SANZAF Bursary Application 2020 – 2021: All you need to know

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SANZAF bursary has helped many youths with financially challenged backgrounds to have access to education. Every South African boy and girl has a right to learning. But what happens to this right when there is the issue of financial constraint?

A good life in the future depends on a good education. Various bursaries in South Africa ensure that young people get the chance to brighten their future. Below is all the information you need to know if you are planning to get financial help for your learning from SANZAF.

What is SANZAF all about?

SANZAF stands for the South African National Zakah Fund. The organization is faith-based and is concerned with the social and educational welfare of needy families of South Africa. It helps the Islamic community by collecting and distributing Sadaqat and Zakah. The organization follows the Muslim law, Sharia, which specifies eight groups of people that should receive Zakah. They include the poor, the needy, the reverts, the ones in debt, those in bondage, the wayfarer, the ones striving in the ways of Allah, and the Zakah overseers.

The SANZAF Zakah bursary program is meant for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who cannot afford to pay for tertiary learning. All students in need of the fund are supposed to make an online bursary application. You also have to remember that SANZAF will not cater to your school registration money. Therefore, you have to make arrangements to clear it.

Who qualifies for the SANZAF bursary applications?

You are required to understand the terms and conditions and the rules specified. Only those students that meet the minimum requirements are fit to receive educational financial aid. Your application will not be successful if you fail to meet all the requirements. The following are mandatory qualifications for you to make it in your application:

  1. You should be a valid citizen of South Africa or have a study permit if you are from another country.
  2. You must provide proof of financial need.
  3. You have to be a resident of the province of which you are making the application. The various regions include Kimberly, Pietermaritzburg, Ladysmith, Durban, Gauteng, East London, Western Cape, and Port Elizabeth.
  4. You should have been previously disadvantaged.
  5. The student should have plans to study or be currently studying at a University, Technikon in South Africa, or the University of Technology.
  6. The student should be among any of the following three groups:
  • Studying at a tertiary institution at the moment and received SANZAF sponsorship the preceding year
  • Currently in Matric
  • Studying in a tertiary institution at the moment and was sponsored by a guardian or yourself the prior year

Online bursaries application

Students from the various provinces are required to make their applications online by filling the bursary application forms that are made available. You can find your bursary application form 2020 from the following regions. Apply in your respective region.

Applications for Gauteng, East London, Western Cape, and Port Elizabeth are now closed. You can contact the respective provinces for the opening of their bursary portal.

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Which documents must be submitted?

When you are done filling your application form, you are required to submit it together with requested supporting documents. You have to ensure that all the required documents are put in a single PDF file before submission. Remember to attach all the requested details to avoid having unsuccessful applications.

The following is the information required for the different categories of students.

Tertiary students who are currently being sponsored by SANZAF

  1. The final results for Matric or the certificate
  2. Mid-year tertiary results for the current year
  3. Proof of revenue of your guardian, parent, or spouse in the form of:
  • The most recent payslip
  • An affidavit for those who are not working
  • A death certificate if they are not alive

Current Matric students

  1. An authenticated copy of ID or study permit for foreign nationals
  2. Most recent Matric results
  3. Reason for bursary in a motivational letter
  4. Endorsement documents
  5. Proof of revenue of your guardian, parent, or spouse in the form of:
  • The most recent payslip
  • An affidavit for those who are not working
  • A death certificate if they are not alive

Tertiary students that have not been sponsored by SANZAF in the past

  1. An authenticated copy of ID or study permit for foreign nationals
  2. The final results for Matric or the certificate
  3. All academic records for tertiary learning
  4. Reason for bursary in a motivational letter
  5. Endorsement documents
  6. Proof of revenue of your guardian, parent, or spouse in the form of:
  • The most recent payslip
  • An affidavit for the ones who are not working
  • A death certificate if they are not alive

What happens after the submission of the application?

The committee of the SANZAF bursary program will scrutinize the applications to find potential beneficiaries. Those shortlisted will be notified through email and when to go for interviews. The venue for interviews will also be communicated via email. Those that pass the interview process will be made aware using a Confirmation of Pledge Letter.

Bursaries closing in March 2020

You are not late to benefit from bursary 2020 and other scholarships. You can get bursaries from the following organizations whose due dates are in March. Visit their websites to know the respective March closing dates.

  • Impala Platinum/Implats Bursary
  • Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Bursary
  • South African Society of Crop Production (SASCP) Bursary
  • NYDA-African Scholars Fund Bursaries
  • South African Medical Association (SAMA) Bursary

You have no reason to drop out of tertiary learning because of the lack of money to pay your fees. SANZAF bursary has made the dreams of many young South Africans come true, and you may be the next. Ensure that you know the annual opening dates of bursary applications.

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