SA Government Bursaries 2021 -2022

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SA Government Bursaries 2021 -2022

Are you looking for government bursaries offered for students? Studying is very expensive in South Africa and a first-year at a tertiary institution could cost you around R40k to R70k. No wonder why bursaries are such a big deal in South Africa. Luckily there are many Government departments in SA offering bursaries for students. 

What do Government Bursaries Cover?

A Bursary offered by a local municipality or Province will work in the same way as other bursaries. They will over fees for:

  • Registration
  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Living costs
  • Books and other materials

However, you will notice that most bursaries are capped by value. This means that they will only pay a certain amount of money for your study and most likely this will not be enough to cover everything. These bursaries are a great help but you will often need to pay a bit out of your own pockets or try to get work beside your study

Work for the Government

Although you don’t have to pay back a bursary, the institution offering the bursary will often ask for payback in the form of service. After you finished your education you will need to pay with service for the number of years you received the bursary. Make sure to read the small letters on the bursary contract.

How to find local Bursary Opportunities?

Finding bursaries offered by local municipalities and Provinces is not always straightforward. They are hard to find online and often the ones you can find online are outdated. Therefore it is always a smart thing to contact your local Municipality or Province to see if there are bursaries available.

Government Bursaries Offered in SA By Province

There are a lot of bursaries offered by local municipalities or provinces. They are often offered to the students living in those areas.


Gauteng Province Bursaries

KwaZulu-Natal Province Bursaries

Western Cape Province Bursaries

Eastern Cape Province Buraries

Limpopo Province Bursaries

Mpumalanga Province Bursaries

North West Province Bursaries

Free State Province Bursaries

Nothern Cape Province Bursaries

Central Government Bursaries South Africa

Which Study Fields are Covered with these Bursaries?

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Nursing Science
  • UltraSound Radiography
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Dentistry
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Physiotherapy
  • Plumbing
  • Welding
  • Brick laying
  • Painting
  • Electrical
  • Agricultural
  • Finance
  • LLB
  • Management
  • Taxation
  • Social Work
  • Food Service Management
  • Information & Technology
  • Financial & Management Accounting
  • Internal Auditing
  • And more

Candidates wanting to follow any of these fields of study will need to have the following to qualify for a bursary.  Each government department also has their own additional requirements.

Basic Requirements for Government Bursaries

  • Candidates must be a South African citizen with a valid ID Book / ID Card.
  • Candidates must be able to prove their need for financial aid.
  • Candidates must have outstanding academic records with proof of acceptance at a higher learning institute.
  • Candidates must prove that they are from a previously disadvantaged background.

With these fields of study available, the doors to South Africa and the world is open to successful students.  There are many local and international companies one could consider when looking at any of the fields accessible although candidates have to confirm ahead of time with the departments if there will be a work-back period.

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