Ekurhuleni hands out R3m in bursaries

2010-02-26 13:27

Ekurhuleni mayor Ntombi Mekgwe handed out R3.3 million in bursaries

to matriculants who did well in last year’s final exam, the municipality said


Municipal spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said 150 deserving Ekurhuleni

youths were awarded the bursaries to follow any field of their choice. The money

was to be used for tuition only.

Handing out the cheques, Mekgwe appealed to the learners to use the

money for education.

“The money we are handing out today does not come from my back

pocket, but the ratepayers. This money would have gone to other projects but I

have decided that we should empower our young people as part of a response to

the call by the president and government to prioritise education in the

country,” he said.

The R3.3 million comes from the mayor’s discretionary fund. It was

created by the municipality to assist pupils from destitute backgrounds to

further their studies.

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