Bursaries to build capacity

2016-06-30 06:00
Wanda Fikizolo

Wanda Fikizolo

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Wanda Fikizolo,22, from Khayelitsha was one of the 19 students who received bursaries from the Department of Transport and Public Works at a ceremony held recently.

Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme covers tuition fees, all prescribed books and materials, accommodation and meals or transport costs, and support programmes.

Bursaries are renewed each year for the duration of the course, subject to acceptable academic performance and the fulfilment.

The bursaries are offered on a work-back basis. In other words, bursars have to work for the public service for one year for every year that they received a bursary.

MEC of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant said, “over the past five years, Masakh’iSizwe has awarded 361 new bursaries to deserving applicants. “This is a concerted effort to respond to the current and future capacity demands of the Department, municipalities and the 10 private companies who participate in the Bursary Collaboration Venture.

This collaborative venture with the private sector leverages resources to support socio-economic development while at the same time addressing skills shortages in the sector and maximising opportunities for learning and employment.”

Wanda Fikizolo is currently studying towards her BTech: Transportation Engineering degree at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

“To have been awarded a bursary is an amazing experience.

I didn’t know how I was going to get funding to study this year.

This is a major relief and I can now concentrate on furthering my education,” she said.

Masakh’iSizwe was established in 2006 to address the shortage of critical and scarce skills in the transport, engineering and built environment fields.

By providing study opportunities and on-the-job working experience for students and graduates, the Programme also empowers youth, and supports economic growth and infrastructure development in the Western Cape.

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