Are you a South African university student pursuing studies in the engineering and construction environment fields that are relevant to the Department of Transport and Public Works? Are you in need of financial aid to realise your dreams?
The Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme at the department is offering bursaries to those studying towards a degree or a higher diploma in the following disciplines: architecture, building, construction management, geomatics, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, property studies, quantity surveying, as well as town and regional planning.
During term time, the bursaries cover tuition fees, all prescribed books, materials and accommodation, together with meals (or transport costs). Bursaries are renewed each year for the duration of the degree, subject to academic performance and the fulfilment of the bursary conditions.
The bursaries are offered on a work-back basis. In other words, you will have to work for the public service for every year of the bursary. During your studies you will also need to:
- Attend workshops, learning events and meetings organised by the programme;
- Undertake academic vacation placements at sites determined by the programme; and
- Participate in service learning and/or volunteer programmes organised by the programme.
Jo-Anne Beukes of the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme says the programme is committed to address the skill shortage in the built, transport and engineering disciplines that has been identified as scarce and critical. “The bursaries are aimed at youth empowerment through the provision of opportunities, thereby creating jobs for graduates, which leads to economic growth and infrastructure development.”
Preference will be given to financially disadvantaged female learners from rural areas of South Africa. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2014.
Applications can be delivered to:
Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme
Department of Transport and Public Works
Private Bag X 9185
Bursary application forms are available on www.westerncape.gov.za