Deserving youngsters given bursaries to study further

2018-02-08 06:01
At the send-off ceremony were (from left) Cllr Sinqobile Mngomezulu, RNM Mayor Nomusa Mqwebu, Minenhle Magwaza and Gugu Zakuza, and speaker Cllr Doctor Njoko.PHOTO:supplied

At the send-off ceremony were (from left) Cllr Sinqobile Mngomezulu, RNM Mayor Nomusa Mqwebu, Minenhle Magwaza and Gugu Zakuza, and speaker Cllr Doctor Njoko.PHOTO:supplied

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RAY Nkonyeni Municipality handed over bursaries to young people to fund the registration fees for their first-year tertiary education at the Uvongo Town Hall on Monday.

The event also marked the municipality’s official send-off for former matriculants to their varying tertiary institutions as many start their academic year on Monday.

During her main address, RNM Mayor Nomusa Mqwebu congratulated the young people on their entrance into university and wished them well with their studies.

“This send-off is a crucial ceremony due to the fact that furthering your studies at tertiary is a make or a break in the life of the student. At these tertiary institutions, the students learn many things, especially the wrongful acts such as alcohol abuse, use of drugs and engaging in unholy sexual activities, which all tend to change their lives and make them fail and become useless people in society,” said Mqwebu.

“That is why as parents and adults, we should not shy away from talking about them because they affect you as students and end up affecting our families and society, causing poverty and unemployment due to the fact that a student has dropped out of studying,” she said.

She then acknowledged that some students do, however, bear good results from the journey, qualifying in various professions, and added that she and the municipality celebrate the latter.

A total of 421 young people received funding this year, which the municipality said works on a first-come, first-served basis due to the large number of applicants they received.

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