Bursary helps to realise dreams

2018-02-28 06:01
Mbali Mahamba is studying with the help of a bursary programme.Photo: Supplied

Mbali Mahamba is studying with the help of a bursary programme.Photo: Supplied

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Mbali Mahamba (23), a student of the University of the Free State (UFS), is on the verge of completing her B.Com Accounting degree.

The Shoprite Group, through its bursary programme, made it possible for her to pursue her dream.

Mahamba, who grew up in Hendrina, Mpumalanga, regards the bursary to study as the greatest achievement in her life so far.

“In my two years at university, I have learnt many life lessons. I’ve learnt to be tough-minded and not to allow obstacles to hold me back.

“Being an adult means taking responsibility and not relying on anyone but yourself to realise your dreams.”

According to a Shoprite press release, Mahamba believes her savviness enabled her to get the sought-after bursary.

“I read about the bursary programme on the Shoprite Group’s website,” she said.

“The application process was quick and easy. The bursary offering is an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Her choice of career and the marks she attained in school subjects made her the perfect recipient of a bursary.

Last year Shoprite’s bursary programme paid for the studies of 287 students, which translated to an investment of more than R16 million.

The bursary programme is aimed exclusively at students studying the following courses:

  • Accounting (Chartered Accoun­tants);
  • Pharmacy;
  • Retail Business Management;
  • Logistics; and
  • IT.

Shoprite’s bursary applications for 2018 are still open for potential candidates.

Get more information at www.shopriteholdings.co.za/careers.

Shoprite’s bursary purse for 2018 has not been depleted and all students are welcome to apply and experience the freedom of studying without the heavy burden of financial stress.

Bloemfontein is a far cry from her grandparents’ house in Hendrina, Mpumalanga, where Mbali grew up.

She always knew she wanted to become a chartered accountant and would not let the fact that she did not have the funds to pay for her studies stand in her way.

She describes the bursary as offering her an opportunity of a lifetime.


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