Rand West Mu­nic­i­pal­ity em­pow­ers youth

Vuk'uzenzele - - Localggeonveerranlment - Nonku­l­uleko Mathe­bula

A GAUT­ENG mu­nic­i­pal­ity is pro­vid­ing de­serv­ing learn­ers with ac­cess to high qual­ity and rel­e­vant higher ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

The Rand West City Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to change peo­ple’s lives, this time through bur­sary op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in Rand­fontein and We­stonaria. ma­te­ri­als.

Rand West City Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesper­son Tshidiso Tl­haripe said the scheme af­fords young peo­ple a brighter fu­ture.

“Our aim is to in­crease the lit­er­acy lev­els of the peo­ple within the Rand West City Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and to con­trib­ute to­wards the econ­omy of the re­gion," said Tl­haripe.

The bur­sary cov­ers the ne­ces­si­ties of the learn­ers.

“We pay for their ac­com­mo­da­tion and in­sti­tu­tion fees and en­sure that they are able to get em­ploy­ment post their ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tion,” said Tl­haripe.

For the 2017 aca­demic year, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity awarded 125 bur­saries worth R3.6 mil­lion; 52 of the stu­dents were able to com­plete their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion through the scheme.

Twenty-three have al­ready found em­ploy­ment,while oth­ers were able to find learn­er­ships and in­tern­ships in var­i­ous sec­tors.

The scheme is open to those who wish to study in the aca­demic dis­ci­plines of en­gi­neer­ing, med­i­cal and health sci­ences, com­mer­cial and fi­nan­cial sci­ences, as well as le­gal and hu­man­i­ties.

Ap­pli­cants must be South African cit­i­zens and must live in the Rand West City ju­ris­dic­tion or have a par­ent who lives in the ju­ris­dic­tion. They must pass ma­tric with a univer­sity ex­emp­tion or an av­er­age of 70 per cent and must be ac­cepted at a univer­sity of tech­nol­ogy or any other univer­sity, with the in­ten­tion of study­ing full-time.

Stu­dents who ben­e­fit from the scheme are not obliged to work for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity af­ter com­plet­ing their stud­ies.

“Although young peo­ple are not obliged to work for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, our doors will be open to them where pos­si­ble,” said Tl­haripe.

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