Kalushi lives on in fund

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Gauteng News - KUTULLO MADISHA ku­tul­lom@the­newage.co.za

AS THE coun­try com­mem­o­rates thedeathof free­dom fighter Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, ex­e­cuted by the apartheid gov­ern­ment in April 1979 at Kgosi Mam­puru prison, a num­ber of stu­dents have grad­u­ated from the schol­ar­ship fund named af­ter him.

The Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency (NYDA) of­fers Solomon Mahlangu Schol­ar­ship Fund bur­saries to study at uni­ver­si­ties and tech­no­log­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions across South Africa.

Among them is Malebo Paulina Kekana, 20, from Soshanguve in Pre­to­ria, who has just com­pleted her BSc de­gree in quan­ti­ta­tive risk man­age­ment from the Univer­sity of North West.

Kekana said her hard-work­ing mother had striven to pro­vide for the fam­ily from the lit­tle that she earned as her fa­ther was un­em­ployed.

“The NYDA came into my life and met me at my point of need. It re­ally lifted a heavy fi­nan­cial bur­den off my fam­ily.

“Not only did it help me fi­nan­cially, but I net­worked with a lot of my peers within the fi­nan­cial sec­tor.

“I could re­alise my right to sur­vival and max­i­mum self-de­vel­op­ment and also live to see my dream come to fruition.

“I am proud to say that the NYDA has suc­ceeded in in­spir­ing and chang­ing my life. I will for­ever be grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity,” Kekana said.

An­other ben­e­fi­ciary is Nokuthula Mabena, 21, who com­pleted a bach­e­lors de­gree in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and me­dia stud­ies from the Univer­sity of Wit­wa­ter­srand,

“Both my par­ents are un­em­ployed. The NYDA of­fered me a full schol­ar­ship in 2015 for my en­tire de­gree. The Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Schol­ar­ship Fund has given me the op­por­tu­nity to ful­fil my dreams.

“To­day, I am a Wits grad­u­ate be­cause of the fund­ing. I am now do­ing my hon­ours at Wits Univer­sity be­cause the NYDA helped me get my foot in the door.

“The NYDA has given me hope for a brighter fu­ture,” she said.

The fund seeks to sup­ply fi­nan­cial sup­port to good stu­dents to en­able them to pur­sue qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in an in­sti­tu­tion of higher learn­ing – with those stu­dents com­ing from ru­ral ar­eas as its pri­mary tar­get.

The fund is ac­ces­si­ble to de­serv­ing South African youths who meet the min­i­mum en­try re­quire­ments set by the NYDA and who have been ad­mit­ted for study at pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties and uni­ver­si­ties of tech­nol­ogy.

BEN­E­FI­CIARY: Paulina Kekana, 20, from Soshanguve just com­pleted her BSc de­gree at the Univer­sity of North West.

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