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The General Botha Old Boys’ Association Bursary Fund was founded in 2011 to encourage and educate young South Africans to pursue careers in the maritime industry.



To assist young South African students financially who wish to enter, or who already attend an approved educational establishment to study towards a maritime career and to mentor them as they embark on
that career.

We need you to partner with us to uplift the life of a young South African who is interested in a maritime career. We need financial help in the form of donations, support for our fundraising events and gifts for prizes at events or for auctions.


Not only do we raise funds for education, but we actively get involved in mentoring the students and encouraging them to participate in sea going activities in preparation for a life at sea.



The Bursary Fund covers the costs for students boarding at Lawhill Maritime Centre as well as their travel expenses and participation in the Mentorship and Outreach program. Tertiary Students receive funding for one years’ study as well as boarding if deemed necessary.


  • Contact us if you require excellent
    candidates for employment in your maritime business.

  • If you have a maritime background
    join us in the mentoring of students.


2021 Annual Report

Take a look at our latest Annual Report and get to know the Bursary Fund Team and Students. This issue highlights the achievements of 2021 including the growth of Nurturing Sea Fever through swimming, sailing and motorboat training.

B-BBEE Status

See our B-BBEE Status Certificate


The Constitution

The original constitution was amended in 2017 to allow for the incorporation of the Society of Master Mariners Bursary Fund.

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Our Timeline

A brief history of maritime training
at the South African Training Ship General Botha until today at Lawhill Maritime Centre.

Our History

A tale of two extraordinary ships whose stories have been passed on through generations of mariners, inspiring South Africans to seek out the adventures of seafaring.

Codicil / Old boys

Download our codicil to leave a legacy and change the lives of young South Africans. This may interest S.A.T.S. General Botha Old Boys who want to support the fund in this way.
For more information on the Old Boys Association please see Mariners Bursary Fund.

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"Perhaps the most important thing about our mentorship programme  is that our bursars meet and interact with people who are enthusiastic and excited about their maritime calling.”
Paul Semark.