The Masters Builders Association is a registered employers' organization under the Labour Relations Act. Its purpose is to represent the interests of its members and provide them with specialized support services to help them run their businesses successfully. At the end of the financial year, the Association had 711 members involved in the building industry and related activities in the KwaZulu-Natal province.
The Association has been around for 120 years and is well-regarded by a diverse group of stakeholders in the building industry and beyond. It offers various services to its members, including training, legal and contractual assistance, occupational health and safety consulting, employee benefit schemes, member discounts, and much more.
The Masters Builders KwaZulu-Natal Bursary Fund recognises the shortage of skilled workers in the building industry and the financial obstacles that prevent many South African students from reaching their full potential. The fund was created in 2015 to provide financial support to students, allowing them to pursue their education without being limited by financial constraints, and to address the skills shortage that is hindering the industry's growth.
The Association invites new applicants every year, and the bursaries are designed to encourage students to pursue programs that lead to qualifications that are needed in the building industry. Preference is given to South African citizens who reside in KwaZulu-Natal and who are studying in fields related to the building industry.
Only fully completed application forms, accompanied by the required supporting documents, will be considered.
All supporting documents must be certified copies, not originals. It is the applicant's responsibility to apply for admission to a tertiary institution in KwaZulu-Natal. Bursaries are awarded for one academic year and are renewable based on satisfactory academic progress. Funding is available for tuition fees, residence, travel, books, and other related expenses.
If applicants do not receive a response by the application closing date, their application was not successful. Application forms are preferably posted or hand-delivered, but faxed or emailed applications will be considered if the forms are available for review upon request. Only applications from South African citizens will be considered.
Applicants are advised to apply on time through the Central Applications Office (CAO) if applicable, for admission to an educational institution of their choice.
Requirements and eligibility
Requirements and Eligibility for the Masters Builders KwaZulu-Natal Bursary Fund
Preference will be given to South African citizens residing in KwaZulu-Natal.
2. Preference will be given to disciplines relating specifically to the building industry.
3. Should the required information not be submitted, the application will be rejected unless
we are advised of a delay in submission of any document required.
4. Bursaries may be awarded for, but not limited to:
b. National certificate qualifications
d. Degrees, or
e. Any other related qualification as approved by the Bursary Committee
5. Study programmes must take place at a registered institution of learning and may include
programmes offered by the Master Builders Training Academy.
6. Bursaries are granted for a one year period and may only be renewed upon proof of
7. The main criteria used in the selection of successful applicants are financial need,
academic ability and career-oriented study programmes.
8. Other selection criteria are:
o University of Technology and University students, with a pass mark in all their
subjects, and who follow career-oriented programmes that are in demand in the
o Applicants for tertiary bursaries must please specify as clearly as possible on the
▪ The exact programme of study for which a bursary is required.
▪ The type and name of the educational institution where they plan to study.
▪ The year of study.
▪ Please differentiate clearly between “University of Technology” and
o Study programme changes, after submission of the application forms, may lead to
the cancellation of a bursary.
How to apply
To be considered for the Masters Builders KwaZulu-Natal Bursary Fund, applicants must provide the following supporting documents:
A copy of their identity document.
Proof of household income.
A curriculum vitae.
Proof of residential address.
Proof of their highest previously obtained qualification.
A certified copy of the current year's June exam results or an appropriate progress report if no examination was taken.
A copy of the applicant's final results if they have completed their National Senior Certificate or equivalent certificate (matric).
An academic record if the applicant is currently studying at a tertiary institution.
Proof of application to and acceptance by the institute of learning.
In the case of post-graduate studies, an academic record of the undergraduate qualification.
An invoice or request for payment for the study program.
A written motivation from the applicant for the bursary applied for.
A letter of recommendation.
Applications should be posted or delivered to:
The Bursary Committee
Master Builders KwaZulu Natal
PO Box 582
Attention: Mandisa Khumalo