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Applications for the Sasol Bursary 2013 have kicked off, offering students access to one of the most competitive and largest bursary schemes in the country, with over 800 bursars currently working towards their degrees and another 100 accepted last year. Sasol’s bursary programme develops talent in science, engineering, technology and business disciplines and helps bridge the gaps identified on Government’s national scarce skills list.

The bursary’s benefits are extensive, to ensure students are well equipped and prepared to embark on their academic career, thereby helping them achieve their maximum potential. The bursary covers full tuition, residence and meals, as well as an allowance to purchase a computer, which remains with the bursar on the successful completion of the course. Sasol bursars also receive a monthly allowance and a financial incentive for academic performance.

According to Mrs Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education, mathematics and science are critical subjects for success in competitive knowledge-based economies. However, many learners complete high school without mastering these subjects.

To address this challenge, Sasol will be embarking on national roadshows during February, targeting Grade nine to 12 learners. “Finding and nurturing South African talent is important to us, not only for our business, but to develop and expand the local pool of talent. By embarking on these roadshows, it ensures we’re able to reach as diverse a pool of potential students as possible and stir their interest in this exciting field,” said Nolitha Fakude, Executive Director, Sasol.

The long-running bursary has seen thousands of students enter the science and engineering world, many of whom now have well established and successful careers within the company.

Looking back on her journey, former Sasol bursar Pakama Gcabo reflects on life as a small schoolgirl from the Itskolele Township in the Eastern Cape, to now becoming one of Sasol’s Senior Process Engineers at Sasolburg. She received a bursary in 2001 and studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town.

“The Sasol bursary allowed me to pursue and excel at my studies without having to worry about the financial aspects of the degree. The vacation work at the end of the second and third year was a useful introduction to the company and the industry. Through the opportunities offered at Sasol, I worked abroad on exciting international projects, often at the cutting edge of technological and scientific discovery. Nothing in life comes by without hard work, so you will have to apply yourself, but it’s worth it.”

“Gcabo is one of the many sterling examples of how Sasol bursars can achieve their goals. These future professionals will support our company’s ambitious growth plans for the future, while also nurturing South Africa’s untapped talent,” concludes Fakude.

Calls for applications kicked off in January this year. Bursary applications close on 29 February 2012. Students wishing to study science, engineering, law, business and accounting in the 2011 academic year are invited and encouraged to apply.

Candidates can apply online at Sasol , call 0860 106 235 or SMS the keyword BURSARIES and your email address to 32693 at the cost of R1.

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