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As part of our commitment to creating an opportunity city, the City of Cape Town has set aside R4,5 million to help students in need of financial assistance ahead of the busy registration period for universities and FET colleges for the 2018 academic year.

The City’s Corporate Services Directorate is offering bursaries to full-time students who live in the greater Cape Metropolitan area. These bursaries will cover costs relating to registration, examination and class fees. The bursaries apply to qualifying candidates who are registered for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees or diplomas.

Today, along with the Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse, we briefed potential applicants, students and residents in Elsies River on how to apply for the City’s bursaries.

Education is the most important investment we can make in our youths and residents to ensure that they can obtain the required qualifications, especially in scarce skills which are needed in a range of industries.

Financial constraints often hinder people from achieving their full potential or obtaining a qualification that will allow them to become economically active.

The investment from the City for external bursaries is also in line with our efforts to address unemployment and contribute to poverty alleviation by giving residents access to these opportunities. This is also a testament to the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to be more customer-centric and responsive to the needs of our communities.

The bursaries apply to 25 approved scarce skills fields of study which include accounting, artisan training, auditing, economics, renewable energy and medical specialists, among others.

As a caring City, we are aware that funding remains one of the biggest barriers to accessing tertiary education for many young South Africans and it is important that we also play our part as the administration to ensure that lack of finances is not an obstacle for some.

We believe that this initiative provides opportunities for young people who previously would not have been able to go to institutions of higher learning due to financial constraints. In the previous financial year, the City awarded 65 bursaries as part of this initiative and we are hoping that more potential beneficiaries will come forward to take up this opportunity.

‘The external bursary programme allows for the creation of opportunities for learners and unemployed youths to further their studies and gain qualifications in the scarce and critical skills identified by various departments in the City of Cape Town.

‘It is my aim, as Mayoral Committee Member responsible for Corporate Services, to support the department in attracting employees with the appropriate skills, and to develop and retain such skills within the City of Cape Town, reinforcing the idea that the City of Cape Town is truly an employer of choice,’ said Cllr Arendse.

Applications can be submitted online through the City of Cape Town website (, as well as at our administration offices including:

  • Brackenfell
  • Bellville
  • Helderberg
  • South Peninsula
  • Parow
  • Cape Town Civic Centre

Applications are open until 16 February 2018.

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