Top achievers who make the grade at university celebrated

2017-05-18 06:00
Alberts Breeds, Vodacom ME Western Region with UCT Top student, Lutho Sikiti, Stellenbosch University Top student, Winand Mey with Adam Rabie, Vodacom Executive Head for Sales EBU Western Region. Alberts Breeds, left, with UCT Top student, Lutho Sikiti, Stellenbosch University Top student, Winand Mey with Adam Rabie, also from the sponsoring company.

Alberts Breeds, Vodacom ME Western Region with UCT Top student, Lutho Sikiti, Stellenbosch University Top student, Winand Mey with Adam Rabie, Vodacom Executive Head for Sales EBU Western Region. Alberts Breeds, left, with UCT Top student, Lutho Sikiti, Stellenbosch University Top student, Winand Mey with Adam Rabie, also from the sponsoring company.

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Academic Achievers were celebrated during a dinner hosted by the Vodacom Foundation in Rondebosch on Friday night.

The Top Academic Achiever Awards is an annual event where the foundation and key stakeholders meet with some of the country’s top performing university students to celebrate their outstanding results.

As an investor in the country and an established partner in addressing social challenges, the network’s goal is to contribute by ensuring that top achieving learners throughout the country have access to mainstream higher education institutions.

In partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and institutions such as the National Student Fund Aid Scheme (NSFAS), the network provides students with bursaries in the fields of Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Actuarial Sciences, Mathematic or Mathematical Sciences, Statistics, Information Technology, BSc Computer Science, BSc Computer Engineering, Information Systems, BCom in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Digital Marketing and law.

As part of its massive investment in education, the network spends about R12m every year on bursary programmes.

For the current academic year, a total of 35 students were awarded new bursaries to study at institutions of higher learning.

A further 75 bursaries are also awarded to students entering their second, third and fourth year of study for 2017.

The bursary programme is complemented by a programme which integrates bursary graduates into permanent employment at the beginning of each year.

Alberts Breed from the company said: : “It’s a privilege for us as a business to be able to contribute towards the future.

As the students continue with their studies, they must make the best of the opportunity given to them and be good ambassadors for others to follow.”

Breed also encouraged the students and urged them to work hard and to stay focused.

Through the bursary, Breed said, the company’s mission is to develop future-fit leaders that are sought after, and create legacies.

“It is at achievement celebrations such as these awards where we pause and reflect and acknowledge that we are indeed delivering on our purpose.”

“We value working with government to tackle the key socio-economic challenges facing South Africa, and believe that investing in education is a critical step towards building a sustainable inclusive economy.” he added

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