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Thuthuka is a transformation initiative of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) aimed at encouraging previously disadvantaged learners in schools to pursue a career in the Chartered Accountancy (CA) field. “Thuthuka" is a Zulu word which means “to develop" and it aims to transform South Africa's business leadership. Thuthuka consists of a number of education-related and community-based programmes. The bursary fund is aimed at increasing the number of African and Coloured students in this field of Financial Accounting and improving the pass rates by means of financial and other support.

Stellenbosch University is one of the Thuthuka accredited Universities. The Stellenbosch Thuthuka programme was launched in 2007 and grew to an established and well recognised programme with students studying at all levels from first year through to Honours. These BAccounting students receive comprehensive academic and non-academic support from the Stellenbosch Thuthuka programme. The students take part in various interactive life-skills and workplace readiness workshops. They are expected to take part in vacation work as well as in a community service project of their choice. The bursary package covers tuition, accommodation (including food) and textbooks. 

You can apply online at: https://www.thuthukab​

See the list of required documents at the end.

If you have already submitted an application, please do not resubmit one. 

In order to qualify for the Stellenbosch Thuthuka Bursary Fund programme, you must meet at least the following requirements:

  • You must be a South African citizen;
  • You have to apply to the Thuthuka Bursary Fund on-line and submit all the required documentation;
  • You need to meet the requirements of SAICA before you can be considered for the Stellenbosch Thuthuka programme;
  • This includes meeting the financial means requirement which is the same as NSFAS criteria;
  • You have to apply to study BAccounting at Stellenbosch University and be accepted for the program (therefore you must meet the minimum requirements and apply in time);
  • You have to apply for accommodation in residence on campus (it is a requirement of the bursary for you to stay in University residence on campus);
  • You have to take Accounting at school level;
  • Your final mark for Mathematics for grade 12 must be above 80%;
  • You have to write all three NBT tests;
  • All three of your NBT test results must be above 45.

Meeting these minimum requirements is not a guarantee that the bursary will be awarded to you. The applicants will be ranked according to their matric results and applicants will be offered the bursary in order of the ranking list.

Should you require further information about the Stellenbosch Thuthuka programme, please contact the Stellenbosch Thuthuka project manager Mr Amber de Laan at​ or 021 808 2342. 


Prospective Students have to apply for the BAccounting programme at Stellenbosch University: The closing date for undergraduate programme applications is 31 July 2024.

Learners/students who are interested in applying to TBF for 2025, must apply online via the Thuthuka bursary fund online application process:

The closing date for Thuthuka bursary applications is 31 August 2024 .

You will need the following documents and information for your application:​​​

  • Signed consent form (download from the TBF website)
  • Copy of your Green ID Book or SA ID Card
  • Copy of your parent's / guardian's ID Book or SA ID Card
  • Copy of your Grade 11 Results
  • Copy of your Grade 12 Results (if/when available)
  • Stamped letter from your school confirming your registration and subjects
  • Your parents'/guardians' latest salary advice
  • Copies of ID or Birth Certificates of other school-going dependants in your home
  • Provisional acceptance letter from Stellenbosch University
  • If already at university: your full academic transcript and proof of registration​

Please note that no incomplete applications will be considered.

The Thuthuka bursary fund requires that all candidates write the National Benchmarking Test (NBT) before the bursary will be awarded. The results of the NBT will be considered in determining whether you qualify for the bursary.​

In order to receive the bursary, all candidates are subjected to a financial means test. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Thuthuka Bursary Fund has all the necessary documents available to them in order to evaluate your (or your parents') financial means. ​​

The bursary is awarded solely by the Thuthuka Bursary Fund. Stellenbosch University is not responsible for or involved in any way in awarding the bursary. You will receive correspondence directly from the Thuthuka Bursary Fund notifying you whether your bursary application has been successful or not as soon as final matric results are available. All queries relating to the awarding of the bursary, as well as any terms and conditions of the bursary, should only be directed to the Thuthuka Bursary Fund and not to the University.


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