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Are you looking for a Bursary in South Africa?

Bursaries in South Africa

Are you looking to further your education and create better working opportunities for yourself but struggling to find the financial means to do so? Perhaps you should think of applying for a bursary. Currently in South Africa work is scarce and skilled workers are in great demand!

Bursaries are sponsorships given by companies to qualifying students to study further and achieve a great qualification for better work opportunities and a decent future.

What is a Bursary?

A bursary is a monetary award made by an institution to individuals or groups of people who cannot afford to pay full fees. It is a monetary award that is granted on the basis of financial need. This means that funds are made available by a company for a student who wants to study further and who qualifies can do so but moreover need the financial assistance to do this.

Bursaries are not the same as 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.

Work back your Bursary

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. Not all bursaries have this requirement.

How to find a Bursary?

To help you get started and find the right bursary for you, here is list of sources and companies offering financial aid and bursaries:



Further eduction and training opportunities for the Class of 2013

Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande
Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande


The Department of Higher Education is encouraging all students who recently passed their matric exams to think about continuing their education and training,  and is promoting the numerous opportunities that are available to them. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has stated that there is a catalog of opportunities available to the Class of 2013.

Apart form the existing higher education institutions, two new universities have opened their  doors, one in  Mpumalanga and one in the Northern Cape. There are also plans to build an open  a further 12 Further Education Training (FET) colleges this year.

Given the higher pass rate of the Class of 2013, higher education institutions are expecting an increased demand for places in the post-school education and training system. Blade Nzimande stated that, “This significant increase in successful candidates with predominantly Bachelor and Diploma entrance National Senior Certificates will have implications for the Department in relation to enrollments within higher education institutions.

The Education Department is well aware of the fact that passing matric is a huge step in the live so of South African youth and is encouraging all them to think about continuing their education and look at the  400 000 opportunities available to them in the post-school education and training system, whig includes 25 universities, 50 FET colleges and 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities.

The following opportunities are available to students:

– 197 946 new entrant opportunities in universities;
– 23 000 Engineering and Business studies opportunities at FET colleges;
– 44 000 National Certificate Vocational programme opportunities at FET colleges;
– 10 000 artisanal opportunities at FET colleges.

Nzimande also mentioned that in collaboration with FET colleges, SETAs and employers, there  are 93 000 occupational directed apprenticeship and learnership opportunities available and an additional 12 000 artisanal opportunities within the retail auto sector.

There are also more than 16 000 learnerships available from the various SETAs across the country. The Department of Education is making every effort to communicate these opportunities to students via various departmental career guidance initiatives and career festivals. The department in collaboration with the SABC also produced weekly short programs providing information ranging from career guidance and information s about universities and FET colleges.

Nzimande and the Department of education is calling on all students to to apply for further study opportunities. The department has set up a dedicated website and call centre to assist students. Students that cannot afford to call these centre are able to request the centre to call back via ‘please call me back’ messages.

Nzimande admitted that there was always more that could be done to assist students in their decisions to further their education and career guidance and that it is the goal of the department to place at least two career guidance councilors in all FET colleges across the country in 2014.


Challenges facing higher education system

Nzimande has reiterated that there are many challenges for the department when it comes to available space for students who wish to further their education and training. It is the aim of the government to expand the FET college sector as  per the National Development Plan which requires that government produce at least 30 000 qualified artisans per year by 2030.


Bursaries, grants and student financial aid

Nzimande stated that the government has set aside R8.3-billion in financial aid for students to further their education and training. This year the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be assisting 205 000 students at universities and 215 000 students at FET colleges via student loans and bursaries. On top of that, a further R497 million will be available via the National Skills Fund for critical skills programmes that are needed for the growth of the economy.

Source:  SANews.gov.za


ETDP-SETA offering bursaries, learnerships and internships coutrywide



The Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP-SETA) have opened new offices in Mpumalanga to help and assist young adults access to information for bursaries, learnerships and internships.

The chief executive of ETDP-SETA, Nombulelo Nxesi, is calling on all youth, not only in Mpumalanga, to visit their local provincial office to obtain more information and advise about bursaries, internships and learnerships to “better their lives and those of their communities”.

Nxesi was quotes as saying that the government is providing the youth if South Africa the opportunity to continue with their education and providing financial for those that cannot afford further education. The government’s objective is to create an environment whereby the youth are employable and provide the necessary skills and training to individuals to open and manage their own businesses.

ETDP-SETA is providing numerous bursaries for a wide range of skills that are currently scare in the market place today. These bursaries are can be used for Further Education and Training colleges or registered universities throughout the country. Nxesi also stated that over the past 2 years, ETDP-SETA has managed to train over 5000 individuals around the country.

The primary objectives and goals of the bursaries is to provide for those currently employed, along with unemployed individuals within the education, training and development (ETD) sector , the opportunity to obtain qualifications in those scarce and critical skills.

Bursaries are awarded in the following programmes:

  • National Professional Diploma in Education (NPDE) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • B.Ed Mathematics and Science
  • B.Ed Foundation Phase
  • Certificate in Education
  • B Com; BSc Applied Mathematics
  • Masters in Commerce
  • ACE in Leadership and Management
  • Computer Studies
  • Human Resources Management, and Public Finance


The selection criteria for bursaries from ETDP-SETA include the following:

  • The applicant’s academic ability.
  • Eligibility for an approved degree or PGCE in one of the priority areas.
  • Commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges; and personal integrity.
  • Commitment to teach in any school to which a student may be appointed by a Provincial Education Department.

ETDP-SETA has taken steps to open office in all nine provinces in order to provide young adults the opportunity to seek assistance and advise and obtain the necessary information about all programs available from the ETDP-SETA.

For more information about ETDP-SETA and bursary opportunities available, please visit the SETA’s website – http://www.etdpseta.org.za/live/index.php/portfolio/etdp-seta-bursaries

Source: SAnews.gov.za


Bursaries available for Mpumalanga Students – only need to apply

bursary application


Mpumalanga Provincial Government is offering bursaries to grade 12 students to further their education in South Africa. The Mpumalanga Education Department is urging all students who require financial assistance to apply for bursaries to various universities within South Africa to so before 30 September 2013.

All students need to do to qualify for a bursary is to complete the  application form which are available at the provincial government complex in Riverside Mall in Mbombela or any regional Education Department offices. Bursary application forms are also accessible via the education department’s website – CLICK HERE

The Mpumalanga Provincial Government Bursary Scheme for the 2014 is controlled by the local Mpumalanga Education Department. The local government centralized all bursaries and will administer all bursaries and application directly from the department.

All applicants for 2014 bursaries need to complete the application form and submit the following documentation:

  • Certified copies of their Grade 12 mid-year results if they are currently in Grade 12
  • Certified copies of their Grade 12 final certificate if they have completed Grade 12
  • Proof of residence
  • An acceptance or provisional acceptance letter or proof of registration from a higher education learning institution
  • Certified copy of their South African identity document
  • Proof of income of their parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • Proof of disability from a registered medical doctor or clinic/hospital (if applicable) and/or proof of indigent status.

Students are also encouraged to seek out other further education and training opportunities provided by the government in order to asset them to obtain a university qualification. Bursaries and other information for students who require financial assistance to further their education is available from Fundza Lushaka Bursary Fund and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Source: SAnews.gov.za


Bursary to assist post-graduate students within the sport sector


A bursary scheme worth R9.74 million has been launched to support and assist post-graduate students within the sport, recreation and fitness field study towards their PhD’s or Master’s Degrees.

The scheme is an initiative of the Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) along with the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA). The bursary is going to be provided to 30 post-graduate students each year for the upcoming 3 years. Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation, Gert Oosthuizen, explained that the programme would comprise of 10 PhD and 20 Masters Studies.

He stated the fact that the selection of this level of study was in fact motivated by a situational analysis conducted by SRSA in September 2012 to establish the total number of registered Masters and Doctoral candidates currently at universities which offer sport as a learning area in 12 out of 17 universities. The research established that there are just 267 post-graduate students in sports related studies at these 12 universities.

The programme objective is to address the anomaly of skills shortages, inadequately qualified individuals, and unemployed graduate students in the sport and recreation sector. “The post-graduate development programme will assist our sport system to close existing gaps in information and research which can in turn empower our system to address skills development and contribute towards employment creation,” he was quoted saying.

The department is going to inform reputable higher education institutions in South Africa that provide sport, recreation and fitness as a field of study, in order to identify potential students who are eligible for this bursary.

In order to be eligible for this program, both participant and institution of higher learning associated with this programme will need to fulfill specific requirements which are going to be drawn up by a joint steering committee from SRSA and CATHSSETA.

Types of subject areas that might be taken into consideration include things like:

the impact of sport on social cohesion;
the impact of sport on the improvement of the overall academic performance of learners;
the correlation between winning athletes and a sustainable school sport programme;
the position and role of women in sport and recreation.

“This programme will assist SRSA and the government … in confronting the challenges of education, skills shortages, research and development as well as the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” said Oosthuizen.

The sport research programme is made up of three key pillars, namely

1. Applied Research programme (centering on knowledge generation and will be carried out in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology along with its agencies including the National Research Foundation in lieu of long term policy development);
2. Action Research programme (concentrating on researching contemporary matters having an effect on sport in lieu of providing solutions and evaluating the current policies and programmes of sport);
3. Post-Graduate Development Programme (PDP).

The effort to assist post-graduate students in the sport sector is the third pillar of the sports research programme of SRSA and is also in line with the National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) that draws attentions to the significance and value of education and training when it comes to the sports sector. The goal is to enhance the current sector landscape which is characterized by skill shortages, inadequately qualified individuals, and unemployed graduates.

For more information, contact SRSA – Justin de Allende (0826992253) or CATHSSETA Leku Nkabinde (0722171610)

Source:  SAnews.gov.za, srsa.gov.za