The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers Union Bursary 2024-2025

The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers Union Bursary 2024-2025


The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) was established in September 1989, and today are the largest trade union for the textile, clothing, footwear and leather industry.

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


The bursary award will pay 75% of fees (to a max of R35 000 per annum) for university students; students will be required to pick up the remainder of the costs.

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

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Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • 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,
  • The University/ University of Technology where you are studying is registered with the National Department of Education (you can find more info here),
  • Child dependants may NOT be employed full-time,
  • Members must be paid-up by 31 July (of the previous year).



Download and complete the SACTWU Bursary Application Form (pdf).

Alternatively, you can download the latest application form from:

The following documents must accompany the application form:

  • 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 your parents surname is different from your own: an affidavit by the member (your parent) stating that they are your biological parent,
  • 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 Application form to join SaSU (pdf).
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The complete application form and supporting documents must then be submitted 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
Dalbridge 4014
For further information and bursary rules, please download and read the SACTWU Bursary Rules (pdf).


Full year study and first semester: 28 February annually.
Second semester: 8 August annually.


For any bursary queries, please contact:
Sactwu Bursary Department
Tel: 031 301 1351
Fax: 031 305 1039

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