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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Bursary boost for CPUT budding engineers

BOFFINS: Advancement Officer Niven Maree (middle) is flanked by bursary recipients, Litheko Nkabiti and Dineo Malaka BOFFINS: Advancement Officer Niven Maree (middle) is flanked by bursary recipients, Litheko Nkabiti and Dineo Malaka

Thanks to the generosity of German aircraft equipment manufacturing company, KUNZ, two academically-deserving students have been given a potentially life-changing opportunity.

Litheko Nkabiti, an Electrical Engineering student and Dineo Malaka from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have been selected to be the inaugural recipients of full bursaries from KUNZ.

The bursaries cover the entire course of study, from first year all the way through to their BTech year, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

KUNZ GmbH aircraft equipment is a leading supplier of aircraft recovery equipment and aircraft wheel and brake servicing equipment. The company counts among its clients airports across the globe from Athens to Warsaw, airlines such as Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France and SAA, as well as the official air forces of Italy, Japan, Singapore, Finland and the US Air Force and Navy, amongst others.

With such a world of opportunity open to Litheko and Dineo, it’s no wonder they are so thrilled. They’ve both expressed their deepest thanks to the company, and more specifically to Managing Director Gerhard Kunz, who initiated the bursary through CPUT’s Advancement Department.

Advancement Officer Niven Maree is confident that partnerships with internationally-renowned and cutting-edge companies such as KUNZ can only go from strength to strength.  

“Advancement plays a vital role in cultivating long-term mutually beneficial relationships,” says Maree.

“We prefer to pursue alliances in a strategic manner, with a longer-term nurturing mentality, as opposed to a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ philosophy. In doing so, our goals of meeting financial targets, focusing on stewardship and friend-raising result in a win-win situation – for the university, our students and the companies we partner with.”

Written by Janyce Weintrob

Tel: +27 21 460 3514
Email: weintrobj@cput.ac.za