Beneficiaries' Profiles


The Congress of South African Students was founded in 1979 following the student uprising of 16 June 1976. This bold step, which took place within the context of heightened oppression signalled the introduction of ANC aligned open mobilisation in the country, with such formations as AZASO and the UDF subsequently coming into existence. Inspired by the slogan “each one teach one’’, COSAS became an army of disciplined young militants whose unrelenting commitment and energy would see them lead such popular campaigns as the Education Charter Campaign (jointly with AZASO) of 1982 and many others.

COSAS continues to mobilise learners in the new democratic dispensation, albeit with a new set of objectives. With the move to bring about participatory democracy in our schools, high school learners are challenged to acquire the necessary capacity to enable them to be constructive participants in the process. This, together with such issues as a high dropout rate, schoolgirl pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse make up the new set of challenges confronting the organisation.


The South African Students’ Congress came into being in 1991 as a result of a merger between the then National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) and the South African Students’ Congress. This merger was of immense symbolic significance as it brought together a white dominated student organisation (NUSAS) and a predominantly African SANSCO before the official ending of apartheid. The two organisations collectively brought together decades of student mobilisation, with NUSAS established in 1924 and AZAZO, an earlier name used for SANSCO, in 1979.

SASCO is today the leading student organisation in tertiary institutions, with the bulk of SRCs in the country under its leadership. Critical interventions such as the formation of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (previously TEFSA) and a continuing battle to increase the sustained participation or poor students in the higher education landscape are some of the credits the organisation can claim.


The South African Student Press Union came into existence in 1977 as a NUSAS aligned media organisation. Throughout the eighties, SASPU was an important complementary voice to such progressive publications as The Eye, New Nation, Grass Roots and Umthonyama. Whilst it was predominantly a white student entity, SASPU reported on a wide range of issues and covered many progressive activities.

In 1992, following the merger of NUSAS and SANSCO, SUSPU was relaunched and opened its ranks to many black institutions. Many progressive journalists and leaders of the media and communications industry of today are products of SASPU.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of resources, SASPU’s activities stagnated around 2001 and has since been disbanded in many institutions. One of the priority programmes of Bokomoso Barona Investment Trust is to facilitate the resuscitation of this all-important organisation.


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