The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) delivers services through the following branches:
Road Network Management
Provincial Public Works
Strategy, Planning and Co-ordination
The mission is to tirelessly pursue the delivery of infrastructure and transport services that are: Inclusive, safe and technologically relevant, seeking to heal, skill, integrate, connect, link and empower every citizen in the Western Cape, driven by passion, ethics and a steadfast commitment to the environment and our people as our cornerstone.
The core values applicable to the Western Cape Government were confirmed as follows: "Caring, Competence, Accountability, Integrity, Responsiveness and Innovation".
These values are all underpinned by the concept of team work and will apply to the Department as well as to all provincial employees.
The Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme is a collaboration between the Western Cape Government Department of Transport and Public Works, tertiary study institutions, relevant professional structures, and several non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The bursaries are applicable to students wishing to study in the fields of engineering and building science.
Masakh’iSizwe translates into “Let’s Build the Nation” and the programme aims to produce graduates with degrees or higher diplomas who will work on the province’s infrastructure needs as its economy grows and the demand for better transport routes and settlement opportunities rises. Bursary holders have enhanced opportunities for internships during their studies and long-term employment after graduating.
Requirements and eligibility
Prior to applying, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements. You will not be considered for admission if you fail to meet all the requirements:
Matriculation or completion of Matriculation are required
Citizenship of South Africa is required
In 2023, you must be enrolled full-time in one of the fields listed above, or intend to enroll full-time.
The University of Cape Town, the University of Stellenbosch or the Cape Peninsula University of Technology are all acceptable universities to study at or apply to.
Students from rural communities, financially disadvantaged students, female students, and students with disabilities will receive preference.
Along with your completed application form, please submit the following supporting documentation (failure to submit any of these documents will result in your application being dismissed):
Document of identification (certified copy)
Results of Matric, if you are currently enrolled in Matric (certified copy)
If completed, a Matric certificate (certified copy)
If you are currently in tertiary school, send a copy of your most recent academic results
Documentation of full academic standing (certified copy)
An application or proof of enrollment at one of the above-mentioned tertiary institutions
Overview of the academic year 2023
An estimate of the cost of studying in 2023
Providing proof of residential address (recent account statement or utility bill – no older than three months)
Document proving parentage, guardianship or marriage (certified copy)
Verification of parental income (latest payslips for employees, affidavit for unemployed, death certificate for deceased)
If there is an existing debt, please provide proof of it.
Please provide proof of any other financial aid you have received (if applicable)
Disability documentation (if disabled)
Support your application with a motivational letter. (Note: If you’re not sure how to write an effective motivation letter for a bursary, check out this article for motivation letter writing guidance)
(If you have a criminal record) Police clearance certificate
You must submit your application in one of the following ways:
– Postal Address:
Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme
Private Bag X9185
– Address for Hand delivery:
Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme
23rd Floor, The Box
9 Lower Burg Street
Before applying, applicants should read the following:
Student support programmes
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Policy on the appointment of graduates
Professional development programme
Vision and objectives