Students soar through bursar development programme

Since July 2017, Gibela continues to host bursary holders for bursary support programme. The programme includes a week of learning, fun and motivation for the students. This is important to empower students to succeed in their studies. The support programme is held at Magaliesburg Youth Camp, north-west of Johannesburg.

Speaking at the programme’s launch, Dr Buyiswa Mncono-Liwani, Gibela’s Economic Development Director, said: “We all know about the importance of education in life. It provides us with better chances; it paves the path to success.” In support of this, Sipho Sikhosana, Chief Operating Officer of Gibela’s shareholder, Ubumbano Rail, added, “Education is the only way we can build a successful and sustainable country. To date, we have spent more than R25 million on this particular programme to ensure that we educate young people.”

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We asked bursars Mothapi Khodai and Kagiso Sejojo what their bursaries mean to them, and what their dreams are for the future.

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Mothapi Khodai

Hometown: Thohoyandou, Limpopo
Institution: University of Johannesburg
Course: Industrial engineering

“If it hadn’t been for Gibela, I wouldn’t be studying because I had no one to fund my studies. I didn’t even have money for registration. Now, my short-term dream is to go back home and start an organisation to help other young people apply for bursaries and have opportunities for a bright future like me. I also want to pursue my career as an industrial engineer and help other learners achieve their goals.”

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Kagiso Sejojo

Hometown: Duduza, Gauteng
Institution: University of the Witwatersrand
Course: BA law

“With my background, I wouldn’t have been able to afford to go university – I didn’t even qualify for a loan. Gibela gives us support, is always there for us, checks up on our development, and motivates us. During the bursar development week, we were taught to believe in ourselves and that we can reach our aspirations to be who we want to be. I’m really interested in constitutional law. I would like to become South Africa’s chief justice one day. I’m aiming high and dreaming big.”

Take a look at the video below for a glimpse into what the bursar development programme entailed: