City in­vests in bur­saries for stu­dents

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Front Page - NA­DINE FORD-KRITZINGER nadinef@the­

THE city of Cape Town has set aside R4.5m to help stu­dents in need of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance ahead of the busy reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod for uni­ver­si­ties and FET col­leges for the 2018 aca­demic year.

This is part of its com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing an op­por­tu­nity to of­fer bur­saries to full-time stu­dents who live in the greater Cape metropoli­tan area. These bur­saries cover costs re­lat­ing to reg­is­tra­tion, ex­am­i­na­tion and class fees and ap­ply to qual­i­fy­ing can­di­dates reg­is­tered for un­der­grad­u­ate or post­grad­u­ate de­grees or diplo­mas.

Mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille to­gether with the may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for cor­po­rate ser­vices, Rae­lene Arendse, and ward coun­cil­lors, yes­ter­day vis­ited Elsies River where they briefed po­ten­tial ap­pli­cants, stu­dents and res­i­dents on how to ap­ply for the bur­saries.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is the most im­por­tant in­vest­ment we can make for our young peo­ple to en­sure they ob­tain the re­quired qual­i­fi­ca­tions, es­pe­cially in scarce skills which are needed in some in­dus­tries.

“Fi­nan­cial con­straints of­ten hin­der peo­ple from achiev­ing their full po­ten­tial or ob­tain­ing a qual­i­fi­ca­tion that will al­low them to be­come eco­nom­i­cally ac­tive,” she said.

De Lille said the in­vest­ment from the city for ex­ter­nal bur­saries was in line with their ef­forts to address un­em­ploy­ment and con­trib­ute to poverty al­le­vi­a­tion by giv­ing res­i­dents ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This is a tes­ta­ment to the city’s or­gan­i­sa­tional de­vel­op­ment and trans­for­ma­tion plan to be more cus­tomer -cen­tric and re­spon­sive to the needs of our com­mu­ni­ties.

“The bur­saries ap­ply to 25 ap­proved scarce skills fields of study which in­clude ac­count­ing, ar­ti­san train­ing, au­dit­ing, eco­nom­ics, re­new­able en­ergy and med­i­cal spe­cial­ists, among oth­ers. “As a car­ing city, we are aware that fund­ing re­mains one of the big­gest bar­ri­ers to ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion for many young South Africans and it is im­por­tant we play our part as the ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­sure that the lack of fi­nances is not an ob­sta­cle for some.

“We be­lieve that this ini­tia­tive pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple who pre­vi­ously would not have been able to go to in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing due to fi­nan­cial con­straints.”

Pa­tri­cia de Lille

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