Con­ser­va­ti­on stu­dents to be­ne­fit from trust burs­a­ries

George Herald - - News -

Stu­dents stu­dying na­tu­re con­ser­va­ti­on at the Nel­son Man­de­la U­ni­ver­si­ty (NMU) are set to be­ne­fit from the S­chalk Wil­lem T­heron Trust.

The trust en­te­red in­to a part­ners­hip with the South A­fri­can Na­ti­o­nal Parks (SAN­Parks) and NMU to en­s­u­re that the le­ga­cy of the fer­vent con­ser­va­ti­o­nist is up­held. A Me­mo­ran­dum of Un­der­stan­ding (MoU) that di­rects the re­la­ti­ons­hip be­t­ween the pri­ma­ry s­ta­ke­hol­ders was sig­ned at the NMU Ge­or­ge cam­pus on F­ri­day 28 Sep­tem­ber.

Trust re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve Me­chiel Ja­co­bus Bos­hoff sta­ted that the burs­a­ry will com­men­ce in 2020 for stu­dents in their se­cond y­e­ar of stu­dy in na­tu­re con­ser­va­ti­on, pri­o­ri­ti­sing tho­se from dis­ad­van­ta­ged back­grounds.

"The­se are stu­dents w­ho­se com­bi­ned fa­mi­ly in­co­me is be­t­ween R350 000 and R600 000 per an­num and who fall out­si­de the pa­ra­me­ters of the go­vern­ment's NSFAS burs­a­ry sche­me. An i­ni­ti­al a­mount of R2-mil­li­on will be in­ves­ted at NMU to fund burs­a­ries for fi­ve pro­mi­sing stu­dents," said Bos­hoff. The sche­me will al­so a­vail fun­ding for ho­nours and mas­ters stu­dents.

SAN­Parks c­hief exe­cu­ti­ve of­fi­cer Fun­di­si­le M­ke­te­ni said, "The he­art of the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on is to see young pe­op­le acti­ve­ly in­vol­ved in the con­ser­va­ti­on of na­tu­re. T­his in­clu­des trai­ning and ca­reer ad­van­ce­ment in the sec­tor. In ad­di­ti­on, SAN­Parks will coope­ra­te ful­ly with the terms of the MoU by fa­ci­li­ta­ting the se­lecti­on of stu­dent re­ci­pients for the burs­a­ry, the pla­ce­ment of se­lected burs­a­ry hol­ders for in-ser­vi­ce trai­ning for com­ple­ti­on of the practi­cal y­e­ar of the qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on at SAN­Parks fa­ci­li­ties and ot­hers".

Dr Den­ver Webb of the u­ni­ver­si­ty's S­tra­te­gic Re­sour­ce Mo­bi­li­sa­ti­on Of­fi­ce wel­co­med the part­ners­hip and than­ked both the S­chalk Wil­lem Trust and SAN­Parks for part­ne­ring with the u­ni­ver­si­ty. "The in­tro­ducti­on of free hig­her e­du­ca­ti­on for so­me ca­te­go­ries of stu­dents has hel­ped the u­ni­ver­si­ty bro­a­den access to qua­li­ty hig­her e­du­ca­ti­on, but the­re are still ma­ny stu­dents who are a­ca­de­mi­cal­ly de­ser­ving but fi­nan­ci­al­ly needy that do not qua­li­fy for free hig­her e­du­ca­ti­on and w­hom t­his in­ter­ven­ti­on is going to as­sist. The fo­cus on na­tu­re con­ser­va­ti­on burs­a­ries is al­so to be wel­co­med, as tra­di­ti­o­nal­ly t­his has not at­trac­ted ex­ter­nal fun­ding to the sa­me ex­tent as so­me ot­her cour­ses," he said.

An i­ni­ti­al a­mount of R2-mil­li­on will be in­ves­ted at NMU to fund burs­a­ries for fi­ve pro­mi­sing stu­dents.

Mi­ke and Ri­net­te Bos­hoff (re­pre­sen­ting the S­chalk Wil­lem T­heron Trust) to­get­her with Prof Si­bon­gi­le Muthwa, Vi­ce-C­han­cel­lor and Fun­di­si­le M­ke­te­ni, CEO of SAN­Parks.

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