Over half a million rand already pledged towards Kgetsi ya Tsie Bursary Skills and Development Fund
The Kgesi ya Tsie Bursary and Skills Development fund has on its first day of activation raised more than R500 000.
This was confirmed on Friday at Khudutlou village outside Taung where this fund was launched by Bokone Bophirima Premier, Supra Mahumapelo during Setsokotsane programme.
The pledges were made by Premier Supra Mahumapelo, MECs, Mayors, business people and individual members of the society.
Three grade 12 learners from the Greater Taung Local Municipality were first to be identified as beneficiaries of other noble courses, as business people pledged to fully fund their tertiary education from 2016 academic year.
One of the learners, Tshepo Letebele, 18, from Mankuroane Technical and commercial High School in Lokaleng says because of the Premier’s intervention her dreams of becoming a teacher will soon come true.
“I want to thank the Premier for his selfless effort on helping derserving learners to further their education and training and for his visionary leadership that conceptualised kgetsi Ya tsie Bursary and skills development Fund,” expressed Letebele who said the fund will brighten the future of many hard working young people from poor family background in the province.
Launching this first of its own kind bursary and skills development fund, Premier Mahumapelo said a committee whose responsibility will be to identify deserving beneficiaries will soon be established and will comprise representatives from structures such as the traditional authorities and the business sector.
"We are making a renewed commitment to carry forward the vision Tata Mandela had for education.
As we call upon all sectors of society to rise to the occasion and support this course, we hope that by July next year, more than one million people shall have made a difference by contribution towards this fund,” said Premier Mahumapelo.
The establishment of Kgetsi ya Tsie Bursary and Skills Development fund was first announced by Premier Mahumapelo in his state of the province address in March this year.
The initiative seeks to help hundreds of Bokone Bophirima students who struggle to pay their tertiary study fees.
Donations can be made to this account: Kgetsi ya Tsie Bursary and Skills Development Fund, ABSA Current Account number – 408 608 4212
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