Monday, 16 April 2018

F’SATI awarded R3.3 million in bursaries

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded R3.3 million in student bursaries to the pioneering French South African Institute of Technology at CPUT.

F’SATI director Prof Robert van Zyl said the institute was grateful for the support from the NRF, which has provided more than R12 million in bursaries to students from the institute since 2009.

“This year’s award is the biggest grant so far,” said Van Zyl.

“Awards like these are crucial for the development of our students at a time when many students and their families are struggling financially. It will help to ensure the sustained growth of the institute, which will support the growth of the space industry in South Africa.”

The award will support six BTech students, 17 new Masters students, 10 continuing Masters students, four new doctoral students, one continuing doctoral student while a grant for staff development was also made.

The award comes as F’SATI prepares for the launch of ZACube-2, the most advanced South African CubeSat to date.

ZACube-2 follows on the success of TshepisoSAT (code named ZACUBE-1), Africa’s first cubesat, which was launched into space in November 2013. 

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

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