Gov department launches engineering bursaries for 2024

  • The Department of Water and Sanitation has launched new bursaries for those interested in engineering, water sciences, hydrogeology and environmental management fields.
  • These bursaries cover all tertiary tuition costs and will include real-world work experience.
  • Those interested have until 30th November to apply.

On Monday, South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) launched a host of new comprehensive bursaries for the 2024 academic year for those interested in the field of engineering.

The department is now inviting grade 12 learners across the country to apply, especially if they’re looking to get into the water and sanitation field.

“Our bursaries are comprehensive. They cover full tuition fees, accommodation and food as per university guidance, books and stationery allowance and a monthly stipend,” explained the department’s spokesperson, Wisane Mavasa, in a press release.

For the 2024 academic year, the department is now offering bursaries for students looking to enter the following fields:

  • “BSc/BEng in Civil; Mechanical and Electrical,
  • BSc in Hydrology; Geohydrology; Environmental Management; Project Management, Environmental Sciences,
  • Environmental and Water Sciences,
  • BSc (Hons) in Hydrology; Geohydrology; Environmental Management; Project Management, Environmental Sciences,
  • National Diploma/BEng Tech in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current) and,
  • Water Care, and Environmental Management.”

The department says that, through the bursaries, it will provide employment contracts to the bursars, where they will get “relevant workplace exposure and additional training until they are ready to register as professionals with their relevant professional bodies.”

In May, DWS responded to the ongoing cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal, Pretoria and said they would rebuild water treatment facilities in the area to the tune of R6 billion over the next four years.

No doubt, they will require fresh recruits for this massive task.

Matrics can now apply for the bursaries, with the application period open for the next five months, from 1st July to 30th November 2023.

Applicants from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and persons from poverty-stricken, rural communities, and students with disabilities, will receive an advantage.

The application forms can be sent by email to Applicants are urged to visit the department’s official website for more information.

Alternatively, they can look for more open bursaries here. Usually, there are hundreds of open bursaries and scholarship opportunities across South Africa, and they only increase near the end of the year as matrics prepare to complete their final exams.

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