IDC awards bursaries to students

IDC awards bursary to deserving students


Ecstatic 18 year old Mudanalo Mulaudzi believes she is heading for a bright and successful future. Her life took a turn for the better last month, when she heard she would receive a bursary from the Industrial Development Corporation.

“It’s a blessing for me and a dream come true. I have always wanted to study accounting science at the University of Witwatersrand,” says Mulaudzi, who wrote matric at Tshiitwa Secondary School in Limpopo.

Mulaudzi, who grew up in rural Limpopo, says getting the scholarship is a ticket out of poverty. She hopes to join the growing number of black female chartered accountants in the country. “I want to work hard in my studies and prove to everyone else that anything in life is possible.”

She was one of the 72 students who were awarded bursaries by the IDC as part of its corporate social investment programme. They were congratulated at a ceremony on 23 January at the IDC headquarters in Sandton. The bursaries will pay for their tuition, books, meals and accommodation during their studies.

Speaking at the ceremony, IDC divisional executive for agro and new industries Khumo Morolo encouraged the students to work hard in achieving their dreams and not to listen to naysayers. “You are important to us and the future of the country and without your success we are clearly doomed,” said Morolo.


A former bursary beneficiary, Awonke Tshefu, spoke of how the scholarship had helped him continue his studies in chemistry at Fort Hare University. Tshefu, who received a bursary in 2014, had almost dropped out of his studies because he could not afford the tuition fees for his second year.

He thanked the IDC for helping him and encouraged the new bursary recipients to work hard. “Life became much easier when I was awarded a scholarship by the IDC. I focused more on my books and no longer had to worry about where my next meal was going to come from.”

Chief executive officer Geoffrey Qhena encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunity and to use education to become globally competitive. “You have not arrived yet; it is just the beginning. We will support you as long as you play your part,” he said.

During the ceremony, 12 top performers from universities around the country, who were also on IDC bursaries, received certificates and iPads for their hard work.


Ashley Bridget Wilton, who is in her second year at the University of Cape Town, received an IDC bursary in 2016 for her first year of studies. She is currently doing an engineering degree in geomatics. “It feels great to be acknowledged for my hard work.”

About 272 students are on the IDC bursary programme and R14-million will be spent on meeting their needs this year.

Department of Environmental Affairs has Internships for Students in Pretoria and Cape Town

Environmental_Affairs_logoDEA’s Internships for Students in Pretoria and Cape Town

There is nothing more soul destroying than spending years at university studying hard, getting a degree, and then finding that you cannot get a job. It’s the usual Catch 22: Companies generally employ people with experience rather than those who are newly qualified. But if you are studying, or have a degree in fields related to environmental affairs, there is hope ahead. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is offering internships for graduates who will get paid a R4,500 monthly stipend, and immediately boost their experience over a one-year period of time.

Applications for the 2015 DEA’s internships for students close on December 12, 2014. So if you are an unemployed post graduate, or even under graduate, and you’ve never been employed in an internship programme before, why not give it a try?

About Internship Opportunities from the Department of Environmental Affairs

Internships for students, whose interests fit the fields that relate directly to the DEA, are offered opportunities to enter the internship programme for a one-year (12 month) period of time. Those candidates who are accepted into the programme are obliged to sign a contract, and they must work for the Department for 12 months.

These internship opportunities are in keeping with the vision of the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority – the EtdpSETA which facilitates and promotes development and improvement with the education, training and development sector. However, as the DEA’s Environmental Sector Skills Plan for South Africa (published in 2010) points out, the environment sector itself does not have a dedicated SETA, instead, “environment needs to be integrated into all SETAs”.

All the current internship opportunities relate in some way to environmental issues, but there is a reasonably wide range of internships to choose from. They are all open to students and graduates aged between 18 and 35 years, and disabled people are encouraged to apply.

Each internship has its own particular requirement in terms of the qualification required, including specified subjects studied. A full list is available on the Department’s website.

Opportunities Available in Pretoria

There are eight openings in Pretoria, which is where the Department of Environment Affairs’ head office is located. In addition, three further positions are available in other parts of the country, via Pretoria:

1. Chemical and waste management
2. Biodiversity and conservation
3. Climate change and air quality
4. Chief operating office
5. Legal authorizations and compliance inspectorate Chief financial officer
6. Chief financial officer
7. Environmental advisory services
8. Environmental programme. While there is only one post available in Pretoria, there are an additional three posts on offer in Limpopo/Mpumalanga, the Western Cape, and the Free State.

All require a relevant three-year degree or national diploma. Specific subjects for the four environmental programme internships vary.

Opportunities Available in Cape Town

There are 12 openings in Cape Town, all linked to the Ocean & Coast and Environmental Programme:

2. Supply chain and asset management
3. Human resource management (HRM)
4. Financial management and management accounting
5. Coastal biodiversity conservation
6. Ocean and coastal conservation strategies
7. Oceans research
8. Biodiversity and coastal research
9. Marine biodiversity and coastal research
10. Coastal pollution management
11. Southern oceans and Antarctica support
12. Communication

All of these also require a relevant three-year degree or national diploma.

All applications for these internships must be submitted on the relevant Z83 form. A CV (curriculum vitae), certified copies of certificates received (eg matric and university), any relevant academic records, and of course an identification document, must be included with the application. Note that all applications must be posted to the relevant person in either Pretoria or Cape Town. Addresses and telephone numbers for further enquiries are available on the Department’s website. Applications must be received by 12th December this year, so if the Post Office is still on strike, you should considered using a courier service to ensure there won’t be unnecessary delays.

Successful applicants will be notified within three months of 12th December (in other words by mid-March 2015).

The Department of Environmental Affairs also offers bursaries to fulltime students, however applications for the 2015 academic year closed on September 26th this year.

Details of application are available from the DEA website

Additional  details of application for the 2015 internship program for Pretoria and Cape Town students are available on their website.