Rand Water Bursaries

About Rand Water

Rand Water, previously known as Rand Water Board, is a South African water utility that supplies potable water to the Gauteng province and other areas of the country. It is the largest water utility in Africa. The water comes from numerous sources and is purified and supplied to industry, mining and local municipalities and is also involved in sanitation of waste water.

The company is headquartered in the suburb of Glenvista, Gauteng, South Africa and was founded on May 8, 1903 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was first built after the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899 – 1902), when the British government took control of the Transvaal Colony in Johannesburg with the need to restore gold mining to pre-war levels. At the time, the Transvaal Colony had discovered gold on the Witwatersrand – a place in the South African Highveld that consists of mostly grasslands with summer rains with an average yearly of 784mm rainfall. In 1903, the Transvaal administration decided to centralise the management of water resources on the Witwatersrand and the Rand Water Board was formed with the enactment of Rand Water Board Incorporation Ordinance No. 32 to supply water to the entire area. The Board was made up of eleven members recommended by the Governor of the Transvaal Colony, the Johannesburg Town Council, the Chamber of Mines and other municipalities at the time and amalgamated all other companies that currently supplied water to that point. The initial eleven members consisted of five members from the Chamber of Mines, three from the Johannesburg municipality, one from Germiston / Boksburg, one from Springs and one from Krugersdorp / Roodepoort. The Board commenced operations in 1905, and later, the memberships increased to 34 as Benoni joined in 1906, the Railways in 1914, Brakpan in 1920, Randfontein in 1929, Nigel in 1935, and Pretoria and Vereeniging in 1944.

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Rand Water currently gets its water supply from the Lesotho Highlands. The scheme was designed to deliver a massive amount of some 2.2 x 109 m3 of water annually to South Africa. As early as 1954, the Natural Resources Development Council proposed the idea that water might be obtained from Lesotho to augment the water of the Vaal River. Negotiations between the governments of South Africa and Lesotho started towards the end of the 1970s. Representatives of Lesotho, the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank formally signed a treaty for the development of the project on October 24, 1987. The scheme was to be constructed in three and would include four major dams, Senqu in Lesotho, Ash River in the Free State, Wilge River and ultimately to the Vaal Dam.

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Today, the Rand Water’s distribution network includes over 3,056 kilometres of large diameter pipeline, feeding 58 strategically located service reservoirs. Its customers include metropolitan municipalities, local municipalities, mines and industries. On average, the company supplies 3,653 million litres of water to its customers daily.

Rand Water is an organ of state, reporting to the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs (formerly Department of Water and Forestry). Throughout its long history, Rand Water has remained financially self-sustaining. Its financials are affirmed by Standard & Poor’s rating of its long-term local currency, corporate credit rating as A+ and its long-term foreign currency, corporate credit rating as BBB+.

Rand Water has become the largest bulk water utility in Africa and is one of the largest in the world, preserving its strategic objectives:

  • Achieve growth
  • Achieve operational integrity and use bests fit technology
  • Achieve a high performance culture
  • Positively engage stakeholder base
  • Maintain financial health and sustainability

As the company maintains its five values (equity, integrity, spirit of partnership, excellence and caring), it continues to strive to consistently meet the expectations of its customers, partners and the government by strengthening its capacity to:

  • Attract, develop and retain leading edge skills in water service
  • Sustain a robust financial performance
  • Develop and sustain globally competitive capabilities in core areas
  • Enter into and sustain productive partnerships; and
  • Develop, test and deploy cost-effective technologies

Rand Water maintains its business quality in the industry in so many ways – one of them is by ensuring that all its people operate in an environment characterised by the values of excellence, caring, equity, integrity and a spirit of partnership. The company has fully embraced the spirit of employee / employer relationships and has bound itself to abide in full measure by both the spirit and letter of all labour such as the Employment Equity Act, Labour Relations Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Skills Development and Levied Legislation.

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Rand Water Bursaries

As a large company that cares about the importance of the young generation’s futures, Rand Water offers bursaries for individuals who studies towards undergraduate / graduates qualifications. Bursaries provided by the Rand Water company are awarded within the following fields of study:

  • Water Care (BTech / Advance Diploma: 4th year)
  • Water Treatment and Supply (BTech / Advance Diploma: 4th year)
  • Water and Sanitation (BSc: 3rd or 4th year, B.Tech / Advance Diploma: 4th year)
  • Environmental Management (Water or Environmental Rehabilitation) (BSc: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year)
  • Chemistry (BSc Hons: 4th year)
  • Analytical Chemistry (BTech / B.Sc: 3rd or 4th year)
  • Civil Engineering (BSc Eng / B.Eng: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year)
  • Chemical Engineering (BSc / BTech / National Diploma: 2nd or 3rd year)
  • Architectural Engineering or Design (Degree / BTech / National Diploma: 2nd. 3rd or 4th year)
  • Electrical Engineering (Light or Heavy) (BTech (TVET) / National Diploma: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year or N4 – N6)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Boilermakers, Fitter and Turner Welders and Special Fabricators) (Degree / BEng (TVET) / National Diploma: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year or N4 – N6)
  • Accounting (BCom Degree: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year)
  • Internal Audit (BTech / BCom: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year)
  • Economics and International Trade (BCom: 3rd or 4th year)
  • Econometrics (BCom: 3rd or 4th year)
  • Information Science (BSc IT: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year)
  • Computer Science (4th Industrial Revolution Tech. Cyber Security, Business Analysis / System Design and Architecture) (MSc / MCom Honours Degree)
  • Hotel / Hospitality Management (National Diploma: 2nd and 3rd year)
  • Professional Cookery (National Diploma: 2nd and 3rd year)

Minimum Requirements for Rand Water Bursaries

Only candidates that fulfil the following minimum requirements will be considered to be selected as a bursar.

  • South African citizens
  • Previously disadvantaged individuals (ACI)
  • Have passed Matric or equivalent and currently studying within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Meet minimum average of 65% and academic performance in major subjects in field of study
  • Not in possession of other bursary funding
  • Applicants must be under the age of 35
  • Registered at recognized tertiary educational institution (i.e. University, University of Technology)
  • Have communication skills – verbal and written
  • Self-motivated and goal-driven
  • Bursars are expected to complete their qualification on record time, in line with their bursary contract / agreement.
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Candidates must submit supporting documents as listed below when applying for the relevant bursary.

  • Certified copy of personal identity document (ID)
  • Application letter
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) / Resume
  • Proof of residence
  • Certified copy of Matric certificate
  • Certified copy of full academic record
  • Certified copies of any other relevant qualification certificates

How to Apply for Rand Water Bursaries

Applications for Rand Water Bursaries can only be done online.

Candidates that feel they have met the minimum requirements to apply for a bursary provided by Rand Water may start their application firstly by registering an account, then logging in to their registered accounts and start filling in the application form.

Before submitting the application, candidates must ensure that they have provided all the required information on the application form and have attached all the required documents.

The closing date for the bursary application is on January 25, 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. If a candidate does not receive any notification regarding to the application within a month after the closing date, it is to be considered that the application was unsuccessful.

For more information about the bursary opportunity, visit https://randwater.erecruit.co.

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