Are you looking for government bursaries offered for students? Studying is very expensive in South Africa and a first-year at a tertiary institution could cost you around R40k to R70k. No wonder why bursaries are such a big deal in South Africa. Luckily there are many Government departments in SA offering bursaries for students.
What do Government Bursaries Cover?
A Bursary offered by a local municipality or Province will work in the same way as other bursaries. They will over fees for:
- Living costs
- Books and other materials
However, you will notice that most bursaries are capped by value. This means that they will only pay a certain amount of money for your study and most likely this will not be enough to cover everything. These bursaries are a great help but you will often need to pay a bit out of your own pockets or try to get work beside your study
Work for the Government
Although you don’t have to pay back a bursary, the institution offering the bursary will often ask for payback in the form of service. After you finished your education you will need to pay with service for the number of years you received the bursary. Make sure to read the small letters on the bursary contract.
How to find local Bursary Opportunities?
Finding bursaries offered by local municipalities and Provinces is not always straightforward. They are hard to find online and often the ones you can find online are outdated. Therefore it is always a smart thing to contact your local Municipality or Province to see if there are bursaries available.
Government Bursaries Offered in SA By Province
There are a lot of bursaries offered by local municipalities or provinces. They are often offered to the students living in those areas.
Gauteng Province Bursaries
|City||Bursary||Closing Date||Application Forms|
|Johannesburg||Johannesburg City Bursary||11 October|
|Johannesburg||City Power Johannesburg|
|Department Employment & Labour||Compensation Fund Bursary||31 October||Form|
|Ekurhuleni||Ekurhuleni Community Bursaries||22 November||Form|
|Fasset||Fasset Bursary (Careerwise)||None||Form|
|Gauteng||Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA)||31 March|
|Gauteng||Dep. Agriculture & Rural Dev.||8 Nov||Form|
|Gauteng||Department of Health|
KwaZulu-Natal Province Bursaries
|KZN||Department of Health Bursary||17 January||–|
|KZN||Department of Transport||9 November|
|KZN||Provincial Transveral Bursary||13 December||Form|
Western Cape Province Bursaries
|Bitou||Bitou Mayoral Bursary||10 January||Form|
|Cape Alguhas||Cape Alguhas Municipality Bursary||20 December||–|
|Cape Town||City of Cape Town Bursary||19 September||Form|
|Mossel Bay||Mossel Bay Municipality||8 November||Form|
|Oudtshoorn||Oudtshoorn Local Municipality Bursary||22 November||Form|
|Western Cape||Department of Health||30 September||Form|
|Elsenburg||Elsenburg Agriculture Institute||30 June|
|Western Cape||Treasure Bursary||30 September||–|
|Western Cape||Cape Winelands Bursary||30 November|
|Western Cape||Masakh ‘ISizwe” Bursary||30 September|
|Western Cape||Swartland Municipality Bursary||19 February|
Eastern Cape Province Buraries
|Chris Hani District||Engcobo Local Municipality||2 October|
|Alfred Nzo District||ANDM Bursary||10 January||Form|
|Buffalo City||Buffalo City Municipality Mayoral||31 October|
|Eastern Cape||DEDEA Bursary||–||–|
|Eastern Cape||Department of Rural Development||6 December|
|Eastern Cape||Department of Health||30 November|
|Eastern Cape||Department of Public Works||13 December|
|Eastern Cape||Department of Roads & Transport||6 February|
Limpopo Province Bursaries
|Blouberg||Blouberg Mayor Bursary||19 January||Form|
|Capricorn||Capricorn District Municipality||20 December||–|
|Polokwane||Polokwane Local Municipality Bursary||11 November||–|
|Limpopo||Elias Motsoaledi Bursary||14 January||–|
|Limpopo||Ephraim Mogale Bursary||None||Form|
|Limpopo||Limpopo Provincial Treasury||11 January|
|Limpopo||Department of Public Works||31 October||Form|
|Limpopo||Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality||2 January|
|Limpopo||Mopani District Municipality||28 February||Form|
|Limpopo||Musina Mayoral Bursary||18 December|
|Limpopo||Vhembe Local Municipality||29 December|
Mpumalanga Province Bursaries
North West Province Bursaries
Free State Province Bursaries
|Free State||Free State Online Careers||–||–|
Nothern Cape Province Bursaries
Central Government Bursaries South Africa
|Department of Higher Education|
|Department of Finance|
|Department of Social Development|
|Department of Transport|
|Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fishery|
|Department of Public Works|
|Department of Correctional Services|
Which Study Fields are Covered with these Bursaries?
- Accounting (see all our accounting bursaries)
- Law (see our Law bursaries)
- Nursing Science (See our Nursing bursaries)
- UltraSound Radiography
- Oral Hygiene
- Brick laying
- Social Work
- Food Service Management
- Information & Technology (See our IT bursaries)
- Financial & Management Accounting
- Internal Auditing
- And more
Candidates wanting to follow any of these fields of study will need to have the following to qualify for a bursary. Each government department also has their own additional requirements.
Basic Requirements for Government Bursaries
- Candidates must be a South African citizen with a valid ID Book / ID Card.
- Candidates must be able to prove their need for financial aid.
- Candidates must have outstanding academic records with proof of acceptance at a higher learning institute.
- Candidates must prove that they are from a previously disadvantaged background.
With these fields of study available, the doors to South Africa and the world is open to successful students. There are many local and international companies one could consider when looking at any of the fields accessible although candidates have to confirm ahead of time with the departments if there will be a work-back period.