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This week on Khetha #38

Radio Stations: SABC Radio Stations
Topic: The EWSETA Mandate and skills development and training opportunities within the energy and water services sector
Original Script Written by: Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority   (EWSETA)
Programme Date: 23 – 26 September 2019
Week: 38
Target Audience: The general public

Script Notes:

  • The programme is entitled ‘Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: External Bursary Scheme’
  • This script will be translated to other official languages and broadcast on 12 PBS radio stations.
  • The programme is characterised by the radio presenter and a guest from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
  • The radio presenter is the main anchor of the programme and he/she will control the activities on the programme.

    The objectives of this programme are to:

• Explain the DAFF External Bursary Scheme to the public.

  • Inform the public about the career fields funded by the DAFF External Bursary Scheme
  • Explain the process of applying for the bursary.

The entire programme runs for 30 minutes; which includes PSAs.

Opening Billboard: ‘This programme is brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with SABC Education’

Programme Introduction

Presenter: Good day and a warm welcome to all our listeners. It is time for another exciting episode of Khetha, brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with SABC Education. Today we are talking about the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) External Bursary Scheme.

We are therefore encouraging everyone that has been accepted at institution of higher learning or currently enrolled for the advertised courses that will be listed in this show to listen and apply as soon as possible.

Today we’re joined in the studio by our guest speaker from DAFF, who will tell us more about the external bursaries. It’s good to have you on the show ********.

Presenter: Brief Background of the DAFF External Bursary Scheme

Guest: The DAFF External Bursary Scheme was introduced in 2004 in response to government’s call to bridge the skills gap, promote rural development and eliminate skewed participation in South Africa. The scheme is used as a vehicle to create a pool of researchers, scientists, skilled professionals and technicians in areas regarded as scarce and critical in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The intent of the bursary is to award qualifying applicants pursuing and/or intending to further their studies in one of the identified critical scarce skills with good symbols in Mathematics and Physical Science.

Presenter: Who is eligible to apply for the DAFF External Bursary?

Guest: The bursary is open to all South African citizens with good symbol in Mathematics and Physical Science in their matric year. Applicants must be accepted at institution of higher learning or currently enrolled for the advertised course.

Presenter: When are the DAFF Bursary Awards Advertised?

Guest: The DAFF External Bursary Awards advert is released annually to the public during the month of May/June. For 2020 academic year, the advert was published during the month of May and the closing date is the 30th of September 2019.

Presenter: Which career fields can one follow under the DAFF External Bursary Scheme?

Guest:For 2020 DAFF External Bursary Awards, applicants can choose from the following 13 fields of study:

  1. : It is application of science, engineering and technology in the field of agriculture.
  2. Bachelor of Veterinary Science: Doctors that attend to veterinary needs and general welfare of animals, both those of commercial importance and those kept as domestic animals.
  3. : is the study about principles and practices of wine-making.
  4. : Is the study of the organisms and environmental conditions that cause diseases in plant. Furthermore, it involves the management and controlling of plant diseases.
  5. : the application of scientific principles in the development and supply of healthy, safe, nutritious and affordable food for human consumption.
  6. : is the study that involves research to ensure plant protection.
  7. : Is a combination of science, business and art.
  8. : is the study of the ocean and life within it.
  9. : is the study about ocean currents, marine ecosystems, ocean storms and waves.
  10. : is the study about the management of fishery resources which involves shellfish or aquatic mammals and fish.
  11. National Diploma: Food Technology: is the study of selection, production, processing and preservation of foods.
  12. National Diploma: Forestry: Is the study about the management, development and use of forests.
  13. National Diploma: Marine Science: Is the study about the interaction between the sea and the atmosphere in an effort to demonstrate how the ocean influences weather and climate.

Presenter: What does the DAFF External Bursary cover?

Guest: This comprehensive bursary covers the following:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Books
  • Meals
  • Monthly allowance/stipend

Presenter: How can one apply for the DAFF External Bursary?

Guest:Applicants should follow the steps below:

Step 1: Applicants must complete the relevant application form which is obtainable from the DAFF Office & Provincial Departments of Agriculture. Alternatively, the form can be downloaded from the DAFF official website: www.daff.gov.za , go to vacancies, click DAFF External Bursaries and Internships.      

Step 2: Fully complete the application form and attach required documents.

Step 3: Applications must be posted to the DAFF Office before the closing date. The postal address is indicated on the application form’s first page. No faxed or emailed applications will be considered.

Presenter: Does the DAFF External Bursary Scheme offer employment upon completion of the qualification?

Guest: The contract says the Bursars agrees that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries or its aforementioned public entities will be given first preference in appointing him/her, after successful completion of his/her studies, provided that he/she meets the minimum requirements for a specific post.

Permanent employment will be determined by the availability of funds, and future needs regarding personnel composition, provided that appropriate vacancies exist. If there is no vacancy within the Department or its public entities, nothing in the agreement shall be construed as to impose an obligation on the Department to employ the candidate after completion of the programme.

Presenter: Any last words in closure for our listeners? Who can be contacted for further clarity?

Guest: Please look out for the external bursaries so that you apply before the closing date. Read the contract carefully before signing. For more information, applicants can contact the following DAFF employees:

Name Contact Number Email Address
Mr. Vusimuzi Mngomezulu 012 319 7923 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms. Silindelo Dlomo           012 319 7848 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Presenter: Thank you. How can one get more information on education related matters?

Guest: For more information our listeners can reach us through

  1. SMS with your question or send a “please call me” to 072 204 5056, or
  2. Call 086 999 0123, which is a call share line, from Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm,
  3. Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
  4. Visit to our offices at 123 Francis Baard, Pretoria
  5. Visit the CareerHelp website at ,
  6. Facebook at www.facebook.com/careerhelp or,
  7. Twitter at

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Closing Billboard: ‘This programme was brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with SABC Education’.

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