The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act No. 29 of 1996 and is a registered Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) for the mining and minerals sector in terms of the Skills Development Act No 97 of 1998 as amended.
The MQA must supports the objectives of the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) 2020-2030 as guided by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), and also supports the objectives of the Mining Charter in terms of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act No. 29 of 1996.
The Quality Assurance Unit has a legal mandate to ensure quality assurance and that the learning programmes within the mining and minerals sector are aligned in terms of the National Qualifications Framework Act of 2008, as amended, and the QCTO-delegated functions, including those on regulated occupations in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act.
The MQA is responsible for administering a number of skills development initiatives. Skills programmes and learnerships aim to develop a skilled and educated workforce whose skills are recognised and valued in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). This is to ensure that the mining and minerals sector has sufficient competent people who will improve health and safety, employment equity and increase productivity. The following six strategic priorities were adopted by the MQA Board to promote skills development in the sector:
The MQA bursary scheme was established to increase the number of students taking careers in the mining and minerals sector. Today the bursary scheme continues to assist students by offering them the opportunity to study these careers at Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges. The MQA bursary is available to students that have enrolled with universities, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, and universities of technology. The bursary scheme covers full tuition and registration fees; residence fees or out of residence living costs; books; stationery; and toolkit allowance per bursar per semester.
The MQA bursary scheme only funds the following qualifications at TVET colleges:
The MQA may annually consider 20% of the bursary allocation to deserving unemployed and employed bursary applicants to study qualifications outside of the list of qualifications listed above.
The Bursary is available to deserving South African Citizens as follows:
The bursary is available for the following education levels associated with the above disciplines, namely: Undergraduate Degree, B Tech, Honours Degree, Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degree.
The application window is annually opened between August/September. Applicants must download the prescribed application form from the MQA website and e-mail the completed application form and prescribed supporting documents to the designed e-mail address. Successful candidates will be advised of the outcome of the bursary application by the end of November of a particular year to enable them to register for the subsequent year.
The following MQA persons can be contacted for queries or assistance with applications for the specific institutions:
Mr Diiteleni Tshisevhe:
Ms Felicitus Lebetha:
Mr Tebogo Thankge:
Mr Joshua Chetty:
Ms Moloko Phofa:
Mr Vutomi Chauke: