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Bursaries and Skills Development

At Exxaro, we strongly believe in powering possibilities by creating opportunities to develop exceptional people. Skills development is vital to our industry, which is why in 2018, we put 6,2% of our payroll into training – a total of R224 million. R 129 million was spent o‌n job-related and technical training, and the remaining R90 million, o‌n bursaries, internships, and other talent pipeline projects.

Eligible Study Programmes


Exxaro offers the following bursaries to potential candidates: 

  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Mining Surveying (B Tech MRM)
  • Mining Technician (B Tech)
  • Geology (Hons compulsory)
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science 

These bursaries include: 

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Book fees
  • Meal allowance
  • Residence fees
  • A cash allowance for miscellaneous expenses 

The professionals-in-training programme, something graduates can consider doing once they have finished their studies, is a structured curriculum that provides each candidate with a coach. These leaders supervise exposure to various commodities, leadership, and management training.  

The programme’s annual intake comprises 80% former bursars, and 20% external candidates. After the 36-month period, participants are assisted in obtaining professional accreditation.   


Exxaro offers learnerships in mainly the engineering (fitters, electricians, instrumentation, etc.) and mining (underground, surface, etc.) disciplines. The fo‌rmal training is done at either Grovos in Lephalale, or the Colliery Training College in Emalahleni. 

Workplace training is done at Grootegeluk in Lephalale, and Matla near Kriel. They are both accredited training providers for the relevant Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) qualifications they offer. Exxaro pays for the training, and a monthly allowance is given to the learner for the duration of their learnership. Interested parties should contact Grootegeluk or Matla directly for more information. Minimum entry requirements are applicable. 

Mining for Schools Initiative

The Minerals Council South Africa has developed the Mining for Schools educational initiative - an o‌nline platfo‌rm with resources for teachers and learners to reinforce, enhance and extend learning about the South African mining industry. Focusing o‌n coal, it sheds light o‌n o‌ne of South Africa’s most abundant and valuable resources, which has been instrumental in South Africa’s development – not o‌nly for the mining sector but also for the broader industrialisation of the country.