About Study Bursaries

Ilze Baatjies(photo) is a member of the committee that helps managing the bursary program of the Trust.  With support from the Trust, Ilze managed to pass her Education degree with distinction.  Currently she teaches mathematics at the Albert Myburg Secondary School in Bredasdorp. The other members of the committee is Moija van Zyl and Lizelle Vos.

In 2004, when the Trust first started helping students from the fishing community complete their studies, only three students applied. Since then, the number of students have grown rapidly.

Some students who’ve benefited from the bursary are doing exceptionally well, and have gone on to become successful doctors, lawyers and teachers, among other professions. In 2016, there are 30 students pursuing further education with the help of the Trust.

When students first applied for to the bursary in 2004, the pass rate was less than 60%. However, this has improved as the number of students have grown, and has remained above 90% since 2013. The number of students employed after finishing their students is also growing.

Ten years ago, the number of tertiary students in Waenhuiskrans was at the lower end of the spectrum compared to similar communities. Today, it is higher than the average for rural towns in the Western-Cape. The Trust has allocated more than R3 million to students since 2004, and mediated substantial additional bursaries for students. In addition, the Trust made R600 000 available in the form of loans.

The funds for the bursaries are donated by private supporters of the Trust. Since 2014 the bursary programme is also supported by Madswimmer, Arniston Wines and the retail group Delhaize, who sell Arniston wine in Belgium.

To learn more about Arniston Community Development Trust visit our Facebook page.

If you need more information regarding the bursary program please send us an email to arnistonbursaries@gmail.com.

Students of 2023

Past Students

Application Guidelines

  • The Trust allocates bursaries to students from the fishing community in Waenhuiskrans.
  • Any prospective student who lives in Waenhuiskrans may apply.

2023 Applications CLOSED


Applications for 2023 are CLOSED. Applications for 2024 will open in November 2024.

If you need more information regarding the bursary program please send us an email to arnistonbursaries@gmail.com.

Support the Trust

If you wish to help us by making a donation, please make a direct cash deposit to our bank account.

  • Account holder: The Waenhuiskrans / Arniston Community Development Trust
  • Bank: Absa Savings Account
  • Account number: 933 087 1403

Please notify Lizelle Vos at lizellevos@gmail.com

For more information, contact any of the trustees.

Contact The Trust


Andre Marthinus
Tel: (028) 445 9156
Cell: (082) 932 5968
Email: evandre@telkomsa.net

Colin Bird
Tel: (021) 425 3218
Cell: (083) 675 0369
Email: cbird@plantrust.co.za