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  • Passing matric with above-average marks can open doors to private bursaries from companies and organisations – some of which guarantee employment after graduation.
  • Shoprite, Sasol, and Nanoteq are among bursary providers that are still taking applications.

Prospective 2019 university students have only a few weeks left to figure out how they will be financing their studies – but there is hope for top matric performers.

Some organisations that fund first-year studies have closing dates after the release of matric results, to ensure they get the cream of the academic crop.

That can mean a tight race for deadlines to make initial payments – but on the plus side, some of these opportunities come with pocket money.

These 8 companies and organisations are still offering bursaries right now. 


Energy and chemical company Sasol is still offering bursaries to "talented" individuals – which pretty much means one must be sitting on a glowing statement of final grade 12 results to qualify. The bursaries are for full-time studies towards undergraduate degrees or diplomas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Academic programmes sponsored: STEM

Requirements: Must be an SA citizen and already accepted to study at a local public university, university of technology, or technical vocational education and training (TVET) college.

What's covered: 100% cover for registration, tuition, exam and residence fees; meals; books – and even pocket money.

Closing date: 13 January 2019.


Giant retailer Shoprite boasts about providing 191 students with bursaries to study in 2017 and says it's still committed to developing skills, and to driving its own business and the economy at large. 

Academic programmes sponsored: Studies in accounting, logistics, information technology, and retail business management.

Requirements: Apart from being "young, ambitious and serious about your future," the company lists an overall average of at least 70% for final grade 12 results for all bursaries. Requirements differ for each academic area.

What's covered: Up to R70,000 per year.

Closing date: 31 January 2019.

Management college of Southern Africa (Mancosa)

One of SA's private business schools, Mancosa, offers bursaries for over 30 academic programmes available for study via distance learning.

Academic programmes sponsored: 

A list of academic programmes that could be studied with a bursary. (MANCOSA)

Requirements: Must be accepted and registered to study at Mancosa, plus a level 4 (50% to 59%) and above pass in maths and English. Requirements vary according to study programmes.

What's covered: 100% of student fees (excluding registration fee and textbook costs).

Closing date: 18 January 2019.


Local cryptography company Nanoteq is offering top-achieving new undergraduates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds bursaries in the information technology field.

Academic programmes sponsored: Studies in computer or electronic engineering.

Requirements: Must be an SA citizen, done with matric and intent on studying towards a full-time qualification in computer or electronic engineering. The company also says applicants should have keen interest in research and development.

What's covered: Up to R80,000 per year.

Closing date: 22 January 2019.

The company tells Business Insider applications must be submitted via email to:



If you're dead certain about becoming a chartered accountant, then Deloitte's bursary programme is still taking in applications for learners studying towards a South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) accredited chartered accountancy stream degree.

Academic programmes sponsored: Saica-accredited chartered accountancy stream degree.

Requirements: Must be an SA or Namibian citizen, currently in or done with matric. Must be studying towards or intend on studying towards a Saica-accredited chartered accountancy stream degree such as Bachelor of Accounting Sciences, BCom (Accounting). Deloitte emphasises mathematics for matrics and the wish to pursue a career in the CA profession.

What's covered: Up to R80,000 per year.

Closing date: Deloitte tells Business Insider SA, they don't have a cut off date – submissions are open all year round.

Voice of the Cape

SA's first Muslim radio station, Voice of the Cape (VOC) is in its 13th year of awarding bursaries to media and Islam-studies students.

Academic programmes sponsored: All academic fields are considered, but preference is given to journalism, media, and Islamic studies.

Requirements: Must be an exceptionally well performing candidate from a disadvantaged community with matric. 

What's covered: Full tuition (for which the candidate will have to work for VOC for a negotiated period) or partial (candidate may be released to work elsewhere should there be no need for their services).

Closing date: 11 January 2019.

Funza Lushaka

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Aimed at promoting the teaching profession, the Funza Lushaka bursary scheme funds education studies in areas of national priority. Upon completion of studies, recipients of Funza Lushaka bursaries are required to teach at a public school in SA for the same number of years they received the bursary for.

Academic programmes sponsored: Bachelor of Education.

Requirements: Must be an SA citizen who passed matric with admission to a bachelor's degree and demonstrate good academic ability, and at least a level 4 pass at matric level in the subject which the applicant will specialise to teach.

What's covered: Tuition, accommodation, meals, books and "if possible", a small allowance for living expenses. 

Closing date: 11 January 2019.


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Mining company Sibanye-Stillwater has a funding programme where it also pays you to work for it while studying, so getting practical exposure to operations. Beneficiaries receive a bursary and learnership "on a full employment package with company benefits."

Academic programmes sponsored: Mining engineering.

Requirements: Must have passed grade 12 with 60% and above in English, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Be in possession of university acceptance with an application point score (APS) of 23 and above. The learnership opportunity is however, only open to medically-fit residents in the Kloof operations area (between 60 and 70 kilometres west of Johannesburg near the town of Westonaria).

What's covered: Full tuition and books.

Closing date: 25 January 2019.

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