How to Apply for the WC Dept of Transport Masakh’iSizwe (MiS) Bursary 2025


Are you passionate about the Transport, Engineering, and Built Environment sectors? The Masakh’iSizwe (MiS) Bursary Programme, established by the Western Cape Government, is inviting students to apply for bursary funding for the 2025 academic year. This programme aims to address skills shortages and empower youth by providing opportunities to obtain tertiary qualifications through full-time studies at Higher Education Institutions in the Western Cape Province.

Application Closing Date: 31 August 2024

About the Bursary Provider – Department of Infrastructure

The Department of Infrastructure includes public works infrastructure, transport infrastructure, human settlements, and community-based programmes, including the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). In partnership with higher education institutions (HEIs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and relevant professional bodies, the Department provides bursary funding to students within the transport, engineering, and built environment sectors, or any other disciplines deemed critical.

About the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme – Fields Covered

The Department of Infrastructure invites students to apply for the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme for the 2025 academic year. Bursaries will be awarded for degree or diploma studies within the Transport, Engineering, and Built Environment sectors, including:

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering (Heavy current)
  • Geomatics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Property Studies
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Town/City and Regional Planning
  • Transport Economics/Studies

Bursaries will also be awarded for disciplines deemed critical by the Department of Infrastructure.

Masakh’iSizwe Bursary – Expenses Covered & Selection

The bursary covers:

  • Tuition fees
  • Prescribed textbooks
  • Prescribed study materials
  • Support programmes
  • Accommodation and meals (or transport costs)

Additional benefits include support services programmes, learning opportunities for interns, and employment opportunities for graduates. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 14 February 2025. If you do not receive feedback by this date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Masakh’iSizwe Bursary – Obligations & Service Contract

During their studies, bursary recipients may be required to:

  • Attend workshops, events, and meetings on certain weekends
  • Participate in academic experiential training
  • Partake in outreach programmes

Upon graduation, bursary recipients employed by the Department of Infrastructure must undergo a Professional Development Training Programme to acquire professional registration.

Eligibility Requirements for the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must be currently in Matric or have completed Matric
  • Must be studying or intend on studying full-time towards a degree or diploma in one of the listed fields in 2025
  • Must be studying or have applied and been accepted to study at the University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Stellenbosch (SU), or Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
  • Preference will be given to financially disadvantaged students, female students, students with disabilities, and students from the Western Cape

How to Apply for the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary

Online application
Step 1: Register an account on the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary System
Step 2: Login to the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary System
Step 3: Complete the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Application
Step 4: Upload your supporting documents listed below

Manual application
Step 1: Download and complete the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Application Form 2025 (.pdf)
Step 2: Collect your supporting documents listed below
Step 3: Submit your completed application form and document via:

  • Email: DoiBursary@westerncape.gov.za (used the reference: BursaryApplication2025)
  • Courier: Masakh’iSizwe Bursary programme, 23rd Floor, The Box, 9 Lower Burg Street, Cape Town, 8000
  • Hand delivery: Masakh’iSizwe Bursary programme, 23rd Floor, The Box, 9 Lower Burg Street, Cape Town, 8000

Supporting Documentation:

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric most recent results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Full academic record, if currently at tertiary level (certified copy)
  • Proof of registration or application at one of the aforementioned tertiary institutions
  • Full course outline for the 2025 academic year
  • Study cost estimate for the 2025 academic year
  • Proof of residential address (recent account or utility bill – not older than 3 months)
  • Parents or guardians ID documents/ death certificates if deceased (certified copies)
  • Parents or guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed, affidavit if unemployed, proof of SASSA grant or pension if applicable)
  • Motivational letter to support your application
  • Proof of any existing debt (if applicable)
  • Proof of any other financial aid received (if applicable)
  • Medical proof of disability (if disabled)
  • Police clearance certificate (if you have a criminal record)

More Information About the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary

Applicants should read the following before applying:

  • Students who have applied to more than one university or more than one discipline must submit a separate application for each.
  • Applicants are encouraged to read the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme Policies and documents before applying.

Closing Date for the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary

31 August 2024

(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)

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