Thursday, 12 July 2018

Republished: Constructing the nation one student at a time Featured

UPSKILLING: Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant (in scarlet tie), congratulates the students who were awarded bursaries by the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme. UPSKILLING: Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant (in scarlet tie), congratulates the students who were awarded bursaries by the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme.

CPUT students continue to benefit from the provincial government’s Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme which aims to address the skills shortage in the fields of transport, engineering and the built environment. 

Last year the programme paid for tuition fees and accommodation expenses as well as meals, travelling costs, books and stationery allowances on behalf of 101 CPUT students. This year 21 new bursaries have been added to the programme.

The bursary recipients also get an opportunity to work for the Department of Transport and Public Works or its collaborative partners in industry as part of their Work-Integrated Learning placements.

The bursaries are offered on a work-back basis meaning the beneficiaries will have to work for the public service for every year they received the bursary.

Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, told the audience during the recent bursary award ceremony that the flagship programme focuses on facilitating the development and availability of skills identified nationally as scarce and critical, in order to meet the operational needs of his department and the country.

“The underpinning concept of the bursary programme is to empower financially disadvantaged youth through access to tertiary education. The programme also boasts support services, tutoring, employment placement and partnerships with the private sector. These features serve to distinguish the programme from many other similar programmes and opportunities for young people.”

Financial Aid Office’s Curtis Pietersen said CPUT is grateful for the financial allocations made by the department since the programme started in 2006: “We are thankful to the Department of Public Works Western Cape for this support and we look forward to our continued partnership well into the future.”

Only South African students who are enrolled or would be studying at Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town and CPUT in the fields of transport, engineering and the built environment are eligible to apply.

For more information regarding which diplomas and degrees are funded by the programme contact Lee Maggott on Lee.maggott@westerncape.gov.za or 021 483 9545.

 The closing date for 2019 applications is 30 September 2018 and forms can be downloaded at https://www.westerncape.gov.za

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.