Thebe Foundation Dr EJ Mabuza Scholarship 2024

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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.

About The Bursary

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.

Who Can Apply

  1. Applicants must be under 35 years of age.  

  2. Applicants must be South African citizens. 

  3. 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. 

  4. Applicants must be pursuing their qualification-level for the first time (i.e., not repeating a degree, honours, etc)  

  5. Good academic record with an average pass rate of 60% and above 

  6. Household income below R600K per year. 

  7. Black students (Africans, Coloureds and Indians) 

  8. 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)  

  9. The bursary will be allocated to students who have enrolled in Bachelor or Diploma programs majoring in the following courses at Public Tertiary institutions:  

  • Accounting 
  • Corporate Finance, 
  • Finance 
  • Mining Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Agriculture 
  • Education/BEd – specialising with Mathematics and Technology  
  • Renewable energy 
  • Water and energy  
  • ICT 
  • Artisan Skills Programs e.g., Electricians, plumbing, mechanics, Solar voltaic service technicians, Millwright,  
  • Media Information and Communication programs 

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.

  • Applications that are incomplete and that include misrepresentations will immediately be disregarded.
  • Please ensure that you attach ALL of the Required Documents
  • Applications are currently closed.

  • It is your responsibility to apply for entrance for your intended course and university and to ensure that you are able to meet the entrance requirements stipulated for your course.
  • Please ensure that you complete all the sections of this application form.
  • Please select the correct funding opportunity when completing your application.
  • You will receive a confirmation e-mail once we have received your application.
  • You will be advised if your application is unsuccessful. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to interviews.
  • Good Luck! 
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Required Documents

Please prepare the following documents:

    All Applicants: 

    1. A one-page statement/motivation clearly setting out why you have chosen your field of study and how you intend to use it after graduation.
    2. Certified copy of a valid South African identity document
    3. Recent certified Parents/Guardian's valid South African ID (or death certificate if deceased)*
    4. Proof of household income (certified copy of SASSA docs or 3 months Payslips of parents/guardians) - Please attach affidavits confirming unemployment, if parent/s are unemployed*
    5. All certified documents must be less than 3 months old. 
    6. *Where you have multiple documents for 1 submission, please combine/scan them into 1 file that you can upload.

    Scholar in Matric

    1. Grade 11 and 12-Term-2 Report (stamped) - With official school stamp

    Gap Year Student

    1. Certified copy of valid matric certificate (Grade 12)

    Undergrad/Honours/ Masters/Doctoral

    1. 2023 Official Proof of Registration at university (for 2023 academic year) - Must be official document from university
    2. Certified copy of the latest Official academic transcript/s- (combined doc required for applicants that have enrolled at multiple institutions during their tertiary studies*)

    Optional Docs

    1. Disability? Dept of Labour Employment Equity Act (EEA1) Form AND a Doctors’ Letter *
    2. Did you get funded by another bursary/NSFAS?; upload your bursary agreement/letter/offer*
    3. A copy of 2024 acceptance letter from an accredited institution. - Official letter showing you've been accepted (even provisionally) to study the qualification in 2024*


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.