BCMM dispenses R1.2 million in bursaries

Buffalo City Metro Municipality (BCMM), Executive Mayor, Xola Pakati, handed over 46 bursaries at the East London City Hall on January 26, 2018

Councillor, Luleka Simon-Ndzele said; “The annual Executive Mayoral Bursary Fund is aimed at helping students who are interested in studying in fields where skills are scarce and in demand, such as Engineering, Finance, Computer Science, Planning & Economic Services and Agriculture.

The chosen students had to undergo a series of interviews and their backgrounds were also checked,” added the councillor.

The R1.2 million fund covers tuition, registration fees, prescribed books, study material and accommodation. It further provides the beneficiaries with an opportunity to participate in experiential learning placements within the Metro.

Previous beneficiary, Thandokazi Magolorwana, who studied Information Technology (IT) at the Nelson Mandela University.

“Coming from a poor background, my mother tried to put me through varsity but the fees were too much. Luckily my cousin saw the ad in the newspaper, I applied and got it.

The new bursary beneficiaries must focus on their studies because this is the one opportunity to make something out of their lives,” said Thandokazi.

Executive Mayor, Xola Pakati, said; “This bursary is an investment that should be deliberately tracked, and it should form part of our human resource development strategy for the city and its surroundings.

We therefore cannot be spending money into critical skills only not to use them when they have been acquired. We should therefore ensure that these students we are funding are placed within the municipality and a policy in this regard should be developed”.

Bursary beneficiary, Yonela Nompumza, from Mdantsane is studying B.Agric in Economics at the University of Fort Hare.

“When I saw the results of the other students, I felt scared that I was not going to get the bursary. I am grateful to be beneficiary because my parents would not have been able to pay for me and NSFAS is not guaranteed even when you do have good marks,” said Yonela.

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