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Bursary Opportunities: Sasol Mining Fence-line (Mainstream) Programme

Sasol Mainstream bursaries is a performance-based programme with a work-back / pay-back obligation. This is a comprehensive bursary offered to talented individuals who are planning to study full-time towards an undergraduate in selected Engineering, Science and Technology qualification.

The Sasol Mining Fence-line Bursary Programme aims to attract exceptional young talent to the organization. Bursaries awarded are for full-time studies for a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc. or B.Eng.) at an approved South African University and are offered to South African Citizens only.

Bursaries will exclusively be granted for studies within the following academic disciplines:


  • Electronic Engineering (B.Eng.)
  • Electrical Engineering (B.Eng.)
  • Industrial Engineering (B.Eng.)
  • Mechanical Engineering (B.Eng.)
  • Mining Engineering (B.Eng.)


  • Geology (B.Sc.) – Please be aware that obtaining an Honours degree is mandatory for pursuing this field of study.

Engineering Technology Degree:  

  • Mine Surveying (B.Eng. Tech.)
These bursary opportunities are limited to South African citizens (by birth only) from Sasol Mining Fenceline communities, who are / will be pursuing degree studies at a public South African University or University of Technology (for Mine Surveying only).
Eligible applicants are students in either their first or second year of studies in 2024.


Fields for Study

Applications may be submitted for degrees (no diplomas) in one of the following fields of study:

Undergraduate Studies (B.Eng. / B.Sc.) (Not a B.Eng. Tech)

  1. Electrical Engineering
  2. Electronic Engineering
  3. Geology
  4. Industrial Engineering
  5. Mechanical Engineering
  6. Mining Engineering

Undergraduate Studies (B. Eng. Tech.) – University of Technology

  1. Mine Surveying


Application Criteria – Minimum Criteria

Bursaries are available to individuals in either the matriculation phase or those who are in their first year of studies pursuing the relevant qualifications or degrees.

1.  B.Eng. and B.Sc.Eng & Geology

  • Level 6:  70 -79% for Mathematics (not Maths Literacy)
  • Level 6:  70 -79% for Physical Science
  • Level 5:  60 – 69% for English First Additional language or
  • Level 5:  60 – 69% for English home language or
  • Level 4:  50 – 59% for English Second Additional language


2.  B.Eng. Tech. (Mine Surveying) 

  • Level 5:  60 – 69% for Mathematics (not Maths Literacy) and
  • Level 5:  60 – 69% for Physical Science and
  • Level 5:  60 – 69% for English First Additional language or
  • Level 5:  60 – 69% for English home language or
  • Level 4:  50 – 59% for English Second Additional language


The general application criteria for students are outlined as follows:

  • Applicants who wish to pursue 1st-year studies must submit their applications with either Grade 11 or Grade 12 results.
  • Applicants aiming for 2nd-year studies must submit their applications with Grade 12 results.

Application criteria for current university undergraduate students (Academic first year in 2023 applying for 2nd year in 2024)

  • If a student is already studying towards the degree course for which he/she is applying for a bursary, the student must be registered for the degree course over the minimum study period for the degree involved (i.e., 4 years for engineering degree) and/or able to still complete studies in that minimum period. NB. Students who are already on an extended study period or already added a year to the minimum study period (i.e., 5 years for an engineering degree) as well as individuals who are planning to register for an extended degree course, must not apply.
  • Applications must be for full time studies towards an academic degree at an accredited and approved South African University. NB. Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA) will not be considered/allowed.
  • No bursaries will be awarded for studies at a University of Technology, except for studies in Mine Surveying.


Notes for all applicants

  • Applicants must be South African citizens with a valid ID document/card.
  • Shortlisted applicants must be willing and able to avail themselves for online psychometric testing as part of the selection process. These assessments will take place before the interview phase.
  • A full academic record is required when students apply.
  • Proof of permanent home residence (municipality and district) will be required when students apply.
  • All bursaries awarded are subject to the condition that the candidate’s end of year results in Grade 12 (if currently in matric) or end of year results at university (if currently studying at university) do not differ substantially from the results presented during the application process. The minimum criteria will still be valid though.
  • Sasol reserves the right to withdraw the Sasol bursary offer if the candidate performs substantially weaker academically than the academic results submitted during the application process, if the student will apply or are registered for an extended degree course or due to failed subject are already on an extended study period or when a student intend to register/register for a so called dual/combined/hybrid degree course or a degree course not agreed upon or should the student not permanently reside and matriculated in one of the municipalities indicated below. NB. Students should be discouraged to apply for a bursary, well knowing that they plan to study in a different (although possibly related) degree course.


The municipalities in Mpumalanga and the Free State that will be included in the selection criteria for our fenceline communities are as follows:

Mpumalanga – Gert Sibande District – Secunda Fenceline

Govan Mbeki Municipality

  • Bethal
  • Brendan Village
  • Davel
  • eMbalenhle
  • eMzinoni (Bethal)
  • Evander
  • Kinross
  • Leandra
  • Legogang
  • Leslie
  • Secunda
  • Trichardt

Lekwa Local Municipality

  • Holmdene
  • Morgenzon
  • Standerton

Dipaleseng Local Municipality

  • Balfour
  • Greylingstad
  • Grootvlei
  • Siyathemba
  • Val


  • Ga-Nala
  • Kriel
  • Ogies
  • Rietspruit
  • Thubelihle
  • van Dyksdrift
  • Wilge


Fezile Dabi District (Free State) – Sasolburg Fenceline

Metsimaholo Local Municipality

  • Deneysvilles
  • Oranjeville
  • Sasolburg
  • Tshepiso
  • Vaalpark
  • Zamdela

Ngwathe Local Municipality

  • Edenbille
  • Galeshewe
  • Heilbron
  • Koppies
  • Kwakwatsi
  • Parys


How to apply:

Apply online at:

Should you experience challenges during the application process please contact the Call Centre on 086 010 6235.

The final date for submission of applications is 4 October 2023.


Sasol Foundation Bursary Programme

(Applications are closed)

The scarcity of talent in South Africa and globally makes it essential for Sasol to ensure continuous availability of skills to sustain our growth. The Sasol Bursary programmes for South African youth are a critical talent lever to enable us to meet our strategic and transformation talent objectives.

Sasol has established a reputation in the market as an employer of choice and has been voted Employer of Choice in the Chemicals and Energy sector, by graduates on the SAGEA employer survey, for five consecutive years.

To date Sasol has various programmes that enable the development of scholars and graduates.

STEM bursaries

The Sasol Foundation offers an all-inclusive bursary to talented individuals who are planning to study full-time towards an undergraduate degree to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. Priority will be given to degree studies that are in line with future capabilities (Green Economy and Digitalisation), which include disciplines such as Engineering, Information Technology, Data Sciences, Agricultural Science, Environmental Sciences, Medical Sciences and Construction & Manufacturing among others.  No postgraduate bursaries will be offered for 2024 academic year.


Non-STEM bursaries

These bursaries are reserved only for qualifying students from Sasol’s fence line communities (municipalities / districts around Sasol plants / operations); children of Sasol Khanyisa shareholders; and children of Sasol employees, wishing to study towards non-STEM qualifications.  No postgraduate bursaries will be offered for 2024 academic year.


These bursary opportunities are limited to South African citizens (by birth only), who are / will be pursuing degree studies at a public South African University or University of Technology.

South African Mainstream Bursary Programme

(Applications are Closed)

The Sasol Bursary programme comprises of a comprehensive package that covers both financial as well as developmental support throughout the study period. Bursaries are awarded for full-time university studies in engineering and science. Upon successful completion of the study period, students may be employed within the Sasol Group through our Graduate Development Programmes.  Note must be taken that Sasol Mainstream bursaries have a workback and/or payback obligation.


The Sasol Bursary Programme comprises:

Applications may be submitted for degrees (no diplomas) in one of the following fields of study:

Undergraduate Studies (B.Eng. / B.Sc.) 

  1. Chemical Engineering
  2. Chemistry (Hons. is a requirement for Sasol)
  3. Civil Engineering
  4. Data Science – Computer Science
  5. Data Science – Mathematics
  6. Data Science – Operations Research
  7. Data Science – Statistics
  8. Electrical Engineering
  9. Electronic Engineering
  10. Geology (Hons. is a requirement for Sasol)
  11. Industrial Engineering
  12. Mechanical Engineering
  13. Metallurgy (Hons. is a requirement for Sasol)
  14. Mining Engineering


Undergraduate Studies (B. Eng. Tech.) – University of Technology 

Please use the University of Technology tab to apply (do not apply with the Undergraduate tab).

  1. Mine Surveying
  2. Civil Engineering
  3. Chemical Engineering
  4. Instrumentation & Control Engineering (Electrical Light Current)
  5. Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current)
  6. Mechanical Engineering


Postgraduate (M.Sc. / M.Eng. / PhD.)

To support economic growth demands in South Africa and to satisfy our own requirements for highly skilled postgraduates in the science and engineering disciplines, Sasol awards postgraduate bursaries for M.Sc., M.Eng. and PhD. studies in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. 

These awards will be made for postgraduate research supporting Sasol and South Africa’s energy and circular economy transition, through application in the following core disciplines: 

  1. Chemical Engineering – Fluid Dynamics 
  2. Chemical Engineering – Mathematical and Statistical Modelling 
  3. Chemical Engineering – Process Modelling 
  4. Chemical Engineering – Reactor Technology 
  5. Chemical Engineering – Separation Technology 
  6. Chemical Engineering – Thermodynamics 
  7. Chemistry – Advance analytical Chemistry in the areas of Vibrational Spectroscopy or Gas Chromatography 
  8. Chemistry – Catalysis or Polymer Science 
  9. Chemistry – Environmental Science in the areas of Water, Waste or Air, or in Air with focus on dispersion modelling
  10. Cyber Security 
  11. Data Science – Applied Mathematics 
  12. Data Science – Statistics  

 Applicants are not required to have a formal project proposal ready but should know in which area of chemistry or chemical engineering they would like to study and must be able to discuss possible topics which will support the current sustainability imperatives. 

Successful candidates will engage with Sasol technical experts and academic supervisors to finalise a project proposal. 

Energy Bursary Programme – Green Hydrogen Project

(Next intake to be confirmed)

Sasol Energy is offering opportunities for youth in the Northern Cape to apply for all-inclusive bursaries to study full-time towards an undergraduate degree, at a recognised and approved South-African University. The bursaries are linked to Sasol’s green hydrogen project being explored in the Namaqua and Richtersveld districts.

Priority will be given to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree studies in line with green hydrogen future capabilities. These include, among key disciplines, Engineering, Technology, Chemical Sciences, Data Science, Construction & Manufacturing and include supporting degrees, such as Financial and Accounting Sciences.

No postgraduate bursaries will be offered for 2024 academic year.


Sasol Graduate Development Programme

(Next intake to be confirmed)

The Sasol Graduate Development Programme is a corporate initiative that ensures that all graduates in the different engineering and science disciplines conform to a high level of uniform standards in terms of orientation, training, development, and exposure to the business processes. These programmes are exclusively for our engineer/scientist in training candidates and offers graduates an intensive 36-month development programme. These development programmes are rated as some of the best in South Africa.


Sasol Unattached Vacation Work – For non-Sasol bursary holders

(Unattached Vacation work will unfortunately not be offered during December 2023 / January 2024)

Please Note:  Sasol occasionally provides a limited number of opportunities to obtain practical work experience (vacation work), related to their field of study, to non-Sasol bursary students. These opportunities will be availed to students in most of the regular/general engineering study disciplines who can provide proof that the vacation work is required by the particular University for graduation purposes.

Applicants must be South African citizens and available/willing to complete vacation work from December 2023 to January 2024 (both periods included).

Vacation work is not equivalent to so-called “experiential training” required for completion of a diploma or in some cases the previously B.Tech. degrees.  These opportunities are for so-called vacation work and not for P1 and P2 experiential


Sasol YES Programme

(Next intake to be confirmed)

The YES programme is a business-led collaboration with government. YES seeks to reduce youth unemployment across private and public sectors. The aim is to enable more youth to develop new skills and gain meaningful workplace experience, which will in turn significantly improve their chances of finding long-term employment.

At Sasol, more than 400 (previously unemployed) youth have been provided with an opportunity to gain work experience through the Sasol YES programme.


Important information to all applicants:

Please note that:

  1. Bursaries are awarded for standard degree courses over a minimum period of time (e.g. B.Sc. or B.Eng. for studies over a 4-year period).
  2. Students must study full time at a recognised and approved standard South African University. NB. Students may (for example) not register at a so called distance-learning facility/institution – i.e. UNISA.
  3. Bursaries will under no circumstances be awarded for studies towards a so called dual/combined/hybrid degree course (e.g. B.Sc. Chemistry with Chemical Engineering, B.Eng. Mechatronics, B.Sc. Environmental & Geology etc.)
  4. Only one application per student will be accepted.
  5. Should an individual provide incorrect information during the application process and such information comes to the attention of Sasol at any later date, the invitation for the further selection process, the bursary offer or the bursary will be withdrawn/terminated with immediate effect – due to possible intentional/unintentional fraudulent action.
  6. NB. It is imperative that students understand that should the information provided during the application and/or the possible bursary interview and/or any later date differs – the application/bursary will be regarded as null and void.
  7. Mainstream Bursary shortlisting of individual for the next step in the selection process as well as identification of individuals to whom bursaries will be awarded are done carefully, taking into account our needs and strictly following the set selection criteria. We unfortunately have a limited number of bursaries available and this increases the competitiveness of applicants already meeting minimum criteria. We acknowledge the good academic performance and other attributes of applicants, however, candidates invited for our selection interviews or those to whom bursaries will be awarded to were academically more competitive and/or they fit our business requirements better.
  8. Taking into account that bursary selections are done well before students have their final results of the current study year, students apply with the results of the previous study year – for example students who applied for 1st year studies in 2024 (current matriculants) apply with grade 11 results. Should a bursary be awarded to an individual, it is done conditionally and will only be activated in the applicable study year (1st year – 2024) inter alia should the student’s 2023 results (current study year – Grade 12) be approximately equivalent to the results he/she applied with.
  9. If a student does not submit the necessary documentation or enters incorrect academic information, their application will be considered invalid under the “criteria not met” category. 


If you have what it takes to become part of this exciting team, the Sasol programmes for South African youth are ready to change your life.


  1. All applications should be submitted before close of business of the application closing date.
  2. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  3. Applications by e-mail and/or not submitted via the Sasol bursaries website will not be considered.
  4. Applications from non-South African citizens will not be considered.


If you experience problems with your application, please contact:

Berlyne Rasool | | 086 010 6235

Applications are closed.