Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) Bursary

By | January 1, 2020

Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) Bursary

Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) Bursary

Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) Bursary

About (SACTWU)

The Garment and Textile Workers Union of South Africa (SACTWU), founded in 1989, is the nation’s largest union in the textile, clothing and leather industries. It is also one of the largest branches of the South African Congress of Trade Unions (COSATU). SACTWU is responsible for negotiating wages, as well as conditions of employment, for a large part of the workers in this industry.

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

SACTWU manages the largest trade union fund in the country. The scholarship fund was established in 1975 and is awarded to members, their spouses and their dependents.

The scholarship will only pay 75% of the tuition fee – NOT including books, accommodation, meals and travel. 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 their spouses. / Husband will receive half of the amount mentioned above.

Please note that dependent students will be required to complete 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)


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 2023 (.pdf)

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


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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