Mahikeng Municipality launches bursary fund for needy learners

The ANC Youth League in the province has welcomed the launch of the Mahikeng Local Municipality Mayoral Bursary Fund.

Executive Mayor of Mahikeng Local Municipality, Betty Diakanyo, launched the fund last week at Mmabatho Civic Center. The launch was done following a resolution taken by council this year. 

ANCYL Provincial spokesperson, Tshiamo Tsotetsi, said the league welcomes the bursary scheme because it is a step in the right direction. 

“Education is important because skilled individuals are needed to improve the economy of the country. This fund will ensure that deserving learners who cannot afford to pay for their own tertiary education have an opportunity to further their studies,” he said. 

Tsotetsi said it is important that the province has an educated population, especially in the fields of agriculture and mining because Bokone Bophirima provincial economy is largely dependent on these sectors.

“There are few blacks who are in senior management positions within the mining sector and it is important for the youth to study in these fields so that we can make decisions that will benefit our communities. The province is predominantly rural and we need skilled youth in the field of agriculture because the ANC has developed policies that seek to return the land back to its rightful owners. If our youth is educated in these fields then we will not have a problem managing our own farms and growing our economy,” he said.

Tsotetsi said education is important because it can improve the living conditions of any individual and their family. He encourages the private sector to also assist learners who cannot afford to pay for their studies.
“We also urge private institutions to increase their spending when it comes to providing bursaries for learners. The Youth League would also like to congratulate government for taking a decision to make tertiary education free to qualifying learners. The Mahikeng Local Municipality now joins municipalities in Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Bojanala in terms of establishing bursary funds. We would like to encourage learners who have been awarded this opportunity to take it seriously. The ANCYL hopes that the municipality has the right mechanisms in place to ensure that when the bursary fund comes into effect it is well monitored.” 

The municipality said the purpose of the Mayoral Bursary Fund is to assist young people who reside within the municipal area of jurisdiction with financial support to further their undergraduate studies at tertiary institutions of their choice. It is also intended to create a culture of learning amongst the residents. The bursary will be given to prospective tertiary students who come from poor and destitute families, but with a good academic record.

Mayor Diakanyo explained the bursary fund. “Through this fund we are busy implementing the Setsokotsane 10 by 10 Campaign which has concrete seven and it is namely: “Mobilising society in educational activities. This will be a direct way of our contributing towards the alleviation of poverty. Poverty can never be a permanent scent of our people when there are ways and means we can work on it,” she said.

Municipal spokesperson, Abigail Batala said Mahikeng Local Municipality is determined to play a role in realising the objectives of National Development Plan (NDP) by adopting policies that will assist learners who are in need of pursuing their studies in institutions of higher learning. She added that this would promote economic growth and development.

The Mayoral Bursary Fund will come into effect from 2019 and those who are interested can contact the municipality directly.