Transnet Bursary

With Transnet Bursary, the Full-time bursaries are awarded annually according to the employment needs of the company. All our full-time students are viewed as potential employees – depending on vacancies being available after successfully completing their qualifications.


Bursary Value

The comprehensive bursary covers the following:

Tuition fees

Accommodation and meals

Book Allowance

Experiential training

Students are allowed to study at a South African University of their own choice who offers the relevant fields of study.​


After the screening of applications by the Transnet Bursary Department, candidates – based on academic performance on secondary or tertiary level – will be invited to be interviewed. The interviews will take place in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Durban.

The final selection and award is subjective to the following:


Satisfactory academic results

Medical fitness

What will Transnet expect from me? (Contractual Obligations)

Students are required to render one year’s service for every year of financial aid received from Transnet after acquiring the qualification.

Subjects failed must be repeated at student’s own cost. Termination of the bursary will be in consultation with the student and the training institution.

If the student fails to comply with the requirements of the bursary agreement, the bursary becomes payable in terms of the agreement.

The bursary will be renewed annually if the student’s academic performance is satisfactory.

Vacation work

Vacation work is available during June/July or December/January holidays.

The following information must be supplied:

Required period

Preferred location

Accommodation arrangements are the student’s responsibility and must be paid for by the student with the allowance received.

Work Integrated Learning

University of Technology Students:

Transnet provides work integrated to students who have a completed S4 in-order to obtain the qualification in line with the requirements set by the training institution.​​​​​​


Transnet is inviting students to apply for bursary funding, for this academic year. Transnet will be awarding 2 types of bursaries, for the following fields of study:
Specialist Commercial Bursary (Degree or National Diploma):

  • Accounting / Finance
  • Actuarial Science / Statistics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science / Computer Science
  • Environmental Management
  • Human Kinetics & Ergonomics
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems / Analytics
  • Information Technology / Informatics
  • Logistics Management / Transport Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Property Management / Real Estate / Town Regional Planning
  • Safety Management / Risk Management
  • Security Management / Policing
  • Social Work / Industrial & Organisational Psychology / Psychological Counselling
  • Supply Chain Management

Engineering Bursary (BEng or BSc):

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering (heavy current)
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

These bursaries are available as part of Transnet’s pipeline development strategy, for fields that help address the companies skills needs.

If you are a current full-time student or are in Grade 12 and are intended to study full-time next year, you have strong academic results and would like to become part of the country’s biggest freight company, you may be the perfect bursary candidate. Students must also believe in the future of the company after they have completed their studies.


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 must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed Matric or you must be currently in Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying towards a qualification in one of the fields listed above, in 2024 (Degree or National Diploma in Specialist Commercial disciplines / BEng or BSc in Engineering disciplines)
  • You must be studying or intend on studying at a recognised tertiary institution in South Africa
  • Specialist Commercial Bursary: you must have achieved a minimum APS score of 5 for Mathematics, Physical Science and English in Matric
  • Engineering Bursary: you must have achieved a 5 symbol for Mathematics, Physical Science and English in Matric


Download and complete the Transnet Bursary Application Form (.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 may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Full academic record, including most recent results, if currently studying (certified copy)
  • Proof of tertiary registration or acceptance (on institutions letterhead)
  • Shortened Curriculum Vitae

Applications should be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Email:
(Insert the words “Transnet Bursary Application” in the email subject line).

2) Fax: 086 582 7236

3) Post/ delivery:
Transnet Freight Rail
Capacity Development Department
15 Girton Road
Inyanda 2
3rd floor

Note: if applying via post, please ensure that you apply well in advance in order that your application is received before the closing date.