KZN 2015 Government Bursaries Available from KZN Province
Students living in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) who want to get a tertiary qualification, but can’t afford to, now have the opportunity to get Government bursaries from the provincial administration. Funding is available only for public institutions and not for private institutions of higher learning. Applications opened on November 14th and they close on December 15th 2014.
Only students from “vulnerable groups” or previously disadvantaged backgrounds will be considered. Parents and/or guardians should not earn more than R60,000 per year if single. If both parents/guardians are working, then their total annual income should not be more than R120,000.
Disabled students are encouraged to apply for these bursaries, but all applicants must be aged between 18 and 35. All should be “high achievers”, and matriculants should have either a “CAO receipt” or a provisional letter of acceptance from the institution of higher learning where they plan to study.
KZN Province Bursary Opportunities for 2015
The bursary opportunities offered by KZN Province for Government bursaries are incredibly varied, and therefore in line with the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority’s (the EtdpSETA) vision to ensure that South Africa will ultimately have a much better educated and more informed workplace that has “valuable workplace experience and ethics”.
Further, bursaries are offered by a number of departments within the Province. A full list is included on the website, and includes the Departments of:
- Office of The Premier that offers bursaries for students to study for a range of bachelor’s degrees or national diplomas including financial management, auditing, accounting, forestry, boiler making, aviation and metrology.
- Agriculture and Rural Development that offers bursaries for students to study for a bachelor’s degree in agriculture (specifically a BSc in soil, crop and animal science), agriculture engineering (specifically a BSc in soil conservation, infrastructure and irrigation), or veterinary science (BVSc); or a national diploma (ND) in either animal health or to become a veterinary technologist.
- Arts and Culture that offers bursaries for students to study for a range of bachelor’s degrees or national diplomas in African languages, drama, fine art, graphic design, jazz and popular music, jewellery design, performing and non-performing arts, practical music and public management.
- Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs that offers bursaries for students to study for a range of quite different bachelor’s degrees or national diplomas including anthropology, built environment studies, photography/video technology or graphic design, civil/electrical engineering, town and regional planning, local economic development, local government law, local economic development, financial management, and even disaster management.
- Human Settlements that offers bursaries for students to study for a range of bachelor’s degrees or national diplomas including property management, land surveying, quantity surveying, architecture, construction management, and civil engineering.
- Provincial Treasury that offers bursaries for students to study for a bachelor’s degree majoring in accounting and economics; or a national diploma in financial management or cost and management accounting, and accounting.
- Transport that offers bursaries for students to study for a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, transportation economics, or to become a technologist in civil or mechanical engineering; or for a national diploma in public transportation management.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to apply for admission to a tertiary institution and to the University’s residence if this is required.
How to Apply for KZN Government Bursaries
Application forms for these KZN bursaries are available from both the Department of Education and Operation Sukuma Sakhe district offices. Applications should also be submitted to one of these offices.
In addition to the application form that must obviously be filled out correctly, applicants must include a letter of motivation and several other documents, including:
- A certified copy of their identity document
- A certified copy of their parents’ or guardian’s identity document
- A certified copy of their matriculation certificate
- Proof of how much their parents or guardian(s) earn
- Proof that they have either registered with, or been accepted by a public tertiary institution
- Proof that their parents or guardians are unemployed – this must come from the Department of Labour
- A certified copy of any household profiling certification (if the applicant has access to one of these)
The bursary covers all fees, accommodation and meals, prescribed books, and a stipend for the full period of study.
Successful bursars will contract with KZN Province for a length of time (in years) that is equivalent to the time period over which they will study at the tertiary institution. In addition, anyone holding a bursary may be required to work for the Province in the relevant Department for a period equivalent to the time period of the contract.