Dream come true for Hillcrest pupil

2016-06-21 06:00
Upper Highway resident Sikhumbuzo Mdunge’s dream of furthering his studies came true after he was awarded a bursary. Photo: supplied

Upper Highway resident Sikhumbuzo Mdunge’s dream of furthering his studies came true after he was awarded a bursary. Photo: supplied

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TWO disadvantaged individuals will now be able to study for a degree and change their lives with the help of Damelin Part Time.

Sikhumbuzo Mdunge and Engelo Bantom received the good news over the SAFM airwaves during the popular career show hosted by Ashraf Garda.

Sikhumbuzo, who lives in an informal settlement near Hillcrest, was determined to better his life.

With just R100 in his pocket he made the choice to enter 157 times. This certainly paid off as he won the chance of a lifetime - a degree to study any course of his choice within Damelin’s part-time range. Sikhumbuzo now looks to the future with hope that his circumstances will improve by obtaining a tertiary education.

He said, “Both my parents are unemployed and unable to pay for me to study. This bursary has given me the opportunity to better my situation.”

Engelo, the second winner who resides in King Williams Town in East London, is a driver and VIP protector for SAPS. He said, “It has been my dream to study with Damelin and I have been trying to win some money to pay for the fees. When I found out that I’d won I couldn’t believe it. I feel so blessed and positive about the future now.”

Both Sikhumbuzo and Engelo need to work, but also want to earn a qualification. Studying part time will fit perfectly into their lifestyles.

This bursary competition is just one of Damelin’s drives to cater to the nation’s growing need for flexible learning solutions.

Damelin has revolutionised its part-time classes like no other, with state-of-the-art learning facilities and efficient study methods conducive for part-time learning.

According to the group chief academic officer of Educor Holdings, Professor Hay-Swemmer, “Due to the instability of the economy, many professionals are turning to part-time study as a means to grow their career and ultimately increase their chances of earning a better living. Today’s learners and employees want to have knowledge at their fingertips and modules that are presented in a simpler, more digestible format.”

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