Invest in youth, says MPL

2011-03-04 00:00

A MEMBER of the provincial legislature and the deputy provincial chairperson of the ANC Youth League in the province, Sboniso Duma, has urged businesspeople to invest in training for deserving young people of the South Coast who cannot afford tertiary education.

As founder of the Sboniso Duma Education Foundation, he awarded a R20 000 bursary to Nomhle Phe­hlukwayo to further her tertiary studies, at a recent function held at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre.

Addressing mayors from all municipalities in the Ugu area, Duma called on business owners to play their part in building the youth of the South Coast.

“We must all invest in education because government cannot do it alone; businesses must invest in education as it is a catalyst and means life.

“Teachers need to be paid well and our children need to be taught the proper history about their origins so that they know who they are.”

A number of businesspeople at the launch pledged their financial support to his education foundation.

The foundation has awarded bursaries to 11 students from needy families in the Ugu district who are currently enrolled at various universities.

Duma also awarded certificates of recognition and appreciation to local high schools that performed well.

“Despite the challenges many students faced last year due to the national strike, they have shown that hard work does indeed pay in the end,” he said.

Gift Mkhize of the Education Department in Ugu said the foundation has the full support of the department.

“Ugu education is the social partner of this foundation and we will talk to businesspeople to support it,” said Mkhize.

Ugu District Mayor Sithembiso Cele said the foundation will provide relief for municipalities because they are often get inundated with applications for bursaries from needy students.

“Now we will refer some of the students to this foundation for financial assistance,” said Cele.

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