Mayor hosts bursary recipients

Mayor Mihloti Muhlope photographed with the new beneficiaries of the mayoral bursary.  They are from left to right: Ronewa Matamela, Fhumulani Malovhele, Monica Mwanza, Mosiwa Makane and Brain Liwani. Thuso Nenweli was not available when the photo was takenMayor Mihloti Muhlope photographed with the new beneficiaries of the mayoral bursary. They are from left to right: Ronewa Matamela, Fhumulani Malovhele, Monica Mwanza, Mosiwa Makane and Brain Liwani. Thuso Nenweli was not available when the photo was taken

“After completing my Grade 12 with flying colours, I never thought it would be possible for me to realize my dream of going to university due to shortage of funds. Thanks to Musina Municipality for affording me the opportunity to further my studies through the mayoral bursary. I promise that they will not spend their money in vain as I will work hard to attain my degree upon completion of my studies.” These are the words of Ronewa Matamela from Bale village in the Ha-Manenzhe area.   He is one of the six new successful students from poor families who qualified to be funded by Musina Municipality mayoral bursary this year.   Matamela is doing a degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of Venda. The bursary covers tuition fees, books, food and accommodation.

Brain Liwani is another beneficiary from Musina Nancefield whose parents are unemployed and cannot raise enough money for his university education. He is studying for a Bsc degree in Mathematical and Computer Sciences at the University of Venda. He jubilantly said: “Applying for funding by the mayoral bursary was my last hope as I did not get satisfactory responses from other bursaries. I’m happy that I will now be able to further my studies and come back to work for the community of Musina.”

During a special meeting with the beneficiaries, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope encouraged the students to forget about their poor financial backgrounds and work hard to get their qualifications. “There are hundreds of students out there who did not get this opportunity and you should consider yourselves very lucky. We want you to complete your education so that you can come back and help us to develop our communities. It is only through education that we can reduce poverty in our community. Good luck in your studies and I have no doubt that you will represent us well in your respective institutions of higher learning.”

In the past three years, the mayoral bursary has produced nine graduates who have been offered work contracts in different departments of the municipality.  The municipality is currently financing eleven students who are furthering their studies in different institutions of higher learning. 

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