Bursary beneficiary sought

PHOTO: precious gumede Umdoni mayor Cllr Siyabonga Khwela (left) and Ugu mayor Cllr Ntombifikile Gumede (right) hand over R20 000 cheque to …

UGU District Municipality is looking for one of its full bursary beneficiaries­, Simpiwe Mathonsi, who received a bursary in 2015.

Simpiwe was given the bursary after matriculating in 2014.

Ugu Mayor Ntombifikle Gumede said it upsets her especially because they can’t get hold of him on the cellphone number he gave them.

“It really upsets me when a beneficiary is not in contact with us,” said Gumede­.

The mayor said in some cases pupils drop out of school because of certain challenges they have when entering university­.

She appealed to beneficiaries of the bursary and registration fee assistance programme to notify the municipality if they have problems with fees, text books or whatever challenges they have.

“I appeal to beneficiaries to keep in contact with us. We are aware that some of them received registration money in the hope of getting student funding, unfortunately not all of them are lucky to get the money, and as a result, they do not have money to pay for their tuition.

“As the municipality we will assist all our beneficiaries in any way we can to help them complete their studies. We won’t just leave them to drop out of school.

“However, pupils should work hard so we can see where our investment is going. We will not pay for a person who goes to school and who fails and then comes back looking for assistance.”

The mayor announced the names of the three full bursary beneficiaries who benefitted from the 2015 bursary programme who came back with their good results, to the municipality and asked for assistance for their second year of tertiary education.

Zahra Ranjila, Nkosenhle Duma and Njabulo Nkabane are continuing with their studies through the Ugu bursary programme and received a R20 000 cheque each, which will cover most of their needs for their second year.

Gumede was impressed with the three pupils and asked Simpiwe to get in touch with the municipality so they can assist him with his second year tuition if he is still in school.