About The Fund

The North Coast Courier Orphan Fund was set up with the purpose of channeling money raised to non-governmental organisations that specialise in caring for orphans and vulnerable children within the newspaper's circulation area.

Through the Fund the community can rest assured that their donations are being appropriately used to alleviate poverty and stem the tide of the orphan crisis. In the 14 years since its launch in July 2003, the Orphan Fund has raised and distributed over R3.4 Million.

The Orphan Fund is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (Reg. No.030-070-NPO), a Public Benefit Organisation (Reg. No.930 015 389), and has been approved by the Receiver of Revenue for tax exemption. This means that donors can receive a tax deduction on donations made. The management committee of the Fund includes representatives of the Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Congregational churches as well as the North Coast Courier.

No members of the committee are paid and administration costs are borne by the North Coast Courier newspaper.

Banking Details

Account Name: The North Coast Courier Orphan Fund
Bank: Absa
Account Number: 9109572488
Branch Code: 630229

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The North Coast Courier Bursary scheme is open to application from orphans or young adults from vulnerable backgrounds.

Bursary Criteria

The following criteria needs to be met:

  • Have achieved a matric pass appropriate to the field of study
  • Have gained admission to a tertiary institution.
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be planning to study in a field which offers good job prospects (eg – teacher, lawyer, engineer)


For university entrance the applicant will preferably need:

  • To have applied for and qualified for NSFAS
  • Have gained admission
  • The Fund will then pay residence fees (where appropriate – NSFAS extends to residence at UKZN, but not at Zululand) and a food/travel allowance plus books.

Soft Loan

With some courses the Fund will offer the bursary as a soft loan repayable over a number of years interest free. The student must undertake to:

  • Attend all lectures
  • Complete all assignments on time

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