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Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary South Africa 2024
About the Bursary Provider – Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation & CRET

The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary Programme, established by the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, aims to assist financially disadvantaged students with strong academic potential who might otherwise be unable to pursue higher education.


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The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, an independent non-profit organization, focuses on improving the lives of South African youth by creating opportunities through education and enterprise development.

Its origins trace back to 1996 when President Cyril Ramaphosa started granting bursaries to underprivileged students using funds earned from his public speaking engagements.

The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) was founded in 2000, building upon this mission.

About the CRET Bursary Programme – Fields Covered
For the academic year 2024, CRET invites students to apply for undergraduate bursaries in the following fields:

Commerce and Finance



Sciences (excluding MBChB)


Scarce or critical skills training (including Boiler Making, Welding, Plumbing, OHS, Renewable Energy, Waste Management, Green Technology, Entrepreneurship, etc.)

The CRET bursary goes beyond financial aid. It considers the holistic needs of candidates, their potential, and their ability to become future leaders with adequate support, nurturing, and mentoring.
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More about the CRET Bursary Programme – Expenses Covered & Selection
CRET bursaries cover tuition fees, textbooks, study materials, laptops, accommodation, meals, a monthly living allowance, and transport, if necessary. Candidates will undergo a formal assessment process, including Psychometric evaluation and formal interviews.
Eligibility Requirements for the CRET Bursary
To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

South African citizenship

Valid South African ID number

Age between 16 and 27 years

Currently in Matric or Matric completed

Pursuing or intending to pursue an undergraduate qualification in the listed fields

Enrolled or applied/registered at a recognized and accredited South African tertiary institution

Financial need, with a total household income not exceeding R650,000 per annum

How to Apply for the CRET Bursary
Applications are accepted online at the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary Application 2024. Ensure you register an account before applying.

When prompted on how you heard about the CRET bursary, enter “www.examplelink.com”. Submit certified copies of your ID document and latest Matric results along with your application to avoid disqualification.



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