The MasakhiSizwe Bursary Programme is a golden opportunity for South African students aspiring to build a career in transport, engineering, and the built environment. This initiative by the Western Cape Government aims to empower students through financial aid, making higher education accessible to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Who Can Apply for a MasakhiSizwe Bursary Programme?

Before applying, ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • Citizenship: Must be a South African citizen.
  • Educational Institution: Must be accepted or intend to study at one of the following institutions:
    • Stellenbosch University
    • University of Cape Town
    • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Preference: Preference is given to persons with disabilities, the financially disadvantaged, female learners, and applicants from the Western Cape.

Field of Study:

Must be studying or intending to study full-time in one of the following disciplines:

    • Property Studies
    • Transport Economics/Studies
    • Town/City and Regional Planning
    • Quantity Surveying
    • Architecture
    • Construction Management
    • Civil Engineering
    • Geomatics
    • Electrical Engineering (Heavy current)
    • Mechanical Engineering

Bursary Coverage

The MasakhiSizwe Bursary Programme offers comprehensive financial support, covering:

  • Tuition fees
  • All prescribed books and materials
  • Support programmes
  • Accommodation and meals (or transport costs)

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Application Process

  • Application Period: 1 April to 31 August 2024
  • Feedback: If no feedback is received by 14 February 2025, consider your application unsuccessful.

Required Documents

  • Certified copy of your ID
  • Certified copy of your parent(s)/guardian(s) ID
  • Certified copy of your Matric certificate or latest results
  • Certified copy of your academic record at the Higher Education Institution (HEI)
  • Full course outline
  • Estimation of study cost
  • Proof of registration/application at the HEI
  • Salary slips of both parents/guardian/spouse or affidavit to support financial status
  • Proof of address
  • Letter of motivation

Additional Documents (if applicable)

  • Proof of financial aid
  • Proof of existing debt
  • Medical proof of disability
  • Criminal record – SAPS Police Clearance

Important Information

  • Ensure you have applied for acceptance at the partner Higher Education Institutions.
  • Separate applications are required for different universities or study disciplines.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Apply for on-campus student accommodation for 2025.
  • Successful applicants must attend workshops, events, meetings, outreach programmes, and undertake academic experiential training during their studies.
  • Graduates employed by the Department of Infrastructure must undergo a Professional Development Training Programme for professional registration.

How to Apply

Submit your application via the MasakhiSizwe Bursary Programme’s official website:

Contact Information

For any queries related to the bursary programme, contact the Department of Infrastructure MasakhiSizwe Office:

The MasakhiSizwe Bursary Programme stands as a beacon of hope for many aspiring students in South Africa. By offering financial support to those pursuing careers in transport, engineering, and the built environment, it empowers individuals to overcome financial barriers and achieve their academic dreams. This initiative not only invests in the future of the students but also contributes significantly to the development of South Africa’s infrastructure and economy. If you meet the eligibility criteria and are passionate about building a brighter future for yourself and your community, this is your chance to shine.

Ready to take the next step toward your future in engineering and the built environment? Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity! Applications for the MasakhiSizwe Bursary Programme open from 1 April to 31 August 2024.

Visit the official website to download the application form and review the full list of required documents. Ensure your application is complete and submitted on time to avoid any disappointments.

For any queries or additional information, contact the MasakhiSizwe Office directly at 021 483 0964 or via email at

Invest in your future today with the MasakhiSizwe Bursary Programme and take the first step toward a rewarding career in the engineering and built environment sectors. Your journey to success starts here!