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Pay it forward - Cyril Madiba

Pay it forward - Cyril Madiba

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Born into an environment where people struggled to make ends meet, a challenging childhood had me attending four primary schools across the KwaMachi and Eshowe rural villages, KwaMashu township and Verulam, before I attended high school in the township, KwaZulu-Natal.

Upon completing matric and obtaining a full bursary from the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET), I went on study for undergraduate and honours degrees in Accounting at the University of KwaZulu Natal. 

The support from CRET ensured that I could further my tertiary studies and achieve the dream of becoming a chartered accountant, all of which is a first for my family.

CRET provided much-needed support for me and others when our dreams of obtaining essential qualifications seemed in jeopardy. 

CRET has an opportunity to make an even more significant impact in society, and the chance to play a crucial part in contributing to that impact is what drives me to give back to this programme.

I've gone on to lead a successful career in the banking industry, including secondments to India and the USA, and I'm involved with numerous youth development initiatives as a board member, founder, donor, or mentor.

 I was also recognised by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) as a top 35 under 35 finalists in 2020. In 2021, Mail & Guardian recognised me in its annual Top 200 Young South Africans list.

Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans list identifies and awards young incredible innovators and trailblazers in South Africa. This shows the calibre of people that CRET produces.

I am passionate about youth development, and my mission is to positively impact society such that the lives of others are improved. 

All of this would not have been possible without the support, guidance, and values I gained from being a part of the CRET family.

Please help me raise funds for CRET by donating to this cause.


  • Nov 10, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "I am an aspiring C.A. I am really motivated by your work." - Lindokuhle Zwane

  • Oct 17, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Nonto

  • Sep 30, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "I'm committed to assisting CRET to assisting others in the way I was helped." - Cyril Madiba

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Donations to date

R 350.00

Fundraising target

R 4 000.00

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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