Western Cape Dept of Public Works: Masakh’iSizwe Bursary 2022 – 2023

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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 2022 – 2023

For the 2023 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:

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geomatics
  • Mechatronics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Property Studies
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Town/ City and Regional Planning
  • Transport Economics
  • Transportation Engineering

Bursary Coverage

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 2023.

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 2023, 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?

You can download and complete the

You must submit your application in one of the following ways:

– Postal Address:

Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme
Private Bag X9185
Cape Town

– Address for Hand delivery:

Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme
23rd Floor, The Box
9 Lower Burg Street
Cape Town

Before applying, applicants should read the following:

Documents Required

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 2023
  • An estimate of the cost of studying in 2023
  • 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, )
  • (If you have a criminal record) Police clearance certificate

Closing Date Of The Bursary

The last date of application is 31 August 2022.

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:

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