The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) for the mining and minerals sector in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998.

The first application window for Discretionary Grants allocations, for the period 01 April 2022 to 31 March 2023, will open on Monday 22 November 2021 at 08H00.

Employers and other stakeholders in the sector are invited to submit their applications for the following projects:

Research Partnerships

For Research Partnerships applicants should apply to conduct research for the following Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) topics:

  • The extent of 4IR innovation and application and the related impact on occupational profiling on the subsectors within the Mining and Mineral Sector (MMS)
  • Skills demand and the nature of supply for the skills required with the changing technology within the different subsectors in the MMS
  • Developing the framework for future skills anticipation across all subsectors in the MMs  in the light of the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Application form for Research Partnerships

Completed application forms must be submitted via e-mail ONLY to Hand delivered application forms including those sent to other email addresses will not be accepted.

Closing date: Completed application forms must be submitted before 00:00 on Friday, 14 January 2022.

Please note:

  • Terms and conditions will apply in accordance with the MQA Funding Policy.
  • Application forms will only be available on the MQA website.
  • The MQA may call for application for projects, but it is at zthe MQA’s discretion to allocate the grants on these projects.
  • The application form must be completed in full and duly signed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form submitted is correct and completed in full.

Enquiries: Employers and stakeholders are welcome to contact Ms Khensani Khumalo on 011 547 2600 or at if they experience any difficulties or challenges completing the application forms. Alternative contact the MQA regional offices listed below:



Contact Number

Email address

North West

Reokeditswe Tlhapane

014 555 8860

Eastern Cape

Nandipha Elijar

087 095 0497 / 047 505 1047

Free State

Seipati Rapholo

087 095 0266


Erica Raphotho

013 696 8121 / 8120

Northern Cape

Nkosinathi Mbokane

053 723 0100


Obed Nkoane

087 095 0267