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Ribane Laka High class of 2019 pose with their matric results.(Sesona Ngqakamba,News24)
  • South Africa's matriculants have finally received their results, and many now look forward to attending a university or institution of higher learning of their choice.
  • While many companies offering funding to the aspiring students have closed applications in 2019, some still have a few bursaries on offer.
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UPDATE: A previous version of this article stated that the Swedish government's bursary was for Bachelor and Master's study. It is, in fact, only available for those pursuing a Master's degree in Sweden and has, therefore been removed from the below list.

With the Independent Examination Board (IEB) and national senior certificate matric results announced recently, successful matriculants across South Africa now look forward to enrolling in the university of choice. With funding towards university a hurdle for many, financial assistance in the form of scholarships and bursaries is crucial.

While applications for these scholarships and bursaries may have closed in 2019 already, some government institutions and companies are still offering an opportunity to apply. But prospective students need to hurry up.

Here are some of the bursaries:


Deloitte's bursary programme is still accepting applications for learners who want to become chartered accountants.

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: Submissions are open all year round.

Funza Lushaka

Gideon Williams, mathematics and maths literacy teacher, works at Templeton High School at Bedford in the Eastern Cape Picture: Supplied

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 in.

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

Closing date: Online applications close on 10 January 2020


Academic programmes sponsored: Students studying or intending to study scarce skills such as pharmacy, chartered accounting, supply chain management and logistics, as well as information technology and retail business management.

What's covered: Up to R70,000. Shoprite’s bursaries are linked to work-back agreements

Closing date: Applications open in February for the  2020 academic year.

Alfred Nzo District Municipality

Academic programmes sponsored: BSc: Community Water Services and Sanitation, BSc Water Resource Management or any other water and sanitation qualification, town and regional planning, Geographic and Information System and maritime studies.

Requirements: Preference will be given to disadvantaged individuals and proof thereof must be provided. Applicants must must live within the municipality's jurisdiction.

Closing date: 10 January 2020.

Saldanha Municipality

Academic programmes sponsored: Finance, accounting, economics, Supply chain management, internal auditing, risk management, surveying, civil and electrical engineering.

Requirements: The bursary is for full-time study and the applicant or their parents/guardian must live in Saldanha.

What is covered: The bursary is for R70,000 per person.

Closing date: 17 January 2020.

The Hungarian government

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The Hungarian government is offering 100 scholarships to South African students looking to study at any participating university in Hungary.

Academic programmes sponsored: Bachelor, Masters, PhD.

Requirements: South Africa citizen in good health, with a strong academic record with 70% minimum average (excluding LO). Must have an interest in studying in Hungary and demonstrate a commitment to South Africa's development.

Closing date: 15 January 2020.

A previous version of this article was written by Timothy Rangongo.

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