Glencore South Africa: Various Bursary Opportunities for 2025

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Glencore, a leading integrated natural resource company, is offering an array of bursary opportunities for 2025 to support and develop young South African talent. These bursaries are part of Glencore's commitment to investing in education and skills development, fostering a new generation of professionals in various critical fields.

 About Glencore

Glencore is a leading global company specializing in natural resources, with operations spanning over 35 countries worldwide. As one of the world's largest diversified resource companies, Glencore is involved in the production and marketing of a broad range of products. These include:

- Metals and Minerals: Glencore produces and markets essential metals and minerals, such as copper, zinc, lead, nickel, and ferroalloys (a combination of iron with other elements).

- Energy Products: The company is a significant player in the energy sector, dealing with coal, oil, and natural gas, crucial for powering industries and homes globally.

- Agricultural Products: Glencore also engages in the agricultural sector, trading commodities like grains, oilseeds, and sugar, which are vital for food production and supply chains.

 Glencore in South Africa

In South Africa, Glencore has a substantial presence and operates major businesses that significantly impact the local economy and development. These operations include:

- Coal Mining: Glencore is heavily involved in coal mining, producing a significant portion of South Africa's coal, which is essential for the country's energy needs and export markets.

- Ferroalloys Production: The company produces ferroalloys, which are critical components in the manufacturing of steel and other metal products. This industry supports numerous downstream industries and contributes to industrial growth.

- Marketing Operations: Glencore's marketing division in South Africa deals with the sale and distribution of the products they mine and produce, ensuring these commodities reach both local and international markets efficiently.

Glencore’s activities in South Africa not only provide employment and contribute to the local economy but also support the broader development goals of the country by fostering industrial growth, infrastructure development, and community upliftment. Through these efforts, Glencore plays a vital role in the sustainable development of South Africa's natural resources sector.

Fields Covered by the Bursary

Glencore South Africa (Alloys Division) invites students who achieve an aggregate of at least level 6 to apply for a bursary. Bursaries are available in the following fields:

- Chemical Engineering

- Mining Engineering

- Metallurgical Engineering

- Safety Management

- Electrical Engineering

- Environmental Science

- Geology

- Accounting

- Data Engineering

- Data Analysis

- Civil Engineering

- Human Resource Development

This broad selection ensures that a diverse range of talents and professional interests can be supported.

 What the Bursary Offers

The Glencore bursary provides a comprehensive package of benefits to support students throughout their studies. These benefits include:

- Full Coverage of Registration and Tuition Fees: The bursary pays for all registration and tuition costs directly to the university.

- Residence Fees: This includes accommodation costs along with meals, ensuring students have a comfortable living arrangement.

- Prescribed Textbooks: The bursary covers the cost of all required textbooks, ensuring students have the necessary academic materials.

- Monthly Cash Allowance: Students receive a monthly stipend to cover incidental expenses and personal needs.

- Personal Computer: Starting from the second year of study, the bursary provides financial assistance for purchasing a personal computer if the university prescribes it.

- Paid Vacation Work: Students are required to complete six weeks of paid vacation work each year, gaining practical experience in their field.

- Work-Back Period: After graduation, students are required to work for Glencore for one year for each year of bursary-funded study, ensuring they apply their skills in a real-world setting.

 Eligibility Requirements

- Students currently in Grade 12

- First and second-year students at South African universities

Selection Criteria:

- Based on academic performance

NB These industry bursaries cannot be held simultaneously with any other major industry bursary.

 How to Apply

The application process for the Glencore bursary involves several steps:

1.  Complete the official Glencore bursary application form, available on the Glencore South Africa website. Click the "begin" button to start your application. Click here to apply.

 2. Sign up or log in to your existing account or reset your password if needed.

3. Preview the application form.

Documents Required

Applicants need to submit the following documents along with their application form:

- Certified copy of ID

- Certified copies of academic transcripts and latest results

- Proof of university acceptance or provisional acceptance

- Updated CV

- Motivational letter (as detailed above)

- Proof of household income (pay slips, affidavits if unemployed, etc.)

Closing Date

All applications for the Glencore bursary must be submitted by 24 June 2024. It's important to ensure that your application, along with all required documents, is completed and submitted by this deadline. Late applications will not be considered, so make sure to gather all necessary information and complete your submission well in advance of this date. This ensures your application is reviewed and you have the best chance of being awarded the bursary.

Contact Details

For more information or assistance with the bursary application process, applicants can contact Glencore at:

- Phone: +27 (0) 11 772 0600

-  Address: 39 Melrose Blvd, Birnam, Sandton, 2076

Additionally, detailed information and updates can be found on the [Glencore South Africa website](

By offering these bursaries, Glencore is committed to nurturing the next generation of leaders and experts within the mining and resources sector. This initiative plays a crucial role in fostering sustainable growth and development within the industry, which is vital for South Africa's economic prosperity. Glencore recognizes that investing in education and skill development is key to building a robust workforce equipped to tackle the industry's evolving challenges and opportunities. By supporting students through bursaries, Glencore not only enhances individual educational opportunities but also contributes to the broader economic development of South Africa.

The bursary program aims to cultivate talent that can drive innovation, efficiency, and responsible practices within the mining sector. Through practical experience, mentorship, and exposure to industry-leading practices, bursary recipients are prepared to make meaningful contributions to both Glencore and the broader industry landscape. Overall, Glencore's commitment to education underscores its dedication to building a sustainable future where South Africa's natural resources are developed responsibly and contribute positively to the country's socio-economic advancement. This investment in human capital ensures a continuous pipeline of skilled professionals who can uphold high standards of industry excellence while driving inclusive growth and development.


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