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Title: Compensation Fund External Bursary Scheme: Empowering Disabled Individuals and Dependents

Introduction: The Compensation Fund, a department of the South African Department of Labour, provides compensation to workers who have been injured, diseased, or disabled while performing their job duties. In line with their commitment to support individuals affected by occupational injuries or diseases, the Compensation Fund offers the External Bursary Scheme. This bursary programme is designed to assist two groups: COID pensioners or unemployed persons permanently disabled due to occupational injuries or diseases, and dependents of COID pensioners or COID beneficiaries who are permanently disabled but not yet classified as COID Pensioners.

Fields Covered: The Compensation Fund External Bursary Scheme covers a wide range of fields of study. The eligible fields include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting Science/BCom (Honours) in Accounting/CTA
  • Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics/Actuarial Science/Mathematical Science/Statistics/Data Science
  • Aeronautical Engineering/Aerospace Control/Aviation
  • Agriculture
  • Analytical Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Microbiology
  • Architecture/Town Planning/Construction Management/Quantity Surveyor
  • BSc in Computer Science and Informatics/Information Technology (with specializations such as artificial intelligence/machine learning/data science & analytics/data engineering/Cybersecurity/Cloud Computing/Internet of Things (IoT)/Quantum Computing/Robotics/Software Engineering/Computer Networks)
  • Design Graphic (Communication) Design/Digital Marketing/Brand Communication or Management/Digital design/Film and Production/Animation
  • Economic Science/Econometrics
  • Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Metallurgy, Aeronautical)
  • Food and Beverage technician/Hospitality/Food & Beverage/Culinary
  • Health Professional and related clinical science
  • Investment Management
  • Marine/Maritime Studies
  • Operations Management/Industrial Engineering/Production Management/Supply Chain Management
  • Quality control and planning/Quality Assurance and regulatory/Environmental Health
  • Risk Management and Forensic Science
  • Teaching (Mathematics, Science, Information Communications Technology, and Early Childhood Development)
  • Apprenticeship full programme (for capable candidates who exited the mainstream schooling system at Grade 9, have General Education Certificate (GEC), and have the potential to excel in this programme)
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Coverage Value, Renewability & Selection:

The Compensation Fund bursary covers tuition fees, prescribed study materials, accommodation, and a monthly stipend. Bursaries are awarded for one academic year at a time and are renewable for the entire duration of the qualification, subject to satisfactory academic performance and the availability of funds.

Eligibility Requirements: The eligibility requirements differ for Group 1 and Group 2 applicants.

Group 1:

  • South African citizenship
  • Currently unemployed
  • Acquired a permanent disability due to occupational injuries or diseases
  • Intend to study in one of the listed fields (full-time if not disabled, part-time if disabled)
  • Accepted or preliminary accepted to study at a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College, Community Education and Training (CET), or Higher Education Institution (HEI)
  • Intend to improve skills for reintegration into the workforce or self-employment
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Group 2:

  • South African citizenship
  • Aged between 17 and 25 years old
  • Dependent of a COID pensioner or COID beneficiary who is permanently disabled due to occupational injuries or diseases
  • Intend to study in one of the listed fields (full-time if not disabled, part-time if disabled)
  • Accepted or preliminary accepted to study at a Public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College or Higher Education Institution (HEI)

How to Apply:

To apply for the Compensation Fund bursary, download and complete the Compensation Fund Bursary Application Form for . In the application form, indicate that you heard about the bursary through Submit the completed application form along with the required supporting documents either by email, hand delivery, or post/courier. The details for submission can be found on the application form.

Closing Date:

The closing date for the Compensation Fund Bursary is 31 March. It is important to submit your application before this date to ensure it is considered.

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Contact Information:

For any queries regarding the bursary programme, applicants can contact Mr. Fani Peron at the Compensation Fund. Contact details are as follows:

For COID Persons with Disabilities (Injured Workers) facing barriers to accessing training institutions due to education levels or other obstacles, officials are available to provide advice, further assistance, or organize vocational training. The respective contacts are Mr. Mashubuku (Tel: 012 319 9264) for Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, and Northern Cape, and Mr. Chakalane (Tel: 012 319 9124) for Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Gauteng.

Please note that if you do not receive feedback within two months of the closing date, your application should be regarded as unsuccessful.

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