Gugs 3 gets incentive to study

2019-02-14 06:01
Simamkele Ndlovu, Lutho Thwayingana, Asemahle Siqendu and Masithuthuke Holdings CEO Liyanda Handula.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Simamkele Ndlovu, Lutho Thwayingana, Asemahle Siqendu and Masithuthuke Holdings CEO Liyanda Handula.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Three top matriculants from Gugulethu have received a R50 000 bursary from Masithuthuke Holdings to help with their tertiary studies.

Asemahle Siqendu (18), Lutho Thwayingana (18) and Simamkele Ndlovu (19) are all previously from ID Mkhize, Intshukumo Comprehensive School and Fezeka High School respectively.

Masithuthuke was formed to promote access to black empowerment and developing capacity of BEE enterprise, especially small, medium and micro enterprise (SMMEs) and black-owned enterprises.

The bursary was made in conjunction with the Gugulethu 60th anniversary celebrations.

Siqendu said she was determined to succeed despite her background.

“I come from a family of six and my mother is a domestic worker, but I did not let my circumstances get in the way of achieving my goals,” she said.

She said preparing for her exams was a challenge as she had to perform house chores also.

“Not only house chores ... Music blaring from the neighbours was another, but I had to focus,” she said.

She has registered with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to study law because she wants to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves and to make sure that justice is served.

Thwayingana said were it not for his family, he would not be where he is today. He is studying towards a teaching course, also at UWC.

“I want to give back to my community by making sure people get educated.”

Masithuthuke CEO Liyanda Handula said he grew under the same conditions as the learners. He said he told himself that the little that he has, he will share with the community he grew up in, which is why he is donating this money to the learners.

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