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Ratepayers fund education for youth

Sifiso Rumbu, Sisenalo Makwedini, and Arisha Chaing are off to university to begin the next chapter of their lives.

By Mihle Tolobisa

Seventy-eight residents of the Buffalo City have been recipients of the Mayor’s Bursary Fund.

There were 25 new students and 53 continuing students who were handed over funds for higher education by City mayor, Xola Pakati on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

These youngsters come from impoverished backgrounds and had good matric results. The bursary covers registration, tuition, meals, accommodation, study material and prescribed textbooks.

It is part of the annual municipal budget and is funded by municipal rate payments.

“Education leads to positive changes in the nation, they can break the chains of poverty in their families by studying and training until they are employable,” enthused Pakati.

Although the municipality cannot guarantee these individuals jobs after completion, they keep track of the recipients so they can have equal opportunities to apply when/if employment opportunities arise.

Some of the recipients are, Arisha Chaing (18) from Dorchester Heights who will be doing her first year in Architectural Technology at Nelson Mandela University, Sisenalo Makwedini (17) from Duncan Village who will be doing her first year in Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rhodes University and Sifiso Rumbu (21) from Unit P Mdantsane who will be doing his second year in Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of the Western Cape.

“I am really happy that I am still on the programme because it has given financial relief to my family, especially because my mother passed away last year and my father has been going through a lot. I am happy he can rest knowing that I am taken care of by the bursary,” said Rumbu.

The fund has produced 78 graduates who are currently employed in the public and private sector. The intake of students has had a great increase since the fund was started and is increased whenever the budget is increased.


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