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Pay it forward - Lebogang Maselesele

Pay it forward - Lebogang Maselesele

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I am a former CRET bursary recipient and a current member of the CRET alumni, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Over the past five years, I have had the honour of being part of the CRET family, and I have had the privilege to learn life skills from the various people associated with this programme.

I am a perfect example of how CRET seeks to achieve their purpose as I am one of the first students to be funded by the CRET Alumni Fund. 

This Fund was established by former CRET bursary holders who make personal donations towards funding additional students.

The Fund epitomizes the core values and principles of the CRET family and further emphasizes the importance of the roles we have, individually and collectively, in ensuring that we improve society for the better.

Looking back to when I first joined the programme, I was a very ambitious, passionate, entitled yet shy young boy and throughout the years (thanks to their continuous support, mentorship, and guidance), I was able to grow into a very positive, generous, and responsible young man.

Some of the programmes I have had the privilege to be a part of include computer skills training, lifestyle coaching, mentorship programs, interview skills sessions, and even driving lessons. 

Through this additional support, I continued pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a Chartered Accountant.

CRET has helped me understand the role that I can play in ensuring that I contribute positively to my community and society in general.


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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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