• Must be studying or intending to study towards a qualification as a Chartered Accountant (i.e. BCom Accounting CA stream, Bachelor of Accounting CA stream and BCompt) at a University accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).


    • Bursary holders are required to serve articles / training contract with the organisation on completion of their studies as per the bursary contract.


    • Bursaries are awarded to South African citizens only. No bursary applications will be accepted from other nationalities.

All candidates must be:


    • Proficient in English with strong communication skill.


    • Have good interpersonal skills


    • Have a drive, determination and commitment to succeed.


    • Have strong leadership potential.


Grade 12 students:


    • Must obtain matric exemption and university acceptance


    • Must obtain at least 60% for English


    • Must obtain at least 60% for Mathematics (not Maths literacy)

University students:


    • 1st year students:
      Obtain over 60% for Financial Accounting


    • 2nd year students:
      Obtain over 60% for Financial Accounting
      Obtain over 60% for Managerial Accounting


    • 3rd and Final year students:
      Obtain over 60% for Financial Accounting
      Obtain over 60% for Managerial Accounting
      Obtain over 60% for Taxation
      Obtain over 60% for Auditing

*Must obtain over 60% pass in all subjects.

When does the application process open every year?: 01 Aug – 15 Sept

What does the bursary cover?: Tuition, accommodation & Books up to the annual limit. Annual limits escalate per year thus we do not have them on the webpage (like most companies do). Currently it is at R85 000.00 per year.



How does one apply for this bursary?:

Only online applications are accepted. The link is made active during the application period.

A bursary is a monetary award that is granted on the basis of financial need. Bursaries are different than scholarships. Scholarships are merit-based and are awarded for academic achievement. Bursaries are financial-need based awards that do not have to be repaid with money. However some bursaries require that you ‘pay back’ your bursary by committing to work at your benefactors company for a period of time, usually for the same amount of time that the bursary was supplied for.

The intention of the undergraduate bursary program is to supplement, not replace, students’ primary sources of funding.

5 tips to apply for a bursary

1. Be complete! The bursary committee has to read your application and make a decision. It’s hard to assess your situation if you’ve left information out.

2. Submit it on time. The deadline is important – late applications will not be considered.

3. Apply for government student financial assistance. Check to see what NSFAS has available at all times. Bursaries are typically issued to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need and receiving student aid is one of the easiest ways to show need.

4. Be realistic. When you are filling out the academic year budget, be realistic about how much you spend. Indicating that you spend R5000pm on entertainment might help show that you have more expenses than resources but it probably won’t get you a bursary.

5. Don’t forget your resources. Make sure you tell them how much money you have. If you tell them you have R20,000 worth of expenses and R150 worth of resources they’re going to think you forgot to fill in half the application.

Wide Variety of Government Bursaries Available from KZN Province for Study in 2015

KZN 2015 Government Bursaries Available from KZN Province

KZN-logoStudents 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

KZN_bursary_picThe 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.

Application Forms are Available from the KZN Website

Details of application and a copy of application forms are available from its website.  APPLICATION FORM HERE

Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme For Trainee Teachers


Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme 2015

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme for basic teacher education is inviting bursary applications for 2015. These opened on 1st October and will close on 9th January, 2015.

The Department of Basic Education has announced that there will be about 3,500 new bursaries available next year. However the Department has advised that people applying to the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme for trainee teachers should also pursue other funding offers, because they cannot guarantee that every application will be successful. As they say, there are so many students who need financial assistance, it is important that applicants don’t pin their hopes on any single option.

About the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme

09-FunzaLushaka-logoThis is a programme that spans several years, allowing successful applicants to complete a full teaching qualification. Once bursary recipients have completed the course and obtained their teacher’s qualification, they will be expected to teach at a Government (public) school for as many years as the qualification took to complete. The Department of Basic Education points out that while graduates are allowed to choose in which province they work, they cannot choose specifically which school they will teach in.

The Funza Lushaka bursary is only awarded for single academic years, and then renewed if and when the student has passed. This means that even once an application has been approved, students need to continue applying annually, every October, until they have graduated. Re-applications for students already in the programme close on 15th November 2014 (before the new applications close).

Basic Education and Training in South Africa

Basic education and training is, of course, the backbone to skills development, which is a key requirement if there is to be any form of meaningful economic growth in South Africa any time soon. While the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) cover work sectors open to post school adults, it is the teachers of basic education who create the grounding for future employees to gain access to the country’s economic sector. This makes basic education and training a vital piece of the skills chain.

Funka Lushaka has published a booklet that explains just how teaching makes a difference in the lives of our children. Called Information Guide on Initial Teacher Education, (you can find the link at the bottom of the page) it emphasises that teaching is “a noble profession” that demands commitment, perseverance, passion, tolerance and dedication. Ultimately teaching, it says, offers an opportunity to mould and nurture the minds of young, growing children, and to help them develop life skills that will enable them to achieve success later on in life.

Who Can Become a Teacher

The Department has pinpointed a range of possibilities, from learners who about to complete Grade 12, to academically gifted people who have already left school but who are currently unemployed. Graduates who want to get a teaching qualification in addition to the degree they already have would also fit the bill, as would people who want to change their career and start teaching.

Generally they are looking for “young” people, and they are open about the fact that candidates from rural areas and/or those who want to teach in rural areas will be favoured. They are also more likely to award a bursary to an applicant whose financial status would, in other circumstances, exclude them from being able to study to become a teacher.
People who already have some sort of teaching qualification are not eligible to apply.

Where Successful Applicants of the Bursary Programme Will Study

There are a total of 22 higher education institutions (HEIs) in South Africa that currently offer courses that will result in recognised teacher qualifications. They are located in all of the eight provinces and include:

  • National institutes for higher education

  • Universities of technology

  • Universities

  • funza lushaka bursary

Applicants for the Funza Lushaka bursaries need to apply to an HEI before the closing date of applications (January 9). In other words they cannot wait to see if their bursary application was successful before applying to study.

A full list of relevant HEIs is given in the booklet, together with contact details and detailed information about programmes offered at the various institutions. It also specifies the qualification that will result from successful study.

Where to find the Application Form?

Funza Lushaka bursaries are only available to South Africans, and so proof of identity is required. Application forms are available from the Funza Lushaka website.
Link to document here Information Guide On Initial Teacher Education