Bur­sary cer­e­mony goes off with a few suprises

Zululand Observer - Monday - - EDUCATION - Conelia Harry

A BUR­SARY schol­ar­ship cer­e­mony, ear­marked to ben­e­fit one Grade 12 learner in the King Cetshwayo Dis­trict this week, took a sur­pris­ing turn when busi­ness­man Jo­han Olden­burg, a for­mer Richards Bay High School learner, awarded a whop­ping three bur­saries as well as a week long over­seas study trip for the top 10 bur­sary can­di­dates.

This year the bur­sary re­cip­i­ents - Myren Rajh (John Ross Col­lege), Andisa Mabasa (Em­pan­geni High School) and Sphelele Shandu (Richards Bay High School) were the over­all win­ners from 62 entries.

Af­ter at­tend­ing school in the Bay in the eight­ies and nineties, Jo­han Olden­burg em­i­grated to the Nether­lands to study ac­coun­tancy at a Dutch univer­sity.

As his con­tri­bu­tion to the re­gion, Olden­burg ‘gives back’ by of­fer­ing a schol­ar­ship to one de­serv­ing ma­tric­u­lant from the dis­trict ev­ery year through his firm, Olden­burg, Bon­sèl & As­so­ci­ates.

In past years they have given schol­ar­ships to Richards Bay High learn­ers Fanile Gumede, Hein Coock and Fundile Nene.

In a touch­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony, Olden­burg rem­i­nisced on his years grow­ing up near eSikhaleni and how his love for the iconic Nel­son Man­dela’s phi­los­o­phy, that ed­u­ca­tion is the key to build­ing a strong so­ci­ety, spurred him on to con­trib­ute to help­ing young­sters pur­sue their ter­tiary stud­ies.

He en­cour­aged learn­ers to be­lieve in them­selves and fo­cus on nur­tur­ing their tal­ents and nat­u­ral abil­i­ties and en­hance their strengths.

‘We are not all meant to be doc­tors but we must al­ways use our tal­ents wisely, be it in aca­demics or in prac­ti­cal.

‘Find and har­ness your qual­i­ties and abil­i­ties and what you are good at.

‘For me it was to cre­ate jobs and some­thing for the next gen­er­a­tion.

‘It has been a priv­i­lege to re­turn to my for­mer school and for our foun­da­tion to in­vest in this coun­try; af­ter read­ing all the let­ters of mo­ti­va­tion we were so in­spired and de­cided to award three bur­saries.

‘The ten learn­ers from John Ross Col­lege, Em­pan­geni High School and Richards Bay High will tour Nether­lands, France and Bel­gium and will be ac­com­pa­nied by Veni Govender, ad­min­is­tra­tor at John Ross Col­lege who was also in­vited on the tour.

Bur­sary spon­sor Jo­han Olden­burg con­grat­u­lates the three bur­sary win­ners of King Cetshwayo Dis­trict - Myren Rajh, Andisa Mabasa and Sphelele Shandu

The top 10 learn­ers from three dif­fer­ent schools in the dis­trict each re­ceived an all ex­penses paid trip on a study tour abroad in De­cem­ber

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