Bursaries opened at Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) 2025

Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) has opened their 2025 Bursary program and they are inviting Interested applicants to apply now using the details below.

Bursary Application Closing date is 30 September 2025

The MQA would like to invite learners who are presently in Grade 12 or already studying at a public university, university of technology or a TVET college to apply for an MQA bursary for the 2025 academic year.

A total of 1 000 bursary opportunities will be available for the 2025 academic year and for those that commenced with their studies in the second semester of 2025 academic year.

Applicants must be South African citizens.

For Universities and universities of technology:

Onlny the following Fields of study are funded:

  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Jewellery Design Manufacturing
  • Electro Mechanical Engineering
  • Geology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Mine Surveying
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Health and Management

For TVET colleges:

Onlny the following Fields of study are funded:

  • Boilermaker
  • Fitting (including Machinery)
  • Motor Mechanic (Diesel)
  • Instrumentation Mechanic
  • Electrician
  • Millwright
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Rigger Ropes man

Note: This bursary is not available for students pursuing post-graduates studies.


The bursary will cover:

  • Tuition and allowances for accommodation,
  • Books
  • Meals.

Preference will be given to the following aspects in the selection of candidates:

  • HDI’s applicants;
  • Financially needy applicants – with a combined income of not more than R600 000 per annum;
  • Female applicants;
  • Applicants living in rural communities;
  • Applicants who have applied to study at their local tertiary institutions;
  • Good academic performance.

How to apply

Download Bursary Application Form

Applications forms and supporting documents must be submitted to email: bursaries@mqa.org.za

Please note that communication will be limited to successful applicants only. If you have not received any communication from MQA by 15 December 2025, then please consider your application as having been unsuccessful. 

Late applications will not be accepted.

Further information regarding the bursary applications can also be obtained from the following MQA Regional Offices:

Gauteng:

MQA Head Office7 Anerley Road, Block C, Parktown, 2193 (physical address)

Tel: 011 547 2600


Eastern Cape:

King Sabatha Dalindyebo TVET College, R61 Queenstown Road

Cicira Village, Mthatha, Tel: 047 505 1047


Free State:

Goldfields TVET College, 14107 Ndaki Road

Tosa Campus, Thabong,

Tel: 087 095 0266


Limpopo:

Sekhukhune TVET College, CN Phathudi Campus

Stand No. 2659, Praktiseer,

Tel: 087 095 0267


Mpumalanga:

Nkangala TVET College, Mpondozamkomo Campus,

1 Moses Kotane Drive, Ferrobank,

Tel: 013 696 8120 / 2121


North West:

Old Shopping Complex , 53 Karee Street,

Mooinooi

Tel: 014 555 8860


Northern Cape:

Northern Cape Rural TVET College, Kathu Campus,

Hans Coetzee Drive, Kathu,

Tel: 053 723 0100


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.