The Motsepe Foundation was established in 1999 by Mr Patrice Motsepe and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe with a mission to improve the lives of individuals and communities across South Africa. The foundation was inspired by the African concept of 'ubuntu', which embodies the principles of generosity, compassion, and community support. The act of giving back is deeply rooted in African culture and has been a vital part of the continent's social fabric for generations.
The Motsepe Foundation extends bursaries to South African students hailing from disadvantaged backgrounds, who demonstrate a strong commitment to pursuing studies in STEM fields associated with Agriculture, Arts, Business Studies, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, Science, and Medical Studies.
These bursaries encompass funding for tuition fees, accommodation, as well as a stipend to cover the cost of textbooks and other essential study materials. Beyond financial support, the foundation also offers mentorship and networking opportunities aimed at assisting students in achieving success within their chosen fields.
Requirements and eligibility
To be eligible for the Motsepe Foundation Bursary, applicants are required to meet the following minimum entry criteria:
Hold South African citizenship
Demonstrate financial need
Have achieved a minimum average of 70% in Matric (excluding Life Orientation)
Be enrolled in, or intend to enroll in, one of the specified fields of study
Exhibit exceptional academic performance.
Fulfilling these criteria is a necessary step in the application process.
How to apply
To apply for a bursary from the Motsepe Foundation, interested students can follow these steps:
Download the application form from the foundation's website
Complete the form with accurate and up-to-date information
Compile the following supporting documents:
A certified copy of your ID document
A certified copy of your parents/guardians' ID documents
A certified copy of your matric mid-year results if currently in matric or your matric certificate if you have completed matric
Your university acceptance letter
A certified copy of your full academic record if you are currently studying at a tertiary institution
Your parents/guardians' proof of income (latest payslips/employment letter/SASSA grant letter/affidavit for informal traders/death certificate if deceased, etc. - more details can be found on the application form)