The Western Cape Province Department of Transport and Public Works established the Masakh'iSizwe ("Let's Build the Nation") Centre of Excellence at the beginning of 2006.
The centre aims to develop professionals in engineering and the built environment fields. It also aims to advance the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa (ASGISA) by contributing significantly to the skills shortage in these fields.
The centre offers a bursary programme and works with higher education institutions to develop supplementary programmes that emphasise the values and attitudes needed to develop the economy, as well as social justice, environmental sustainability and lifelong learning.
The Masakh'iSizwe Centre of Excellence offers bursaries for study towards a degree or higher diploma in the following disciplines:
- Construction Management.
- Civil Engineering.
- Electrical Engineering.
- Mechanical Engineering.
- Quantity Surveying.
- Town and Regional Planning.
In addition to the bursary programme, bursary holders are given real-world work experience through service learning opportunities in poor communities. Ongoing student support is also provided for students throughout the year.
Masakh'iSizwe Centre of Excellence
Room 5-18, Fifth Floor, 9 Dorp Street, Cape Town, 8001
Private Bag X9185, Cape Town, 8000