UKZN Foundation Awards Bursaries to 10 Students
The UKZN Foundation awarded partial bursaries to 10 students as part of the Mandela Month Bursary Awards programme.
Guests at the awards function, which was hosted by the Foundation Unit, included UKZN Vice-Chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld; East Coast Radio General Manager, Ms Boni Mchunu; Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive, Ms Palesa Phili; Ms Surina Ramchander of PriceWaterhouseCoopers; as well as bursary recipients and their families.
On Mandela Day, the Foundation partnered with East Coast Radio to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the struggle icon and reflect on the 67 years he fought for social justice. An appeal was made to the people of KwaZulu-Natal to contribute a minimum of R67. The Foundation raised R366 840.
Professor Anesh Singh, UKZN Foundation Executive Director, thanked donors who heeded the call to support the Unit in the R67 for Mandela Month Campaign, saying their generosity made it possible to award 10 partial bursaries to the “missing middle” referring to students deemed too rich to qualify for government support, but too poor to afford tuition fees.
Recipients of the bursaries were Mr Thabani Ngwane, Ms Shalini Naidoo, Ms Hafsah Aswani, Mr Kryalin Kannie, Ms Cheven Somlal, Mr Siphiwe Dlamini, Ms Asanda Khuzwayo, Ms Thabile Dladla, Ms Ashmin Unruth and Mr Sithembiso Ntuli.
Mchunu, who thanked the Foundation for partnering with East Coast Radio, said she is passionate about education as it has the capacity to change an ordinary life into one that is extraordinary. ‘As a brand, we believe education is the key to effect change in South Africa,’ said Mchunu.
Phili said the Durban Chamber challenged chief executives and heads of organisations to support this worthy cause.
Van Jaarsveld said he hoped this was the first step towards a lasting partnership in the future.
Dlamini, a second-year LLB student, said he was extremely happy when told he would receive a bursary. ‘I wasn’t sure if I would be able to continue with the year due to finances. I have siblings who are also studying. My parents are overwhelmed with all of us studying at the same time. This bursary will help a great deal,’ said Dlamini.
Khuzwayo, a third-year Bachelor of Social Science student, said she was ecstatic to receive the bursary. ‘It has been a tough year. Now I don’t have to pressure my dad to pay fees,’ she said.
Dladla, a third-year Bachelor of Social Science student, said the bursary would help take away some of the stress on her single mother. ‘My plan is to do my honours next year and I didn’t know how I was going to pay my fees,’ she said.
Words: Taschica Pillay
Photograph: Albert Hirasen