All of these bursary funds were initially started to assist candidates from financially restrain families to complete their tertiary education. They are intended to aid candidates with exceptional grades who shows great potential.
There are however, only a limited number of available Mayoral bursaries per Province. The amount of applications received yearly is in greater numbers than available funding. Candidates are therefore urged to also apply for other bursaries. Those candidates who do apply for other bursaries and receives one must please let their local Municipality know.
The bursaries usually are for a set amount which covers tuition, study material / books and accommodation.
Mayoral Bursaries Available
Individuals wishing to apply for a Mayoral bursary within their Province must ensure they find out about the available fields, closing date, and requirements pertaining to their specific Province as these may differ.
The most common fields made available are:
- Health Care
- Town Planning
- Regional Planning
- Electrical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Motor Mechanical Studies
- Electrical Motor Studies
- Adult Education Training
- Human Resources
Mayoral Bursary Requirements
Each Mayoral bursary requirements, offerings, and fields will depend on the Municipal area where candidates apply. There are a couple of standard stipulations that all of these bursaries have in common. Most of these bursaries will only accept candidates who are between 18 and 22, yet, some do consider candidates up to the age of 30.
Standard Requirements are as follow:
- Applicants must be South African citizens
- Applicants must apply within their Province
- Applicants must be a resident within their Province of application
- Applicants must hold a valid ID document
- Applicants must provide proof of household income
- Applicants must hold a valid Grade 12 Certificate
- Applicants must show their potential by having passed their Grade 12 with exceptional percentages
- Applicants must have an acceptance letter from a University or Institute of Higher Learning
In some cases candidates with high marks for Mathematics, Commerce, Technology and Science is preferred. Special notice will be given to candidates with a disability, as well as candidates from a previously disadvantaged background, especially women.
Candidates must ensure the following documents are submitted together with their application:
- Completed application
- Candidates ID document
- All academic records
- Grade 12 Certificate
- Parents ID documents
- Parents proof of income / pension / affidavit if unemployed
- Proof of residence
- Letter of admission to an Institute of Higher Learning
Each bursary applicant will have to provide a motivational letter as to why they feel they deserve such an opportunity. Candidates must also include any and all extra-curricular activities. Where possible candidates can also include recommendation letters.
Mayoral Bursary Application
Mayoral bursaries application online is made available within some of the provinces, however, not all of them provide the applications online. Interested candidates may collect an application form from their local Municipality Offices.
Completed applications along with all required documentation must then be delivered back to the local Municipality Office where candidates collected them. These applications must be placed in an A4 envelope and addressed to The Office of the Executive Mayor.
Here are some of the Mayoral bursaries applications that can be found online:
Drakenstein Western Cape District Applications and Information
Newcastle KwaZulu-Natal District Applications and Information
Randfontein Local Municipality Applications and Information
Breede Valley District Municipality Applications
Local Municipality of Musina Applications
Mogale City Local Municipality Applications
Bojanala Platinum District Municipality Applications
Successful applicants who make it to the shortlist will be contacted. Please make sure that all documentation is certified copies, do not attach your originals as these will not be returned. Be sure to complete the application in full and sign the form before submitting it.
Mayoral Bursaries: Closing Date
These bursaries have different closing dates and will depend on the province that candidates are applying in. Some close as early as the middle of January and others as late in the years as December.
Individuals applying are reminded that applications may not be faxed or e-mailed, applications that are will not be considered. If applications submitted are late, missing documentation or incomplete, they will be disqualified. Please do not contact the department, if you have not heard anything within a month from the closing date, please accept your submission as being non-successful.