The Gauteng government has made strides in accommodating pupils with special educational needs by building eight special schools in the townships.
Premier David Makhura said the eight schools were currently functional, adding the government would open a further eight such schools later this year. Makhura said the government was also establishing schools of specialisation to strengthen its skills base, especially in critical areas such as commerce, maths, science and technology.
“In the coming months, we will launch a school of specialisation in Emndeni in Soweto,” said Makhura. The government is spending more than R560 million on bursaries, learnerships and internships to equip the youth with the necessary skills and work experience.
“This will increase to R1 billion over the next two years,” he said. Gauteng municipalities were presently spending close to R30 million contributing to the education of children from poor households, said Makhura. He stressed education remains the backbone of radical social-economic transformation and that a nation that neglects education, neglects its future.
The Gauteng government is progressing with the further rollout of smart schools in the province. In 2014 they introduced the Classroom of the Future and last year the province had seven schools connected to the e-learning platform.
“We now have 1 861 grade 12 classrooms, 3 098 grade 11 classrooms and 42 schools connected to the e-learning system.” The premier said at the Protea Glen Secondary School and the Chief Albert Luthuli Primary School he witnessed firsthand how ICT has transformed both the learning experience of children and the teaching experience for teachers.
Teachers at the school said kids now arrive very early and stay much longer after school due to the increased level of interest generated by self-learning through the tablets government provided.
MULTI-DENOMINATION organisation MATTCH held an outreach programme in Riet River, Verulam at the weekend.
Mattch chairman, Captain Thomas Naidoo said the organisation aimed to help needy persons in various communities around Durban.
“We have been existing without a name, but we are in the process of having the organisation registered as an NPO,” said Naidoo.
“We feed the needy, do hamper and stationery drives. We go to the hospitals and prepare food for those waiting in queues at public hospitals.”
The name Mattch stands for the various religious groups and aims to create unity in society. The organisation is run with donations and sponsorship of its members.
The organisation first started its work when Naidoo was working in KwaMashu and saw the levels of poverty people were living in.
“I started this there and it grew and now we do outreach all over,” said Naidoo.
Naidoo said they hope to grow and involve more youth and look towards assisting underprivileged people with bursaries and assistance with schooling.
At the weekend’s events Mattch provided meals and beverages to over 400 people.
They also provided music from different cultures and the rainbow-coloured marquee for people to enjoy their meals under was representative of the unity of the different cultures they want to unite.
“We want to promote unity and peace and caring for each other from day to day and making a positive dent in people’s lives,” said Naidoo.
Anyone who wants to get involved in Mattch or for more information can contact Naidoo on 083 510 5944 or Captain Rooplall on 082 460 5952.
Pietermaritzburg – Two matriculants from the Emafakatini Location near Vulindlela were bursting with excitement yesterday when Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela announced they would receive full bursaries to study at university this year.
The two young women, Thobeka Ngcobo and Nonsikelelo Ngcobo (not related), were among 16 pupils who received full bursaries yesterday at the city hall.
As part of the mayor’s special projects, Ndlela also named 58 pupils whom the council would assist in paying their registration fees. This is the fourth year the mayor’s office has awarded these bursaries.
Thobeka Ngcobo, who received four distinctions in matric last year, said she was one of the first in her family to attend university.
The ecstatic Ngcobo would study for her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Westville.
“My results from matric were very good. I received As in mathematics, accounting, Zulu and business economics. I am so grateful for this opportunity,” she said.
Ngcobo said that her parents were very proud of her when they received the news that she would be studying at a tertiary institution.
“We didn’t have the money for my studies. We suffered a little in our lives so I am very grateful for this gift from the mayor and the municipality,” she said.
Nonsikelelo Ngcobo would study for a Bachelor of Education degree at UKZN’s Edgewood campus.
The project by the mayor’s office awarded the bursaries to pupils who hail from disadvantaged backgrounds, whose parents earn less than R1 000 and who excelled at school.
More than R400 000 in bursaries was awarded yesterday.
Msunduzi’s youth manager Sibongile Mchunu said they chose the pupils very carefully.
“We looked at the pupils who did exceptionally well at school, but did not have the funds to further their studies,” she said.
The 74 pupils to benefit were from the Edendale, Vulindlela, Imbali and Azalea areas in Pietermaritzburg.
The pupils would study a range of courses, varying from engineering to teaching, to horticulture.
Ndlela advised the pupils to concentrate on their studies, as this was a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for them.
“Education needs sacrifice and you should pursue your studies. Entertainment can take the back seat until you qualify in your respective fields,” he advised the pupils.
Ndlela told the pupils that they were the “lucky ones” and they should not waste the opportunity.
University fees have been under the spotlight since the latter parts of 2015, when students rose up in protest against the restrictive costs to study.
Following weeks of protests in October and November 2015, President Jacob Zuma eventually declared there would be a no fee increase at universities in 2016. To absorb the loss of revenue, government set aside R6.9 billion in additional funding for universities.
However, according to higher education minister, Blade Nzimande, on top of government funding, corporates in South Africa need to foot the bill for higher education, as they will ultimately be absorbing the skilled workforce.
Many companies in South Africa already offer a number of bursaries and scholarship programs, which help students pay for part of or all of the fees needed to study.
Bursaries and scholarship programs are often tied to recruitment, as companies pay for students to develop specific skills they are in need of.
BusinessTech looks at the 10 biggest companies on the JSE (excluding the recently-listed AB Inbev Breweries), to determine what graduate programs they offer.
It’s important to note that the bursaries listed below are not always an annual given – that is, bursaries for many of the fields of study paid for by the companies only open up when the specific skills are needed.
On top of bursaries, South Africa’s biggest companies do also offer apprenticeships and other opportunities.
With bursaries closed for study in 2016, prospective students should apply now (where applicable) for study in 2017.
1. British American Tobacco
British American Tobacco offers bursary options for students that have an undergraduate degree or are in their final year of study in these subjects:
- Agricultural Science
- Food Technology
- Food Chemistry
- Natural Science
- Physical Chemistry
- Public / International Relations
- Bcom Law
- Human Resources
The skills the group is targeting are primarily in (but not limited to) these fields:
- Information Technology (undergrad and post-grad)
- Industrial Engineering (undergrad and post-grad)
- Marketing (post-grad)
- Accounting (post-grad)
Applications usually close at the end of August each year.
SABMiller says that it is committed to helping South Africa develop its skills, and it does so by offering academic bursaries to deserving SA students.
On top of the financial support, the group says its bursars are “afforded the opportunity to learn more about the world of work”.
SABMiller offers bursaries in these areas of study:
- Control and automation
- Supply chain
Naspers says it is committed to developing its own employees as well as extending training outside the group to develop a “talent pipeline”.
“Given the strategic importance of technology and intellectual property to our sustainability in a competitive market, skills development is a priority for Naspers.”
The group has developed the “Naspers Academy” – which develops specific skills needed by the group (in terms of Internet engineering and classified businesses).
Externally, Media24 offers four bursaries for students wanting to complete their postgraduate qualifications in journalism at either Stellenbosch University, NWU, Wits or Rhodes University.
This is a two-year bursary programme – one year of postgraduate study and one year based at Media24.
Luxury goods group Richemont doesn’t offer any paid bursaries in South Africa, but the international group offers apprenticeships and other training programs as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The group also makes donations to South African universities such as the University of Cape Town, to provide financial aid for students.
5. BHP Billiton
BHP Billiton provides qualified students with exceptional bursaries every year.
The bursaries cover full university fees (including registration), accomodation, meals, text books and pocket money.
To qualify, candidates need high maths and science marks (at least a ‘C’ – or 60-69%).
- Mining Engineering
- Extractive Metallurgy
- Electrical Engineering (Light & Heavy)
- Mine Surveying
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering (Mineral Process)
Qualifying bursary students are required to sign an employment contract with the company for a period equal to the bursary term.
Bursaries close the end of May each year.
Steinhoff does not have any external bursary or scholarship programs, but does make training and development opportunities available to employees “as far as is reasonably practical,” it says.
“The group concentrates training efforts on its existing employees and not on people outside of the group. Learning assistance through bursaries and study loans is offered in divisions with skills shortages.”
Glencore Xtrata offers bursaries in the mining field, with offers of apprenticeships and recruitment schemes to build necessary job skills.
High English, Maths and Science levels are required to qualify (60-69% and 70-79%, respectively).
The following career paths will be available for study, depending on the need of the company at the time.
- Mining Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Financial Management (B Com)
- Geology Discipline
Sasol has many bursaries available for both under- and post-graduate students.
Sasol Post Graduate Bursaries are awarded for full-time University study in Science and Engineering, at Masters or Ph.D Degree level.
Undergraduate bursaries cover university fees, accommodation, and also gives money for textbooks and spending money.
These are available for the following undergraduate degrees:
- Engineering (B Eng, BSc Engineering – chemical, mechanical, electrical, civil, industrial, electronic, mining and computers).
- Science 9BSc: chemistry, geology and metallurgy).
- Commerce (BCom: accounting)
FirstRand offers the Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship, which is for students complete their postgraduate studies abroad in any country and any field.
The program covers a maximum period of two years to the value of R400,000 per year. This is to cover tuition, books, accommodation, meals and other relevant needs.
This scholarship has bursaries available in all fields of study, as long as it’s at any internationally-recognized university in any other country outside of South Africa.
Candidates have to return home to South Africa, work and stay in South Africa for a minimum period of five years after completing their studies.
Applications open from the beginning of January each year and close the end of February.
MTN offers a number of external bursaries to help boost and develop skills, especially for those coming from a previously disadvantaged background.
The MTN graduate program also looks to fill the openings within the company.
The company offers numerous bursaries across many fields, such as:
- Human resources
- Computer science
- Computer engineering
- and many others
The group specifies that while its bursaries are open to all, candidates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds will get preference.
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Closing Date: Not specified
The Red & Yellow School has listened to South Africa’s call for education and will this year offer a greater number of bursaries for all its full and part time programmes in Marketing and Advertising.
“The 2015 Fees-must-Fall campaign once again highlighted the lack of tertiary opportunities for deserving previously disadvantaged candidates, especially in our industry,” says Red & Yellow’s CEO Lynette Oelschig.
“In addition to the desperate need for free education in our country, our industry struggles to reflect the markets it intends to connect with.”
These new bursaries are also driven by Red & Yellow’s Vision to educate 100 000 graduates in Africa by 2020, with 10% of those receiving free education.
Students who want to pursue a rewarding career in marketing & advertising should apply for one of the following programmes:
• Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications
• Diploma in Copywriting
• Marketing, Advertising and Communications Diploma aimed at the graduate student
• Advanced Diploma in Digital Marketing (distance learning)
• National Certificate in Advertising
For the past 22 years Red and Yellow has shaped the creative marketing industry by feeding in capable talent.
How to Apply?
Applications for 2016 are now open, and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately to avoid disappointment. Please email a letter of motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to complete the application form and submission test for the course of your choice. Alternatively visit Red & Yellow at their Open Day on Saturday 16 January 2016 between 10am and 1pm to find out more.
The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) would like to invite applications for bursaries for the 2016 intake from financially needy learners who excelled in Maths and Science in Grade 11 and Grade 12, who internd to study towards a career in the mining and minerals sector.
The MQA Bursary Programme is open to qualifying Grade 12 learners or those currrently writing their 2015 Grade 12 examinations. Students studying towards a degree, diploma or BTech at a University, University of Technology or Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College may qualify. The bursary covers full tuition, accommodation, meals and book allowances.
The MQA is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) for the mining and minerals sector in terms of the Skills Development Act, No 97 of 1998.
The Programme finds the following
Disciplines at Universities or Universities of Technology:
- Mining Engineering
- Jewellery Design and Manufacturing
- Electro Mechanical
- Mining Survey
- Environmental Health and Management
- Analytical Chemistry
- Metallurgical Engineering (Extractive only)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Rock Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Any BTech qualifications associated with the disciplines/course listed above
Trades at TVET Colleges:
- Diesel Mechanic
- Fitting including Machinery
- Fitter and Turner
- Rigger Ropesman
- Instrumentation Mechanic
NB: Preference will be given to female learners, learner with disabilities and learners living in rural communities.
Applications close on 18 December 2015
How to apply
Application form can also be requested from, and submitted to the following offices:
* Gauteng, Johannesburg: Physical address: 7 Anerley Office, Parktown or Postal Address: Provate Bag X118, Marshalltown 2107
* Eastern Cape, Mthatha: King Sabatha Dalindyebo TVET College, R61 Queenstown Road , Cicirca Village, Mthatha, 5099
* Mpumalanga, Witbank: Nkangala FET College, Mpondozamkomo Campus, 1 Moses Kotane Drive, Ferrobank, Witbank, Tel. (013) 969-8120/8121
* Northern Cape, Kathu: Kathu FET College, Hans Coetzee Road, Kathu Campus, 8466
* Limpopo, Burgersfort: Sekhukhune FET College, CN Phathudi Cmapus, Stand No 2659, Praktisser, Tel. 087 095 0267
* North West, Mogwase: Orbit Fet College, Mankwe Campus, Stand 230, Unit 2, Mogwase, Tel. (014) 555-8860
Short-listed learners must submit their final matric results by 15 January 2016. Continuing bursars must submit a completed Bursary Continuation form before 15 January 2016
Via – MQA
Do you just love children, do you feel teaching is your ultimate calling?
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of South Africa’s youth?
If this is what you want, then the Department of Education may have a bursary for you!
The bursary program provided by the Department is a multi-year program. It also promotes teaching at public schools as that is where the need lies. They are devoted to provide learners of all ages, with a quality education. The children of South Africa strive for a better future, with highly trained teachers, the Department can fulfill this need. You can aid in making this vision a reality, by becoming a teacher!
The Department provides full-cost bursaries to eligible, talented candidates. This will aid these candidates to receive a complete, and full teaching qualification within one of the national priority fields. Successful candidates will however be required to teach at one of the public schools in South Africa, for the same amount of years as the duration of their studies.
Are you not sure, well, here are some reasons why to consider teaching as a career path!
- Do you love learning? Turn that love into teaching and help other experience the joy of learning.
- Did you have a favorite teacher that made a difference for you? You can be that teacher to someone else!
- Would you love to see someone else succeed? Experience the joy of being able to give another person hope, to see them learn to write, read, count and strife towards their dreams.
- Help children understand the value of all things in life, and aid in building strong and proud citizens.
- You can once again see the world through the eyes of a child, see them grow and become even more special.
- Serve the community and your country, but most of all the children who need your help.
- Share your own knowledge while sparking curiosity in tender minds.
- Pass on the love you have for learning, giving hope for the future, building a solid and honored nation.
Candidates who receive bursaries can ask to be placed in a province of their liking, however they may not decide which school they would prefer to be employed in. The Department concerned will make the final decision. Upon completion of their studies, candidates will be placed where there is a suitable opening. If there is no opening within the selected province, the Department has the right to place candidate where there is a suitable opening and a need.
Department of Education Bursaries Available
If you are planning to study in to one of the following directions these bursaries is just what you need.
Bachelor of Education – B.Ed.
- Foundation Phases – Grades R to 3
- Intermediate Phases – Grades 4 to 6
- Senior Phases – Grades 7 to 9
- Further Education Phases – Grades 10 to 12
- Bachelor of Engineering
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Technology
- Bachelor of the Arts
- Bachelor of Computer Science
Post Graduate Certification in Education – PGCE.
- All Majors that allow for this level of education
If you are currently still in grade 12 or studying at an institute of higher learning in one of the fields mentioned, you may apply for a bursary with the department.
To qualify for any of these bursaries, candidates must adhere to the following:
- Grade 12 level of education
- Must be proficient in English
- Must be a South African citizen
- Possess a valid South African ID
- Must be committed to teaching and making a difference
- Must provide proof of the need for financial aid
Candidates must also provide proof of acceptance at an institute of higher learning. Candidates from a previously disadvantaged background will be given preference.
Please include your latest school results and certified copy of your ID, Curriculum Vitae as well as all other documentation as is indicated.
If you want extra information about these bursaries, you can find it here.
You can apply for your bursary online here.
It is highly recommended to carefully read the information provided prior to the application. Then also carefully consider your answers before entering them into the application form. Answer all questions truthfully and precise. Ensure all documentation is certified, and attached before submitting your application.
Applications close the 9th of January each year, thus it is suggested that candidates ensure their applications, with all required documents reach the Department before this date.
Candidates are also urged to pursue alternative funding, as there is a limited number of bursaries available each year. Due to high volumes of applications, the Department will only be contacting those who have made the short-list. If you have not heard from the Department within three months after closing, candidates can consider their applications as unsuccessful. These candidates can re-apply the following year.
Are you dedicated to improving your life, assist in the development of your community and eager to study further? Do you have passion, talent and a drive to become more than is expected?
The Dell Foundation offers such gifted individuals, the opportunity to complete their studies via their Young Leaders Bursary fund. They offer candidates a variety of fields and do not hold candidates back upon graduation, thus candidates may apply for work at any company after completion of their studies.
The Young Leaders bursaries programs are usually for an amount of up to R150 000. They seek candidates who shows extraordinary talents, who seek financial aid to complete their studies. Their program ensures equality, building the future of South Africa with gifted leaders.
Their program not only provides selected candidates with the means to complete their studies, but also gives them mentorship, resources and support to make it all the way. With their program they aim to not only ensure more talented candidates get to graduate, but also to ensure these candidates enter the workforce prepared. To develop sustainability within all communities and fulfil the needs within scarce skills.
Young Leaders Bursaries Available
The Dell Young Leaders program provides a 100 talented candidates the opportunity to study within a variety of fields each year. These candidates can study at the University of Pretoria or Cape Town.
Fields of study included in this bursary program falls under numerous sectors:
- Computer Science
Candidates who receive these academic bursaries will also be given psychosocial support. They will receive all-inclusive work readiness preparation, thus ensuring they are capable of continuing their careers against any and all odds. The expectations of successful candidates are high and students are pushed to prove their desire to make a difference and rise above all diversity.
Young Leaders Bursary Requirements
Candidates wanting to apply for a bursary with this company will have to meet the basic requirements. Depending on the field of study there may be additional stipulations, however, these will be discussed with candidates through the various Universities.
Basic requirements needed are as follow:
- Applicants must have a valid ID document
- Applicants must be currently studying at the university of Cape Town or the University of Pretoria
- Applicants must be in their first year of study within the field of application
- Applicants must be in need of financial assistance
- Candidates must show great leadership skills
All the selected candidates are those who have overcome great odds, grown and fought their way to the top. They candidates are motivated, committed and eager to improve their living conditions, to overcome all obstacles. They are talented individuals who have passion and drive for life.
Young Leaders Bursary Application
Young Leaders bursaries applications online is made available through the Dell Foundation offices at the selected Universities. This program invites talented candidates that are in need of financial assistance and in their first year of study, who would like to complete their studies and become a skilled professional to apply.
Candidates interested in this bursary program may contact the Dell Foundation offices at the following Universities.
University of Pretoria
Tel: 012 420 4874
University of Cape Town
Tel: 021 650 4147
Young Leaders Bursaries: Closing Date
There is currently no stipulated closing date for bursaries provided by this company. Interested individuals that adhere to the minimum requirements, are invited to apply for the latest bursaries and prepare for their future. If you are committed, hardworking and a gifted student, then you deserve the opportunity to try.
The young leader’s bursary program provided by the Dell Foundation, aims at aiding in the development of skilled workers and the growth of South Africa’s economy. This program has already assisted more than 350 gifted candidates with bursaries. Each year’s candidates are setting higher expectations for the following generation to embrace.
Successful candidates are placed within top corporations, many of these are also given the opportunity to further improve on their knowledge and skills. Becoming prominent professionals within their fields. If you are ready for a lifetime of stability and success, then this company may just be what you were seeking.
Bursaries (financial assistance) are available to students residing in the Gauteng Province who wish to study at a recognized/ accredited higher learning institution within the Province.
BURSARIES AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR STUDY PURPOSES – 2016
The GDSD Bursary Scheme promotes career development within the Social Development professions and scarce skills.
Applicants must demonstrate a willingness to be part of a dedicated and skilled workforce committed to social development for a better life for the population of Gauteng and all South Africans.
Assistance will be for the education, training and skills development of youth who are considering a career in Community Development (Revised NQF level 8 qualification), Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Occupational therapy, Demography and Population Studies.
Bursaries aim to assist in achieving the Employment Equity imperatives within the National Skills Development Strategy and the Department of Social Development’s strategic priorities.
The selection of candidates are within the framework of the Departmental policies but Preference will be given to:
• Youth with a disability
• Youth leaving child and youth care facilities( incl. places of safety and children’s homes).
• Students that have gained university entrance to study in the year 2016.
• Students that excel academically with at least a C Symbol Aggregate in Matric.
• Students that are not currently benefiting from any other bursary scheme.
• Applicants who wish to study towards areas identified by the department as scarce skills such as Community Development, Demography and Population Studies, Clinical Psychology, Social Work and Occupational Therapy.
• Applicants that have been permanent residents within the Gauteng Province for at least one-year prior to application.
• Applicants that are South African citizens.
All successful applicants will be required to enter into contractual agreements with the Department.
Application forms are obtainable at any Social Development Regional Office or Institution situated in Gauteng.
Applicants are required to forward their applications directly to the above offices.
Enquiries: Mr. Veli Ngobese, at tel: (011) 227 0065 / Ms Dikeledi Kutu, at tel: (011) 355 7616
If you do not receive any response from us within 3 months, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
CLOSING DATE: 12 OCTOBER 2015
Civil Engineering Bursaries 2016 – Jones & Wagener
Closing Date: 31 July 2015
Jones & Wagener is offering civil engineering bursaries to students studying at South African Universities. This bursary will coverAccommodation, University tuition fees and Book allowance
Who can apply?
Grade 12 students and tertiary students can apply
How to apply?
– URL: http://goo.gl/UKWpn6. The completed forms must be sent to the Bursary Administrator at the Jones & Wagener postal address or by email to email@example.com
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