Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary South Africa 2023/2024

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Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary South Africa 2023/2024


The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, previously known as the Shanduka Foundation, was founded by Cyril Ramaphosa and the Shanduka Group in 2004. However, in 2015, the Foundation underwent a name change and is currently known as the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities for students by way of education and enterprise development.

In 1996, Cyril Ramaphosa started assisting students from disadvantaged backgrounds with bursaries to attend university. The funding was earned from his public speaking engagements and in 2000, the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) was established. Today, the CRET is an independent non-profit organization of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.


The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation founded the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary Programme in order to assist students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, who demonstrate strong academic results and would otherwise not be able to afford to study further. Bursaries will be awarded in any field of study (provided that the studies are no longer than 5 years).

The bursary coverage will be based on students’ needs but may include the following: tuition fees, prescribed books and other study materials, meals, accommodation, and a living expense allowance (if motivated). The bursary will be capped at a certain amount, which will be discussed with students prior to acceptance of the Bursary Agreement.

The bursary will be awarded for 1 year of study and will be renewable based on certain criteria (including academic results, commitment to the program, etc). Bursary recipients are NOT required to work back/ pay back the bursary after graduation, however, they will be expected to “pay it forward” by helping fellow members of their community.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • South African citizen
  • Currently unemployed
  • Between 16 and 27 years old
  • Completed Matric OR currently in Matric
  • Studying or have applied to study towards an Undergraduate/ Postgraduate/ other qualification
  • Studying or have applied to study at a recognized and accredited public institution in South Africa
  • Strong academic record
  • Leadership and entrepreneurial skills
  • Empathetic ability
  • Strong developmental communication skills
  • Proven financial need (basic household income NOT more than R650 000 per year)
  • Preference will be given to those studying towards essential and scarce skills (per the Department of Labour, SETAs, and labour and economic advisors)


Applications must be done online at

If you need help with your application, please read the steps on how to apply:

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your online application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Grade 11 latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Full academic record, if currently at tertiary level (certified copy)
  • Proof of tertiary application or acceptance
  • Proof of address (with your name and address on the document)


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust directly:
Tel: 011 592 6560
Email: [email protected]


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