Zoe can now focus on her studies

2019-05-14 06:00
Zoe Davids

Zoe Davids

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A bursary from the City of Cape Town came as a relief to the hustling 20-year-old Zoe Davids of Bridgetown on Thursday 2 May.

She was among the 22 students from different communities in Cape Town that were awarded external financial help for the year. Other recipients are from Grassy Park, Mitchell’s Plain, Lansdowne, Bellville-South, Rylands, Belhar, Manenberg and Retreat.

According to a statement from the City, these bursaries will be funded from a budget of R6.4m that has been set aside this year specifically for this programme.

It is also said that the City has assigned a mentor to all proud recipients, who will assist the students to successfully complete their studies and help overcome any challenges they may experience.

“It is such a privilege for us to award financial support to these ambitious and deserving recipients. All we ask is that they keep the vision, which they have demonstrated to us alive,” says the Mayco member for corporate services, Sharon Cottle.

The statement reads that the City has provided financial support to over 800 students since it started in 2008, of which over the years a number of students have been helped by the City and some have even secured permanent positions in various departments. The City received 2000 applications this year and due processes were followed to shortlist these recipients.

For Davids, this is an inspiration to continue working hard on her studies without worrying about paying fees.

She is in her second year of nursing studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

“I have been worrying about paying my fees for this year as I am already in debt with the university from last year. I am very grateful for this bursary,” she says.

She was stressing when her mother, Caroline Petersen told her about the bursary. She believed there was no harm in trying and applied along (with many others) at the Athlone Civic Centre.

She was in disbelief when she got a call that could change her life for good.

“There is nothing more important than getting an education,” Davids says.

Thirsty for education and success, Davids had started a small manicure business at her home, trying to help her family raise money to cover her studies and this has not been easy on her. “I am a hard worker, but I was now worried that the situation would affect my studies,” she says.

Davids promises to work hard and complete her studies in due time.

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