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Sasbo has been admitted to the Old Mutual educational trust that promotes tertiary education by providing scholarships for worthy causes.  The scholarship provides funding to study on a full time, part time or on a distance basis, for a first time undergraduate degree or diploma (including BTech) at an accredited Higher Education Institution.

The scholarship covers:

– Registration and tuition fees.
– Prescribed books and other approved study materials.
– Accommodation and meals in a residence administered by the Higher Education Institution for students studying on a full time basis.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic ability and the financial needs of the applicants. The Board of Trustees can consider any other relevant factors in making the final decision in granting the scholarships.

The Trust reserves the right to adjust or withdraw any scholarship amount that may be awarded in terms of the application, should the applicant be a beneficiary of other finance assistance (e.g. bursary, grants, loans, scholarships, award, etc.)

Successful candidates will be required to participate in doing vacation work for a two-week period during the end-of academic-year break. This work must be in line with the course being studied.  The scholarship does not have to be paid back.

The courses covered are:

– Agricultural Studies
– Architectural and Environmental Studies
– Biological, Physical and Chemical Sciences
– Business, Commerce and Management Sciences/Studies
– Communication
– Computer Science and Data Processing
– Education – including Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE)
– Engineering and Engineering Technology
– Health Care and Health Sciences
– Industrial Arts, Trade and Technology
– Law
– Mathematical Sciences

At which institutions can you study if you are awarded a scholarship?

University of South Africa (Unisa)

Eastern Cape

  • Walter Sisulu University for Technology and Science
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Rhodes University

Free State

  • Central University of Technology
  • University of the Free State


  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • Vaal University of Technology


  • Durban University of Technology
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Zululand
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology


  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Venda


  • National Institute for Higher Education

Northern Cape

  • National Institute for Higher Education

North West

  • North West University

Western Cape

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of the Western Cape

Funeral cover for Sasbo Members

One of the best benefits of being a SASBO member is the automatic funeral cover of R15 000 As well as an additional amount of R15 000 in the event that a member passes away due to unnatural death while performing the material duties of the relevant job.

All SASBO members automatically qualify for the benefit provided they are:
• Under 63 years of age
• Are up to date with their SASBO subscriptions
• New members become eligible from the day their first subscription is received
• No medical Examinations required

How to submit a claim to Old Mutual on your SASBO Union funeral benefits.

We understand that at a time like this, you need all the support possible to make it easy for all valid claims to be processed as quickly as possible.

  • Gather the required documents
  • Make copies of the documents and certify the copies so you can retain your original documents

Branch submission:

  • Visit an Old Mutual Branch to submit your claim with all the supporting documents.
  • Remember to tell the person who assists you that you are submitting a SASBO Union Claim

Electronic submission:

  • You can also submit your Union Claim documents directly to Old Mutual via e-mail by scanning the certified copies with a letter explaining the purpose of your e-mail and send it to the following e-mail address
  • Remember to update the subject line with your name and the name of your Union.
  • Remember to provide us with a contact number in your email should we need to talk to you

Documents needed to submit your claim:
• Certified copy of Death Certificate
• Certified copy of the Claimants original Identity Document
• Certified copy of the Deceased original Identity Document or Birth Certificate
• Proof of Relationship / Affidavit
• Your SASBO membership number
• Proof of banking details for payment of the claim
• Latest pay slip reflecting a union subscription fee or bank statements reflecting a union subscription fee

SASBO LEGAL LINE: 0860 111 000

This is the Union’s extremely popular free 24-hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year legal advice through EuropAssist service to members. During its first three years in existence, 25 998 Sasbo callers received professional guidance and collectively saved nearly R11-million in legal costs.

The legal hotline is an impressive service, especially considering it’s a gratis addition to one of the most comprehensive, lowest cost and effective trade union services the SA labour movement has seen.  Take into account all the other Sasbo add-ons and you can earn your subscriptions back many times over before Sasbo starts negotiating higher salaries and better working conditions.

Gwib & Sasbosure

Sasbosure is an exciting new insurance offer from GWIB, designed exclusively for Sasbo members.

Featuring a unique retrenchment benefit and really competitive premiums, the new ExcesShield benefit reduces your excess by R1000, includes free car hire and a Premier Claims service to ensure the utmost in personal service and efficiency when making a claim.

Sasbosure insurance also offers the exclusive Sasbocare emergency assistance program, which provides full membership to the AA and also provides assistance for household emergencies.  Sasbosure is high quality insurance, as it is underwritten by Santam, SA’s largest and top rated insurer.Tel: (011) 510 1300

Study Grants

Each year the union offers study grants (on a rand-for-rand basis, maximum R4000) to 50 valid applicants drawn after the closing date (members or their children).  There are no strings attached.  Recipients will not be required to pay off their grants in cash or service.  The qualifying criteria are:

– Applicants must be Sasbo members in good standing.
– If the required grant is for a child, at least one parent must be a Sasbo member in good standing.
– The student must be in his / her second year of the study – or beyond – at a recognised tertiary educational institution.
– Student’s previous year’s results
– Proof of current year’s registration
– Proof of the current year’s fees paid or payable
– Applications will re-open in October 2021

Benevolent Fund

The Sasbo Benevolent Fund, which draws its resources from union funds and member donations, renders financial assistance to members who are suffering no fault extreme hardship.