SAICA, a prestigious accounting institute in South Africa, holds a global reputation for its commitment to excellence. The institute offers a comprehensive range of support services to a vast membership of over 46,000 professionals, including Chartered Accountants (CAs(SA)), Associate General Accountants (AGAs(SA)), and Accounting Technicians (ATs(SA)). These accomplished individuals occupy prominent roles as CEOs, MDs, board directors, business owners, chief financial officers, auditors, and leaders across various industries. Their contributions significantly influence the dynamic business sector and contribute to the nation's economic development.
SAICA's core objective revolves around bolstering the nation's economic progress through leadership in transformation and skills development. Key initiatives such as the Thuthuka Bursary Fund and the Education Upliftment Project are instrumental in fulfilling this mission. Thuthuka is dedicated to reshaping the demographics of the accounting profession to mirror the racial and gender diversity of the country. It provides educational support to African learners and students, thereby benefiting the profession and uplifting communities.
SAICA takes pride in its role as a socially responsible catalyst for business and skills development, championing education initiatives and spearheading the chartered accountancy profession in South Africa.
The Thuthuka Bursary Fund (TBF) was established by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in 2005 to provide support for African and Coloured students from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire to become Chartered Accountants (SA). Unlike other bursary funds, the TBF offers comprehensive assistance beyond tuition, books, meals, residence fees, and accommodation. The program adopts a holistic approach that aims to ensure the students' success, providing additional support such as academic enrichment programs, social and emotional support, work-readiness and life skills training, mentoring and counseling, and access to experienced chartered accountants and business leaders as mentors.
Requirements and eligibility
A learner wanting to apply must meet the following criteria:
be a South African citizen
be black African or Coloured
be either in Grade 12 or out of school (with Matric) for no more than two years
have obtained at least 60% (5 or above on the NSC scale of achievement) in Mathematics in Grade 11 (Maths Literacy and Technical Maths learners are NOT considered)
have enough points to qualify for university entrance and intend to study a BCom Accounting (CA-stream) degree
have applied (or are in the process of applying) for a BCom Accounting (CA-stream) degree at a SAICA-accredited university offering the Thuthuka programme. (The full list of these universities offering the Thuthuka programme can be found on www.saica.co.za)
come from a family that cannot financially support your tertiary education
write and pass the National Benchmark Test (NBT) with minimum set criteria.
How to apply
Obtain all of the supporting documents and then go to the application link given and submit your application before the closing date.