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Cape Town students - financial support options for 2020 studies

The City of Cape Town encourages Grade 12 learners and students who are pursuing studies in expert fields such as Accounting, Nursing, Engineering, Information & Systems Technology; Business Sciences and Sustainable Energy Engineering to apply for financial support.
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The assistance is offered for studies in 2020, and those interested should apply by 19 September 2019.

The City of Cape Town is offering financial support to aspiring and existing students who are residing in the greater Cape Metropolitan Area. The financial support is for full-time studies. All applicants need to be registered; and must pursue further studies towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or diploma in one of the approved City of Cape Town scarce skills fields of study for 2020.

The City will consider applications for studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology; University of Cape Town; University of the Western Cape; and the University of Stellenbosch.

"The academic financial support we offer to young residents and City staff is key to the City’s Skills and Development programme. Other opportunities include job shadowing, graduate internship programmes, learnerships and apprenticeships, as well as skills development programmes. I encourage all interested residents to visit the City’s website for information on these opportunities," said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Sharon Cottle.

The City’s long-term strategy determines what type of expertise it needs to promote and develop among residents and its own personnel. One of the considerations has been to equip the municipality with the necessary skills to use 4IR (fourth industrial revolution) technologies in the future.

Each year, the City awards external financial support to approximately 50 applicants for formal studies in areas that have been identified by the City of Cape Town’s directorates. These directorates include Human Settlements; Energy; Transport; Spatial Planning and Environment; Urban Management; Safety and Security; Corporate Services; Water and Sanitation and Social Services.

Apart from catering to the technological demands of the future, it is essential that the City also invests in expertise which provides the essential basic services that maintains a well-run and healthy city. Therefore, residents with knowledge of and skills in nursing, contract management, fleet management, Accounting and Library and Information Science will remain in demand.

Below is a list of the qualifications the City will be offering financial support for in 2020:

  • BCom Management Accounting
  • BCom Accounting
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Qualifications (CIMA)
  • Accounting (CA and Cost Management)
  • Contract Management (Design and Implementation)
  • Fleet Management
  • Nursing (Medical Specialist)
  • Industrial Engineering
  • B Degree in Library and Information Science
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Electrical Engineering
  • BSc Industrial Engineering
  • MSc Data Science
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • B Business Science
  • Information & Systems Technology
Eligible applicants are advised to complete the financial support application; and to include the required supporting documentation. The application and documentation can be submitted via email to , or hand delivered at one of the City’s libraries or at the City’s Human Resource Employment Counters at the Civic Centre, Brackenfell, Helderberg, South Peninsula, Bellville, or Parow Municipal offices.
Application forms may also be obtained at these venues, or from the City’s website at For any queries applicants may contact .

The closing date for all applications is Thursday, 19 September 2019. Importantly, no late applications or unsigned application forms. An intensive shortlisting and interview process will commence after the closing date.
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