Bursary ceremony goes off with a few suprises
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