Dedicated learners awarded bursaries

2015-06-04 06:01
Cameron Corne Adams, Fadwa Isaacs, Zukisa Dyantyi, Ncebakazi Maranga, Siphumle Matkinca and Voizha Maxeen Steenberg were happy to receive bursaries and laptops, in Cape Town, on Tuesday.

Mbongiseni MASEKO

Cameron Corne Adams, Fadwa Isaacs, Zukisa Dyantyi, Ncebakazi Maranga, Siphumle Matkinca and Voizha Maxeen Steenberg were happy to receive bursaries and laptops, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Thales South Africa Systems in partnership with the Community Chest Western Cape have made tertiary education posible for six learners who received bursaries covering the duration of their studies.

The five year project of awarding the bursaries, will see dozens of other learners benefiting during the process.

The learners, Ncebakazi Maranga,19, formerly from Sizimisele Technical High School, Siphumle Matkinca,19, ex Joe Slovo Engineering High School, Zukisa Dyantyi, 18, previously from Khanyolwethu Secondary High School, in Strand, Cameron Corne Adams,19, a former learner at Forest Heights High School in Eerster River, Fadwa Isaacs,19, who matriculated at Malibu Secondary School, in Mitchells Plain and Voizha Maxeen Steenberg,18, who matriculated at Klein Vlei Secondary High School in Eerste River.

Thales was approached by the Community Chest which sold their idea of improving the lives of learners from disadvantaged backgrounds through empowering them in education, about five years ago.

They received a call a few months ago informing them that their request was successful.

This was the first group to benefited from the bursaries which included R20.000 and a laptop.

It was announced on the night of the awards that the bursaries will be raised to R100.000 per student next year.

The awards ceremony was attended by, among other dignitaries, Lorenzo Davids, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Community Chest, Joe Msindwana, Thales director of Sales and Marketing, Albert Fritz, MEC for Social Development and Xanthea Limberg, mayoral committee member for Corporate Services.

Msindwana said this project will surely make a good change in the lives of the beneficiaries.

“We are very honoured to be part of this project to ensure that we participate in the development of our communities. I am sure that this will have a positive impact in their lives,” he said.

Thales has been awarded a contract to upgrade the railway signalling system within the province. The contract will include the modernization of rail signalling, communications and train management systems, covering 46 train stations in the highly populated areas of this region.

Maranga said the bursary came at the right time, just when she needed it the most.

“I am very happy to receive the bursary, because I applied for NFSAS, but they have not responded yet. The laptop is going to help me a lot, because I have to stay on campus until late doing my work, because I did not have a laptop,” Maranga said.

Maranga is currently studying Civil Engineering at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

Noluthando Mbizo, Maranga’s mother, said she was also happy that her daughter benefited from the bursary.

“There was no way that I would have been be able to pay for her fees, because I do not have money. I am very glad she got the bursary,” Mbizo said.

Boniswa Xonti, deputy principal at Joe Slovo Engineering High School, also applauded the awarding of the bursaries and said it will surely make a good impact in the learner’s lives.

Matikinca, who resides in Mfuleni, promised not to disappoint the funders of his studies when he starts his Mechanical Engineering course next year.

Fritz thanked the company for providing the awards and encouraged the beneficiaries to make use of the opportunities given to them.

“Go out and do your best in your studies. You are great. You are my instant heroes,” he said.

Fritz raised his concern about learners who roam the streets during school hours.

“There is no urgency for education to some learners these days...recently saw some learners walking on a street at 11am and when I stopped to ask them why they were not at school at that time, they told me that their parents did not wake them up.

Limberg said the dedication of the recipients in their studies led to them excelling in maths and science, and has paid off, since they have been awarded bursaries.

“I really hope that you are all as proud of yourself as I am of you. To get to stand here amongst us today knowing that your future education is taken care of is no mean feat, and it is something to be applauded and celebrated with pride. Because when we become educated, we not only equip ourselves with the most powerful tool in the world, but we empower our children and our communities to continue our legacy,” she said

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