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Impala Platinum Mine and Smelter Complex
Artwork by Michael Croesér

 

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The Steve Kearney Bursary

Steve Kearney's association with the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN) dated back many years during his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd when he negotiated a more favourable deal in terms of their mineral royalties. After his death in 2004, the RBN instituted the Steve Kearney bursary in his honour.

Qualifying Criteria

The bursary is awarded to candidates who satisfy the following criteria:

  • They should be South African citizens who form part of the group of historically disadvantaged persons.
  • They should presently be studying an undergraduate, an honours or a masters degree.
  • They should be enrolled at a higher education institution in South Africa.
  • They should be enrolled in one of the disciplines: engineering, science or technology.
  • An application form should be completed and a CV attached with full academic record.
  • Two essays on a topic determined by the Board of Trustees should be submitted.

What does the bursary offer?

  • Registration, tuition and examination fees.
  • University residence fees.
  • Course books and other tutorial materials.
  • A reasonable allowance, as determined by the Board of Trustees, to cover living expenses.

How to apply

  • Download and complete the application form (click here to download the form).
  • Email or fax the completed application form with a copy of your CV and copies of required documents (matric certificate; updated academic transcript from the institution where you are studying; ID document) to:
  • Alternatively, deliver the completed application form, together with a copy of your CV and copies of required documents (matric certificate; updated academic transcript from the institution where you are studying; ID document) to

    Professor Gillian Drennan
    Head of School: Geosciences
    University of the Witwatersrand
    East Campus
    1 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Braamfontein
    Johannesburg

Selection process

The Board of Trustees will review applications from all candidates and draw up a shortlist. Candidates who are short-listed will be required to undergo an interview before the final decision by the Board of Trustees is made.

Terms and Conditions

  • The bursary is re-awarded each year subject to a student's successful and satisfactory completion of the previous year's studies.
  • Bursary students are required to undertake vacation work at Royal Bafokeng Holdings (Pty) Ltd or an entity nominated by Royal Bafokeng Holdings (Pty) Ltd at the end of each year, subject to the availability of a position.
  • Students are required to spend one year in the service of Royal Bafokeng Holdings (Pty) Ltd, or in the service of another entity nominated by Royal Bafokeng Holdings, for each year of bursary entitlement.

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Contact:

Professor Gillian Drennan
Head of School: Geosciences
University of the Witwatersrand
Landline (office hours): 011 717 6570
011 717 6633
Mobile: To be advised
Email:

Gillian.drennan@wits.ac.za

Address: University of the Witwatersrand
  East Campus
  1 Jan Smuts Avenue
  Braamfontein
  Johanneburg
Web page updated: 11 December, 2019
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