Picture: Oupa Mokoena
Picture: Oupa Mokoena

200 bursaries for engineering and computer science students

By Harvest Thwala Time of article published Nov 24, 2021

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Train manufacturer Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is calling for applications for 200 bursaries in 2022.

Study fields include engineering, manufacturing, computer science, supply chain and logistics, and various trade fields – for both universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.

Gibela’s bursaries include full tuition and a book allowance. The bursaries are granted for one year and are renewable on an annual basis based on academic performance.

Bursary applicants must be:

South African citizens with a South African bar coded identity document.

Enrolled or intending to enrol at a South African TVET institution (current N3/N4 candidates are encouraged to apply).

Enrolled or intending to enrol at a South African university or university of technology (current first- and second-year candidates are encouraged to apply).

Able to demonstrate potential for academic success.

In need of financial assistance.

In a statement, Gibela said it was revitalising South Africa’s railway industry by manufacturing state-of-the-art commuter trains in the country. The company has a R51-billion contract with the South African government to manufacture 600 trains for Prasa. It is heavily committed to upskilling and training South Africans to be able to participate in this industry that has the potential to grow in South Africa.

In addition, its core function of improving commuters’ experience through its trains. Gibela is very conscious of uplifting the communities in which it operates, as well as having a broader social impact across South Africa in terms of education, skills development, local content production and ultimately economic empowerment.

Gibela bursaries for study at a university or university of technology are available in the following disciplines:

Electrical, electronic, mechanical, metallurgical, and industrial engineering

Computer science and information technology

Accounting

Supply chain and logistics management

The prerequisites for applying for a Gibela bursary at a university or university of technology are:

A matric with level 6 for Mathematics, Physical Science and Accounting, and level 5 for English

Written proof of acceptance for admission to a South African university or university of technology

Gibela bursaries to study at TVET institutions are available for the following professions:

Boilermakers

Electricians

Mechanics

Fitters and turners

Millwrights

Welders

Pattern-makers

Vehicle-builders

Plumbers

Control and instrumentation technicians

The prerequisites for a Gibela bursary at a TVET institution are:

A matric with Mathematics and Science, and English at level 4

Written proof of acceptance for admission to a South African TVET institution

The bursary applications close on 15 February 2022. Interested applicants should send a short CV, a certified copy of their academic records and a certified copy of their South African identity document to [email protected] or fax these to 086 246 2666.

According to the statement, the group will respond only to applicants who make it through the first round of assessments. Applicants who have not been contacted by 26 March 2022 should consider their applications unsuccessful.

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