Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Bursary South Africa 2025 – 2025

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, located within the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, was established in 2000 after municipal areas were re-organised. Before it became a metropolitan municipality, it was part of the Amathole District Municipality, before the separation occurred in 2011.

The municipality includes the towns of Bhisho, King William’s Town and East London and the townships of Zwelitsha and Mdantsane.
 

ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Mayoral Bursary will be awarding within the following fields of study:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Land Surveying
  • Town and Regional Planning
  • Architecture
  • Building
  • Facilities Management
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology

MORE ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – COVERAGE VALUE & RENEWAL

The following expenses will be covered by the bursary award: registration fees, tuition fees, accommodation, study materials and prescribed books.

Students will be selected based on academic merit and the bursary is renewable each year based on satisfactory academic performance.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to attend a personal interview. If you have not received any feedback by 29 January 2025 at the latest, please regard your application as unsuccessful.
 

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):

  • South African citizen
  • Between 14 and 35 years old
  • Permanently reside within the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality area
  • From a previously disadvantaged background
  • Willing to work within the Buffalo City once graduated
  • Completed Matric OR an NCV Level 4 certificate with Mathematics
  • Achieved a minimum “C” symbol/ 60-69% for Mathematics in Matric
  • Achieved a minimum “C” symbol/ 60-69% for Accounting in Matric
  • Achieved a minimum “C” symbol/ 60-69% for Physical Science in Matric
  • Achieved a minimum “D” symbol/ 50-59% for English in Matric
  • Studying or intend on studying full time within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Studying or intend on studying at a tertiary institute within South African (preferably within the Eastern Cape)
  • Preference will be given to students who are studying or have been accepted to study at a TVET College
  • Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE BURSARY

Download and complete the Buffalo City Bursary Application Form (.pdf)

Alternatively, application forms can be collected from any of the following Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Youth Advisory Centers:
– Duncan Village Art Centre
– East London Trust Centre Building (7th Floor Office 706)
– King William’s Town Civic Centre
– Mdantsane Library Complex
 

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 be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Latest academic record (certified copy)
  • Proof of residence in Buffalo City Municipality/ letter from the ward councillor confirming residency
  • Proof of household income

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Hand delivery:
Buffalo City Municipality
Human Resources Department
Buxton House
Buxton Street

2) Post:
Buffalo City Municipality
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 134
East London
5200
 

CLOSING DATE

30 October 2025.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)
 

CONTACT THE BURSARY PROVIDER

For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality directly:
Contact Person: Nandi Jaji
Tel: 043 705 1013


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.