DWS spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said the Department was calling on Grade 12 pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged communities to apply for bursaries that it has made available for them. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)
DWS spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said the Department was calling on Grade 12 pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged communities to apply for bursaries that it has made available for them. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

DWS offers youth a chance to empower themselves through education

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Jun 11, 2021

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Cape Town - In commemoration of Youth Month, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is looking forward to supporting Grade 12 pupils from disadvantaged communities to gain access to tertiary institutions.

The Department of Water and Sanitation is calling on Grade 12 pupils, who have an interest in the science and engineering, to apply for its yearly bursary program.

DWS spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said the Department was calling on Grade 12 pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged communities – who would like to pursue water and sanitation-related qualifications next year – to apply for bursaries that it has made available for them.

“The bursary packages are designed for students with an interest in science and engineering disciplines. We urge Grade 12 pupils, in particular, to apply – as we are in dire need of young and innovative minds to join the sector.

“Our bursaries are comprehensive, as they cover full tuition fees, accommodation and food, as per university guidance, books and stationery allowance, and include a monthly stipend.

“The bursaries that we have on offer will be allocated based on a balanced consideration of outstanding academic performance, financial need, and the relevant skills set for the water and sanitation sector,” said Ratau.

For the academic year of 2022, the Department said it will consider applications for first and second years of study, only for the following qualifications: BSc/BEng in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical; BSc (Hons) in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical; BSc in Hydrology, Geohydrology, Environmental Management, Project Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental and Water Sciences; BSc (Hons) in Hydrology, Geohydrology, Environmental Management, Project Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental and Water Sciences, and National Diploma/BEng Tech in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering (heavy current); National Diploma in Water Care and Environmental Management and Biochemistry.

Applications for the science and engineering inclined studies opened on June 1 and will close on October 31, 2021.

Through the bursaries offered to students, the department also provides employment contracts, during which bursary holders get relevant workplace exposure and additional training, until they are ready to register as professionals with their relevant professional bodies.

For more information, students are encouraged to visit the department’s website and social media pages.

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