What is the Masakhi' iSizwe Centre of Excellence?

At the beginning of 2006, the Department of Transport and Public Works of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape established the Masakh' iSizwe Centre of Excellence with the vision to make available to the province, the country and the continent of Africa cohorts of professionals in engineering and built environment fields critical to the growth of the economy. These professionals will be characterised by excellence in learning, citizenship and service.

Which Bursaries Do the Masakh' iSizwe Centre Offer?
The Masakhi' iSizwe Centre of Excellence offers bursaries for study towards a degree or higher diploma in the following disciplines:
  • Architecture
  • Construction Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Town and Regional Planning
What Does the Bursary Cover?
The bursaries cover tuition fees, all prescribed books and materials and accommodation and meals (or transport costs) during term time. Bursaries are renewed each year for the duration of the degree, subject to academic performance and fulfilment of the bursary conditions.

Will I Have to Pay or Work Anything Back?
The bursaries are offered on a work-back basis, in other words, you will have to work for the public service for every year of the bursary. During your studies you will also need to:
  • Attend workshops, learning events and meetings organised by the Centre.
  • Undertake academic vacation placements at sites determined by the Centre.
  • Participate in service learning and/or volunteer programmes organised by the Centre.
Where Can the Bursaries be Taken up?
The University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape, the University of Stellenbosch and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Who Can Apply for a Bursary?
To apply for one of these bursaries you must be:
  • A South African citizen.
  • Be accepted at the relevant tertiary institution.
Preference will be given to financially disadvantaged female learners from rural areas of South Africa. 

Bursaries are advertised in all leading and community newspapers during September each year. The closing date for applications is 31 October every year. Applications can be fax or delivered to:
Department of Transport and Public Works
Human Resource Development, 2nd Floor
Protea Assurance Building
Greenmarket Square
Cape Town
You can also download a bursary application form

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