The Study Trust was established on 13 June 1974 to join forces with young people - determined and dedicated to become winners - and assists them to empower themselves through further education and training to combat poverty, ignorance and exploitation. 2009: 35 th Birthday
Ds DPM Beukes, Ds GNV Botha, Ds JJ Botha, Ds JJ Claassens, Dr PW de Lange, Ds GJ Erasmus, Mr Hans Hefer, Ds JM Hofmeyr, Mr PK Hoogendyk, Mr Jan Horn, Dr MA Kruger, Ds GJA Lubbe, Mr E Pretorius, Ds HA Rust, Dr JA Schutte, Mrs Y van Achterberg, Ds CL van den Berg, Ds IN van der Berg, Ms R van Reenen, Dr Louw van Rooyen, Prof. G van N Viljoen. Mr AFV Viljoen.
Humble Beginnings: ‘ The Study Trust aims to raise R40 000’ ( Beeld 24.10.1974)
“ Let us keep perspective: from July to September , the months of the worst student revolts … more than a thousand bursary applications streamed in to the Study Trust from high school pupils in search of support to study further at all cost…” – Rykie van Reenen in Rapport .
Rykie van Reenen, assistant editor of Rapport and Study Trust trustee with a bursar and her mother – Sarie Marais 4 May 1977.
Rector of the Soweto College of Education: “ As soon as the economy recover, the country will need thousands of qualified people such as artisans and tradesmen, not to mention teachers, social workers, lawyers and many others.”
David now works for ABSA and is Deputy Chair of the Study Trust Board of Trustees. 1980
“ From the onset it was our conviction that equal educational opportunities for everyone in our country should be an urgent goal… Study Trust was established because this ideal was still distant and with the aim of sponsoring tomorrow’s long-term solutions with positive action and active support today.” (Annual Report 1982)
The Study Trust was founded in 1974 and two years thereafter, with the outbreak of the 1976 student revolts, the black educational scene was seriously disturbed for a considerable period.
From August 1984, the situation deteriorated…
Turbulent times ‘ We live in turbulent times. To think positively about the future, even more so, to help create a bearable future, poses a momentous challenge… Black education is in a critical situation. Black education is a major contributing factor to the dissatisfaction in the country.’ (Newsletter, 1986) 1986 bursary allocation: 851 bursaries worth R168 586
Towards a new society ‘ Our total community … is of necessity involved in an apprenticeship towards the construction of a new society. … It asks for a decision! – to choose for South Africa and all its people. ‘ Study Trust has in this context made its decision long ago… The best possible educational opportunities are indispensable for the new South Africa for which we pray and work…’ (Annual Report 1987) 1987 bursary allocation: 881 bursaries worth R200 000
Why co-operate? ‘ Study Trust from time to time has to account for its involvement with education as provided by the State… ‘ There is no alternative to State education in view of the fact that normal education has to be extended to six million black pupils… ‘ However, it would be a mistake to understand this co-operation as “being satisfied” with the status quo…’ (Annual Report 1987)
Political stalemate ‘ We are faced with a political stalemate, not only due to the current suspension of co-operation by two chambers of parliament, but especially because of the fact that satisfactory and meaningful black political involvement in general could as yet not be effected…’ (Annual Report 1988) 1988 bursary allocation: 917 bursaries worth R200 000
‘ Will it never come to an end? How long do we still have to wait before the people of this country can begin to co-operate, to accept one-another and to allow each other a place in the sun… The birth pains of the new dispensation threaten life itself! …’ (Annual Report 1990) 1990 bursary allocation: 924 bursaries worth R263 000 1990
The harshest test thus far ‘ Have we ever before been so hard-pressed in this land? Tension, uncertainty and fear are on the increase. The future is difficult to foresee. ‘ We are faced with perhaps the harshest test thus far… The true meaning of our caring is being tested .’ (Newsletter, June 1992) 1992 bursary allocation:716 bursaries worth R324 000
A letter from Phillip Mahloko, a bursary student from Botshabelo: “ The most important event in the history of South Africa has just taken place – the inauguration of the new State President. To all the citizens of this beautiful country, and especially to the students, this means one thing: HARD WORK. It is now time to stand up and work hard for a better South Africa.” 1994 bursary allocation: 523 bursaries worth R443 850
“ I am sure the feeling of patriotism that is around will be channelled into hard work, and that gives me hope that the Lord will hold this country together and heal the wounds of the past.” (Annual Report 1996) 1996 bursary allocation: 572 bursaries worth R794 630.
INCOME 2008 Income 2008 (R) 2007 (R) Increase Gross donations - general 5,354,408 3,900,878 37% Loans repaid 43,100 26,700 61% Dividends received 3,321 5,250 -37% Interest received 724,338 539,198 34% Bursary admin contributions 522,071 296,617 76% Total 6,647,238 4,768,643 39%
Finances 2008 Description 2007 2008 Income Total 5,790,662 6,647,238 Expenditure Bursaries 3,264,307 4,833,010 Admin Cost 727,909 1,103,501 Total 3,992,216 5,936,511 Transfers To trust/non-trust funds 499,242 281,648 Surplus Transfer to ST Fund 299,204 430,428
“ ..the day of your campus visit as it was in the form of an interview I was so nervous since it was my first ever interview and, even worse, with one of the top executives! And, believe me, afterwards I felt like a top star with a successful interview. I am looking forward to your next visit.” - Thabang S (TUT – ND Management)
“ Today I am where I am because of your help, support, prayers and faith in me. You are my trust, my light through darkness, my pillow to rely on and my strength to continue my journey to my well-built future.” – Mpho M (ND Biomedical Technology, MUT).
“ Like a diamond in the dust I was rough, worthless and lacking in self-confidence, but by God’s grace a ‘diamond refiner’ by the name of Studietrust saw the potential within this diamond and for the past 4 years you have shaped, polished and smoothed this diamond so that I can shine and be a proud product of the Studietrust franchise!”- Siyabonga M – Gr 12 Empangeni HS)
MANAGEMENT Murray Hofmeyr National Director 2008- Mike Morapeli National Chairperson David Jeftha Vice-chairperson (Ex-bursary holder) Jan Hofmeyr National Director 1974-2007