To enhance Thebe’s community programmes, the Thebe Foundation was established as an independent trust in February 2011 to drive Thebe’s corporate social investment strategy. The Foundation forges partnerships between Thebe, its subsidiaries and economically-marginalised communities, in order to reshape them and ensure a more prosperous and humane future.
The Thebe Foundation programmes, which enables the group to contribute to socio-economic transformation in our communities, focus primarily on education and enterprise and supplier development (ESD).
Leveraging the collective goodwill, development commitment, business capacity, and skills of the Thebe Group of Companies and its associated partners, we are able to formulate and carry out transformative and impactful interventions.
True to the African idiom, “No matter how far a stream flows, it never forgets its source,” Thebe remains focused on its primary reason for existence: TO BUILD COMMUNITIES.
The Dr EJ Mabuza Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 in honour of Dr Enos Mabuza, and the critical role he played in the establishment of Thebe Investment Corporation together with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Beyers Naude.
The initiative aims to support financially needy students at higher education institutions, thereby contributing to the development of graduates who are confident and proud of their African identity and heritage, academically and socially adept, and equipped with the skills and competencies enabling them to become professionals in their fields.
The bursary covers the following expenses: tuition fees, textbooks, residence or accredited accommodation costs, meals and a transport allowance for those students living at home. The Thebe Foundation provides support services at all stages of this programme, to ensure that all recipients are supported in their academic efforts and successfully graduate at the end of their studies.
Applicants must be under 35 years of age.
Applicants must be South African citizens.
Applicants must be UNEMPLOYED and pursuing a FULL-TIME qualification (Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Degree/Honours. For master’s and PhD applicants the research topic will form part of selection criteria.
Applicants must be pursuing their qualification-level for the first time (i.e., not repeating a degree, honours, etc)
Good academic record with an average pass rate of 60% and above
Household income below R600K per year.
Black students (Africans, Coloureds and Indians)
Applicants must be pursuing a qualification or intending to pursue a qualification at PUBLIC tertiary institution registered with DHET and SAQA. (This includes community colleges and Technical Vocational EducationTS)
The bursary will be allocated to students who have enrolled in Bachelor or Diploma programs majoring in the following courses at Public Tertiary institutions:
Please read these notes and instructions carefully before completing the form. Be sure to read every section and ensure that the information you provide is accurate.
Please prepare the following documents:
Scholar in Matric
Gap Year Student
For applicants under the age of 18, to comply with POPI regulations a signed consent form completed by your parent/legal guardian along with a certified copy of their proof of identity is required.
You can download the guardian consent form by clicking HERE.