After Trevor Manuel was deployed as African National Congress MP to serve the Mitchell’s Plain constituency in 2009 he engaged with community leaders from the area about their greatest needs, and the decision was taken to focus on education and skills.
In April 2010 the Mitchell’s Plain Education Summit was held at Glendale High School with over 800 delegates, including school principals, SGBs, councillors, universities, colleges, community police forums, community-based organisations and NGOs, SETAs, parents and learners. The Mitchell’s Plain Education Forum was established, and Minister Manuel committed to working with the community to establish the Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust, so that deserving learners could gain access to further and higher education.
On Youth Day 16 June 2011 the Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust was launched at Spine Road High School. The first bursaries were awarded to 15 learners from the Mitchell’s Plain matric classes of 2012, who received R10,000 each towards tuition. This was paid directly to the educational institutions.
The Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust assists with registration and/or tuition fees for studies at tertiary institutions such as Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Western Cape and Further Education and Training (FET) colleges.
The Trust will offer financial assistance to a maximum amount set by the Trust to applicants that have been successfully accepted for further study at a tertiary institution. The Trust does not provide full bursaries and applicants are advised to also apply for corporate bursaries, government bursaries through NSFAS or publicly funded loans or grants to cover their tuition fees. The Trust facilitates learners’ access to tertiary education through initial funding and support.
"The Trust facilitates learners’ access to tertiary education through initial funding and support."
The Trust works closely with all the high schools in Mitchell’s Plain to ensure that motivated, academically performing and financially deserving learners are given an opportunity to pursue their study and career goals.
Current recipients who are successful in their studies for the year may reapply for further support for the following year based on their performance.
All funds are paid directly to the educational institution at which the recipient is studying
Requirements and eligibility
Be a Grade 12 learner from one of the 17 high schools in Mitchell’s Plain or be a current recipient of a bursary from the Trust;
Reside in Mitchell’s Plain;
Be academically and financially deserving;
Have a letter of support from your school principal to apply for the bursary
Meet the deadline of 30 November 2019 for completed applications.
How to apply
Decide on your study options
Pass with the required subjects and marks
Apply to tertiary institutions
Apply for a bursary
– read the requirements and conditions
– make sure you meet these requirements
– submit all documents and results required
– get and upload a letter of support from your school principal
– apply online and supply all required information
Meet the deadline for submission
Documents you will need:
A copy of applicant’s ID document
Parent(s)/guardian’s proof of income; if none please include a sworn affidavit stating this
If parent(s) are deceased, please include death certificate or sworn affidavit
Proof of residence (rates/account bill addressed to parent/guardian or sworn affidavit)
Grade 11 exam results
Grade 12 June and September exam results
A copy of the receipt for application submitted to the relevant tertiary institution