Tears turn to joy as top-performer gets a bursary from local firm after disappointment

2012-01-31 00:00

THERE’S a happy ending for 19-year-old Gugu Sigamla from Bongudunga High School, who yesterday received a bursary of R46 500 from Willowton Oil for her University of Cape Town tuition.

The company also donated a laboratory to her school.

Sigamla came top in her school in 2011 with seven As and had dreamt of becoming a doctor, but will now be studying actuarial science.

Although she was rejected by the medical school, she is happy that she will be doing the actuarial science course as it was her second choice.

“I am overjoyed. This is the beginning of a new life for me. Thanks to the sponsors for their support,” said a delighted Sigamla.

Sigamla went to Bongudunga High School where there is no science laboratory, but managed to obtain As in physical science, life sciences, Zulu, English, maths and accounting.

Sigamla is the eldest in a family of six, supported by her father’s pension grant as her mother is unemployed. They live in an RDP house in KwaPata next to the school.

Her mother, Nomthandazo Sigamla said there is now “light in her family” as she shed tears of happiness.

“I am happy for my child. I hope she will prove at university that she deserves this bursary.”

Willowton Oil chairperson Farouk Moosa said he was touched that the child attained seven As in a school without a laboratory.

“We are donating R25 000 towards the lab for the school and we will be paying for her tuition at UCT,” said Moosa.

He added that she will be joining a family of students financed by the company at universities around the country.

She will be mentored by Francisca Sokhela, who is also at UCT doing fourth year actuarial science.

An excited Sigamla is now preparing for her journey to UCT and leaves tomorrow for Cape Town and a dream come true in higher learning.

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