The Musina Municipality mayoral bursary scheme has produced six more graduates who have successfully completed their degrees at the Universities of Venda and Limpopo.  Interestingly, the graduates have been offered employment service contracts and placed in various sections of the municipality.

A member of Musina Municipality Council Executive Committee (EXCO) parades six graduates who have completed their studies through the assistance of the mayoral bursary. The graduates are from left to right: Khathutshelo Radamba, Somaya Manda, Nathaniel Mampuru Kgatla, Ayanda Ndhlovu, Emmanuel Mbedzi and Evans Matundu.

Ayanda Ndhlovu and Nathaniel Mampuru Kgatla completed Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Venda respectively. Khathutshelo Radamba and Somaya Manda graduated with Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degrees from the University of Limpopo whereas Evans Matundu completed a Bachelor of Science Honours in Biochemistry from the same institution. Emmanuel Mbedzi successfully completed his Public Management Diploma from Vhembe TVET College.

Mayor Muhlope said in the past six years, the municipality has produced a total of 15 graduates who have been placed in various departments within the municipality. “We are presently assisting eleven students with full bursaries who are furthering their studies in various institutions of higher learning. During our new financial year which starts on 01 July, we will be spending R1,5million to assist students identified from needy families.”

She added that education is one of the priority areas of Musina Municipality. “As council, we agreed that no child from Musina will not go to school because of poor financial background. That is why we are working with our stakeholders to identify indigent learners who are doing well but lack financial resources to further their education. The good thing is that when these students complete their studies, they come back and develop the community of Musina, thereby adding value to the growth of our municipality. This clearly demonstrates that we are not spending our money in vain.”

She said the importance of education in today’s society is very clear. “Our own reconstruction and development effort, the renaissance of the entire continent and our successful interaction in the global village, depend largely on the progress we make in educating our communities. Education is key in creating a better society that is dynamic and productive because it can unlock the potential that lies within us all. Good education will provide our children access to our country’s rich and diverse culture, its history and an understanding of their place in the world. Education offers opportunities to gain insight into the best that has been thought, said and done.”

One of the graduates who is also an orphan, Ayanda Ndhlovu, thanked the municipality for coming into her rescue since her family could not afford to take her to university. “I would like to encourage other learners from underprivileged backgrounds to study hard because the municipality is there to assist them. I really don’t have enough words to express my gratitude because my life has now changed for the better. Thank you Musina Municipality once more.”