Foundation opens doors for a dozen matriculants

2013-01-28 00:00

IT was the dedication and hard work of Sibonelo Mtambo (18) that allowed him to get a foot in the door of a university.

To study further, the matric ace needed a helping hand — and it came in the form of a bursary from the Themba Njilo Foundation.

Khanyisile Hlomuka (18) and 10 other pupils from KwaZulu-Natal were also given first-year university bursaries by the fledgling foundation.

Hlomuka and Mtambo — both of Ncinjane Secondary School in Ladysmith — spoke to The Witness yesterday at a back-to-school “prayer rally” organised by the foundation, which was aimed at creating awareness about teenage pregnancy, drugs and alcohol abuse.

Education Department head Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, uMgungundlovu Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee and Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela addressed about 1 200 pupils and parents at the event.

Mtambo achieved four distinctions and three Bs and will study chemical engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“I’ll be the first in my family to study at university. My family is happy but nervous as well. I want to learn, finish my courses and travel around the world, learning from other chemical engineers. One day, I want to start my own company,” Mtambo said.

Hlomuka has one brother and three sisters. While her parents survive on government grants, her two sisters are employed, bringing in much needed income.

She achieved one distinction, five Bs and a C and will study occupational therapy at UKZN.

“I want to help people and make them feel better. I have always wanted to work in the health field. I was so excited when I got the bursary. I could see now that I had a chance in life,” Hlomuka said.

Overcoming the challenging personal circumstances on the home front represented only half the battle. The pair also had to put up with a difficult learning environment.

“There was a stage when we had to learn under trees,” said Hlomuka.

The foundation’s manager, Tineyi Chigunduru, said they visited the school last year.

“It was almost burnt down some time ago … and they are actually rebuilding now.”

Chigunduru said the foundation would continue to support the bursary recipients after their first year of study.

The foundation is the brainchild of local businessman Themba Njilo, who owns Induduzo Funeral Home, among other businesses.

The foundation also helps deserving prison inmates further their education so that they can become skilled and re-enter the job market.

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