Apply for NSFAS funding and make your 2020 academic journey comfortable
The South African Government is aware most households struggle to pay the hefty academic costs for their kids to complete their desired qualifications. This is why the NSFAS is tasked with ensuring that no deserving student is barred from achieving their dreams due to their poor financial background. NSFAS administers funding for potential professionals from poor and working-class families who can’t afford study fees on behalf of the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
Who qualifies for the NSFAS funding?
Who should not apply?
You will need the following supporting documents to apply
All applicants are required to submit:
If you are dependent on your parents/guardian/spouse, please provide:
If you are self-sufficient (no parent/guardian support) please provide:
If you have a disability, please provide
Completed and signed Annexure A (if your information is not pre-populated on the portal).
If you are an orphan, please provide
Completed and signed Declaration Form.
Other documents required, if applicable:
* Note: If you are a SASSA recipient then no proof of income is required
How can you apply?
Visit www.nsfas.org.za and create your myNSFAS account
Once approved for NSFAS funding, the bursary will pay for:
Registration fee, tuition fees, food, study material, personal care allowance, travelling and accommodation where necessary.
Don’t just apply for yourself, tell your friends to tell their friends to apply too.
Below are the NSFAS contact details for more information
Contact Centre Toll Free number: 08000 67327
Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
Palesa Binonica Mabilo who hails from Tikwana; a township in Hoopstad, is the first born of Diagomang Elizabeth Rapulana and Thabo Jacob Poeng. She says where she comes from talent is not recognized but she is driven by passion. Coming from a dusty township did not deter Palesa from dreaming of a brighter future. She was taught to always put God first in everything that she does and that has enabled her to make the best out of the small opportunities that came her way.
She studied National Certificate (Vocational) in Office Administration from Level 2 (2015) to Level 4 (2017) at Goldfields TVET College, and She graduated on the 19th of September 2018. She further at the same college in 2018, to study Management Assistant N4 – N6 which she completed in June 2019. After her completion she submitted her CV at the campus placement office. She did not just end there but she made it her mission to visit the placement office regularly in search of any available vacancies. The ever-willing placement officer at Welkom Campus; Mr Magwa, was instrumental in assisting her and other students with information which they could use.
On the 12th of August 2019 she received a call from a company called O’Nam C Holdings informing her that she had been shortlisted for an interview on the 14th of August for an Office Administrator position. Just two days after the interview, she received a lifechanging call from the company informing her that she had been appointed as an Office Administrator and should report for duty on 19th of August at 08:00 am.
She would like to extend her appreciation to the teachers who taught her from primary and high schools as she cannot quote all of them. She further wishes to thank the remarkable staff of Goldfields TVET college for the role that they played in making her journey to be endurable. She is even more grateful to the lecturers who not only planted a seed but assisted in nurturing her to flourish from when she started her NCV level 2 until she exited the institution with her N6 certificate. Most of all she would like to thank her mom Diagomang Elizabeth for being patient while grooming her to be the woman she is today.
In an interview with us Me Mano Chiroodza who is Palesa’s employer at O”Nam C holdings says her appointment as the face of the company has made their jobs effortless. She has received nothing but compliments from clients regarding Palesa’s conduct and service. O’Nam C holding is a company dealing with accounting and logistics and they are based in the Welkom CBD. Me Chiroodza is passionate about training people without experience because they are innovative and have lots of ideas to see the company thrive. This company has previously opened doors to the Goldfields TVET students who were completing their internships. With an MOU between these two institutions in place, Me Chiroodza is confident that this arrangement will bring prosperity to both institutions. We wish Me Mabilo along with O’Nam C holdings the best of luck in their future.
Goldfields TVET college prides itself with producing graduates that are ready for the job market, not only with their qualifications but equally with their skills. With the feedback from the industry partners such as O’Nam Holdings, the college is motivated to continue to be the beacon of hope in the community.
Inspired by the 2019 theme of the college, “together achieving academic excellence through positive attitude, collaboration and professionalism”; the Hospitality Department at Welkom Campus held its’ first ever Hospitality Academic Seminar for the students on the 10th of October 2019.
The main aim of the seminar was to promote academic excellence and award the students an opportunity to experience an event that they would normally learn about theoretically. The students experienced first-hand how it feels to be guests at a seminar.
The event started at 08:00 am where students went into the boardroom to collect their breakfast and then proceeded to the hall for registration and commencement of the function. Upon registration, the students received their nametags with lanyards, customised paper bags with notepads and pens for notes taking during the different phases of the seminar.
Dr Pitso Kheza; the Senior Education Specialist (Student Support Services) opened the ceremony with the word of God and prayer. The Acting Campus Manager for Welkom Campus Mr Ratsilo Maleke did the opening and welcome of delegates and guests. The HOD of the Hospitality Department Mr Butch Duvenage explained the purpose of the day and introduced guest speakers.
Dr Rachere Radile (Deputy Principal: Academic Services) spoke first and focused on academic excellence and practice for success. He spoke about the importance of maintaining standard as this was critical in the Hospitality industry. Students were encouraged to apply the Steven Covey principle of “begin with the end in mind” as as illustrated in his book “7 habits of highly effective people”. Dr Radile expressed a desire that he would like this seminar to be an annual event, challenged the team to make this realizable and he hoped that other college departments would emulate the hospitality unit.
In his presentation, Dr Kheza addressed examination preparations and strategies that can be used by students to study for exams. He thoroughly explained the study methods, breaking them down and providing examples. Dr Kheza used the opportunity to motivate the students and boost their morale for the upcoming final examinations .
From the main session in the hall, all students proceeded to their respective venues for various programs: Level 2s in the kitchen for knife skills demonstration, Level 3 setting up for lunch in the restaurant, Level 4s in class for a presentation on law as part of Client services. The rotation went on until 12 O’clock when finger lunch was served in the restaurant and the hall.
Two more sessions were held after lunch to complete the day. After the last session the students gathered in the hall where Mr Duvenage delivered a vote of thanks. He thanked all the speakers and the facilitators for the day, also presenting them with fruit baskets as a token of appreciation from the Hospitality Department.
The students had this to say about the event:
“May I take this opportunity to pass my gratitude, on behalf of the Hospitality Level 4s, We thank you a lot for organising such a fruitful event in order to help us to achieve academic excellence.
Thank you, our fabulous lecturer, Me Lekhuleni for always putting your magic onto everything.
Thank you, our energetic Lecturer Mrs Du Plessis, for always going and extra mile and being there for us.
Thank you Me Stubbz for your humble spirit, even though you are quiet, but you want what is best for us.
Thank you, Mr Duvenage, for demonstrating the skill of flambé, we learned a lot. Thank you also for making this seminar a success. Thank you, a thousand times, we pledge to do our Best during our final exams in order to make you proud”.
“It was inspirational, the speakers really impacted on us. The study methods and exam preps were exactly what we needed. I have started to implement the study methods recommended by Dr Kheza and they’re working.”
“I feel motivated, what the speakers said that we can do better and believe in ourselves and trust our abilities.” K.C Mongale
“It was great especially seeing that we are loved and supported as the Hospitality Students” ND Ntabe
Based on the feedback of the students, clearly this seminar has achieved its’ mission.