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Department Of Water And Sanitation Bursary Programme 2023



Department Of Water And Sanitation Bursary Programme


Department Of Water And Sanitation Bursary Programme

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is inviting students to apply for their bursary programme, for the 2023 academic year

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) was formed in 1912 when it was initially known as the Department of Irrigation. As one of the South African government’s departments, the DWS is responsible for the water resources of the country, particularly for formulating and implementing policies within the sector.

The DWS aims to ensure that South Africans have access to clean water and sanitation services, as well as water resources management for ensuring sustainable economic and social development in the country.


The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has established a Learning Academy, whose aim is to help students complete their tertiary students within the water and sanitation field, which is a scarce skills sector in the country.

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About The Department Of Water And Sanitation Bursary Programme

Bursaries will be awarded for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies, within these fields:

Undergraduate Studies

  • Biochemistry (National Diploma)
  • Civil Engineering (BSc / BEng / National Diploma / BEng Tech)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSc / BEng)
  • Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current) (National Diploma/ BEng Tech)
  • Environmental and Water Sciences (BSc)
  • Environmental Management (BSc / National Diploma)
  • Environmental Sciences (BSc)
  • Geohydrology (BSc)
  • Hydrology (BSc)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSc / BEng / National Diploma / BEng Tech)
  • Project Management (BSc)
  • Water Care (National Diploma)

Postgraduate Studies

  • Civil Engineering (BSc / BEng (Hons) / MEng)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSc / BEng (Hons) / MEng)
  • Environmental and Water Science (MSc)
  • Environmental Management (BSc (Hons))
  • Environmental Sciences (BSc (Hons))
  • Geohydrology (BSc (Hons) / MSc)
  • Hydrology (BSc (Hons) / MSc)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSc / BEng (Hons) / MEng)
  • Project Management (BSc (Hons)) is committed to keeping you up to date with the latest bursary opportunities, and this article covers all details about the Department of Water & Sanitation (DWS) Bursary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed Matric or be currently in Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying full time towards one of the undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications listed above, in 2023
  • You must be studying or intend on studying at one of these public institutions:
    • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
    • Central University of Technology
    • Durban University of Technology
    • Nelson Mandela University
    • Northwest University
    • Rhodes University
    • Sol Plaatje University
    • Tshwane University of Technology
    • University of Cape Town
    • University of Fort Hare
    • University of the Free State
    • University of Johannesburg
    • University of KwaZulu-Natal
    • University of Limpopo
    • University of Mpumalanga
    • University of Pretoria
    • University of Stellenbosch
    • University of Venda
    • University of the Western Cape
    • University of Witwatersrand
    • University of Zululand
    • Vaal University of Technology
    • Walter Sisulu University
  • You must have a strong academic performance
  • You must be in financial need
  • You must NOT be in receipt of any other funding (including NSFAS, bursary, scholarship, or other award)
  • Students living with disabilities are encouraged to apply<
  • Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged students from poor and rural communities

How To Apply For The Department Of Water And Sanitation Bursary Programme

Download and complete the Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary Application Form 2023 (.pdf)

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Grade 11 final results AND Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copies)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Full official academic record to date, if currently at University (certified copy)
  • Proof of University application/ firm offer/ provisional acceptance letter, if a new student (on institutes letterhead)
  • Parents/guardians’ proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed/ SASSA grant letter)

Applications must be submitted via email to: [email protected]
(Insert the words “DWS Bursary Application 2023” in the email subject line).


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