Sanral smoothes path for learners

2016-09-29 06:00
Learners from Cosat are set to benefit from the South African National Road Agency (SOC) SANRAL Scholarship Programme, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Learners from Cosat are set to benefit from the South African National Road Agency (SOC) SANRAL Scholarship Programme, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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On Tuesday, another batch of 90 learners from the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) have been assured a sponsorship from the national road network parastatal.

The South African National Road Agency announced the news at a luncheon at the school.

This follows a similar gesture in 2015 by Sanral, who offeres learners bursaries through a programme called SANRAL Scholarship Programme.

Heidi Harper, Corporate Services Executive at SANRAL, said the sponsorship will help in the development of the learners.

“We want to encourage them to consider taking careers in the technical fields.

Cosat is a beacon of hope in the environment which is very challenging in terms of resources,” Harper said.

Sanral also has an External Bursary Scheme which has benefited 684 students since 2007.

Cosat was established in order to bridge the gap in maths and science studies amongst pupils from disadvantaged communities who would otherwise have not been able to do well in the subjects.

Jimmy Nojoko,17, one of the beneficiaries, was full of praise for the scheme.

“I am very happy, because some of us do not have money to further studies in tertiary institutions. I have a passion for engineering and I want to make a positive impact in the country. I want to do Civil Engineering,”

Principal Phadiela Cooper said: “Thank you Sanral for always making our learners feel special. Malesiba Mabe, a former beneficiary and now a civil engineer, who studied at the University of Johannesburg, encouraged learners to excel in their studies.

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