About the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALDLR)
The Department is a result of a merger between two previously independent government departments. Those were the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Department Rural Development and Land Reform.
The former was responsible for South African agricultural sector development, while the latter (which still exists) has a bigger scope. It now includes the rural parts as well in its development plans.
The current vision of DALRRD is to ensure equal access to land, food, and sustainable agriculture for all citizens of South Africa. It also works for an integrated rural development approach.
About the DALRRD Bursary 2022
The DALRRD runs several programs for the betterment of the agricultural sector and rural areas of the country. Part of it is the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) bursary.
The bursary is awarded to both undergrad and postgrad students. For the undergrad students, here are some of the programs that are covered by the bursary:
Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Sc. Food Science
Sc. Plant Pathology
Viticulture and Oenology
Town/Urban and Regional Planning
/BA Geo-Informatics/Geographic Information Science
For postgrad students, here are the degrees that are covered:
The area of study must be related to agricultural sciences and/or rural development.
The bursary will cover the following expenses:
Books and study materials
Monthly allowance for foods and meals
The bursary offers mentorship opportunities, too, so that the students get help with employment.
There are some eligibility criteria laid out by the department for the bursary. If you want to apply, you must meet these criteria.
Here are the eligibility requirements for the DALDDR bursary:
Must be a South African citizen
Must be currently in Matric or have completed Matric
Must be interested in studying in the fields of study mentioned above
Must intend to pursue the degree from a recognized South African tertiary institute
Must be at a disadvantage financially
Must be from a poverty-stricken, rural area
Must have an aim to pursue a career in agricultural, rural development, or land reform
Applicant cannot be a staff member of the department
Then, there are educational performance criteria as well.
If applying for Bioresource engineering or Veterinary Science, you must have scored between 70 to 79%, or level 6, in Mathematics and Physics in Matric
For Animal Science, Entomology, Food Sciences, Pasture Science, Plant Pathology, Viticulture and Oenology, the minimum requirement is 60 to 69% or Level 5 in Maths and Physics
For every other program, the requirement is Level 4 or 50 to 59% in Maths and Physics
How to Apply?
If you meet the eligibility criteria, then move forward with your application. Here’s what you need to do:
Download the DALRRD Undergraduate Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
Complete the form and submit it to the address below
Next, you need to submit the necessary documents. For both undergrad and postgrad applicants, the documents required are:
Matric certificate (only for undergrad students — submit latest results if the certificate is not available yet)
Acceptance letter from the university (on tertiary letterhead)
ID documents of parents or guardians
Proof of household income (latest payslips, if employed, or unemployment form from Department of Labor, if unemployed)
All of these documents should be certified copies.
Application form and the documents can be submitted at one of the following ways:
If sending by email: Externalbursaries@dalrrd.gov.za
If sending by Post:
Sector Education and Training
Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development
Private Bag X250
20 Steve Biko Street
Note: Applications must only be submitted via ONE of the following methods – not all.
The last date for applying is 31 October 2021. The department will announce the beneficiaries within 14 days.
You can get in touch with the following persons with your queries:
Tshianeo Khangala – 012 319 7015
Vusimuzi Mngomezulu – 012 319 7923
For programs in cartography, geo-informatics, geomatics, geographic information science, land surveying, urban and regional planning, here are the contact details:
Cindi Mtshali – 071 856 0600
Nozipho Mitshali – 082 775 0590
Emmanuel Molefe – 082 827 6245
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