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The Thuthuka bursary programme is a transformation initiative of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) aimed at encouraging previously disadvantaged South African Black and Coloured learners in schools to pursue a career in the Chartered Accountancy (CA) profession. “Thuthuka” is a Zulu word which means “to develop” – it aims to transform South Africa’s business leadership.

The support provided by the Thuthuka Bursary Fund (TBF) includes:

  • Full tuition fees (for each consecutive year that you pass
  • Accommodation
  • Books & Stationery
  • Meals
  • Living and travel allowance

In addition to the financial support, TBF recipients also receive non-financial “wrap-around” support in the form of:

  • Academic support – this includes various academic enrichment programmes such additional tutorials (study sessions), study skills workshops, and more
  • Social and emotional support
  • Work-readiness and life skills training
  • Mentoring and counselling
  • Exposure to experienced Chartered Accountants and business leaders

You qualify to apply for the NMU Thuthuka bursary if you:

  • Are a South African citizen
  • Are Black African or Coloured
  • Are either in Grade 12 or out of school (with Matric) for no more than two years
  • Have obtained at least 60% (5 or above on the NSC scale of achievement) in Mathematics in Grade 11 (Maths Literacy learners are NOT considered)
  • Have applied (or are in the process of applying) for a BCom Accounting degree (for CAs) – the NMU APS score requirement is 38 points (which includes Life Orientation)
  • Come from a family that cannot financially support your tertiary education - please note that all candidates will be assessed using the NSFAS means test to determine financial need

If you are selected for the bursary, you will be placed at NMU, a SAICA-accredited university. NMU was initially selected as one of only four SAICA-accredited universities to offer this bursary programme and we are committed to see you pass your examinations and qualify as a CA (SA). 

The Thuthuka programme at NMU is managed by a dedicated Programme Manager and Academic Coordinators for each year of study. This is a limited bursary opportunity and only a number of students can be accommodated.  In the 2017 ITC Qualifying Examination the NMU Thuthuka students achieved a 100% pass rate.


"The NMU Thuthuka programme removes all the academic barriers and disadvantages that one faces when one comes to university. As a Thuthuka student, you receive the best academic support which definitely gives you an edge. Coming to NMU and choosing this bursary above other lucrative bursaries are the best decisions I have made in the last 4 years." - Khanya Ndzululeka

NMU Thuthuka BCom Graduate (Cum Laude)


Faith Nazer, an NMU Thuthuka alumni, graduated in April with a Master of Commerce (Cum Laude).  The title of her dissertation is:  Critical Assessment of the Quality and Sustainability Disclosures Published by Public Entities in S.A.  Her Supervisor was Prof Frans Prinsloo, Auditing Lecturer and Auditing Division Head at the NMU School of Accounting.


Contact information:  NMU Thuthuka Office

Ms Felancia Du Preez
Thuthuka Project Manager
Tel: +27 41 504 2014

Ms Zukiswa Ngqoyiya
Thuthuka Bursary Programme: Admin Assistant
Tel: +27 41 504 2012

If you have any queries, email questions to


Completing the Thuthuka application

To complete the online application form, please visit:

SAICA's closing date for applications is 31 August for the following academic year of study.

Upload the following supporting documents:

  1. Your ID document or ID card
  2. ID document(s) or ID card(s) of parent(s)/guardian(s)
  3. ID document(s) or birth certificate(s) of person(s) who are dependent on your family’s income
  4. Parent/guardian’s salary advice or affidavit if unemployed
  5. Signed consent form (available to download on the website)
  6. Your Grade 11 results
  7. Your final Grade 12 results (if you have already completed Grade 12)
  8. University’s provisional acceptance letter (to be uploaded to your online profile as soon as you receive it)
  9. A stamped letter from your school confirming that you are registered at the school as well as your subjects

All supporting documents must be certified copies signed and stamped by a Commissioner of Oaths.

Importantly, you will also have to apply for and write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT)

before 31 August 2018 or submit your results if you have written it already.  For more details

about, or to book for the NBT please visit:

The final acceptance decision is dependent on the applicant's results in the NBT, his/her Grade 12 examinations, and a financial means test.

Thuthuka Photo Galleries

Thuthuka hosts various events and workshops throughout the year as part of the programme.  We offer a well-balanced programme to our Thuthukas.

Photo Galleries:

Contact information
Mrs Yolandi De Beer
Admin Assistant
Tel: 27 41 504 2072

Ms Shareen van der Watt
Thuthuka Project Manager
Tel: +27 41 504 2014

Ms Zukiswa Ngqoyiya
Thuthuka Bursary Programme: Admin Assistant
Tel: 27 41 504 2012