Mayor wishes students well

2015-08-26 06:00
FOUR students who are off to Cuba to study Medicine were wished well at a meeting with Tjhetane Mofokeng, the executive mayor of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, on Friday (14/08). From the left are Dr Clem Harrington, member of the Mayoral Committe

FOUR students who are off to Cuba to study Medicine were wished well at a meeting with Tjhetane Mofokeng, the executive mayor of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, on Friday (14/08). From the left are Dr Clem Harrington, member of the Mayoral Committe

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BETHLEHEM. – “I never thought that one day I would have a qualified doctor in my house, but it is happening now because of the Free State government. My child always wanted to go to school, but I could not afford to pay for her fees, since I am not working. The ANC came when all hope was lost.”

These were the words of Ivy Mofokeng, the mother of Ntswaki Mathibela, one of the four young students of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, who will be studying Medicine in Cuba. Mofokeng spoke during the meeting of the executive mayor, Tjhetane Mofokeng, with four students and their parents on Friday (14/08) at the Bethlehem Town Hall.

The meeting was aimed at saying “go well” to the students and to hand over equipment that they had requested from the municipality.

According to the students, they will only return home in 2019 when they have finished with their course.

The mayor urged them to go and represent the country and return to serve their community in 2020. He warned them to stay away from distractions.

“You should cherish the opportunity that you have been given,” Mofokeng said.

“You should consider yourself very fortunate that you have managed to be among those who received bursaries – please make use of that opportunity. You know that education is a key.

“Please don’t disappoint us. This is not only about you or your parents. It is about the whole of South Africa.”

He told them that his door was always open and that they could ask for help at any time.

On Thursday (13/08), Vusi Dlamini, the Dihlabeng Youth Development officer, escorted Lebohang Motaung and Nozindaba Mthobeni to the Bram Fischer Airport in Bloemfontein. They were both jetting off to India to study Pharmacology.

Justice Miya (23) from Extension 3, one of the students who will study Medicine, said he was going to make sure that he worked hard and come back to serve the community.

“I don’t want to misuse the opportunity. I know that there is a shortage of doctors in our area and I am hoping to be a solution to that problem,” Miya said.

Mathibela (26) from the Ithoballe Section, said she found reading challenging.

“I had to read, because we only had three months to learn a foreign language. I am not used to it. I am happy to be at school again, thanks to the ANC,” Mathibela said

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