Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary South Africa 2018 – 2019


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 organisation 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.

The bursary is open to students 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).


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
  • Between 16 and 30 years old
  • Completed Matric OR currently in Matric
  • Studying or have applied to study towards an undergraduate qualification (NOT postgraduate)
  • Studying or have applied to study at a recognised and accredited institution in South Africa
  • Strong academic record
  • Leadership skills
  • Empathetic ability
  • Strong developmental communication skills
  • Proven financial need
  • *Preference will be given to those studying towards essential and scarce skills (per the Department of Labour, SETAs and labour and economic advisors)



Download and complete the CRET Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric mid-year, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric mid-year AND final results, if completed Matric (certified copies)
  • Parents/ guardians ID documents (certified copies)
  • Parents/ guardians proof of income (payslips if employed certified copies/ proof of pension or grant if applicable)
  • Testimonial from an educator or community official
  • Motivational essay (explaining why you deserve to be awarded the bursary, the support you expect to receive from the bursary and life values)


Applications must be submitted electronically via email to:
(Insert the words “CRET Bursary Application – Your Full Name” in the email subject line).


30 November 2018.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)

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