List of companies that offer Bursaries 2016 – Part 1

To make it a bit easier for you , we have made a long list of companies that offer bursaries and information about the bursary in 2016

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Bursary for Mathematics & Actuarial Science South Africa 2016

1) Industrial Development Corporation (Commercial Sciences) Bursary

About The IDC provide finance for industrial development projects by promoting partnerships across industries within and outside our borders, promoting regional economic growth. The IDC provide bursaries to students who qualify for admission to a University or University of Technology or who are currently studying at a University or University of Technology.

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Teaching Bursaries – Application

South African Bursaries 2016 – Application

1) Access Trust (FET College Bursaries)

Value of bursary Class and registration fees only.

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Public Sector Bursary Scheme, Apply now!

PSETA – Public Sector Education & Training Authority Bursary Scheme

Hurry and apply , closing date is in 2 weeks!!

NATIONAL ROADSHOW ON QUALITY ASSURANCE ADVOCACY

The PSETA ETQA department will be conducting quality assurance advocacy sessions to be held nationally, targeted to all stakeholders that are in the business of training and development within the Public Service Sector i.e Provincial departments HRD officials; Accredited training providers; Prospective training providers; TVET Colleges & HEI’s. The aim is to create awareness on quality assurance requirements and the role of the PSETA as the quality assurance body delegated by the QCTO.

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Bursary SA Tips and Tricks

SAIMM and BursaryGuide.com helping you get a bursary

SAIMM is The South African Institute of Mining of Metallurgy.

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MICTSETA – Bursary scheme Info

Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta) – Bursary Scheme

 

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has partnered with the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta) in support of skills development initiatives for the youth of South Africa.

The partnership entails two programmes, a bursary scheme for students as well as an internship programme for unemployed graduates. In line with NFVF’s mandate to provide and encourage the provision of opportunities for persons especially from disadvantaged communities to be involved in the film industry and with MICT Seta’s skills plan to address the issue of the shortages of adequately skilled persons from the same communities in key areas,the objective of the partnership is to the address the issue of the scarcity of skills within the film and television sector.within these groups.

This inaugural partnership has seen 20 interns and 135 students benefiting from the initiatives. The beneficiaries were revealed at a function held at Sandton Sun in Johannesburg today June 19th 2013.. The interns were shortlisted from thousands of applications received and the final selection was made from the interviews that were conducted.

The 20 interns have been placed at different organizations for their work experience, six interns are at the NFVF, ten at SABC and four at Quizzical Pictures. The placements were made on the basis of their academic qualifications and areas of intended career focus. The internship programme will run for a period of eight months, affording the interns an opportunity for permanent employment should there be a vacancy relevant to their field. In terms of the bursary scheme, the selected students are enrolled for film and television related qualifications at various accredited South African institutions of higher learning.

NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi said this is a very important initiative in terms skills development and exposing graduates to the work environment which increases their chances of being employable. “One of the biggest challenge we have in this country is unemployment and a contributing factors to this challenge is the fact that graduates often lack the basic work experience that entry level jobs require, and they find themselves not sufficiently meeting the job requirements. The NFVF is very honoured to to be making a contribution in an effort to close this gab. We hope that all the interns will enjoy and learn a lot from the experience they will receive at the organizations at which they have been placed. To the bursary recipients, we wish them all the best in their academic life. May they use this opportunity to lay a good foundation for their respective careers,” says Mkosi.

Source: www.filmcontact.com/

MICT Seta will conduct site visits to organizations where interns are placed as well as to tertiary institutions where students are enrolled. The purpose of such visits would be to monitor the progress of the two programmes and to ensure that the set objectives are met.

“In allocating grant funding towards government agencies such as NFVF for this project, the MICT SETA is well on track in redressing South Africa’s MICT Skills gaps and ensuring that access to specialized professions such as Electronic Media and Film are created for our young people,” says Mr. Oupa Mopaki, CEO of the MICT SETA

For more information about the internship programme contact Lindi Ntontela and for bursaries contact Pretty Mthiyane.

PSETA – SETA Application Info 2016

Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority – PSETA

The Public Service Sector SETA, more commonly referred to as the PSETA, is one of the few existing sector education and training authorities (SETAs) that is not going to be changed or revised in any substantial manner.

But the PSETA is a bit different to the other SETAs because it provides support to provincial governments rather than industry sectors. More specifically, it is aimed at providing support to provinces that were lumbered with huge backlogs from the previous government (or dispensation).

Role of the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority

Essentially what the PSETA does is to assist provincial governments within an Integrated Provincial Support Programme (IPSP) with the aim of improving service delivery (with all its massive challenges) and extending good governance.

Initially, when the SETA programme was launched nationally throughout South Africa, the Eastern Cape, kwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo Province were targeted. Then in 2002, the IPSP was extended to assist Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape and Free State as well.

Part of the strategy needed to improve service delivery involves shared knowledge and learning opportunities. To this end, learning networks have been established with both inter-departmental and intra-departmental events organised to help educate those already involved in the provincial government sector. Some years ago a learning journal for public service managers was also launched.

So it is clear that college courses are important, as are discretionary grants and bursaries for learners who qualify and are eager to get workplace experience within provincial government.  In fact all forms of education, training and learning are important, including whatever it takes to make this knowledge and the skills that go with it accessible to the people who need it.

The Integrated Provincial Support Programme

The Integrated Provincial Support Programme (IPSP) was initiated to release more funds for service delivery to the “poor”, largely by restructuring and improving governance via the regular interaction with citizens. With all the challenges service delivery nationally requires, transparency and accountability have been highlighted as key aspects.

The other challenge that the IPSP envelops is the need to be able to translate policy into action within the Batho Pele framework.

 

 

 

Batho Pele principles and service delivery

The South African Government’s Batho Pele principles are in many ways enshrined in the Constitution, but were developed specifically to improve service delivery in the public service.

There are eight basic principles:

  1. Consultation, which involves customers, users, groups, consumer representatives, HGOs and CBOs. More often than not a variety of methods of consultation are required.
  2. The setting of service standards that reinforces the need for benchmarks that will constantly measure satisfaction of the people for what is received from provincial government. Precise, measurable standards are required to be able to judge whether or not these are met.
  3. Increasing access to public services, since such a large number of people in South Africa simply don’t have access to these services. This principle recognises the fact that access to information and services empowers the citizens of the country.
  4. Ensuring courtesy, meaning that those operating within the provincial government sector should treat all the people of South Africa with consideration and respect.
  5. Providing information so that people know what to expect and what they can demand in terms of service delivery.
  6. Openness and transparency so that everybody knows how government institutions operate and what they can expect. This also implies that government employees are accountable.
  7. Redress when services are not provided as promised.
  8. Value for money which doesn’t usually require additional resources and often reduces costs.

The Government aims to promote “integrated seamless service delivery” within the Batho Pele policy. Both education and training are of course key.

Where to find the PSETA

The Public Service Sector SETA (or PSETA) is currently based in Pretoria, Gauteng.

Telephone:  (012) 314 7490

Fax:  086 618 8844

Manash Scholarships

Scholarships and bursaries

We are committed to providing learning opportunities for the highest achieving students, as well as those experiencing some form of disadvantage (financial hardship).

Source: www.monash.ac.za

 

 

A Monash scholarship or bursary could mean:

  • 50-100 percent of your annual fees are paid – up to R60,700 – for your Foundation Programme or undergraduate course
  • a place in leadership, work and mentoring programmes not available to other students
  • financial freedom so you can devote yourself to your study and success.

Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course if you maintain your exceptional grades. Click on the scholarship titles below to find out more.

  • Monash South Africa Scholarship
  • Monash South Africa Bursary

Monash South Africa Scholarship

Benefits
Total value of up to R60,700
  • Full or partial tuition fee for a full-time study load (48 credit points), for the specific year of application and approval of award.
  • Exposure to the working environment – you will have first preference for Department work placements during peak periods.
Number offered
  • Varies depending on funding availability
Selection
  • Based on academic achievement and offered to the highest achieving South African and International students
  • Current Monash students with a General Point Average (GPA) of 3.3 and above
  • Commencing students with an Achievement Level of 40 and above.
Eligibility
All conditions must be met
  • Be enrolled or have received an offer to enrol as a full-time student at Monash South Africa in an undergraduate course of study leading to a higher education award
  • Not be a recipient of any other financial support award
  • Be studying Year 12 or equivalent (South Africa citizen) or be studying in the final year of secondary school or equivalent (international) or
  • Be a current Monash South Africa student and have completed a minimum of one semester of study at Monash South Africa.
Retention
  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.3 or above each semester
Application and other information
  • Can be deferred
  • Application for Monash South Africa Scholarship form (pdf, 73kb)

 

 

Or check out our other Scholarships and bursaries at: www.bursaryguide.com

External scholarships

There are also a number of external scholarships available to Monash South Africa students.

  • Botswana Government Scholarships
  • Mandela Rhodes
  • International River Foundation (IRF) – Ken Thiess Memorial scholarship – postgraduate research scholarship

Applications for external scholarships are managed by the external agencies. You should contact them directly.

How to apply

To be eligible for a scholarship with us you must first be accepted into your course at Monash South Africa – view the different courses on offer.

You should then:

  1. submit your application, along with any relevant documentation, by15 November for Semester One and 30 April for Semester Two.

SAMRO – CATHSSETA

SAMRO – South Africa Music Rights Organisation

CATHSSETA

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.

 

 

BACKGROUND

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, naseema.yusuf@samro.org.za

Bursaries awarded to women in property

The Women’s Property Network (WPN) was established in early 2000 to create a forum for women in a predominantly male industry to join together to exchange information, develop business contacts and enhance professional success.

WPN bursaries awarded to women in property

Since 2008 WPN has awarded bursaries to female students studying towards a property related degree or diploma.

This year has been no exception, and a total of 13 bursaries totalling in excess of R500 000 (tuition and learning material fees) have been awarded to the students studying at various institutions across the country.

All the applicants were deserving in terms of personal circumstances, had achieved in excess of 60 percent average and showed a passion for the property industry. The WPN did not have sufficient funds to award all of the bursaries, and embarked on a fund raising initiative in February to register the WPN as a charity entry into the Two Oceans Marathon, and friends of WPN ran to support the charity.

Companies within the property industry were also challenged by Amelia Beattie, one of the Educational Trust’s Trustees, to pledge support to WPN for the awarding of 2014 bursaries. The response was overwhelming and within 48 hours of the request having been made, over R200 000 had been pledged.

In addition to these pledges, Delta Property Fund also made a significant contribution of R500 000 to the Educational Trust, thereby ensuring that all thirteen bursaries could be awarded.

This is according to WPN Chair, Sanett Uys, who says they have been overwhelmed by the generous support of companies in the industry and the WPN members who have contributed in their personal capacities. “On behalf of the WPN Executive, I would like to thank contributors for their support. The WPN Educational Trust is a special initiative, and one which has been nurtured for many years so as to ensure that young female graduates take their place in the industry and are able to make a meaningful contribution.”

Source: www.property24.com

Diba Letsoalo says the investment in her education is an investment into her future and hopes its an investment into the property sector.

Of the bursaries awarded, here are responses from some of the students:

Andrica Lekganyane

“I would like to thank all the funders for affording me the opportunity to study a Property related course and for the confidence they have in developing future female property leaders. It is an honour to be the recipient of a WPN bursary. You educate a woman, you educate the nation. Thank you Women’s Property Network for the generosity extended to the future of this country.”

Aqeelah Johaar

“I’d like to thank each and every one who made this bursary possible. Words cannot describe what it means to me and how grateful I am to be given an opportunity to be part of the very few lucky ones who received this bursary. Not only does this mean that I can study in peace without worrying about funding but it also means that I have an incentive to work harder knowing that people went to a great deal of effort for me to be awarded this bursary.”

Bonette Kehuptse

“This means that I am now able to pay for my tuition for my Honours year and buy textbooks that I would have otherwise not been able to afford. This also means that I have a more peaceful semester and not have to worry about outstanding fees and not being allowed to graduate at the end of the year.”

Azra Mia

Tintswalo Chauke says this will encourage her to work harder so that she can also give back to the fellow women who are in the property industry.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone involved in awarding this bursary to me. University is an expensive endeavour. However, with your generosity, the financial burden upon my family and I has decreased drastically and will allow for me to pursue my dreams without too much stress. Thank you for recognising the need for bursaries around my chosen degree as they are very scarce. Thanks to Women’s Property Network and all donors’ contributions to the Educational Trust. I hope to be able to pay this kind act forward in the future.”

Thandiwe Gumede

“Receiving a bursary from the Women’s Property Network has provided me with relief from financial strain and looming debt traps that are disguised in well packaged loan offers. The freedom that this bursary is offering me is immeasurable and its effects will be felt well after the completion of my post-graduate studies.

“In addition to this, I am grateful for the investment in me and my career, as well as the opportunity to be mentored by women who are successfully making a mark in the property industry. Education remains the most powerful tool we have to rebuild our country with and to ensure sustainable transformation. I am excited to be a part of the change and to play my part in the rebuilding process.”

In addition to the awarding of the bursaries, the WPN through its regional chapters and committees will support these students by ensuring regular contact to discuss study material and any problem areas that may have arisen and will engage with the students at the networking events so that they have access to women active in the industry.

SANZAF – Bursary Succes Stories

SANZAF students make their mark.

SANZAF – Bursary Succes Stories

The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) is a faith based organization that organizes a number of outreach activities and extends its services throughout the country. Besides assisting those in need, SANZAF strives to empower, develop and nurture the youth across the Peninsula through the SANZAF Education Empowerment and Development (SEED) programme. The programme focuses on Early Childhood Development, Youth and Community Development, Islamic Studies, Vocational Training and Higher Education. Based on a stringent criteria, SANZAF supports students in need of financial assistance for further studies, allowing them to venture off into a brighter future without the strain of financial difficulty and armed to face the world of work.

Students share some insightful thoughts on their experiences…

To contribute financially or in kind to a SANZAF project or programme, contact 0861 726 923

Succes Stories

 

Talha Bakharia

Successful Forensic Accounting major Talha Bakharia graduated from North-West University (NWU) in Potchefstroom- He describes the trials and tribulations of life as a student and elaborates the importance of having a vision.

“It took me 5 years to obtain my Honours Degree and I’ll never forget that moment when I failed my major- the pass rate was 50% and I needed 3%. My lecturer advised that I repeat the year,”

explains Bakharia who eventually graduated with an Honours Degree from North-West University (NWU) in Potchefstroom.

He adds that he appreciates his accomplishment more because, according to him, there was no “easy way out”.

Furthermore Bakharia first came to hear of SANZAF’s Education Empowerment Development (SEED) bursary programme by a family member who recommended him to apply for a SANZAF bursary.

“I know SANZAF aims to uplift and empower the Muslim youth so I applied for a bursary,”

says Bakharia, who believes that financial difficulty should never be an issue for students who are eager and willing to learn.

“People and organizations will assist you if you are determined to learn- so show it!”

Ishrath Kalib

Bcom Accounting graduate Ishrath Kalib is now doing her practical training as well as her Honours degree part time at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

“I would like to thank the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) for the endless support towards my studies, both financially and morally. Without the help of SANZAF and their tireless effort, I would not have been able to obtain my degree. I believe in giving back in many ways and Inshallah, help students like myself in the future.”

Sameera Sayed

Sameera Sayed has completed her Bachelor of Social Science (B.Soc.Sc. or B.Soc.Sci.) degree and intends to do her Honours full time.

“I always intended to study further and do my best so I stand a better chance of employment. SANZAF has made that possible for me and I am truly grateful to SANZAF for the financial help and guidance.”

Rokeiya Letala

Rokeiya Letala is a student majoring in Taxation at the University of Pretoria. Growing up without a father in Witsrandjies, a village in the North West, with 4 siblings can be fairly daunting for many.

“I needed to be sure that the organization sponsoring my studies is not Riba based. My brother then informed me about SANZAF who supports those in need as well as academically deserving students. Through the will and grace of the almighty, SANZAF gave me the opportunity to complete my degree in an honest manner within the folds of Islam.”

She added that her reason to study Bcom Honors in Taxation stems from her eagerness to benefit and educate her community about tax.

“Taxation is a very exciting field of study- in particular; it is something high in demand in our country and is also one of the biggest source of income. It is fairly fascinating and interesting to know just how, why and where the government makes money through the laws of tax.

“Success isn’t only at a certain point in life- it is a continuous journey. Let the principles of Islam guide you in your decisions- don’t ever lose yourself, stay true to yourself, stick to your values and you will come out tops!”

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 : lebohangm@cathsseta.org.za

Source: www.cathsseta.org.za

 

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 4.2.3.2 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.

Source: www.engineeringnews.co.za

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.

 

TURNAROUND STRATEGY

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.

 

PREVIOUS BURSARIES

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.