Over the past decade, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation has had a remarkable impact on the people and communities in which it works. Through dedication, collaboration and a commitment to creating positive change, we continue to build on our previous achievements to create a South Africa we can all be proud of.
In 2004, when the Shanduka Foundation – now known as Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation – was formed, CRET was given the opportunity to grow significantly – and it did. From an initial commitment to sponsor five students studying towards business degrees , CRET has flourished under the support of the Foundation, its corporate sponsors and partners to reach a record 65 bursary recipients by 2017.
CRET has a different approach to the management of its education programme and aims to recruit candidates that would ordinarily be overlooked by other bursary programmes, which commonly seek out the top achievers only.
What CRET does is select candidates that demonstrate the potential to blossom under the right conditions and with the proper support. To such young people, CRET will offer nurturing, financial support, mentorship and psychological and social grounding.
Since CRET is a bursary scheme that considers the holistic needs of the student as well as their potential, each bursary is tailor-made to fulfil the student’s needs. This generally includes, but is not restricted to, tuition, accommodation, books, stationery and a personal allowance stipend
Requirements and eligibility
Unemployed and full-time students of 16 to 30 year old who wish to pursue undergraduate studies at an accredited South African institution
South African citizens with a valid South African ID number
Registered and accepted student at an accredited institution
Demonstrate good academic, developmental communication skills, leadership, high values and empathetic ability
Proven financial need
Applicants who are students or wish to pursue studies in relevant and scarce skills as determined by the Department of Labour, SETAs and other labour/economic advisors, will be given preference
Students in any year of study who do not have a higher education qualification and is not applying for postgraduate studies are eligible to apply
Applications for skills development programmes will be considered based on the Bursary Selection Committee requirements and decision results
Distance education and part-time students may apply as long as they meet all the requirements and eligibility
Recipients of bursaries or funding from other sources may also be considered based on additional need
How to apply
Follow the application link where you will have to create an online account where you will register and apply from. Make sure you have the following supporting documents ready:
June and November Matric results
South African ID document
Full academic record, if currently at tertiary level