CETA: Thapelo Madibeng Bursary

By Mihlali G · Jan 30, 2024
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The Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) invites South African matriculants, undergraduates, Masters and PhD students to apply for their Bursary program. Students have until the 21st of January 2024 to submit their online applications.



About the Thapelo Madibeng Bursary:

CETA administers the Thapelo Madibeng Bursary to provide worthy students with the necessary, in-demand skills and academic distinction for the construction and built environment industries. The main goal is to ensure that the construction and built environment sectors have the necessary, capable, and talented workers to take advantage of possibilities both now and in the future. The Thapelo Madibeng busary is  granted to deserving students pursuing appropriate degrees in construction-related disciplines at South African higher education institutions; University, University of Technology and TVET colleges. 



The bursary programme is open to students who are pursuing or want to pursue undergraduate/postgraduate qualification in the following fields:

 University Qualifications:

  • BSc/national diploma/PhD in Architecture
  • BA in Building Arts
  • BSc-PhD in Geomatics
  • BSc - PhD in Urban and Regional Planning
  • BSc Property Development
  • BSc -PhD in Civil Engineering
  • ND Architecture
  • BSC Architecture
  • BSc-PhD in Construction Management
  • BSc -PhD in Quantity Surveying
  • BSc- PhD Construction Economics
  • BSc-PhD in Construction Studies

University of Technology qualifications:

  • ND Real Estate
  • ND Quantity Surveying
  • ND Civil Engineering
  • ND Building
  • ND Surveying

NOTE : Studies in Environmental Management, Climate Change Science, Construction BIM, etc., (at all levels to PhD) will also be funded

Tvet College Qualifications 

  • N4 – N6 Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • N4 -N6 Civil Engineering and Building Construction or equivalent

NOTE: NCV studies will only be considered for the critical and scarce skills areas



To qualify for the Thapelo Madibeng  Bursary you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must have been in Matric in 2023 OR  completed Matric 
  • Undergraduate studies applicants MUST be 35 years or younger
  • Must intend to study / studying a Undergraduate or Postgraduate qualification in or related to the construction industry 
  • Must studying/ registered/accepted at an an accredited South African tertiary institution 
  • Must NOT be an immediate family member of a CETA employee 
  • Must NOT be funding by any other public funding; including NSFAS.
  • Must NOT funded by any CETA entity
  • Preference will be given to:

Female Applicants interested in a construction or building environment qualification

Students from rural and township areas 

Unemployed students wanting to pursue studies in the construction and building environment field

Strong academic achievement

Not currently funded by another identity and is pursuing a qualification within the CRITICAL SKILLS field. 



  • Registration 
  • Books
  • Meals
  • Accommodation 
  • Tuition 
  • Additional expenses will be covered at CETA's discretion.

Note: The bursary has a MAXIMUM cap of R120 000 per learner; per year (subject to satisfactory academic achievement) 



  • Certified copy of South African Identity Document.
  • Certified copy of guardian/parents’ proof of income OR social grant/pension; Last three pay slips, Last three months bank approved statements OR affidavit if unemployed.
  •  Letter of acceptance from the tertiary institution.
  • Complete academic history for students already studying at University or University of Technology or TVET College; including Matric certificate.
  • Applicants who were in  matric in the 2023 academic year must submit their grade 11 final and grade 12 in-year academic results.


How to apply for the Thapelo Madibeng  Bursary - 2024

Interested students can follow these easy steps to apply online for the Thapelo Madibeng Bursary for the 2024 academic year.

  1. Visit the CETA website HERE
  2.  Click on the Microsoft online application form link.
  3. Fill in your personal details
  4. Submit application 
  5. Email all the required documents to [email protected] (Add your name and surname in subject line)

NOTE: The required documents CANNOT be attached to the form and MUST be emailed to: [email protected]



The closing date for the Thapelo Madibeng  Bursary is on the 21st of January 2024. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information the  CETA website



For any queries regarding the bursary contact CETA:

Email: [email protected] 

Tel:011 265 5901 

Take a shot and apply for this amazing opportunity;  apply before the deadline and don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family. Good luck!


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