Thuthuka Bursary Fund

About the bursary programme

Established in 2005 by South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the Thuthuka Bursary Fund (TBF) assists disadvantaged African and Coloured students who want to study to become CAs(SA).

A bursary fund like none other, TBF’s model covers more than just tuition, books, meals, residence fees and accommodation. The programme follows an integrated and holistic approach to ensure success, and students are also provided with ‘wrap around’ support in the form of among others:

  • academic support, including various academic enrichment programmes such as additional tutorials, study skills workshops and more
  • social and emotional support
  • work-readiness and life skills training
  • mentoring and counselling
  • access to dedicated programme manager exposure to experienced chartered accountants and business leaders as mentorsat

Matric learners who wish to apply for the bursary must:

  • 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
  • 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 for the bursary

* University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Westville Campus – BCom Accounting (course code: BCOA)

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Grade 11 final results (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric final results AND Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Letter from your school confirming your enrollment and subjects (stamped and signed on school letter
  • University provisional letter of acceptance (to be submitted as soon as received)
  • University registration if at University
  • Full academic transcript if at University
  • National Benchmark Tests results (if already completed)
  • Parents/ guardians ID documents (certified copies)
  • Parents/ guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed) (certified copies)
  • ID documents or birth certificates of other dependants in your home (certified copies)

closing Date

*Submit Application before 28 June 2019

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