IT Academy bursary winners tell of gratitude, success

2015-09-10 08:45
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THE closing date to win a bursary from the IT Intellect Certification Academy is drawing near.

The Witness spoke to two previous bursary winners as well as last year’s winner. Sadly, Xolani Dlamini (19), from Bishopstowe, who won the bursary last year but was unable to write his exams because he was ill with leukaemia, died on Tuesday.

The Witness spoke to Dlamini last week while he was undergoing chemotherapy. He said he was thrilled to have won the bursary and was hopeful he would be able to continue his studies when he made a full recovery.

“Getting this bursary really meant a lot to me. This showed me that The Witness really meant well and I really appreciate what they have done for me,” he said at the time.

IT Intellect Certification Academy sales manager Candace van Rensburg described Dlamini as “a very strong and brave young man, who faced each day with a positive attitude and heart full of hope”.

Phumlani Ngongoma (22) from Elandskop, who won the bursary in 2010, now works for Honeydew Dairies Products Company as a systems administrator.

“I consider myself lucky for getting that bursary. It gave me an opportunity to finish my studies in Information Technology.” said Ngongoma.

Berg Street resident Mxolisi Ngobese (28), who won in 2009, said he could not believe it when they called him to tell him the news.

“They called me three times. Because I was still in shock with disbelief, the only time I knew it was all real was when we started filling out paperwork and lots of documents.”

Both Ngongoma and Ngobese said they would encourage other students to apply for this bursary.

Peter Amos, the owner of the academy, said: “This has been a great opportunity for these young talented people to enter one of the most challenging and exciting careers that would have otherwise been unreachable for them.

“We have had the joy and privilege of seeing these young people being able to reach for their dreams … We have also had the privilege of what has become a focused partnership that as a company we have been able to form with the Witness. They have been the voice to the people enabling this wonderful opportunity to reach so many.

The IT Intellect Computer Academy bursary competition is still running and will close on September 14, 2015. Buy The Witness tomorrow and Monday and enter by using the entry form printed in the newspaper

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