UGU District Municipality has furthered its commitment to education for deserving tertiary students by granting over R230 000 worth of bursaries through the Ugu District Municipality Mayoral Bursary Fund.
Recently, district mayor, Councillor Ntombifikile Gumede awarded three bursaries worth R20 000 each, 17 bursaries worth R10 000 each and one bursary worth just under R5 000 to students from across the district. The funds will pay for tuition and stationery for the 2016 academic year.
During the award ceremony, the mayor emphasised the importance of local government playing a pivotal role towards building a strong local graduate professional base by providing much-needed assistance to those who are studying towards a professional career.
“The municipality is planting a seed towards ensuring an improved level of the graduate professional base in the district. A need was identified to financially assist deserving students to further their education and become professionals,” said Cllr Gumede.
Ugu District Municipality has placed education at the apex of its priorities in moving our district forward and the mayor’s bursary fund is a reflection of this commitment. “Education is a fundamental right and it is rewarding for us to be able to assist in furthering students’ learning through the bursaries we award.”
The mayor plans for this fund to increase annually and for the municipality to increase the number of beneficiaries every year.
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