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Eastern Cape Department of Roads & Public Works awards nearly R2 million in bursaries

Feb 2, 2015
Eastern Cape Department of Roads & Public Works awards nearly R2 million in bursaries

The Eastern Cape Department of Roads & Public Works on Monday said that it had awarded close to R2 million in bursaries to needy students from the province.

“The department has awarded bursaries to the values of one million, six hundred and thirty five, three hundred and forty seven rands only (R1 635 347.00) to 35 disadvantaged learners, out of the 35 bursary-holders 19 are females and 16 are males,” said spokeswoman, Vuyokazi Mbanjwa.

She said that these learners have already started in various universities.

The bursaries have been awarded in the following fields:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Environmental Management
  • Property Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Building 

“As part of social responsibility the department on annual basis hands over a limited number of bursaries to students who enroll at academic institutions within South Africa and who pursue studies in the fields that are relevant to the core business of the department. The focus is on the scarce and critical skills,” said Mbanjwa.

She said that the Bursary scheme is a means to achieve the Employment Equity imperatives within the National Skills Development Strategy and the strategic priorities of the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works.

The Bursary Scheme promotes career development within identified scarce skills and professions and is awarded to historically disadvantaged Eastern Cape pupils.

“In the past five years, the Department has awarded one hundred and ninety two (192) bursaries to previously disadvantaged students with the aim of addressing the province skills shortage and supporting the strategy and objectives of the department.

“Currently the department has employed 25 graduates that completed their studies through this bursary scheme, 13 females and 12 males. We encourage students who want to study further to apply in 2016 as we will have another intake for bursaries and placement of graduates,” said the Eastern Cape MEC for Roads & Public Works, Thandiswa Marawu.