The Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme is a collaboration between the Western Cape Government Department of Transport and Public Works, tertiary study institutions, relevant professional structures, and several non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The bursaries are applicable to students wishing to study in the fields of engineering and building science.
Masakh’iSizwe translates into “Let’s Build the Nation” and the programme aims to produce graduates with degrees or higher diplomas who will work on the province’s infrastructure needs as its economy grows and the demand for better transport routes and settlement opportunities rises. Bursary holders have enhanced opportunities for internships during their studies and long-term employment after graduating.
Masakh’iSizwe Bursary 2024
For the 2024 academic year, students are invited to apply for the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme.
The Western Cape will award bursaries to study at higher education institutions within the Transport, Engineering, and Built Environment industries, specifically in the following fields:
- Property Studies
- Transport Economics/Studies
- Town/City and Regional Planning
- Quantity Surveying
- Construction Management
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
As part of the bursary, students will receive prescribed study materials, textbooks, tuition fees, food, lodging and transportation. In addition, the bursary offers students the following benefits: programs to support students, learning opportunities (internships) and employment opportunities after graduation.
It is possible for bursary recipients to be required to attend the following activities during the course of their studies: events and meetings, attend workshops, engage in academic experiential learning, and participate in outreach programs.
Students need to ‘work back’ the bursary upon graduation. One year of working in the public sector is required for each year of receiving a bursary.
Bursary recipients who work for the Department of Transportation and Public Works are required to complete a Professional Development Training Programme to become professionally registered.
Candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. Your application will be considered unsuccessful if you do not hear back by the end of February 2024.
Eligibility Criteria For The Bursary
Prior to applying, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements. You will not be considered for admission if you fail to meet all the requirements:
- Matriculation or completion of Matriculation are required
- Citizenship of South Africa is required
- In 2024, you must be enrolled full-time in one of the fields listed above, or intend to enroll full-time.
- The University of Cape Town, the University of Stellenbosch or the Cape Peninsula University of Technology are all acceptable universities to study at or apply to.
- Students from rural communities, financially disadvantaged students, female students, and students with disabilities will receive preference.
How to Apply For The Bursary?
Applications must need to be submitted in either of the following ways:
1st – Online Application
Complete the online application process by visiting at Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Application
2nd – MenualOnline Application
You can download and complete the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Application Form 2023
You must submit your application in one of the following ways:
– Postal Address:
Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme
Private Bag X9185
– Address for Hand delivery:
Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme
23rd Floor, The Box
9 Lower Burg Street
Before applying, applicants should read the following:
- In-service training
- Student support programmes
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Policy on the appointment of graduates
- Placement policy
- Professional development programme
- Vision and objectives
Along with your completed application form, please submit the following supporting documentation (failure to submit any of these documents will result in your application being dismissed):
- Document of identification (certified copy)
- Results of Matric, if you are currently enrolled in Matric (certified copy)
- If completed, a Matric certificate (certified copy)
- If you are currently in tertiary school, send a copy of your most recent academic results
- Documentation of full academic standing (certified copy)
- An application or proof of enrollment at one of the above-mentioned tertiary institutions
- Overview of the academic year 2024
- An estimate of the cost of studying in 2024
- Providing proof of residential address (recent account statement or utility bill – no older than three months)
- Document proving parentage, guardianship or marriage (certified copy)
- Verification of parental income (latest payslips for employees, affidavit for unemployed, death certificate for deceased)
- If there is an existing debt, please provide proof of it.
- Please provide proof of any other financial aid you have received (if applicable)
- Disability documentation (if disabled)
- Support your application with a motivational letter. (Note: If you’re not sure how to write an effective motivation letter for a bursary, check out this article for motivational letter writing guidance)
- (If you have a criminal record) Police clearance certificate
Closing Date Of The Bursary
The last date of application is 31 August 2023.
Applications received after this date will not be considered. Please submit your application before this date to ensure consideration.
Contact Details Of The Bursar
Should you have any questions about this bursary programme, please contact the Masakh’iSizwe Office of the Department of Transport and Public Works:
Contact Person 1: Lazola Mtongana
Email ID: Lazola.Mtongana@westerncape.gov.za
Tel: 021 483 0964
Contact Person 2: Natasha Jood
Email ID: Natasha.Jood@westerncape.gov.za
Tel no: 021 483 9545
(Dial ext. 9545 / 0964 / 6553)
Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here: https://allbursaries.co.za/notice/