Sembcorp Siza Water launches bursary fund

2016-04-06 06:00
Sembcorp Siza Water public relations office Khosi Mathenjwa, iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe and managing director of Sembcorp Siza Water Shyam Misra with the bursary recipients. Photo: Gerhard de Bruin, Silverzone Images Photography

Sembcorp Siza Water public relations office Khosi Mathenjwa, iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe and managing director of Sembcorp Siza Water Shyam Misra with the bursary recipients. Photo: Gerhard de Bruin, Silverzone Images Photography

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IN celebration of their 17th birthday, Sembcorp Siza Water officially launched the Sembcorp Siza Water Bursary Fund, on Friday, 1 April.
The fund is part of the Sembcorp Siza Water Community Development Fund which has been operational since the company’s inception.

The bursary fund will be attainable by tertiary students residing within the Sembcorp Siza Water concession area and will be available for applicants wishing to attend a tertiary institution in 2016.

Five students have already been awarded bursaries; Mthobisi Dladla studying occupational health and safety at Pheonix Health and Safety, Thalia Nair studying mechanical engineering at the University of Witswatersrand (Wits), Kerina Naicker studying civil engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Kiara Birbal studying physiotherapy at UKZN and Thabiso Msweli studying Information Technology at Damelin.

Speaking at the event iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe congratulated the bursary recipients and urged them to do their best in order to come back and use their scarce skills in their communities.

Shyam Misra, Managing Director of Sembcorp Siza Water said: “The aim of the fund is to ensure we empower our youth with skills so that they may then be able to realise their dreams through education.”
In addition to providing funding to the lucky recipients of the bursaries, Sembcorp will also allow some or all of them to work at their offices to get a feel of the corporate environment and also gain exposure to the real world of their chosen careers.

Thalia Nair thanked Sembcorp Siza Water for the opportunity and said: “A lot of my peers want to study but do not have finances to do so, and I am happy to have been given an opportunity to have a brighter future.”

Thabiso Msweli hopes to become helpful in his community. He expressed his gratitude and added that the bursary lifted a great weight off the shoulders of his family who were no longer able to pay for his studies.

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