Bokamoso Barona

The South African student movement has been a prominent feature in the struggle to end apartheid and create new social conditions of democracy and social justice. The South African Students’ Congress (SASCO), the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and the South African Students Press Union (SASPU), collectively named the progressive student movement, have since the late seventies distinguished themselves as leading organisations within the student movement, with many current-day government and business leaders having come through their ranks.

Throughout the pre-democracy period, these organisations were able to receive a steady contribution of resources, both financial and otherwise, from sections of the international community that were sympathetic to their cause. With the advent of democracy, however, these contributions ceased, as many patrons felt that the fall of the apartheid regime signalled the conclusion of the South African political struggle. These organisations thus found themselves having to cope with the new challenges of contributing towards the progressive transformation of the South African education landscape with very little resources at their disposal.

Against this backdrop, Bokamoso Barona Investment Trust was established with the intention to create a vehicle to participate in economic opportunities for the benefit of the three student organisations.


To meaningfully contribute towards producing skilled youth who are conscious of their responsibility to build a united and prosperous South Africa.


  • To position ourselves as a socially conscious youth trust that prides itself with contributing to projects that uplift the lives of youth in our country.
  • To champion youth development programmes that build capacity and create opportunities for young people and the youth movement.
  • To attack the scourges of gender inequality and racism through an active promotion of patriotism and equality amongst youth