Monday, 22 May 2006

Irish Minister visits CPUT

The Irish Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister for Health, Ms Mary Harney, visited the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) to hold discussions with Vice-Chancellor Prof Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga and meet some beneficiaries of their bursary programme.

Apart from the discussions with Prof Mazwi-Tanga, who is also chairperson of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) NSFAS, Ms Harney’s five-day visit to South Africa also included the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with Irish communities in Pretoria and Cape Town.

She also participated in other events linked to trade, investment and tourism. While in Cape Town, she visited a number of projects funded through Irish Aid’s development programme in South Africa. Needy students at the CPUT and other institutions of higher learning have benefited from the Irish Aid-funded bursary support programme administered by the NSFAS.

Addressing students and staff during her visit, Ms Harney said education was a passport to decent living. She mentioned that her government has already sponsored 2650 needy students.

Prof Mazwi-Tanga accompanied Ms Harney to the Dome of Remembrance and explained to her that it is a place where on an annual basis a ceremony is held for those students and staff that have passed on. She said the families of those who have passed on get invited for the ceremony. “It has a particular signifi cance to us as a family at CPUT,” said Prof Mazwi-Tanga.

Mr Luvo Makhasi, an attorney at Hofmeyer Attorneys, appreciated the support they have received as students from the programme. He said the funding and book allowance they received made studying easy for them.

Meliza Abrahams, a second year medical student thanked Ms Harvey for what her government has done for them. “In matric you always worry about how you are going to further your studies, but after getting the bursary I received all the support I needed. “They give you all the advice and assistance. If I need a stethoscope or book I can just call them,” said Meliza.

Written by CPUT News