Empowering Youth Through Water and Sanitation Bursaries

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The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has introduced an opportunity for South African grade 12 learners to apply for comprehensive bursaries for the 2024 academic year. These bursaries are specifically designed for students who wish to pursue higher education in the water and sanitation sector, catering to their educational and financial needs. The initiative aims to uplift the lives of young minds from impoverished and rural communities by providing them with support.

Eligibility for the Bursaries

From 01 July to 30 November 2023, grade 12 learners who have remarkable academic achievements and a passion for the water and sanitation sector can apply for these bursaries. According to DWS spokesperson Wisane Mavasa, the bursaries are comprehensive and cover full tuition fees, accommodation, food, books, stationery allowance, and a monthly stipend as per university guidance.

Benefits of the Bursary Program

The bursary program not only provides students with financial aid during their education but also creates a pathway into employment with the department. After completing their studies, the bursars will receive employment contracts, workplace exposure, and additional training until they are ready to register as professionals with their respective professional bodies.

Qualifications for the Bursary Program

The department has outlined several qualifications for which they will accept applications from first-year students for the 2024 academic year. These qualifications include:

  • 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, Environmental and Water Sciences
  • National Diploma/BEng Tech in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current), Water Care, and Environmental Management.

Application Process

Students interested in applying for these bursaries can send their completed application forms to bursaries@dws.gov.za. The department encourages students to visit their website and official social media pages for more information. The bursary program aims to benefit previously disadvantaged individuals from poverty-stricken and rural communities, including students with disabilities, promoting inclusivity and equal opportunities for all aspiring professionals in the water and sanitation sector.

Contact Information

To learn more about the Department of Water and Sanitation’s bursary program, students can contact Wisane Mavasa, spokesperson for the department, at 060 561 8935.

In conclusion, the DWS’s comprehensive bursary program, with its financial assistance and employment opportunities, makes a significant investment in the future of the water and sanitation sector and the prosperity of South Africa. The initiative benefits qualified and deserving students, promotes inclusivity, and provides a valuable experience in their chosen field.

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