City invests in bursaries for students
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