Cyril Ramaphosa Educational Trust Bursary Programme 2020

The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation functions as an independent public benefit organisation that involves itself in the creation of opportunities by promoting education and entrepreneurial development. Established by the Shanduka Group in 2004, the Foundation later on carried its founder’s name, Cyril Ramaphosa.

The foundation has remained an instrument for social change through its many initiatives. These social programmes include the Adopt-a-School Foundation, Black Umbrellas, Kagiso Shanduka Trust and the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET). With the help from its partner entities, the Foundation has made a profound contribution to South African economic and social development.

The Cyril Ramaphosa Educational Trust applies a unique approach in managing its educational programme. It also works to recruit programme participants that would typically get overlooked by other bursary organisations.

The CRET carefully screens candidates who are able to demonstrate great potential to grow and develop under the desired conditions backed by the right support system. Selected participants will have access to financial support, psychological and social grounding and mentorship.

Participants are required to attend rigorous holiday experiential  programmes where they can acquire additional networking opportunities and soft skills training They also undergo personal development programmes and team building activities with support coming from a cohesive and positive family environment.

In addition, CRET alumni and senior students act as mentors to new students while some send financial contributions to the programme. Others have even gone ahead and established corporate bursary programmes on their own.

Requirements or Eligibility

The CRET Bursary Criteria form states that only students that satisfy the below requirements can apply:

  • Students must be from a financially deprived background
  • Students who are unable to study further or finish their studies without financial support
  • Scarce skills education applicants as prescribed by the Department of Labour and other related entities
  • Unemployed youth or learners aged 16 to 30 intending to finish a recognised course in an accredited institution
  • Able to demonstrate leadership, empathic and academic ability
  • Possesses developmental communication skills and high values

Click on the below link to access more information about the bursary programme.

CRET Bursary Application Criteria Copy

How to Apply

Interested parties are required to download the CRET Student Bursary Application Form after reviewing the minimum requirements of the bursary programme. Click the below link to pull up the application form.


Send your fully accomplished application form to

Opening and Closing Dates

The Foundation is accepting bursary applications from 1 August to 30 November.

Contact Information

For further enquiries, call 011 592 6560 or email them at

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