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Deadline looming for Bursary applications for Vhembe matrics

Thohoyandou – Matriculants coming from poor families in Limpopo’s Vhembe district are running out of time and are entitled to apply for bursaries to further their studies no later than the 18 January.

The municipality, which happens to be located in Thohoyandou, has earmarked R3.5 million to assist impoverished matriculants who meet the requirements to further their studies.

“These students must originate from poor families which happen to be incapable of helping them to access tertiary education as a result of poverty,” said District Mayor Florence Dzhombere when she revealed the bursary fund.

The bursary is exclusively accessible for studies associated with civil, electrical, mining and chemical engineering, auditing, financial accounting, economics and business management related to tourism, agriculture and mining.

Dzhombere pointed out that the bursary would cover tuition fees, books and accommodation.


Executive Mayor Cllr Florence Dzhombere

“The individuals will need to demonstrate consistency in good performance at the same time their parents need to be unemployed or considered indigent,” she explained.

Preference is going to be provided to individuals who have passed Mathematics, Physical Science, Technology and commercial subjects.

“Successful recipients are going to be subjected to working for the municipality for a minimum of two years, except in cases where the district is not able to offer employment,” said Dzhombere.

Successful candidates are going to be urged to pursue their studies at the University of Venda, University of Limpopo, University of South Africa, Tshwane University of Technology’s Polokwane Campus, Madzivhandila Agricultural College and Vhembe FET College.

Application forms can be obtained at the mayor’s office.

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Source: BuaNews


Programme to address skills shortage

A new capacity building programme, to be offered at Wits University will go a long way in addressing the country’s skills shortage.

Unveiled by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the programme, which will be offered in honours, masters and certificate levels, builds on the department’s commitment to building capacity in the area of industrial Policy, and will span over a period of four years, starting this year.

It is primarily aimed at building capacity for the successful implementation of the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2 (IPAP2), by preparing economics and social sciences graduates for careers in policy making, research and development work.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Rob Davies said the programme is one of the most important initiatives that will build up skills for implementation of the industrial policies.

“Graduates of this capacity building programme will be drawn into the government’s big push to drive the economy onto a New Growth Plan. We want postgraduates who understand that economic development requires partnership of the state and the private sector,” the minister said at the launch at Wits University.

The programme will further be supported by a series of policy dialogues and alumni workshops. International academics will be participating in its delivery and infuse it with exception international best practice.

The first pool of students for the programme, which starts later in February, includes post graduate students, economists and policy makers currently contributing towards the government’s economic policy ambitions.

“We want a generation of economic policy researchers who are not surprised by a global financial crisis but who understand the causes of crises and how to shield the South African economy and industry from global financial and economic volatility, contagion and recession,” said Davies.

Leading international scholars who are experts in development economics will participate in the delivery of the programme. These include Professor Bill Freund and Professor Ben Fine from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Fine says the capacity programme represented a beacon of opportunity for the development of critical thinking and alterative policy making.

“From such a small beginning, the hope must be that others can support the attempts to broaden and to question the way we think about the economy and economic policy making,” said Fine.

Source: BuaNews