Hospitality and Tourism SETA Bursaries up for grabs


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The Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Seta (CATHSSETA) paid a visit to 25 of CPUT’s most promising Tourism and Hospitality Management students.

They were here to monitor and evaluate the students who are spread across various years of study and are the recipients of over R1 million in bursaries from the SETA.

The CATHSETA funds are being used to pay the students’ tuition fees, textbooks, accommodation, meals and other course related costs.

Fundraising Officer, Khumo Sebola, of CPUT’s Advancement Office, says the partnership between CPUT and the CATHSSETA has made a tangible difference to these student’s lives.

“These students now have the luxury of concentrating solely on their academic coursework, instead of stressing about textbook costs, or where their next meal will come from,” says Sebola.

“It is a sad reality that many of our most academically-deserving students are unable to complete their diplomas and degrees due to unbearable financial pressure. We’re therefore delighted to have hosted the CATHSETA on this evaluation visit, so they can see with their own eyes how beneficiaries are blossoming – all thanks to their generous funding.”

Advancement Director Calvin Maseko echoed these sentiments and expressed his gratitude to the CATHSSETA for their ongoing involvement with the CPUT.

“A bursary is definitely the gift that keeps on giving. These donations give dignity and hope to our talented students and contribute to skills development and socio-economic upliftment in our province and country.”


Students win top prizes

An innovative revamp of an existing solar cooking device has earned CPUT one of the top spots at this year International Xplore New Automation Competition.

A group of Electrical Engineering students scooped first place in the competition’s toughest category – Environment and Renewable Energy.

The team was one of 29 out of 100 selected to compete in the finals that took place in Germany earlier this month.

The team designed and built an automated solar oven power generator, a device that operates off-grid and which can be used to boil water, cook food and power a battery.

Maahir Rahmna, one of the five students in the team, says they are proud of their achievement.

“We won because we had an innovative idea,” he says.

The device is fully automated and features several new fittings, such as an engine that runs entirely on heat, a safety buzzer and several solar panels.



Implats Bursary for candidates with leadership potential 

Implats bursaries are open to all candidates meeting the minimum criteria of a university exemption pass and a minimum C symbol in mathematics and science. Our bursaries cover:

  • Registration and tuition fees for the duration of the course
  • Residence fees
  • Cash allowance
  • Personal computer allowance from second year of study

Should you be awarded an Implats bursary, you will be required to work for the company for the full period of the bursary and to undertake vacation work at the company at the end of each year.

Implats offers bursaries in various fields:

  • Engineering
    • Mining
    • Metallurgy
    • Chemical
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical (heavy current)
  • Chemistry to honours level
  • Geology to honours level
  • Accounting to honors level
  • Survey
  • Human Resources Bcom to honors level


Bursary application

Please print and complete the application form to be submitted with copies of the following documents:
  • Your CV
  • ID document (certified)
  • Proof of latest results (certified)

Please post your application to:


What we are looking for

Implats is looking for people who

  • are able to work under pressure
  • have leadership potential, combined with the ability to work in a team
  • have good problem-solving abilities
  • are tenacious
  • have common sense
  • are able to make decisions and to think logically
  • are self-motivated, and
  • have good communication skills

How to apply for a bursary

If you meet the minimum criteria and you would like to apply for a bursary, please fill in the application form. For more information contact Kefiloe Seome on +27 14 569 0088



Hans Merensky first discovered platinum in the Bushveld Igneous Complex in 1924. Impala was created in the mid 1960’s to house Union Corporation’s platinum interests. At that time a prospecting permit was acquired and initial production commenced in 1969. Initially Impala mined the Merensky Reef and mining on the UG2 chromitite layer only began in the early 1980’s as the technology to smelt higher chrome ore was developed. By the early 1990’s Impala was producing in the region of 1 million platinum ounces per annum. A mining lease over land predominantly owned by the Bafokeng Tribe (now the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN)) was originally granted in 1968. A landmark agreement securing Impala’s access to these mineral rights for a period of 40 years was signed with the RBN in February 1999. In terms of this agreement, the RBN not only enjoyed royalties from metals mined in areas over which they hold mineral rights, but they also became a major shareholder in the holding company, Implats, with board representation. A new agreement finalised in early March 2007 resulted in the royalty being converted into equity making the RBN the group’s largest shareholder.


Impala is Implats’ primary operational unit and has operations situated on the Impala lease area on the western limb of the world-renowned Bushveld Complex near Rustenburg, and in Springs, east of Johannesburg. In FY2014, a year impacted by a five-month strike, Impala produced 411000 ounces of refined platinum. A strategic review is currently being undertaken and is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2014. The results will be communicated in February 2015.


SAMRO – South Africa Music Rights Organisation


The SAMRO Foundation is awarding two SAMRO/RIESA Special Undergraduate Bursaries for study in music performance for the first time.

Eighteen candidates from nine South African universities were entered for the bursaries. They included students in jazz piano, trombone, trumpet and voice, African music, marimbas, drums, voice and dance, traditional bagpipes, and Western art music piano, voice and clarinet.

The bursaries have the value of R18 000 each and are available annually to undergraduate students who specialise in music performance in the Traditional, Jazz or Western Art Music genres. Candidates for the bursaries are nominated by the Heads and relevant members of staff of music departments of South African institutions of higher education from among the ranks of their students. The candidates are required to show merit in the field of performance in one or more of these genres. The winners are chosen by the Artistic Committee of the SAMRO Foundation which takes into consideration such criteria as standard of performance, year of study and perceived financial need. In the event that there are no suitable candidates, the bursaries are carried over to the following year.




The Roodepoort International Eisteddfod of South Africa (RIESA) was a now-deregistered Section 21 not-for-profit organisation which, from 1981 to 1997, ran nine biennial international music competitions for amateur performers in Roodepoort.

In 2010, RIESA made a bequest of R700 000 to the SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts (SENA) – now the SAMRO Foundation – to establish and administer undergraduate bursaries for studies in music performance in South Africa. As with the many other bequests which the Foundation administers – including, among others, those from Ralph Trewhela, Eve Gettleson, Esme Webb, Maisie Flink, NOASA (the National Opera Association of South Africa) and Bonhams Auctioneers – the funds are invested and the interest is distributed as bursaries for music study in various fields.

For more information, contact Naseema Yusuf at the SAMRO Foundation on 011 712 8417,

CATHSSETA Bursary Programme

The CATHSSETA bursary should be used to pay (tuition), fees, textbooks, accommodation, meals and other course related costs.

Who, When and How to apply?

CATHSSETA bursaries are being offered as Discretionary Grant which can be applied for during Discretionary Grant Window Period in April and September annually. The discretionary grant shall be paid to legal persons including:

  • A public education and training institution
  • An employer or enterprise within the jurisdiction of a SETA, including an employer or enterprise not required to pay a skills development levy in terms of the Skills Development Levies Act.
  • Other legal person contemplated in the grant Regulation’s Section 6(7) that meets the criteria for the payment of such.
  • Relevant government Department paying admission fee to CATHSSETA and submitting WSP and ATR within the time frames prescribed in the Grant Regulation 4(2) and 4(3)

Employed and unemployed learners that have enrolled, or are in the process of enrolling as a full-time or part-time student at any South African Public University, University of Technology, or FET College are eligible for the grant. This Bursary is restricted to learners who have enrolled for qualifications related to the following CATHSSETA sectors which seek to address the Scarce and critical Skills identified in the CATHSSETA Sector Skills Plan:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Gaming and Lottery
  • Sports and Recreation

All completed application forms will be evaluated by the CATHSSETA and successful applicants, will be notified thereafter.

Enquiries can be directed to Ms Lebogang Mpye on (011) 217 0600 or email :



CATHSSETA Bursary Programme

The CATHSSETA  has identified as one of its strategic objectives the need to support learners who have either  received acceptance letter or have already started studying at any South African Public Institution by offering learners bursaries to further their studies. The programme is addressing Output of the National Skills Development Strategy III. The CATHSSETA bursary grant can be used to pay study fees, textbooks, accommodation, meals and other related costs.


The CATHSSETA bursary is available to:

Learners that have enrolled, or are in the process of enrolling as a full-time or part-time student at a any South African Public University, University of Technology, or FET College. This Bursary is restricted to learners who have enroll in the qualifications related to the following CATHSSETA chambers which seek to address the Scarce and critical Skills identified in the CATHSSETA Sector Skills Plan:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Gamming and Lottery
  • Sports and Recreation


Who is eligible?

CATHSSETA offers assistance to those parents whose income is such that they would not otherwise be able to pay the full fees of their children’s education. The awards are also based on the learner’s performance. The bursary continues for every year in which the learner remains enrolled. However it is re-assessed by the CATHSSETA Bursary committee annually. The bursary application form can be found within the CATHSSETA Bursary Division upon request.


When and How to apply?:

 Cathsseta has an opening bursary application period towards the end of each year. Again partnerships are formed with Government Institutions to provide CATHSSETA with suitable learners enrolled on qualifications related to the sectors.  Learners are to complete application forms which will be evaluated by the Cathsseta Bursary Committee. If the learner is successful they will be offered a bursary



R5m in bursaries awarded in built environment

Bursaries awared

Forty matriculants from schools across South Africa have received bursaries totalling R5-million to further their studies in the fields of the built environment from the Department of Public Works (DPW), in partnership with the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta).


Speaking at the event in Centurion on Tuesday, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi noted that each of the students would receive a R120 000 bursary, which would cover their studies at a tertiary institution, accommodation, textbooks and a monthly allowance.


“Money spent on the education of our children is not simply another expenditure and, therefore, a drain of the fiscus, but rather it must be seen as an investment in the lives of our learners. It must be seen as an investment in the economy and . . . in the future wellbeing of the society as a whole,” he added.


Careers in the built environment include civil, electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering; quantity surveying; property valuation; architecture; landscape architecture and town planning.

Of the 40 bursary recipients, 31 were from schools participating in the Department of Public Works schools programme.  Fifteen schools in Mthatha, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane, Mmabatho and Kimberley took part in the programme.  “The schools programme seeks to address . . . challenges and to promote teaching of maths and science, while opening up access to the built environment professions,” Nxesi noted.


In an attempt to address built environment skills shortages, the DPW adopted the Council for the Built Environment’s Skills Pipeline strategy, which comprises three intervention areas aimed at ensuring a seamless flow of professionals into the department.


This included the Push strategy, aimed at providing enough competent and skilled professionals in the built environment through supported and funded secondary and tertiary education programmes.

Nxesi explained that each student signed a contract with the department, which would see them work in the department for the same number of years it took them to complete their studies. He believed that this added practical value to the students’ careers.

Meanwhile, he called on parents to support their children while at primary and high school. “We want to promote parental participation; parents mustn’t just dump their kids at school and think that teachers are going to [perform] miracles. Parents must be there to support, discuss, exchange information and help [their children] deal with their problems,” Nxesi stressed.

Also speaking at the event, Ceta CEO Sonja Pilusa pointed out that the training authority had greatly contributed to the bursary scheme through its R50-million discretionary grant, which was aimed at supporting the implementation of all capacity building programmes in the DPW, including internships, artisan development programmes and schools programme.

Further, she noted that Ceta had allocated R1.2-billion in skills development over the last two years. “We have made the biggest allocation towards skills development out of the 21 sector education and training authorities (Setas); however, we are not the biggest Seta in terms of revenue,” Pilusa pointed out.

She added that in relation to bursaries, Ceta allocated R110-million in the last financial year, noting that these bursaries were divided among “quite a few” entities, mostly public, with R9-million was allocated to Public Works.



Nxesi told reporters that the schools programme formed part of the Public Works’ turnaround strategy, which was focused on streamlining activities, rooting out corruption, promoting efficient labour relations and generally targeting the challenges the department faced.

Last year, media reports stated that the department incurred a loss of R34.9-billion through irregular expenditure. Nxesi attributed the department’s overspending to a lack of skills and noted that the students presented with bursaries by the department would eventually supply these much-needed skills.

When asked if those without skills in the department were retrenched, Nxesi told Engineering News that the department was looking to retrain its staff through programmes, while those that could not be retrained, would possibly be redeployed in other positions. Nxesi added that retrenchment was not an option, as the department was grossly understaffed.


The retraining programme involved awarding bursaries to a group of employees, while some officials were placed in a candidacy programme.



Part of the Ceta grant was used in 2014 to award bursaries to 50 grade 12 learners under the DPW’s schools programme. Eighty-three more bursaries were awarded to students in their second, third and final year of studies. Nxesi said with regard to the 50 bursary recipients, a 75% success rate was achieved, with three students achieving between five and seven distinctions for their first-year studies. Of the 83 tertiary bursaries, 89% passed the subsequent year. However, Nxesi noted that the failure of the other students required analysis to identify the cause.

“Ideally, we don’t want anyone to fail,” he said.


Limpopo student bursary application form 2014

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