Fifteen University of Limpopo students from different faculties received bursaries worth R375 000, thanks to the Executive Mayor of Polokwane Municipality, Cllr Freddy Greaver. The beneficiaries are part of 56 students who received bursaries worth R920 000 from the Executive Mayor of Polokwane Municipality’s bursary fund.
The bursaries —awarded to needy students who reside within the Polokwane Municipality and have applied for the Executive Mayor’s bursary fund —will cover for registration and tuition fees for this academic year and will be renewed annually, a matter subject to performance review.
Briefing the media and students in Polokwane, Greaver boasted: “Collectively we have ensured that this initiative becomes a success. I hope that this will give students a hope to live.”
Greaver believes that assisting students to obtain tertiary qualifications will close the skills gap in the country. “Student must brace this life changing opportunity with both hands. Don’t play with this opportunity; you don’t have any ground to fail,” he said. “Focus on the only victory which will get you out of poverty, that victory is to acquire your qualification.”
Some of these bursary funds were raised through mayoral initiatives which include three-year partnership between the Executive Mayor of Polokwane, UL, Blue Bulls and Polokwane Chamber of Business.
Sara Mabala (26), a Bachelor of Administration degree second year student at UL who will benefit from the bursaries, was delighted to be amongst the recipients. “This came at the right time because my family couldn’t afford to pay for my university studies. For that reason, I would like to encourage the continuation of this initiative for us and the coming generation.”
Another beneficiary Teddy Mashiane (22), who is studying Chemical Plant Operation at Capricorn FET, thanked those who had contributed to the fund.
Article source:University of Limpopo
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