The Southern African Clothing – Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) Bursary South Africa 2024 – 2025

By | January 24, 2019

The Southern African Clothing | Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) Bursary South Africa 2024 – 2025


The Southern African Clothing | Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU), founded in 1989, is the countries largest union within the textile, clothing and leather industry. It is also one of the biggest affiliates of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). SACTWU is responsible for the negotiation of wages, as well as terms of conditions of employment for a large portion of workers within this industry.

SACTWU currently has over 105 000 members and 18 offices throughout South Africa, including in Cape Town; Johannesburg; Pretoria; Durban; Port Elizabeth; East London and Pietermaritzburg.


SACTWU manage the largest bursary fund in the trade union throughout the country. The bursary fund was initiated in 1975 and is awarded to members, their spouses and their dependents.


The bursary award will pay 75% of the tuition fees only – books, residence, meals and transport are NOT covered. Children studying at Public Universities will receive a maximum coverage of R35 000, while children at registered Private Institutions will receive a maximum coverage of R7 000 and spouses will receive half of the above mentioned amounts.

Please note that students who are child dependants will be required to conduct 50 hours of community service.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You are a SACTWU member/ the spouse of a SACTWU member/ a biological child of a SACTWU member/ a legally adopted child of a SACTWU member
  • Studying at a registered University or University of Technology in South Africa (NOT an FET or TVET College)
  • Child dependants may NOT be employed full-time and 25 years or younger
  • Members must be paid-up by 31 July (of the previous year)
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Download and complete the SACTWU Bursary Application Form  (.pdf)

Applicants should also download and read the SACTWU Bursary Rules (.pdf)

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • 1 x colour photo (passport/ ID size)
  • Member’s ID document (certified copy)
  • Member’s latest payslip (certified copy)
  • Tertiary institution detailed statement of account for the current year of study (original/ certified copy)
  • Matric results certificate (certified copy)
  • Up to date academic record (certified copy)
  • If the member is your biological parent: unabridged birth certificate (certified copy)
  • If the member is your legal guardian: death certificate of biological parents, members marriage certificate, member and their spouses ID’s, court order or confirmation of guardianship from the Department of Social Development
  • If the member is your spouse: marriage certificate and spouse ID (certified copies)
  • If the member has been retrenched: an affidavit from them about their employment status
  • Students that are studying part-tome or via correspondence: affidavit stating your employment/ unemployment status (and if employed, a recent payslip),
  • If you are a child dependent: complete and submit the SaSU Application Form 2019(.pdf)
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Applications must be submitted to SACTWU Bursary Department, via one of the following methods:
1) Hand delivered:
3rd Floor James Bolton Hall
127 Magwaza Maphalala Street

2) Post:
SACTWU Bursary Department
P.O. Box 18359


28 February 2020 (for full year study and first semester)
7 August 2020 (for second semester)
Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.



For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact SACTWU directly:
SACTWU Bursary Department
Tel: 031 301 1351
Fax: 031 305 1039

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