R 1.9 million pledge for student bursaries

2015-10-28 06:00
Photo: supplied Safepro marketing manager Theo Reddy, KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu, Safepro representative Tammy Ponnadu and KwaDukuza’s public participation Officer Tarzan Naicker.

Photo: supplied Safepro marketing manager Theo Reddy, KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu, Safepro representative Tammy Ponnadu and KwaDukuza’s public participation Officer Tarzan Naicker.

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WHEN KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu received a letter from a local business leader explaining how his company wanted to work with the KwaDukuza Municipality in building the future of 100 local people over the next three years, he was ecstatic.

According to Mthembu, Richard Ponnadu, the chief executive officer of Safepro - a local training institution which specialises in occupational health and safety systems - wrote to him expressing Safepro’s interest in working with government.

Safepro will spend R1.9 million on bursaries to be awarded to those who wish to further their education.

“My secretary usually receives a number of letters and emails containing complaints and compliments from ordinary people almost every week.

“We sometimes receive correspondence from people who wish to carry out community service work just to establish themselves. Private and public institutions write to us regularly. I make it a point to go through such correspondence on a daily basis.

“The letter we received was definitely out of the ordinary,” said Mthembu.

“The letter explains how their contribution would lessen the burden on parents who cannot afford to finance their children’s education.”

Ponnadu’s letter stated: “As a company based in KwaDukuza, we understand that there is a great need for youth upliftment in our community, especially with regard to post matric studies. We are also aware that it is difficult for parents to afford their children a tertiary education due to financial constraints and high cost factors. We consider it a privilege and believe that it is our responsibility to educate and train the people of our community.

“We are pleased to inform you that we, at Safepro OHS, will be awarding 100 bursaries for the years 2016 to 2018 to KwaDukuza Municipality.”

The bursary is open to people from all wards in the district.
The value of each bursary is R 19 000 and comprises a comprehensive safety, health, environment and risk management course.

The awarding of the bursaries will be done by the municipality.

For more information contact KDM on 032 437 5000. - Supplied

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