Influencing the future: Gibela’s bursars make waves

Since 2016, Gibela awarded 650 bursaries to students across the country, most of whom studied engineering-related disciplines. In addition to funding their tuition and accommodation, we also provided each student with support to help them manage their time and access the resources they need.

Bursars[photo]
Bursars[photo]

Since the beginning of the bursary programme in 2016, We have already spent the total value R 48 million.

Of these bursars, 44% studied at TVET colleges in Gauteng and 56% at universities in all of South Africa’s major cities. Participating universities included the Universities of Johannesburg, the Witwatersrand, Pretoria, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand; the Tshwane, Vaal, Durban and Central Universities of Technology; and Nelson Mandela University.

Koketso Simon Khoza, a second-year student in metallurgical engineering at the University of Pretoria, says that Gibela’s contribution to his studies has made a significant impact on his life and future. “Gibela has given me hope towards achieving my dreams and goals,” he says. “They have done so by ensuring that I have everything I need to continue with my studies smoothly. Every time I come across a challenge, Gibela is there to offer me a shoulder to lean on.”

In 2016, the initiative came to a total value of R12 million.

You can meet some of the bursars and hear about their experiences in the video below: