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Education assistance for the TRC-identified victims of apartheid

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development calls on TRC-identified victims of Apartheid that were declared as such by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to apply for assistance with tuition fees for basic and higher education and training.

Closing DateWho qualifies for assistance?
A person declared a victim by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC); and/or their dependants or relatives. A dependant includes any person to whom the TRC-identified victim has or had a legal or customary duty to support, which would include children, grandchildren and the spouse of the identified victim.

What about the relatives?
Relatives qualify if the person fits into any of the following categories:

To qualify for Basic Education assistance
(a) The household of which the person who needs assistance is a member, must not earn more than R193 952,00 gross income per year.
(b) The person who needs assistance must be a member of a vulnerable household.
(c) The person who needs assistance must be enrolled in a public school.

To qualify for Higher Education and training assistance
(a) The applicant must be a member of a household which earns less than R290 927,00 gross income per year.
(b) The applicant must be a member of a vulnerable household (See criteria for vulnerable households).
(c) The applicant who needs assistance must be enrolled in a public University/TVET College and is for Undergraduate studies ONLY.

Vulnerable Households
A vulnerable household is a household consisting of four (4) or more members where:

Regulation 8B “Assistance relating to assistive device"
The following disabilities and their respective assistive devices are listed in Annexure 2 of the amended Regulations.:

Renewal of assistance
Students/learners who received assistance for the current academic year must re-apply for the new academic year. Academic results must be attached to the application.


Regulations relating to assistance to victims in respect of BASIC EDUCATION: Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, 1995 (Act 34 of 1995)

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View Act / Regulations, GG 38157, RG 10305, Vol 593, R 852 & R 853, 03 Nov 2014

Regulations relating to assistance to victims in respect of HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, 1995 (Act 34 of 1995)

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Application forms must be returned, by registered post, to:
The Head: TRC Unit, The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Private Bag X81, Pretoria, 0001
Tel no: Ms Lutendo Muneri (072 042 2016) or Ms Seipati Marota (072 909 9706), E-mail: TRCeducation@justice.gov.za


TRC education fund beneficiaries experience long delays, Newzroom Afrika, 18 Jun 2020
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