Education Crowdfunding | A South African Example


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Masego “Maps” Maponyane says he wants to make lasting difference in the lives of as many people as he can. So much can be achieved through active citizenship, he adds. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)

Maps Maponyane, the Play Your Part ambassador, entrepreneur, TV presenter and model, has set into motion an initiative to help promising students pay for their education and pursue their dreams.

The Bursary Network was prompted by issues brought to light by the #FeesMustFall movement, which voices the concerns of students about the costs of education at South African universities.

Many students find their road to success blocked by the cost of further education. It is this need that is at the heart of the crowd-funding initiative, which is involving the public and giving them an opportunity to make a telling difference.

The network uses crowd-funding to raise the money needed for students to enrol at colleges and universities. People are encouraged to play their part and help South Africa’s youth fulfil their potential – in other words, contribute to the fund.

“I think Bursary Network fits in very well with being a Play your Part ambassador because it’s a way that myself and a couple of my partners have decided to pick up whatever pieces we can and figure out a way that we can play our part in helping alleviate those issues,” Maponyane explains.


Through the Bursary Network, students can appeal to the public for help. They upload their profiles to the website. Potential donors can then go through the list of students and choose to whom they want to donate.

“What we’ve created is an opportunity for students who can’t get access to education because of funding,” says Maponyane.

“It’s an opportunity for them to come on to the site, put up their profiles telling people who they are, where they’re from, what they want to study, where they want to go, how much money they need and what they’ll do with those studies afterwards.”

To date, the Bursary Network has funded 10 students with the help of some 358 donors who have all contributed R100 or more.

All the students registered on the site undergo background checks to ensure they are suitable beneficiaries and the money donated is paid directly to the institutions involved so the funds cannot be used for other purposes.


The network uses crowd-funding to raise the money needed for students to enrol at colleges and universities. People are encouraged to play their part and help South Africa’s youth fulfil their potential – in other words, contribute to the fund. (Brand South Africa’s Tshepiso Malele (left) and Keineloe Phakathi (right) alongside Play Your Part ambassador Masego Maponyane.) 


If you would like to help these promising students chase down their dreams, visit the Bursary Network website and register to donate.

The minimum donation is R100. You can track the progress in reaching the target and how your contributions are helping to change the lives of South African youth.


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If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.


About Author

I am an energetic and creative individual. Who believes in the power of the crowd to have a positive effect in Africa. I thrive on knowledge and look for new opportunities to learn as often as I can. I ensure to ask the right questions to understand all aspects of operations and believe in learning from those with experience. Even though I am young in years I feel that I have a great deal of wisdom, both personally and professionally, and have the ability to share this with others. On a more personal note when I have free time I enjoy creating digital art, searching the web and designing buildings and homes.


  1. Rosetta Ufeli-Iormeanu on

    I am trying to set up a holistic children and family integrated services in Nigeria.
    I am a diaspora from the UK where I lived and provided this type of services for over 13 years, in partnership with communities, local government and national government in the UK.
    I have relocate back to my home country and I’ve been around since April 2016.
    I desire to use my experience band expertise to benefit Nigerian children, families.
    I have carried out feasibility studies and survey and know there is a dire need for such in the country.
    I know all I need to start off is fund to pay for a suitable building where a centre would be set up, for training, etc.

    • OLUWAmuyiwa Omole on

      Hi Rosetta!

      What you are trying to do will definitely get people’s attention and support but we strongly suggest that you start building a network of supporters.

      If you already have a network of supporters or backers perhaps on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, setting up a Crowdfunding Campaign on any reputable platform should not be hard.

      Please check our pervious blogs for how you can successfully set up a successful campaign.


    • OLUWAmuyiwa Omole on

      Hi Rosetta!

      Please check the previous blog posts for response to your requests.

      We have shared information on how anyone could start a successful Crowdfunding Campaign.


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