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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
- Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Do not let lack of Financing stop you from receiving Education. There are various ways you can get financial support to further your studies.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is the government  student bursary and loan scheme that receives its funding budget from, and reports to the Department of Higher Education and Training.

STUDENT LOAN?

  • It’s money that you borrow to cover your tertiary education. You MUST pay the money back!

BURSARY?

  • Some bursaries will pay your studies in full (studies, accommodation & books) and some bursaries only pay a percentage of the total.
  • It depends on the bursary – some you need to pay the full amount back after you have qualified and others you don’t have to pay a cent.

SCHOLARSHIP?

  • Students don’t usually apply for scholarships. Scholarships are usually awarded to students with outstanding academic achievements! Their hard work has been recognised and rewarded!

What are MY responsibilities regarding a Student Loan?

  • Usually, if you borrow money - you will have to pay it back. Make sure you understand the interest rate and how much the end amount will be.
  • For example: If you borrowed R40 000 + interest, you might, depending on the % of interest, have to pay back R70 000!!!
  • So shop around for the best interest rates. You don’t want to pay more than you have to.
BELOW IS A LIST OF ALL AVAILABLE BURSARIES  

Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine Bursaries for 2021 Academic Year


Closing Date 06 November 2020


Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine (Pty) Ltd (SBPM) seeks to award bursaries to full-time high performing and financially needy students who are accepted or registered at accredited universities and other tertiary institutions in selected disciplines as pre-determined by the company.


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SAAFoST Undergraduate Bursary 2021


Closing Date 15 January 2021


The South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) Foundation is inviting interested students to apply for full-term bursaries in the field of Food Science and Technology. SAAFoST Foundation is offering bursaries for full-time undergraduate food science and technology students, awarded based on academic merit, employment equity, and demonstrated potential.


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Knysna Municipal Area Bursary Opportunity


Closing Date 04 December 2020


Applications are invited from students who are currently studying at tertiary or TVET institutions, as well as Grade 12 learners, for financial assistance towards further studies for the 2021 academic year. The award is restricted to full-time study and attendance at SAQA accredited tertiary or TVET institutions and is eligible to South African citizens who are residents of the Greater Knysna Municipal Area


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SAMAC NPC Bursary Opportunity 


Closing Date 15 December 2020


Macadamias South Africa NPC (better known as SAMAC) hereby invites students who are intending to pursue or are pursuing their studies in the field of Agriculture for the 2020 academic year, to apply for a bursary. Applicants who are not contacted by 31 March 2021 must regard their application as being unsuccessful SAMAC’s bursary scheme aims to assist previously disadvantaged, impoverished persons who are academically deserving. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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Department of Tourism 2021 Bursary Opportunity


Closing Date 06 November 2020


The Department of Tourism offers Bursary opportunities to South African graduates who wish to apply in  various fields of study


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Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Full-Time Bursary 2021


Closing Date 20 November 2020 


THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES IS INVITING FULL-TIME STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR BURSARIES, TO BE AWARDED IN THE 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR


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Oudtshoorn Municipality 2021 Bursary Programme


Closing Date 05 November 2020


Applications are hereby invited from students who are currently in Grade 12 and learners who already have passed grade 12, for financial support for further studies in the 2021 academic year. The award is limited to full-time studies at an accredited tertiary institution. Students must reside within the Greater Oudtshoorn Municipality including the rural areas. 


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City of Johannesburg Bursary Opportunities


Closing Date 02 November 2020


The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is committed to fulfil its socio-economic mandate by providing training opportunities in the form of Financial Assistance to community recipients, within the Johannesburg metropolitan area who intend pursuing academic studies at a recognised tertiary institution in South Africa and who adhere to the prescribed criteria in order for them to acquire their qualification at a recognised FET and / or HET. This opportunity is open to YOUTH in the Johannesburg community 


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Bergrivier Municipality Student Bursary Opportunity


Closing Date 13 November 2020


Bergrivier Municipality is committed to skills development opportunities for the broader community of the Bergrivier municipal area. The municipality offers South African citizens, who permanently resides in the Bergrivier municipal area, the opportunity to obtain qualifications at tertiary institutions and the Council provided for funds in the 2020/21 Budget for making bursaries available. Residents from Bergrivier Municipality who comply with the requirements are hereby invited to apply for a study bursary. 


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Sibanye-Stillwater Bursary Opportunity


Closing Date: 30 November 2020


Sibanye-Stillwater offers a limited number of bursaries to local community and labour sending areas for a full- time study opportunity at Universities


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Chef Talent Scout Competition Bursary Opportunity at Capsicum


Competition closes: 30 November 2020 


Are you the next Chef? Enter Below! SA’s biggest culinary school competition is back! Are you 17 years and older with a passion for cooking? Enter our Chef Talent Scout Competition and stand the chance to win your share of bursaries to the value of R740 000 towards studying one of our internationally-recognised courses in 2021!


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Humalin Bursary Opportunity


Hulamin is a leading aluminium semi-fabricator and fabricator of aluminium products. To achieve our goal of competing as equals with the best in the world,  we offer bursaries on an annual basis in a number of disciplines that are key to our performance and long term sustainability as a business.


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Webber Wentzel  Scholarship Opportunity


Closing Date 31 December 2020


We offer partial scholarships to dedicated law students in need of financial assistance. Scholarships are awarded to people who resonate with our values and who we believe have the potential to become successful lawyers with us in the future. We will consider scholarship recipients for the Candidate Attorney Programme depending on their academic achievements, the existence of suitable vacancies and their performance in the recruitment process.


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HCI Foundation Bursary Opportunity 2020 – 2021


Closing Date 30 November 2020


HCI Foundation provides a partial bursary to qualified students who are studying at public institutions in South Africa. Out of 8000 annual applications received, only 1000 will be awarded. The bursary will cover up to 75% of the student’s tuition fees to a maximum of R 28000.


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Information Technology Bursary Programme 2021 Opportunity at BBD 


Closing Date 30 November 2020


Calling all talented students who are currently studying within the Information Technology (IT) field. BBD’s Bursary Programme is designed to reward you the jump-start you deserve, in order to excel in your studies and, one day, your career! It’s time to level up with BBD. You deserve it.


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Environmental Sciences Bursary Opportunity at WSP Group Africa


Closing Date 23 October 2020


WSP in Africa offers bursaries for engineering and environmental students at recognised universities in South Africa. We support our bursary candidates through vacation work and employment opportunities after studies where possible, giving them the opportunity to not only make their mark on the world but to build a legacy. *Please note this is a bursary opportunity and not a job vacancy .*


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Civil Engineering Bursary Opportunity at WSP Group Africa


Closing Date 23 October 2020


WSP in Africa offers bursaries for engineering and environmental students at recognised universities in South Africa. We support our bursary candidates through vacation work and employment opportunities after studies where possible, giving them the opportunity to not only make their mark on the world but to build a legacy. *Please note this is a bursary opportunity and not a job vacancy .*


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Mechanical Engineering Bursary Opportunity at WSP Group Africa


Closing Date 23 October 2020


WSP in Africa offers bursaries for engineering and environmental students at recognised universities in South Africa. We support our bursary candidates through vacation work and employment opportunities after studies where possible, giving them the opportunity to not only make their mark on the world but to build a legacy. *Please note this is a bursary opportunity and not a job vacancy .*


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Electrical Engineering Bursary Opportunity at WSP Group Africa


Closing Date 23 October 2020


WSP in Africa offers bursaries for engineering and environmental students at recognised universities in South Africa. We support our bursary candidates through vacation work and employment opportunities after studies where possible, giving them the opportunity to not only make their mark on the world but to build a legacy. *Please note this is a bursary opportunity and not a job vacancy .*


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The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) Bursary Scheme Opportunity


Closing Date 18 October 2020


The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) for the Mining and Minerals Sector in terms of the Skills Development Act No. 97 of 1998. The MQA would like to invite learners who intend on studying towards a career within the Mining and Minerals Sector, to apply for an MQA bursary.The MQA Bursary Scheme is open to qualifying learners who are currently in Grade 12 and who intend to study during 2021 or current students who are already studying towards a certificate, diploma, degree at a public university, university of technology or a TVET College.


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DSI - CSIR Inter-Bursary Support Programme (IBS) 


Closing Date 23 October 2020.


The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) established the inter-bursary support programme for postgraduate studies to support capacity development in key strategic and priority areas identified in key departmental strategies. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is supporting the DSI in the development of skills in these areas. 


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The Epilepsy South Africa Educational Trust Bursary Opportunity


Closing Date 31 October 2020


The Epilepsy South Africa Educational Trust exclusively awards bursaries to persons with epilepsy. The Trust will only fund tuition costs and not residential and other costs. Trust bursaries are part-bursaries.  As such, the Trust does not fund the full cost for any one student.


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Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme 


The funding provided by ISFAP is made available through the contributions of various donors in the public and private sector. ISFAP will provide funding opportunities to first year undergraduate students in 2021, but does not guarantee funding for all applicants


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Public Servants Association of South Africa Stiglingh Memorial Bursary Opportunity


The PSA (Public Servants Association of South Africa) is a registered trade union at the forefront of labour developments. The PSA annually awards study bursaries (minimum of R3 000 each to a maximum of R10 000 depending on availability of funds) to public servants and/or PSA members and their dependant children, who have been employed in the Public Service or have been a PSA member for at least twelve months on the closing date of the year in which a bursary is applied for.


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2021 Rio Tinto Bursary Opportunities – Richards Bay Minerals


Rio Tinto is a mining and metals company operating in 36 countries around the world. As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress. Richards Bay Minerals is committed to supporting the development of South Africa’s skills base. We provide bursary opportunities to help people gain qualifications and skills to develop a career in mining or other disciplines. If you are a successful Matric Year 1 scholar/student looking for a bursary opportunity, we offer one of the widest and most exciting range of opportunities available. So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to join a global leader in the mining and metals sector, apply today for an exciting tomorrow.


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2021 CA(SA) Audit Bursary Opportunity at Mazars


Closing Date 31 October 2020


Mazars offers bursaries to deserving students who show commitment to their studies and a career with Mazars. All applications will be considered in line with our transformation policy - preference will be given to EE candidates. Please note that these bursaries are for the 2021 academic year.


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Limpopo Province Department of Public Works Bursary Opportunity


Closing Date 31 October


Limpopo Province experiences a shortage of qualified Engineers, Technicians and other needed scarce skills to establish, maintain and manage Government office buildings, efficiently.


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Sanlam Group Actuarial Bursary Opportunity


Closing Date: 31 October 2020


The Sanlam Personal Finance (SPF) cluster is responsible for Sanlam’s retail business in South Africa. Part of our commitment to our trade is recognising that for one to be a master in their trade, support is a key ingredient. That is why we offer bursaries to scholars who have enrolled to study Actuarial Science in 2021. If you are a South African citizen, whiz at maths, enjoy a good challenge by solving difficult problems and are willing to remain focused and disciplined through years of studying and training, then you are just who we’re looking for.


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PSG Management Services Bursary Opportunity


Closing Date: 31 December 2021


PSG is a leading financial services provider in South Africa and is committed to contribute towards the growth, development and empowerment of youth in the country. We believe that in addition to hiring the best talent, a diversity of perspectives, ideas and cultures leads to the creation of better financial products and services. The PSG Bursary programme aims to create a pipeline of young talent within the financial services industry.


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