20 February Bursary Fund continues to change lives February 20, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 When 19-year-old Yanga Tutu began his matric year in 2016, he had one goal in mind and that was to perform exceptionally well. Raised in a low income family in NU2 Mdantsane, Tutu knew that his single mother Nombulelo Mkhokeli who works as a Nurse Assistant would not be able to afford university fees when he matriculates and that he would need a bursary to further his studies. However, Tutu admitted that he was not always been a dedicated student because during his early high school years, he had to deal with the struggles of peer pressure, that got him involved with the wrong crowd to be perceived as ‘cool’ and being mischievous. “In my first year of high school, I tried to choose my friends wisely but somewhere along the way I found myself belonging to a group where I was unable to exercise good judgment.” “Grade 11 was the hardest year for me, I had deeply succumb to peer pressure which hurt my mother a lot and one day I found myself sitting on a bathroom floor thinking about the direction my life was taking - that day I made a decision that I would refocus and dedicate all of my time to my school work and today I look back on that day and just thank God for the intervention,” he said. The turning point in the young man’s life came at the right time as he made it through Grade 12 with commendable results, obtaining a distinction in Physical Science. The Ulwazi High School former learner was one of the beneficiaries who were awarded with full bursaries during the Mayoral Bursary Fund Handover on Wednesday, 15 February 2016 at the East London City Hall. The Bursary covers all university costs including registration fees, tuition, prescribed study literature and materials as well as institutional accommodation and meals Tutu is enrolled at the Walter Sisulu University for a National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, a field that has been of interest to him since Grade 10. “I have always been obsessed with experiments in the laboratory and the understanding of how various elements make up substances. This has been my field of interest and my love for it is growing with every lecture I attend,” he said. Recognising the value of this opportunity, Tutu expressed appreciation for the break saying that he will not take it for granted. “I know that there were many other deserving students so I do not take this grand opportunity for granted.” I am determined to take full advantage of this chance and make something of my life,” said Tutu. Executive Mayor Xola Pakati congratulated the beneficiaries, motivating them to commit to their studies and seal their own fate of success. Pakati also added that the skilling of young people is a major investment for the City. “I strongly believe that you will make an immense contribution towards the economic growth of the Metro, and we know that through your skills, we will overcome many of the challenges that have a negative impact on the socio-economic outlook of our municipality.” He further motivated saying that commitment, discipline and a vision to build a bright future for yourselves and your communities will produce great success. Related BCMM 2018 Mayoral Bursary Application Open Every academic year, the Metro sets aside an amount of R1.2 million to assist underprivileged individuals including persons with disabilities who are interested in studying in scarce skills fields such as Science, Engineering, Information Technology and Finance. The Fund assist current or prospective students towards covering tuition and registration fees, prescribed books, study material and accommodation. Candidates must be bona fide residents of Buffalo City who are between the ages of 14 and 35 years and have at least D in English and C in Mathematics and Science. The closing date for application is 31 October 2017 and shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 30 November 2017 for personal interview. Forms are also available on http://www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/BCMM/youth/Bursary_2017.pdf Fleet Street Upgrade continues The City would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. Road Closures During Ironman 70.3 TIME FOR ROAD CLOSURES: The N2 from Beacon Bay off ramp to Blaney intersection will be closed at 06h15 and re-opened when all the cyclists are off the N2 The N2 from Blaney intersection to the NEX off ramp will be closed at 06h30 and re-opened if all cyclist are off the N2 The 2 lanes on the North East Expressway direction Gonubie will be opened once all the cyclist are on the N2 START: CYCLE ROUTE · The race starts in the Orient Theatre parking. · The cyclists will come out at Orient Road, · Right into Currie Street, · Onto the Esplanade, · Left into Moore Street, · Right into John Baillie Road, · Left into Buffalo Park Drive, · Turn right onto the North East Expressway, · Left onto the N2 direction KWT, · Left onto Berlin off ramp, · Right at the Berlin off ramp direction Berlin Industrial Area, · Right onto the N2 on ramp direction East London, · Left at North East Expressway on ramp, · Return via the same route and finishing at the Orient Theatre car park. START: RUN ROUTE · From the transitional area the runners will run along the Esplanade, · Into Link Road, · Right into John Bailie Road, · Right into Turnberry Avenue, · along Gleneagles Road, · Right into Galway Road turning at the turning point in Galway Road and Return via the same route finishing at the Orient Pool. ROAD CLOSURES: N2 N2 direction King Williams Town at Beacon Bay off ramp on the N2 N2 at Blaney intersection direction East London on the N2 N2 on ramp at Bonza Bay Main Road direction East London N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Western Avenue interchange direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Meadow Road direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction East London ROAD CLOSURES: NORTH EAST EXPRESSWAY: Commercial Road direction Buffalo Park Drive at Fitzpatrick North East Expressway at Bowls Road / Buffalo Park Drive Buffalo Park Drive and North East Expressway St Peters Road at Nahoon View Road North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction North North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction South Old Transkei Main Road and NEX on ramp direction City N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction Gonubie (Sasol Garage) North East Expressway at Wyse Ave ROAD CLOSURES: ESPLANADE: Orient Road closed at Hillview Road Currie Street closed at Brighton Street Rhodes Street at Brighton Street Esplanade closed at Rhodes Street Esplanade closed at Quanza Street Esplanade closed at Fitzpatrick Road Esplanade closed at Clifford Street Esplanade closed at Inverleith Terrace Esplanade closed at Long Fellow Street Moore Street closed at the Holiday Inn entrance John Bailie Road closed at Mc Jannet Drive John Bailie Road closed at Turnburry Road John Bailie Road closed at Ainsdale Road LANE CLOSURE: TURNBERRY AVENUE AND GALWAY ROAD The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AS PER N2 INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: FROM GONUBIE TO KWT From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, left into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Batting Road, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left onto Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left onto Voortrekker Road into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. OR From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, right into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Wyse Ave, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left into Voortrekker Road, into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. FROM KWT TO GONUBIE From N2 right into Ilitha/Ndevana Road, left onto the R102 into Voortrekker Road, right into Amalinda Main Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Lukin Road, into Pearce Street, left into Old Transkei Road, into Batting Road, left into Bonza Bay Road, right onto the M10 and continue with the N2. Buffalo City Metro wishes all an enjoyable and safe traveling. Bright future for youth of the Metro An amount of R1.2 million has been allocated to the fund to help learners who come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. The fund covers tuition fees, stationery, prescribed textbooks, accommodation and meals. The fund is aimed at helping learners who are interested in studying in scarce skills fields including Science, Engineering, Accounting, Agriculture and Information Technology. The selection process strictly look at students who are bona fide residents of Buffalo City who are between the ages of 14 and 35 years and have at least D in English and C in Mathematics and Science. Speaking at the event Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “We encourage our children to study in these scarce skills fields so as to help develop the Metro’s economy. I am very proud of them as children nowadays do not even want to go to school. It gives us pleasure to see children who work hard and show hunger for education.” Mtsi also encouraged the youngsters to motivate their peers to also study. “BCMM believes that investing in the future is important and that is exactly what we are doing with these children, go out there and make us proud.” He added that the City will benefit from them as the bursaries are for scare skills and the Metro plans to absorb them in their system so that they can give back to the community as well as the economy. Portfolio Head for Special Programmes Unit Ayanda Peter said, “Every year it gives me great pleasure to share this moment with all these children along with their parents. BCMM is determined to give back to the previously disadvantaged. These children are the future Presidents of this country and we are proud to make their dreams come true.” Expressing her gratitude, one of the beneficiaries Thulisa Matyayisi who will be studying towards Bachelor of Development Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, she is also the only female beneficiary for this academic year said, “Today, I want to express my gratitude to BCMM for this opportunity to fulfill my dreams. I intend to grasp and come and plough back to this beautiful Metro to help with its growth.” Speaking on behalf of the parents Nobonke Charles said, “My heart is filled with so much gratitude today, my husband and I were dependent on our grant, we are so grateful to BCMM we did not know how she would go to school.” Adding to that beneficiary Lwazi Mrhangula doing his third year in BCom Accounting at the University of Fort Hare said, “I would like to thank BCMM today they have changed my life without this help I don’t know where I would be or what the future holds for me. I hope someday I will be able to contribute back and be witness that BCMM does care for its people.” Back to School Campaign Drive On Monday the 22 of January 2018, the Executive Mayor will host a working lunch with the previous bursary holders of the Mayoral Bursary. This lunch will also include those that are currently benefiting from the fund. The intention of this meeting is to track progress and therefore assess the full impact of the bursary to the previous holders. The Executive Mayor also wants to get a direct update on how the current beneficiaries are finding the fund and how they are doing in their current studies. On the 25 of January, the Executive Mayor will visit Gubevu Primary and Ndevana Higher Primary. On the 26 of January, Pakati will then visit Bhotwe and Zimasa Primary Schools. In all the four schools, the Executive Mayor will be handing over 50 pairs of shoes in each school. He will then address the school assemblies in all the four schools and will encourage learners on the year ahead. The Executive Mayor will conclude the week by handing over 41 bursaries to needy and deserving students from our City. The bursary handover will take place at the City Hall Auditorium from 10am on Friday the 26 of January 2018. The bursary covers tuition, registration fees, prescribed books, study material and accommodation for candidates studying predetermined scarce skills in the fields of Engineering, Finance, Planning and Economic Services, Information Technology as well as Agriculture. The fund further provides beneficiaries with an opportunity to participate in experiential learning placements within the Metro. Back to School Campaign kicks off The event will start at 11am. This program is part of the Mayors back to school campaign which started on Monday. Before handing over the bursaries, the Executive Mayor will first visit schools in Mdantsane where he will be handing over 50 pairs of shoes at Nobhotwe and Zimasa Primary Schools at 08:30 am. The annual Executive Mayoral Bursary Fund is aimed at helping learners who are interested in studying in fields where skills are scarce and in demand, such as Engineering, Finance, Computer Science, Planning & Economic Services and Agriculture. The R1.2 million fund covers tuition, registration fees, prescribed books, study material and accommodation for candidates studying predetermined scarce skills The total number of benefiting BCMM Bursary Fund recipients for 2018 Academic Year is 19 - new intake plus 27 from previous years that is total of 46 beneficiaries. The fund’s budget on the current financial year is R1.2 million. Since inception of the Bursary Fund in 2008, 49 beneficiaries have graduated and an additional six will be graduating in April and May 2018 that brings the total to 55. This is part of asserting the municipality’s vision of making education fashionable and implementing government’s overall prioritisation of education as an apex. Today, Pakati visited Masijongane Higher Primary School where he gave learners school shoes in Ndevana. Speaking at the school, Pakati said “We know the plight of the kids in rural areas and it is not easy to have discouraged young people to attend school. As the Metro it is our mandate to make sure that kids from these areas are not disadvantaged when it comes to education.” Comments are closed.