Bursaries open doors for bright learners

2017-07-19 06:00
Learners of the Postmasburg High School were among learners of three Tsantsabane schools that benefited from Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela Mine Bursaries.Photos: Supplied

Learners of the Postmasburg High School were among learners of three Tsantsabane schools that benefited from Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela Mine Bursaries.Photos: Supplied

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The hard work of learners of three high schools in Tsan­tsabane, these being the high schools ofl Postmasburg, Blinkklip and Ratang Thuto, paid off when they were awarded bursaries on Friday, 30 June.

The award ceremony was hosted by Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela Mine. A significant amount in bursaries was handed over to academic achievers in Gr. 10, Gr. 11 and Gr. 12.

At the handover ceremony, the bright boffins each received bursaries worth about R15 000 a year, covering school fees, stationary, textbooks and the cost of extra mentoring classes.

According to a statement from the mine, learners had to average over 65% and achieve 60% in Mathematics and Science in order to qualify.

“Funds from the bursaries have been used to support these students since 2011.

“Since the mine was established five years ago, Kolomela has awarded between three and five bursaries per school every year,” said Yvonne Mfolo of Anglo American.

“A good education is the key to transforming our society and communities within which our mine ope­rates. We believe that by working with the youth, we can build a better South Africa,” said Chesley Madlala, human resource manager at Kolomela Mine.

According to Madlala, the school bursary programme at Postmasburg, Blinkklip and Ratang Thuto high schools in the Tsantsabane area has helped 148 learner to successfully complete their matric education without having to worry about the school fees for the last five years.

Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, has consistently been dedicated to transforming the lives of the youth and achieving positive social change through its focus on youth-orientated educational programmes.

In addition to the bursary programme, Kolomela Mine also offers a career guidance programme for learners from Gr. 9 to Gr. 12, the community bursary scheme for university and technicon students registered in non-technical disciplines, and the community skills development programme for youths already accepted to study N1 and N2 Maths and Science at technical colleges.

“We are proud of the work Kolomela has undertaken over the past five years and we look forward to continuing our partnership with these schools and recognising these talented learners,” said Madlala.

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