Education bursaries for Mitchells Plain
Written by Yazeed Kamaldien
Thirty-seven Mitchells Plain students who could not afford the cost of tertiary education were last night awarded bursaries from a trust started by Minister Trevor Manuel.
Manuel is a minister in the presidency and is responsible for overseeing the National Planning Commission. He is also a founder member of the Mitchells Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust that has worked since 2009 to improve education levels in the area.
The trust awarded the bursaries after receiving donations from various companies, including an R800,000 donation from Liberty. The event was held at Mondale High School in Portlands, Mitchells Plain.
Manuel said he and Marius Fransman, the deputy minister for international relations, “figured the best route to strengthen the community would be education”.
“We were able to raise money from private individuals and wealthy families. We were able to support 16 students to study at university last year,” said Manuel.
“The other part of our work which is very important is a skills centre. It initially trained people in furniture and upholstery. It now includes admin and IT skills training.”
Manuel said he was working on the trust “in my spare time”.
“If I’m going to serve this community then I must do it to the best of my ability. There is great joy from it. If I had the strength, wherever the wind blows me, I would hope to still be involved in future,” he said.
Bursary recipient Stacey Leigh Charters, who studies events management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, said it was “always a dream for me to study”.
“I was so stressed when my parents said they don’t have money for me to study. Two days after they told me that, I got a call from the trust that I got a bursary. I was excited. I feel that my life will be better with education. You can’t get anywhere without that,” said Charters.
“There are a lot of people in Mitchells Plain who don’t have money to study. They are sitting at home. They don’t know what to do or where to go. I wanted to make a better life for myself.”
False Bay College last night committed 15 bursaries to Mitchells Plain learners for 2015.