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South African Institutions and Companies offering Bursaries 3

The reality is that there is very little financial aid available from international and local sources for students in South Africa. International scholarships, grants, and loans for local studies is very hard to secure. The great majority of students seeking financial assistance need to search for  financial assistance from local government, or from local businesses, organizations, and foundations. Students should take take note that scholarships or aid from international sources may only be available to graduate students, students from a specific ethnic group, or students who have chosen a specific course of study. Financial aid and scholarships from these organizations are very competitive, so you need to start your search early.

Even though funding for local studies from international sources is difficult, listed below are few organization that do offer financial aid.

Eduloan – http://www.eduloan.co.za/

Oxford University (post graduate) – http://www.ox.ac.uk/feesandfunding/search/

Harvard Graduate School of Education – http://www.gse.harvard.edu/admissions/financial_aid/international/funding.html

HCI Foundation (various) – http://www.hcifoundation.co.za/bursary/

Africa Foundation – http://africafoundation.org/projects/education

CSIR (science) – http://www.csir.co.za/recruitment/csirburse.php

South Africa Geomatics Institute (Geomatics, Surveying, Cartography) – http://www.sagi.co.za/bursaries.php

Medical Research Council of South Africa (medical) – http://www.mrc.ac.za/funding/funding.htm

The Bursary Institute of South Africa – http://www.tbisa.co.za/

SAFCOL and Komatiland Forests (various) – http://www.safcol.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72&Itemid=25

Merseta (engineering) – http://www.mersetabursaries.co.za/

Harmony (mining industry) – http://www.harmony.co.za/job-seekers/bursaries

Monash University (various) – http://www.monash.ac.za/study/scholarships-bursaries/monash-south-africa-bursary.html

AngloAmerican – http://www.angloamerican.com/careers/graduates

National Research Foundation (Bursaries, scholarships and fellowships) – http://www.nrf.ac.za/students.php

Sasol (engineering, science, commerce)- http://www.sasolbursaries.com/sasol_internet/frontend/bursary/bsr_index.jsp

South African Breweries Ltd – http://www.sab.co.za/sablimited/content/en/sab-bursars

Masakhi’ iSizwe Centre of Excellence (Transport, Engineering and the Built Environment) – http://www.westerncape.gov.za/eng/directories/services/27438/141473#whichbursary

Career Wise (various) – http://www.careerwise.co.za

Zawadi Africa Education Fund – http://zawadiafrica.org/wp/

The Funza Lushaka Bursary (teaching) – http://www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za/


NOTE: My Dream Course does not offer any bursaries.  Please direct all inquiries to the individual organization and companies listed above. We encourage you  to follow and adhere to their deadlines for applications.


South African Institutions and Companies offering Bursaries Part 2

Colleges and universities, and many technical schools, have substantial lists of scholarships and bursaries, as do many private sponsors, companies and corporations.

In continuation with our previous article , South African Institutions and Companies offering Bursaries Part 1, we have expanded our list of organisations and companies offering bursaries, grants, financial aid and financial assistance to students and prospective students. Remember to direct all inquiries to the organisation in question. We encourage you  to follow and adhere to their deadlines for applications.


Volkswagen Group South Africa (Engineering) – http://www.vw.co.za/en/volkswagen_groupsouthafrica/careers/volkswagen_traineeprogrammes.html

Royal HaskoningDHV (Engineering) – http://www.rhdhv.co.za/pages/people-prospects/development.php

Altech (Information Technology) – http://www.altechacademy.co.za/bursary-information

Absa (Financial Services) – http://www.absa.co.za/Absacoza/About-Absa/Careers/Bursaries

Investec (Financial Services) – http://www.investec.co.za/about-investec/sustainability/people/people-south-africa/education-as-a-focus-area/tertiary-level/bursary.html

College of Cape Town (various) – http://www.cct.edu.za/content.asp?TopLinkID=12&PageID=21

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (various) – http://www.cput.ac.za/bursaries-and-scholarships

Sasol (Engineering, Science, Commerce) – http://www.sasolbursaries.com/sasol_internet/frontend/bursary/bsr_index.jsp?index=1&articleid=1

Gold Fields Business and Leadership Academy (Mining) – http://www.goldfields.co.za/careers_bursaries.php

Studietrust Bursary Organisation – (various) – http://www.studytrust.org.za/

Exxaro (various) – http://www.exxaro.bursary.drm-za.com/

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Science, Commerce, Information Technology) – http://www.pwc.co.za/en/students/advisory/bursary-programme.jhtml


NOTE: My Dream Course does not offer any bursaries.  Please direct all inquiries to the individual organization and companies listed above. We encourage you  to follow and adhere to their deadlines for applications.



South African Institutions and Companies offering Bursaries Part 1


A bursary is financial aid made available to a student to further their education and training. These are typically granted on academic merit and/or financial need. A considerable number of companies offer bursaries to academically promising students.

Bear in mind that bursaries  can vary significantly in their selection criteria, in addition to what they cover. A number of bursaries are extremely comprehensive and take care of tuition fees, accommodation costs, prescribed books and travel costs, while some may offer a comparatively small financial contribution towards your studies.

With some bursaries you may well be required to work for the company providing you with this opportunity as soon as you complete your studies in an effort to pay back the bursary.

Listed below are institutions and companies offering bursary opportunities which are relevant to your career choice and will also be continuously updated. For anyone who is aware or knows of any bursaries available , please make sure to send us the details so that we can include it in the list.

South African Government

National Student Financial Aid Scheme of South Africa – NSFAS provides a sustainable financial aid system for study loans and bursaries, allowing academically deserving and financially needy students to realise their potential and hopes for the future – http://www.nsfas.org.za/

Institutions and companies

Boston City Campus & Business College (various) –  http://www.boston.co.za/index.php/news/boston-city-campus-and-business-college-bursaries/

Liberty (Actuarial Science) –  http://www.libertyholdings.co.za/careers/young-talent-at-liberty/Pages/actuarial-bursary-programme.aspx

Transnet (Engineering)- http://www.transnet.net/Career/Bursaries.aspx

Vodacom (Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Science,Electrical or Electronic Engineering (LC only), Computer Engineering – http://www.vodacom.co.za/personal/main/careers/bursaries

Old Mutual  (Accounting) – http://www.oldmutual.co.za/about-us/careers-centre/learners-and-school-leavers/accounting-bursaries.aspx

Old Mutual (Actuarial) – http://www.oldmutual.co.za/about-us/careers-centre/learners-and-school-leavers/actuarial-bursaries.aspx

SACTWU (Members and dependents) – www.sactwu.org.za/bursary

Auditor-General of South Africa (Chartered Accountant) – http://www.agsa.co.za/Careers/Bursaries.aspx

MIntek (Human Resources)- http://www.mintek.co.za/category/bursaries/

Metropolitan (Actuarial Science) – http://www.metropolitan.co.za/index.php/metropolitan-holder/careers/careers-and-bursaries.html

WITS Watson Edwards Bursary (Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical) – http://www.eie.wits.ac.za/bursary/watson-edwards-bursary

SAWISE (Chemistry, Physics, Metallurgy or Mechanical Engineering ) – http://web.uct.ac.za/org/sawise/scholarships.htm

Samancor (Metallurgy) – http://www.samancorcr.com/content.asp?subID=18

Clicks Pharmacy (Pharmacy) – http://www.clickspha.co.za/C_Bursaries.asp

Murray & Roberts (Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Building/Construction Management) – http://www.murrob.com/careers_bursaries.asp

Legalwise (Law) – http://www.legalwise.co.za/index.php/investing-in-people/bursary-application-form.html

South African Actuaries Development Programme (Actuarial Science) – http://www.saadp.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=11

BDO South Africa (Accounting) – http://www.bdo.co.za/careers/bursaries.asp

Anglo American Platinum Limited (Platinum and mining industry) – http://www.angloplatinum.com/careers/careers_sub/bursaries.asp

Kumba Iron Ore (Mining) – http://www.kumba.co.za/careers_bursaries.php

South African Weather Service (Weather Observers, Meteorological Studies , Environmental Sciences, Technology Studies) – http://www.weathersa.co.za/web/Content.asp?contentID=197

Coronation Fund Managers (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Investment Management and Statistics) – http://www.coronation.com/doc-1-sc-2-6279/dc-2-7212


NOTE: My Dream Course does not offer any bursaries.  Please direct all inquiries to the individual organization and companies listed above. We encourage you  to follow and adhere to their deadlines for applications.



Guidelines and helpful hints when applying for a bursary


After you complete your high school final examinations with outstanding results and grasp that that you are in need of funds to continue your education, what should you do? This is actually the predicament facing a large number of students after graduating high school with the end result that the majority of the younger generation find themselves sitting at home possibly searching for employment or simply just becoming a burden to their parents . For anyone who is considering making an application for a bursary, be sure you apply prior to the closing date.


Precisely what is a bursary?

A bursary can be described as financial support granted to a student dependent on a mixture of academic achievements and financial requirements to further his/her education with a higher learning institution. The length of a bursary may vary from a year or may very well be given for the whole period of study. Extension of a bursary is dependent upon your academic accomplishment. Various large organisations, companies, governmental and non governmental organisations often fund bursaries for study in a specific field.


Bursary terms and conditions are different

The terms and conditions of bursaries can vary enormously based upon, in the majority of cases, the company/organization providing the bursary. Contract bursaries in most cases demand that you “pay back” the bursary by way of working at the company when you have concluded your studies and frequently they provide a bursary work experience along with a position subsequent to graduation.


Are you Eligible for a Bursary?

In order to be eligible for any kind of bursary you will need to satisfy their selection criteria which usually based on your academic results and apply to all candidates. Virtually all companies will likely not take into consideration anything below 60% on the specific subjects which you will be required to pass while some 50%. It all depends on the company/organization providing the bursary. Although many are able to offer bursaries depending on financial needs they will also take into consideration your academic progress.

Additional important factors which often can be pertinent to bursary candidates are: Your citizenship as well as your acceptance into a suitable study programme at an accredited higher education institution. Candidates also have to fulfill certain admission requirements of the institution and in addition they also have to satisfy the national election criteria for that bursary organization.


What do Bursaries take care of?

A number of bursaries will in some cases take care of just about all the recipients’ vital expenses. Expenses covered include things like tuition, full board and lodging in addition to meals, books and learning materials, along with a small allowance for monthly cost of living. Universities differ regarding their cost structures, consequently the total value of a bursary is different from institution to institution.


Guidelines when submitting an application for a bursary.


  •     Bursary application preparation should commence at school. Give your very best  in grade 11 and 12 to attain the best results  as a result it is possible to fulfill the bursary’s academic requirements.
  •     As the beginning of the year  start collecting information regarding companies and organisation that offer bursaries which deal with your field of study (bursary officer’s contact details, application process, application schedules and bursary criteria). This information and facts are, in most cases, published on the company’s website.
  •     While numerous companies and organisation will in fact advertise online or perhaps in various newspapers the moment their bursary programme is opened, it is advisable to take initiative and determine if there are any bursaries available.
  •     Companies will in most cases make clear the application process either in their advertisements or website. Pay attention to these details as this will enable you to plan the best way forward. In most cases, if the information is not on the company’s website, they will post/email it to you after you’ve applied.
  •     After you’ve collected all the companies’ details and received the appropriate information and facts with regards to the bursary application process look into the selection criteria to make sure you meet the requirements and are eligible for that bursary.
  •     Get a hold of every piece of information they could possibly want: your personal and family information, specifics of your proposed study, parent’s employment details, along with local community participation information, academic records, personal/academic achievements and so on.
  •     Be certain to make available all supporting documentation as requested. Nothing more nothing less. In most cases application forms will give you a space for your motivation, if not, it is advisable to include your own personal motivational letter.
  •     Submit it to the correct address by the due date, in addition make sure you provide your correct contact information as requested.
  •     Keep a copy of your application form given that they could possibly ask you on exactly what you wrote should they call you for an interview.
  •     Be mindful of the fact that  companies receive thousands of bursary applications annually as a result it’s critical not to expect any special treatment. So bare in mind you happen to be one in search of them and certainly not the other way around even if you have excelled in all your subjects.  No one automatically qualifies therefore do your very best to impress them in your application forms.

Efficiency and skills vital for small business growth and development



General performance along with investment in skills development is crucial to making sure the expansion of Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), suggests

Gauteng MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Nkosiphendule Kolisile


At the recent annual International Small Business Congress (ISBC) Kolosile stated that efficiency is paramount to make sure that small businesses are capable of doing well and achieve a competitive edge both nationally and internationally.

For South African SMMEs to succed it is vital that they become more efficient to allow them to effectively play their role in establishing sustainable employment as well as realize inclusive economic growth.

South Africa would need to make investments in skills development in order to enhance and strengthen the capacity of human resources within the SMMEs and cooperatives. We will need to enhance their capabilities and know-how as numerous studies have shown that with the required support, SMMEs could possibly end up being the foundation of employment creation in the country.

To deal with the country’s disturbing 25.4% unemployment rate, all provinces ought take the lead from Gauteng who have implemented steps and procedures to support SMMEs prevail over challenges and barriers by setting up the Gauteng Economic Propeller, amongst other things.

The Propeller has been given the job of furnishing financial together with non-financial support to SMMEs and cooperatives. In addition, it offers the means to access information, which has been recognized as a critical obstacle to SMMEs’ development and growth.

The intention of the conference was to brings together small business policymakers and provide a stage for policymakers to discuss ideas and best practices with regards to improving support to both survivalist micro enterprises as well as nurturing more high-growth firms.

This is the very first time the conference has been held in Africa.

Source: SAnews.gov.za