Water and Sanitation invites applications for Bursary/Scholarship programme 2016

5 Jun 2015

Youth encouraged to apply for DWS Bursary/Scholarship programme 2016

There is a shortage of skills in the water and sanitation sector. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) as the custodian of South Africa’s water resources, through its Learning Academy External Bursary Scheme, provides bursaries yearly to aid in closing this gap. DWS is welcoming all applicants who would like to pursue careers that are in line with the department’s core business.

The Department of Water and Sanitation scheme boasts an all-inclusive package recognised in South Africa as being highly competitive. The DWS External Bursary Scheme aims to attract exceptional young and innovative talent to the department; those that are adequately talented in this regard and wish to become part of SA’s water and sanitation sector team, need to be aware that  the DWS is ready to change their lives.

Students pursuing the following fields of study are eligible to apply: Analytic chemistry, Aquatic Sciences, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Cartography, Civil/Electrical/Mechanical engineering, Environmental Law/Management/ Science, Geo-chemistry, Geographical information systems, Geo-hydrology, Geology, Hydrology, Limnology, Microbiology, Surveying, Water and Sanitation, Water Care, Water Resource Management, and Water Utilisation.

The Learning Academy is committed to the effective administration of the programme, ensuring the provision of an immediate response to the perceived and imminent threat of skills shortages within DWS and the water and sanitation sector in South Africa. The immediate objectives of the Learning Academy are to forestall a skills shortage within DWS that will arise from the retirement of senior engineering and technical management personnel.

Currently DWS bursaries for the full time pre- and post-graduate studies are granted on an annual basis to learners at these South African universities:

  • University of Pretoria
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Free State
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of Limpopo
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Cape Peninsula of University of Technology
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • University of Venda
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Zululand

Bursaries will be allocated on the basis of a balanced consideration of academic performance, race and gender, financial need, need of DWS in reference to the specific qualification, and an interview schedule. Assistance will be provided on a year-to-year basis and bursaries will be renewed only if performance of bursars is satisfactory. Successful applicants to the bursary scheme receive full tertiary registration and tuition costs, residence and meal fees, book allowance, and an annual personal allowance.

The Department of Water and Sanitation will require bursars who obtain their qualifications to join the department’s Learning Academy on a fixed term contract for a period of maximum five years but not less than three years. To obtain the application form, the applicants should go to www.dws.gov.za/LearningA.

The closing date for 2016 bursary applications is 31 July 2015.

If you have a passion for water and sanitation, don’t let this great opportunity pass you by.

For enquiries:
Verena Meyer
Tel 012 336 7448
Email: meyerv@dwa.gov.za

Sputnik Ratau
Director: Media Liaison
Email: 082 784 2942

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