The Funza Lushaka Bursary – Teaching

The Funza Lushaka Bursary is aimed at giving eligible students a bursary to acquire a full teaching qualification. After completion of studies the recipient will then have to teach or work at a Provincial Department of Education for the same amount of time as the bursary sponsorship.

Admission Criteria

  • Only South Africans are considered
  • Applicant should already have acceptance into a recognized higher institution
  • Applicant should have a good academic record
  • Applicant must be willing to take up teaching post for the amount of years that the bursary was recieved
  • Preference given to applicants from rural areas or previously disadvantaged backgrounds

 How the Funza Lushaka bursary works

The bursary allows you to obtain a bachelors degree  (University) or a bachelor of technology (Technikon) in a field that is required by the Department of Education.

Once you have your qualification you will then be required to complete a one year Post Graduate in Education certificate before being employed as a teacher for the stipulated time period

 Application Process

You firstly need to apply and be accepted for either a teaching qualification (B Ed) or another qualification (BSc, BTech,BA) that has at least one major course in a priority sector.

Only then can you apply for the Funza Lushaka bursary online.

What the bursary covers

  • Tuition Fees
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Books and learning materials
  • Small living allowance for other monthly expenses

 Conditions

  • The bursary is awarded on a yearly basis, so each bursary holder must re-apply every year
  • The bursary may be extended by one year for additional courses or subjects
  • The bursary must be repaid if the recipient fails to qualify, fails to apply or take up a teaching post at a public school or fails to finish the required working period.

For more info on the bursary, priority areas and to apply you can visit the Funza Lushaka website

Please contact Funza Lushaka directly for updates on their bursary program

124 Comments

  1. Hi could you please help with the application form I want it for my sister who lives in rural area of daggakraal she’s in grade 12 and also want to do teaching after metric
    I think this bursary will help her a lot. We are far with the internet cafe, so is it possible for to post it please. Mr B.V Thusi 2097 section E Ekangala 1021

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    • Hi im collen,i completed my matric last year with good result(admission to a diploma).i hereby wish to do a teaching course in 2014.im asking for bursary ,please im realy need it.i am a hard working young man.

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      • You need to wait for applications to open later this year for 2014

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        • Pls help! I’m a parent for a student @ tut he got funza lushaka bursary but until today he didn’t get any small monthly allowance .can u pls tell me how long must he wait for monthly allowance before he can get it “frustrated parent ”
          Regard
          Patrick

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          • Hi Patrick,

            Unfortunately we have no direct contact with Funza….

          • uhmm m0nthly all0wance is 0nly recievd 0n th sec year nd abv, if h is stl a frst yr bursary h0ldr then h wl strt gttn it 4rm th f0ll0wing year…

  2. Hi,my sister completed her matric last year with very good marks. She want to study teaching. This bursary will be realy helpful and it will help her fulfil her dreams.

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  3. Hello! I’m Lindelani Sithole so i have done my grade 12 (matric) so i wish to study by Funzalushaka Bursariey and i do not know what can i do because i have registered through CAO but they did not inform me about that application.I wish study teaching.Thanks.

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    • Hi Lindelani, you must be accepted for the course you would like to study first before applying for the Funza Lushaka bursary. You then simply apply at their website . You still have time so hurry :)

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  4. I’m currently working as I’m teaching part as School Support Programme at Abram Hlophe school. I’m now having a passion in teaching. I want to study further but dont have money. I’m teaching helping and kids with homework.
    please help.

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    • Busi, you need to apply and get accepted at a university, technikon or college and then apply at Funza. This would be the best option for you as its geared towards empowering teachers.

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  5. Hae um nhlakanipho mthiyane, ive been doing matric this yr,hence iknw dt iwl pass my matric and they ve already accepted me at Unizul for studing B ed FET physx n maths bt da problm is, i dnt knw hw cn i get da bursary form to apply. Im frm d disadvantage area bt i hv passion for teachng. Please help.

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    • You need to find an internet cafe or print shop. Also try your school they have to help you….

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  6. Hy. I got admitd @UP nd have also applied for funza lushaka, i am just wondering if chances are high for me to get that bursary because i need it and i have heard lot of bad comments about funza lushaka. I have appld for funza on a opening date of it. I am so worried!… I just wish i get it!

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  7. Hi im Bule iam doind b.ed @ unisa and iam volunting @ my nearest school,I applied for a bursary online and i did get any respond .please help i need this bursary.

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    • Hi Nombulelo, We do not deal with Funza. You need to contact the Funza consultants at Unisa.

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  8. i have applied for funza lushaka bursary and got acceptance letter from uj i need bursary now

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    • You need to wait for correspondence from Funza.

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  9. Hy. When do funza lushaka reply applicants for 2013?

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    • ……Who Knows

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      • Can you please help as im also looking for funding to start my course in education.I was accepted as a student for this year at UFS but didnt have money to go futher.PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

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  10. Hey victoria thnx 4 ur help here in answering the questions of our fellow students.its bin helpful 2 me also

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  11. i applied 4 funza bursary, plz whn does it reply?

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    • Hi Jerry, we do not deal directly with Funza Lushaka.

      If you have applied they will contact you.

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      • Hi! Does funza lushaka reply to the aplicants atleast before the registration period ends?

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        • They should….

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    • Hi I would like to know if I qualify for the bursary. I am currently enrolled for my first year for a BSc Extended programme in Geosciences at NMMU.

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      • If you are planning on becoming a teacher then you should apply when it opens on the 1st of October

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  12. Hey I would like to know if funza does atleast reply to students before the registration period ends?

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  13. If the student doesnt get placed at a school through the department how long does he or she have to wait until he or she can be released from the bursary obligation so that he or she can apply for another job?

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    • They should let you go immediately.

      This rarely happens though…..

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  14. HI EVERYONE WHO APPLIED FOR BURSARY THEY ALL
    GET IT OR YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR NUMBER THAT U NEED ,I AM WORRIED.

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    • Applications for Funza have only recently closed for 2013.

      So correspondence might be a bit slow and usually is due to the large amount of applications.

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      • Hi,i hereby wish to apply for funza lushaka bursary.i passed my matric last year with distinction,so i am appealing to funza lushaka to help me to further my studies so that i can be a teacher.thank you.

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        • Moeketsi, please apply at their website.

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  15. hw much does funza give each student

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    • Varies dependent on the course you study

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  16. Greetings to every one

    I just want to know if Funza would pay for post graduate students.
    i study at unisa partime,and i’ve apply for basary last year.even now I never
    found responce from them.I bought all book and deed reg.

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    • What are you studying for Henry?

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  17. Hi I applied for funza lushaka bursary on the 9th of January 2013, is there any possibility of getting it?

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    • Yes but they will take a while to process all the applications.

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  18. Hi! I would 2 know why funza do not sponser B.Ed intermediate and senior phase(Social Sciences).

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    • Yes

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  19. Hi my name is desiree i applied for the busary early this year but my problem is i had to change the institution,so will i be able to still get the busary?

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    • If you were accepted at the new institution then it should not be a problem.

      You must notify Funza though.

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      • I am current teaching with a BSc offering Natural Science, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at a noticeable level at high school. I am also assisting other schools during weekends in Ladysmith and Bergville. I wish I were fully qualified for this. How do I get this bursary. I wanna do a PGCE at UNISA.

        Johan

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        • You need to apply at Unisa then apply at the Funza Lushaka website from the 1st of October.

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  20. Hi Victoria I am Fundza lushaka beneficiary but am yet been placed , I graduated in 2011. I was wondering whether you can help me in this regard. I would love to work in Gauteng. I tried several times to call Fundza Lushaka head office but I do not get desired response. I even filled in that placement form. please help . From ‘destitute’ LUVO

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    • Its unfortunate how you are being treated. We suggest you apply for teaching posts in the meantime.

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  21. Can i get an application form i am interested on being a teacher

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    • You need to visit their website Nobuhle

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  22. Funza lushaka bursary is so helpful, i am using it..all you have to do is work hard and submit in time.

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    • Are you studying at unisa?

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  23. Hi Victoria,when do u open for 2014 applications? i was once sponsored by nsfas but did not finish my degree, now i want to do BeD and i want to apply for funza, will they accept me?

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    • They open towards the end of the year

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  24. Hi i will like to now if can still apply for 2014 bursary.

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    • Yes, the bursary opens later this year for 2014 applicants

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      • hi Victoria how do I know that my application has gone through from my computer because its not showing me.

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        • You should get a email notification from Funza

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  25. i hv bn sponsored by the funza lushaka bursary last year as the first entering student nw the prob is dat the list for this year is already out bt my name does nt appear i gt 100% n i meet all the criterias needed.so wht can i do? m depressed cz i cm frm a very poor family my parents does nt work we only rely on my 3 siblings social grant whch is nt enough.4rm U.L

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    • You need to contact them directly Melidah

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      • Hi Vicky

        Im waiting to be placed by Funza Lushaka for the teaching post will you be ble to confirm when are we going to be placed ? I studied my PGCE through nmmu 2012. Thanks

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        • Unfortunately not Victoria, we do not deal with them directly

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  26. Im always hungry at school when is FUNZA answering?wen i was applying i chose business studies and sesotho ,but during the registration i changed to Economics,sesotho and English will i still get Funza?

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    • These are questions only Funza can answer…

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  27. Hi, where can I find a contact no for someone at the Fundsa Lushaka Bursary office?
    Do you know if you are awarded a bursary if they pay for priviate housing? My daughter is sharing a flat with someone, she is not in the university hostel.

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    • They do offer an accommodation allowance but we do not have contacts within the bursary….

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  28. HI AM TUMELO MOLEHANE AM A POST MATRIK I PASSED WTH BACHELORS MY DREAM IS TO BE A TEACHER HELP MI AM MONEY DISADVANTAGE MY NOMBERS 07377O6674

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    • Its too late to get into Funza for 2013, your options are to wait for 2014 or simply get a student loan…

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  29. I wanna study at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2014, i wanna do Agriculture Management, does funza lusaka accept such field of study?

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    • They would but you would have to teach for a few years after qualifying

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      • Thank you Victoria thank you very much

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  30. can i apply for funza bursary if im registered at unisa.

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    • Yes

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  31. Hi Mrs Ellis, I would like to know when will the funza lushaka bursary respond to their bursars for 2013? Or when can I expect them to answer my application, because I have been waiting for the response n I can’t even buy my stationary because I have insufficient funds to can buy my stationary. Can you please estimate when will they respond for this year because now we are in march, and there is no responce.

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    • There should have been correspondence by now Steven. You need to contact them.

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  32. Im desperately looking for a bursary Ruan Sevier email me futher details

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    • Bursary applications for this year are closed Ruan you may need to get a study loan

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  33. what are term and conditions for bursaries funza lushaka

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    • That can be read on their website Nozipho

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  34. my son need the bursary,please respond positively cause i don’t work so he cant continue with his studies this year please help i am really desperate

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    • What is he studying?

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  35. Hey can you please notify me when the applications for 2014 open…

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    • October the 1st usually.

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  36. victoria i wnt 2apply for 2014 m currently studying Bed maths,science and technology

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    • Applications open October the 1st for 2014

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  37. We are so desperately in need of Funza that is why we applied. It doesn’t make sense that at this time of the year there hasn’t been any correspondence. Soon PGCE students are going o their teaching pracs; how are they going to pull trhough – I don’t know! Funza has to come out with more efficient ways of correspondence because this “waiting till kingdom comes” is only causing UNNECCESSARY stress and worry to mount up on students. Please Victoria, help is needed…

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    • I feel your pain Busi but our hands are tied…

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  38. hello am michelle i wanted to know if i can get a funza lushaka bursary if am doing a cerficate on teaching?

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    • Only Degree qualifications

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  39. Hi my nam is Neo, i am currently studyin HR Management at an FET College in Carletonville, on a bursary. My coursre is for 3 years which is divided into two 18 months programmes. The first 18 months are for obtaine my N6 certificate and the second 18 months are for practicals (internship) and only then can I get my diploma.

    Want I want to know if would it be a wise move for me to stop my current course and apply for a teaching bursary or should I finish my diploma first?

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    • Funza Lushaka is aimed at prospective teachers. You will have to teach for a few years in a public school. Is this your plan?

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  40. hi am on foundation program at rhodes university, but since rhodes doesn’t have a strain teaching course, you need to complete a degree first then you can do one year of teaching, does funza offer a bursary on such conditions?

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  41. helo ,im enjoying the benefits of the fundza lushaka bursary ,i encourage everyone to take modules like economics .accounting and other priority areas and work hard on them

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  42. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING FUNZA LUSHAKA IF I CHANGE FROM ENGINEERING ELECTRICAL WHERE I WAS USING NSFAS TO TEACHING?

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    • It depends on your matric results but taking teaching will help your application greatly

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  43. Hello im doing teaching this year at UFS, i failed to apply for funza lushaka last year but hoping to do so this year. can you help me with the forms when they available.

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    • Funza applications open the 1st of October and its done online at their website.

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  44. Dear Mr/Mrs
    How can I apply for this busary? I’m currently studying my BA psychology at CTI. I’m in a financial crisis on the moment and want to apply for a bursary for the year 2014. My mom is the only person who works in the house and she not capable of paying my studies alone.

    Would kindly ask to inform me with advise…

    Cindy

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    • Are you interested in the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

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  45. hi iwould like to study Bcom(financial management) and teaching at the same time i want to know if that is possible and can i get the funza lushaka bursary

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    • Funza would want you to do the Bcom then the teaching diploma or degree.

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  46. um requetn funza lushaka application form please

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    • Its an online application starting the 1st of October

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  47. I would like to apply for funza lushaka…can I apply with matric certificate

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    • Yes

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  48. Hi victoria Ellis am currently studying management @tut & am completing my diploma in september, so i would like to divert/follow a teaching career next year,i passed my matric with admission to diploma so do i qualify for funza lushaka bursary.
    do you only take student who passed with admission to bachelor degree or admission to diploma?
    is age +matric + diploma= admission to bachelor degree/higher education?when credited by matriculation board of south africa?and do u qualify for
    funzalushaka bursary?

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    • Have you looked at their website?

      It should answer all your questions

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  49. Hi there i realy need to know when i should apply for a bursary im very hardworking and teaching is one of my biggest dreams and im in matric this year but i would like to study next year and money is a huge problem please HELP!!!!!!!

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  50. How can i contact Funza lushaka consultants to assist me with the process because i have been struggling to access the online forms,It says the application has been closed.Please help me.

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    • Applications only open the 1st of October Lassy

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  51. I was doing my matric in 2010 and I passed my matric with admission to Bachelor’s degree so I just wanted to find out if I’m in a position to get the Funza lushaka bursary or not. plz reply

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    • I’m still waiting for an answer.

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  52. To bursary holders, how much does it pay monthly?

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  53. Date 4 funzalushaka respond 4 2014?

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  54. Hey victoria I applied for funza lushaka but I still have an outstanding balance that I couldn’t pay. Will my application be considered

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  55. Im trying to find a bursary for my daughtwr she wants to study further but i cannot afford to send her to university i only get a minimun wage as her only parent her father died 17 years ago and im the only breadwinner in the house i would be gratefull
    for some help

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  56. Hey, my name is Precious Dlamini. i am currently doing a National Diploma in Human Resource and would like to know if i’d qualify for a post graduate programme in teaching.

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    • Hi Precious, you need to contact Funza directly

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