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iSimangaliso Wetland Park Bursary 2021–2022

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Bursary 2021–2022

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Bursary 2021 – 2022

ABOUT THE COMPANY – ISIMANGALISO

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is one of the largest protected area in the country. The park was previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, but in 2007 was renamed to iSimangaliso Wetland Park – iSimangaliso means “miracle” and “wonder” in Zulu. In 1999, the Park was listed as the first World Heritage Site in South Africa, owing to its exquisite beauty. The Park houses 3 major lake systems, 8 interlinking ecosystems, historic fishing traditions, majority of the countries remaining swamp forests, the continents biggest estuarine system, over 500 bird species and over 20 000 year old coastal dunes.

 

ABOUT THE iSimangaliso Wetland Park Bursary PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority are offering bursary awards to youth who reside in communities surrounding the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal, and who wish to study in the Conservation
or Tourism sector. iSimangaliso has been awarding bursaries since 2010, and has so far funded 98 students.

Bursaries will be awarded for studies in the following fields:

Conservation and related fields, including:
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Climatology
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Horticulture
  • Hydrology
  • Land Management
  • Nature Conservation (Diploma)
  • Palaeontology
  • Veterinary Science
  • Wildlife Studies
  • Zoology
Park Infrastructure:
  • Architecture
  • Architectural Technology
  • Building Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Land Surveying
  • Quantity Surveying

 

Business, Tourism and Hospitality:
  • Accounting (including Chartered Accounting, Cost and Management Accounting, Internal
  • Auditing, Taxation)
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Science
  • Commerce
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism
  • Eco-tourism
  • Hospitality and Catering Management
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
  • Tourism Management
Social Sciences:
  • Anthropology
  • Development Facilitation
  • Development Management
  • Development Planning
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Journalism
  • Environmental Planning and Development
  • History
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Town and Regional Planning

ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority are offering bursary awards to youth who reside in communities
surrounding the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal, and who wish to study in the Conservation
or Tourism sector. iSimangaliso has been awarding bursaries since 2010, and has so far funded 98
students.

Bursaries will be awarded for studies in the following fields:

Conservation and related fields, including:
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Climatology
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Horticulture
  • Hydrology
  • Land Management
  • Nature Conservation (Diploma)
  • Palaeontology
  • Veterinary Science
  • Wildlife Studies
  • Zoology
  • Park Infrastructure:
  • Architecture
  • Architectural Technology
  • Building Science

MORE ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – COVERAGE VALUE & OTHER
OPPORTUNITIES

The bursary may provide cover for the following expenses: books, accommodation, meals, travel, laptop,
data and other expenses (they will not cover tuition fees – that is for NSFAS expense).

Over and above the financial assistance, bursary recipients may also receive academic and psychosocial
support, to help students adjust to university life and get support needed to pass – this will be conducted through REAP, iSimangaliso’s partner organization.

Bursary recipients will also have the opportunity to take part in skills development workshops and
community service initiatives during the holidays – this will improve work readiness.

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):

  • Must be a resident of a land claimant communities from iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority
    (including: Bhangazi, Dukuduku, Emandleni, Jobe, Mabaso, Makhasa, Mbila-Triangle, Mdletsheni,
    Mnqobokazi, Ngwenya, Nside, Sokhulu, Western Shores and Coastal Reserves

OR

  • Must be a resident of the Umkhanyakude District Municipality (in areas surrounding iSimangaliso
    Wetland Park) or Umfolozi Local Municipality (especially the Sokhulu area)
  • Must be currently in Matric OR have completed Matric
  • Must have achieved a minimum overall average of 55% in most recent results (Grade 11 or Matric)
  • Must have been accepted to start your 1st year of study in one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Must have been accepted to study at one of the following public tertiary institutions in South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal / University of Johannesburg / University of the Western Cape
    / University of the Free State / Nelson Mandela University / Central University of Technology
  • Must have applied for NSFAS funding or have proof that you have been successfully awarded a NSFAS bursary

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE BURSARY

Applications can be done in either of the following ways:
1) Apply online for the iSimangaliso Bursary
2) Download and complete the iSimangaliso Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
Hard copy application forms and documents must be submitted to:
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, The Dredger Harbour, St Lucia, 3639
Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your application (online or
with your hard copy application form) (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items
are missing, your application be disregarded):
ID document (certified copy)
Most recent academic results (Grade 11 or Matric) (certified copy)
Proof of NSFAS bursary application
Residents of a land claimant communities from iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority: official
letter from Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of your land claim Trust, confirming your
membership of the land claim community
Residents of the Umkhanyakude District Municipality or Umfolozi Local Municipality: official
letter from local leader/ counsellor, confirming your residence in area and duration of time you
have been residing there
Proof of acceptance to study at: UKZN / UJ / UWC / UFS / NMU / CUT
Motivational letter, explaining why you should be awarded the iSimangaliso Bursary (maximum 100 words)

CLOSING DATE

30 April 2021.
(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 iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority
directly:
Contact people: Nosipho Ngcobo / Ntsikelelo Kulati
Tel: 035 590 1633 / 035 590 1633
Email: nosipho@isimangaliso.com / ntsikelelo@isimangaliso.com

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