Vhembe District Municipality Mayoral Bursary South Africa 2025 – 2025

Vhembe is based in the Limpopo province and is the northern-most district of South Africa, bordering on Zimbabwe; Mozambique and Botswana. The Vhembe District Municipality was established in 2000 and have their head quarters based in Thohoyandou. Made up of 4 local municipalities: Mutale, Musina, Makhado and Thulamela.

Vhembe has a population of more than 1.1 million residents, is one of Limpopo’s 5 districts and covers an area of over 21 000 km2. Majority of the population speak TshiVenda, followed by Xitsonga and then Northern Sotho.

The municipality consists of territories that were previously part of Venda Bantustan, as well as two other districts, namely Hlanganani and Malamulele. The main towns of the Vhembe Municipality include: Elim; Musina; Makhado; Malamulele; Thohoyandou; Tshilamba; Sibasa and Dzanani.
 

ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED & SELECTION

Vhembe District Municipality are offering bursary awards to students who are studying (or intend on studying) within the following fields:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Regional and Town Planning
  • Environmental Management
  • Disaster Management
  • Waste Management
  • Hydrology and Water Management
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Information Technology
  • Accounting: B Com
  • Financial Accounting
  • Finance and Auditing
  • Economics and Business Management
  • Administration

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted – if you have not received any feedback within 3 months of the bursary deadline, 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
  • Completed Matric OR currently in Matric
  • Reside within the Vhembe District area
  • Studying or intend on studying within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Studying or intend on studying at a recognised tertiary institute in South Africa
  • *Preference will be given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE BURSARY

Application forms can be collected from one of the following locations:
1) Vhembe District Municipality: Old Parliament, Government Complex, Tusk Venda Street, Thohoyandou, Limpopo 09506
2) Musina Local Municipality: 21 Irwin Street, Musina, 0900
3) Makhado Local Municipality: Civic Center, No 83 Krogh Street, Louis Trichardt, 0920
4) Thulamela Local Municipality: Thohoyandou Civic Centre, Old Agriven Building, Thohoyandou
5) Collins Chabane Local Municipality: DCO Offices, Hospital Road, Malamulele, 0982
 

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/ birth certificate (certified copy)
  • Matric June results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Reference letter from your school principal, if currently in Matric
  • Matric certificate, if completed in Matric (certified copy)
  • Full academic record, if currently at tertiary level (certified copy)
  • Parents/ guardians ID documents/ birth certificates (certified copies)
  • Parents/ guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed)
  • Proof of residence from SANCO/ Head Man/ Civic

CLOSING DATE

29 November 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 Vhembe District Municipality directly:
Executive Mayor’s Office
Tel: 015 960 2008/ 015 960 2012


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.