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Pay it forward - Sharlotte Mkansi

Pay it forward - Sharlotte Mkansi

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A wise woman always reminded me that “to whom much is given, much is expected”. I have adopted this line of wisdom in everything I do, Katlehong, Gauteng.

I grew up in a disadvantaged background, but I never saw my life ending there. I have always had a vision for my life. A dream to go into the world and achieve big things. 

With the desire to improve my life, I worked hard to channel my energy into academics. I knew I had to open doors for myself somehow, and working hard at school was the only way. This paid off because I saw the trajectory of my life changing.

I was granted the opportunity to access good quality education. With the help of CRET, I was able to graduate with an honours degree in Geology and be a young professional. 

I was able to access opportunities that a young African woman of my background had no access to.

Armed with information and resources at my disposal, I was also able to uplift those around me. Not only did my life improve, but my family’s situation and the circumstances of the people in my circle also changed.

Being part of the CRET family allowed me to give back through the CRET Alumni Fund and allowed me to grow and be a positive contributor to my community.

Please join me in living the ethos of being responsible for what we have and using our talents, knowledge and time to benefit those around us.


  • Dec 10, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "#PayItForward" - Jerome Eckles

  • Nov 01, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "#Payitforward" - Carol Fraser

  • Oct 04, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Sharlotte, you are an inspiration!

    " - Gillian Attwood

  • Oct 01, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "In support of the backabuddy initiative" - Lethabo Maake

  • Sep 30, 2021 - R 50.00
  • " "When you learn, teach. When you get, give."" - Thobile Khoza

  • Sep 30, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "I'm Paying it Forward" - Sharlotte Mkansi

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Donations to date

R 950.01

Fundraising target

R 10 000.00

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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