MEC for Education Mr Mandla Makupula. Picture: Geoff Bird
Twenty-six Buffalo City municipality students are studying at various higher learning facilities around the country, thanks to the Mayoral Bursary Fund.
The R26m fund was introduced in 2007 with the aim of helping young people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds with funding for registration, tuition, study material and accommodation.
According to the municipality, beneficiaries are chosen on their backgrounds and matric results. Recently, those students who are benefiting from the fund were given certificates of recognition from mayor Zukisa Ncitha at the East London City Hall.
"I want to congratulate those students who are already benefiting from the mayoral bursary fund and are now in their second or third year of studies," Ncitha said.
"You have justified the wisdom of our investment in your education and training." Ncitha said that the city was proud to be helping the youth to gain professional skills that would help them to productively enter the job market.
Also present at the awards was MEC for education Mandla Makupula. "We are grateful to Buffalo City for giving the youth an opportunity to study," she said.