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  • While schools face challenges staying open despite the country's rise in coronavirus cases, the country's academic year continues.
  • Matriculants returned to the classroom in June.
  • Business Insider has compiled a list of some of the bursaries that are still on offer.
  • For more stories go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za

The academic year has resumed as South Africa continues to fight rising Covid-19 infections. With over 700 schools across the country impacted by the coronavirus, learning has been affected in some areas. At least 523 learners and 1,169 staff members have tested positive for Covid-19.

According to the education department, some schools were temporarily closed and have since reopened.

Matric students, who returned to school at the beginning of June, are still expected to complete their school careers this year.

Business Insider took a look at the bursaries on offer for university study:  


Mediclinic is offering bursaries for students looking to pursue courses in the medical field.

Academic progammes sponsored: Operating department assistant, enrolled nurse.

Requirements: Applicants must be South African citizens, have a valid Matric certificate or higher and must not currently be registered with the South African Nursing Council. Applicants must also pay a non-refundable registration fee.

Closing date: 31 July 2020


One of South Africa's leading ecommerce retailers is looking for students interested in studying for a degree in the information systems and engineering sectors.

Academic programme sponsored: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering.

Requirements: Must have an average of 65% or higher for the undergraduate degree and/or latest examinations, applicants must be studying at a recognised South African university and must be available to work for Takealot during holidays and upon graduation.

Applications must be done online.

Closing date: 30 September 2020

South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA)

SAPOA provides information resources for its members and governments through the collection and distribution of property data and statistics. They are looking for students looking to pursue property, construction and quantity surveying.

Academic programmes sponsored: BSc Property Studies, BSc Urban and Regional Planning, BSc Construction Studies, BCom Finance with Property Valuation and Management as a major, BSc Quantity Surveying, BCom Property Valuation and Management, BSc Town and Regional Planning, BSc Real Estate, BSc Property Management.

Requirements: Current students or applicants who are registered as students for a property-related qualification at a CHE accredited Institution in South Africa. Post-graduate students/applicants are not eligible except for certain qualifications which will award the applicant registration in the property industry. Academic excellence and proven financial need.

Closing date: 31 August annually

The Hexagon Trust Bursary:

The Hexagon Trust is an NGO that provides economically disadvantaged students with the financial assistance they need.

Academic programmes sponsored: Any degree in the engineering, commerce and sciences fields.

What is covered: The bursary covers tuition fees, registration fees and textbook allowance.

Requirements: Applicants must have the intention to study towards any degree and must show financial need.

Closing date: 31 December 2020


The paper company has some engineering bursaries available

Acadamic programmes sponsored: Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechatronics, Forestry and Wood Sciences, National Diploma – Pulp and Paper, National Diploma in Forestry.

Requirements: Average of 70-80% in Mathematics, 70-80% in Physical Science and 65% in English.

Closing date: Sappi bursaries are open from 1 June to 30 September every year

South African Reserve Bank

The South African Reserve Bank open. The bank is looking for students who intend to study towards degrees that are applicable to its functions. The bursary will be granted for the first academic year and reviewed annually. Those already on it need not apply. Vacation work opportunities are are available to successful candidates.

Academic programmes sponsored: Economics, Actuarial Sciences, Mathematical Statistics, Information Technology, Finance, Law and Accounting.

Requirements: Applicants must have a 70% average pass mark. Students's financial circumstances will be taken into consideration.

Closing date: 31 October 2020


The supermarket giant has a series of bursaries available for learners looking to start (and complete) their studies next year. They have made available a second batch of bursaries for studies in data science, data engineering, IT, accounting, pharmacy and retail business management.

For more information, Shoprite will be hosting their very first virtual graduate expo on 21 and 29 July and 13 August.

Academic programmes sponsored: Data science (third and fourth year), IT (ND: IT, BSc or BCom: Information systems - all years), Accounting (first and second year), Data Engineering (first year), Pharmacy (first year), Retail Business Management (all years).

Closing date: 30 September 2020


Deloitte offers bursaries for prospective 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. The students must be studying towards or intend on studying towards a chartered accountancy stream degree such as 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.

Sasol Foundation Bursary

Academic programmes sponsored: A full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree or diploma to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Students wishing to study towards health and social sciences professions can also apply.

A limited number of non-STEM bursaries are reserved only for qualifying children of Sasol employees, Khanyisa/Inzalo shareholders or candidates from Sasol communities.

What's covered: Tuition fees, accommodation, meals, books, allowances (laptop, calculator and monthly allowance), travel to university and home (twice a year) and other compulsory study related costs e.g. compulsory field trips, examination fees etc.

Applications open 1 August 2020.

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (Fellowship programme)

Applicants must be in Grade 12 or first year university and have a 70% overall academic average. 

Academic programmes sponsored: Applicants must be studying towards a Commerce, Science, Engineering, Law, Humanities, Arts & Health Science (excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry) degree.

Requirements: Due to Covid-19, academic results will be considered at a later stage in the selection process. Some candidates will be invited to a selection camp in December 2020

Applications close on 30 October 2020.

Transnet Bursary Scheme

The scheme, opened to grade 12 learners, covers a variety of academic disciplines.

Academic programmes sponsored: Information technology, computer science, information software, computer and mathematical science.

What is covered: Tuition fees, accommodation and meals, book allowance and experiential training. Students are allowed to study at a South African university of their own choice who offers the relevant fields of study.

Applications opened in May and will close in July 2020.

Funza Lushaka

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 a period that is equal to the years they studied. 

Academic programmes sponsored: Bachelor of Education.

Requirements: Applicants must be an SA citizen who passed matric with admission to a bachelor's degree and demonstrate good academic ability. 

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

Online applications close 11 January 2021.

FNB Fund Bursary

This is a partial bursary which will cover around 50% of the total study fees per annum.

Academic programmes sponsored: Subjects in the commerce, engineering and sciences field as well as law

Requirements: Must have a strong academic background.

Closing date: 30 September 2020

Investec Bank CSI Bursary

The bank is awarding partial bursaries to students looking to study for a degree within the financial services sector or related key industries.

Academic programme sponsored: Commerce or industries related to finance including commercial law and information science, among others.

What is covered: Tuition, prescribed textbooks and accommodation.

Requirements: Strong academic record

Closing date: 30 September 2020

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