As a result, organisations working with bursary students began to offer more holistic support with a view to trying to address some of these issues, working in collaboration with institutional services as well as funders, be they private or NSFAS.
With a view to supporting and learning from each other, leaders of some of these organisations have in recent times begun to meet on a regular and structured basis. This has gathered momentum and a strong and collegial community of practice has emerged. In 2019 the group organised its first national conference which attracted around 140 delegates and was acclaimed as highly practical and beneficial to all. What has been a relatively informal network is maturing and now wishes to formalise, with a view to more clearly defining objectives, membership criteria and a way of working.