then means that there is no consensus ad idem in order for them to conclude a valid and binding contract. Duress is present when the terms are for one to remain a virgin or else have no bursary. The bursary scheme is unlawful, even if bursary holders consent to the virginity conditions.
A better solution would be to have bursary schemes which are not dependent on any form of pregnancy or physical aspects of women. This would remove virginity maintenance, virginity testing and virginity certification from the contract altogether, achieving a legitimate educational aim of the bursary.
Customary law and practice have to be developed consonant with the Constitution. A local authority should be fully aware of this, and the implications for bursary schemes. Virginity testing under duress is simply unconstitutional and repugnant. The bursary scheme needs to be reviewed and its objectionable aspects set aside.
Various organisations such as POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse)  and the Centre for Child Law  have sharply criticized this bursary programme, pointing out that it discriminates against girls; it also argues that the practice of virginity testing per se is unconstitutional.
The DA have also stated that they have approached the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) requesting that an investigation be conducted into Mayor Dudu Mazibuko for attaching the condition to this bursary scheme . The matter is currently being investigated by the SAHRC and the outcome is eagerly being awaited . Archaic and oppressive practices are not compatible with our Constitution.
Arvitha Doodnath, Legal Researcher, Helen Suzman Foundation, 13 April 2016
Funza Lushaka is a full-cost‚ multi-year bursary scheme the Department of Basic Education introduced in 2007 to attract new matrics to enrol for …
Over 500 Unisa students approved for Funza Lushaka‚ the state bursary programme for teaching studies‚ are yet to receive their allowances‚ months after their academic year started.
These are allowances for textbooks‚ accommodation and food. Students have complained that the delay in releasing the funds was hurting their studies and preparations for the upcoming semester examinations.
“How am I expected to study properly without textbooks? Administration of Funza at Unisa needs to improve‚” a student‚ who asked not to be named for possible retribution‚ told Sowetan.
Veronica McKay‚ dean of the College of Education at Unisa‚ said 519 students at the school have been approved for Funza Lushaka.
She said their tuition fees have been paid‚ and added the issue of allowances would be sorted out by the Department of Basic Education‚ custodians of the bursary scheme.
“We are fully committed to ensuring that students have a positive learning experience and that they are supported – especially those students who come from disadvantaged circumstances‚” McKay said.
Funza Lushaka is a full-cost‚ multi-year bursary scheme the Department of Basic Education introduced in 2007 to attract new matrics to enrol for teaching studies. South Africa is facing a dearth of young teachers in rural schools.
Elijah Mhlanga‚ spokesman of the department‚ said students should receive their allowances before end of April. – TMG Digital/Sowetan
ECSTATIC Eskom bursary beneficiaries with the minister of Public … at the Further Education and Training (FET) College and they hope to make a …
ECSTATIC Eskom bursary beneficiaries with the minister of Public … at the Further Education and Training (FET) College and they hope to make a …
LEONIE LAVEN (18) and her schoolmate, Chandre Waldock (19), who matriculated at the Rietvale High School in 2015, have been given the opportunity to fulfil their dreams of pursuing careers in the engineering field.
This was after they had been awarded bursaries, along with 13 other learners in Ritchie, by the minister of Public Enterpri-ses, Lynne Brown.
This took place at the Rietrivier Primary School on Thursday, 31 March.
The bursaries are funded by Eskom.
The two girls plan to study Mechanical Engineering at the Further Education and Training (FET) College and they hope to make a difference in their community.
According to them, they and the other bursary beneficiaries want to do away with the scourges of alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy and violence that are prevalent in Ritchie.
In order to achieve their aim to turn the tide of poverty in the township around, the other learners said they were planning on pursuing careers in fields like Economics, Aviation, Human Resource Management and Information Technology.
Leonie and Chandre will start with a bridging course in order to improve their matric marks to show that they are determined to put the bursaries to good use.
“I want to prove to everyone that I can achieve a higher place in life, just like the height of my shoe hills,” Leonie said and lifted her feet to show her stilettos.
“I want to make Eskom and the minister proud for reaching out to us. I also want to prove to the youth that it does not matter where you come from.
“You can always realise your dreams through hard work and commitment to your studies.”
Leonie shared her experience of dropping out of school in 2014 because she had fallen pregnant and how she had committed herself to work hard to make up for that lost year.
“I want to be a role model to my child while I raise her, by showing her that by committing oneself to education, one can rise to greater heights.”
On the day of the bursary handover, Brown emphasised that they are trying to avoid situations such as the current generation returning to their grandparents’ impoverished circumstances by offering them the bursaries.
“The initiative was triggered when I attended one of the local matric farewell functions and realised that most of the learners were faced with challenges like sitting at home without financial support to study further.
“Thus I approached Eskom for their assistance in terms of bursaries.”
The minister shared her childhood experience and told the audience that her mother had been a domestic worker and her father a truck driver who had raised her in a small town similar to Ritchie.
“I told myself that I would not end up in that situation and would rather assist my whole family.”
She encouraged the beneficiaries to work hard in making a difference in the lives of their families.
“You have a bright future ahead of you. There is no easier way to break the shackles of poverty than to work hard, even though you do not always get the best results,” she concluded.
She further mentioned the need for the construction of another high school due to the anticipated overcrowding in future.