Wednesday, 11 April 2018

R6 million bursaries for CPUT students

FINANCIAL MUSCLE: Some of the students have been awarded bursaries worth over R6 million by the Mining Qualification Authority FINANCIAL MUSCLE: Some of the students have been awarded bursaries worth over R6 million by the Mining Qualification Authority

This year more than 170 CPUT students have been awarded bursaries worth over R6 million by the Mining Qualification Authority (MQA).

The bursaries were awarded to students in the fields of Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Health, Jewellery Design, Environmental Management as well as Electrical, Mechatronics, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering. The bursaries cover tuition fees as well as allowances for meals, books and accommodation.

The successful students recently attended an induction workshop hosted by the Advancement Department in partnership with the MQA on the Bellville Campus. Some of the students have been receiving MQA bursaries since 2016.

Tebogo Thankge, a Bursary Officer from the MQA, confirmed during the workshop, that the MQA is committed to helping young learners from disadvantaged communities who are in need of bursary support in mining-related fields.

The students’ academic progress is closely monitored by the authority as it pays only half of the tuition fees in the first semester and the other half in December after the students complete their modules, while students doing semester courses receive the second half in June.

Sinalo Grangxabe, an Environmental Management student, has been receiving bursaries from the MQA since last year. Sinalo’s family of four relies on a small spaza shop to make a living, as there is no one working in the family, and her cousin and brother are also studying.

Prior to being selected for the bursary, she took loans from the NSFAS to finance her studies. “I feel very happy and overwhelmed about the support of the MQA and CPUT. They give us dates and times to get things such as book vouchers and meal allowances and deliver on time as they promised,” she said

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.