Although President Jacob Zuma has recently announced that there will be no increase in fees for the 2016 academic year, 62% of South African students taking part in the 2015 PPS Student Confidence Index (SCI), say that they believe the cost of tertiary education in the country is too high.
With only 5% of South African families able to comfortably afford to pay university fees for their children, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations, the onus lies on the business sector to increase access to education in order to maintain the necessary level of skills development in their respective industries.
The Master Builders Association of the Western Cape, (MBAWC), a registered trade association for employers in the building industry, has been providing bursaries for tertiary education for the past ten years, and applications for the 2016 academic year are now open.
The bursaries, which will cover annual tuition fees from the second year of the various courses onwards, are available to family members and employees of MBAWC member companies, wishing to pursue degree and diploma studies in construction and built-environment courses at all institutions of higher learning in the greater Cape Town metropole and Boland areas.
According to John Matthews, Chairman of the MBAWC’s Skills and Education Trust, “We feel that awarding these bursaries is our responsibility – not only to our members, their families and employees; but to the development of the country. The construction industry, which is crucial in meeting the country’s infrastructure and housing needs, has the potential to generate a number of much-needed jobs, but requires skilled entrants to grow the industry and its ability to build South Africa.”
To apply, simply download and fill in an application form from http://www.mbawc.org.za and submit this, together with certified copies of your most recent academic records to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must be South African citizens, residing in the Cape Metropole, who have, at least, completed their first year of study and achieved good academic results.
Bursaries are valid for one year, but are renewable subject to continued satisfactory academic progress and are not refundable to the Association upon graduation.
The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 25th November 2015. Should your application be successful, you will be informed either before, or on, the 11th of December 2015.
About the Master Builders Association (MBAWC):
The Master Builders and Allied Trades’ Association of the Western Cape is a registered trade association for employers in the building industry. Its membership comprises some 400 companies in the Western Cape, most of whom are either builders, building subcontractors, building merchants or manufacturers of building products. The Association was founded in 1891 and is the oldest organisation of its kind in South Africa. It is affiliated to Master Builders South Africa, (M.B.S.A.), but is totally autonomous.
The MBAWC’s primary objective is to ensure that the reputation of members in this area remains high and that investment in building is therefore attracted to it. It does this by insisting that Members work to the highest possible standards, aesthetically, technically and ethically – in short, that they conduct their business in a thoroughly professional manner at all times. Membership of the MBAWC is on a voluntary basis. Its members handle some 70% of all the building work in Cape Town and employ a similar percentage of the total building industry workforce.