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Pay it forward - Boitumelo Mashile

Pay it forward - Boitumelo Mashile

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Tsakane, Gauteng -Seeing my mom wake up every day to make sure that my brother and I are fed, clothed, and that all our needs are met, motivated me to change my life and my family’s circumstances. 

After I matriculated, my chances of making my life better became slim. Faced with the prospect of unemployment and the possibility of joining the millions of unemployed youth were soon seeming to be my reality.

In all this, CRET became my lifeline. I was selected to be part of the Super Flight Attended Course sponsored by CRET, and I had hope again. This opportunity opened my mind to a lot of possibilities I never thought possible for myself.

I spent five months with like-minded individuals, and I became the secretary of our class. My confidence got a boost. I am now employed, and I can do exactly what I have always wanted to do, uplift my family and change my life. Thank you, CRET!

Let us uplift others together. Support my drive in impacting the lives of others.


  • Oct 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Supporting this organisation and the work they do is a honour for us. Believing in the youth and giving them a opportunity is the greatest gift of all." - The Academy of Aviation

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R 5 000.00

Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust

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The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust’s (CRET) alumni are giving back and paying it forward with an initiative of their own, supporting deserving students just like they were once supported. Now in established careers as a result of the bursary and development support they received from CRET, the alumni have established their own CRET Alumni Fund.

They have contributed and leveraged funding to support three students in university already. Now they have launched a crowdfunding initiative through BackaBuddy to boost the Alumni Fund and to support more students in need.

Donors will be able to make direct donations on CRET’s BackaBuddy page . Additionally, each of CRET’s eight alumni will run their own individual sub-campaigns through their social media channels. 

Raising R1 million will help CRET support at least 6 first year students in 2022.

During a bursary support masterclass held in April this year, it was noted that university retention and pass rates in South Africa are low. Research indicates that 33% of students enrolled in a four-year degree will drop out and less than a third of students manage to complete their tertiary education in the minimum allocated time. The loss of and dropout from learning will continue if active citizenship is not part of the solution to mitigate the challenges faced at all levels of learning.

“It is clear that a bursary for tuition alone is not enough, Chantelle Oosthuizen, CRET Executive Director said.” That is the gap the CRET alumni through the BackaBuddy campaign are hoping to close.  They are working on paying it forward by assisting current beneficiaries with more than just tuition funding but ensuring that other developmental areas of their personal lives and academic careers are nurtured so that they successfully complete their studies or training”, she said.  

Join our alumni on its mission to give back by raising funds for others as others did for them!


Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust is a partner entity of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, which implements holistic bursary support and a youth development model. 

CRET implements a holistic bursary support programme that offers students academic and skills development support, career guidance, psycho-social support, soft skills training, and ongoing mentorship to ensure real throughput success.

“This holistic support mitigates the high drop-out rate and guarantees well-rounded graduates who possess key skills to contribute to the economy and society,” Cyril Madiba, Chairperson of CRET’s Alumni Advisory Board said.” “And as this initiative shows,” he added, “CRET also encourages the ethos of ‘giving back’, developing committed civic-minded students.”

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