The municipality advertised about the bursaries at the end of 2015 and bursary application forms were made available on its official website.
THE Msunduzi Municipality recently handed out bursaries to matriculants in various wards who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A total of 16 matriculants received full bursaries and 58 received financial assistance towards their registration. Sbongile Mchunu, who heads the municipality’s youth office, said the municipality hands out bursaries every year to disadvantaged pupils who excelled in their matric exams. The pupils were selected on merit.
The municipality advertised about the bursaries at the end of 2015 and bursary application forms were made available on its official website. Applications closed on 13 November, 2015. This is an annual initiative by the municipality to empower the youth said Mchunu.
St John Paul II High matriculant Nomusa Shelembe said this year she will study pharmacy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She obtained seven distinctions in mathematics, physical science, life science, economics, English, Zulu and life orientation.
Siphesihle Cele from Esiqongweni High in Imbali Unit 13 said he will study medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He obtained five distinctions in mathematics, physical science, Zulu, business studies and life orientation.
Addressing the matriculants in council chambers in the city hall, Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela warned them about partying too hard and forgetting about their studies.
“Go there and study very hard. Parties are not for you. Good things come to those who wait. A number of your peers did not make it this far because some of them were not patient.
“Education needs sacrifice. The diplomas and certificates will be your rewards. Learn from those who have walked the distance.”
The total financial assistance from the municipality amounts to approximately R400 000.