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
Target Audience: The general public
• Explain the DAFF External Bursary Scheme to the public.
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’
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:
Presenter: What does the DAFF External Bursary cover?
Guest: This comprehensive bursary covers the following:
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:
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