SOUTH African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) hosted a scholarships and external bursaries induction on Saturday at The Venue in Hemingways Mall, where 18 Eastern Cape high school pupils were granted scholarships.
Sanral official Gcina Sentletse said the purpose of the induction was for the pupils to get to know each other as the bursary programme is a national one.
“Sanral annually gives out scholarships to pupils who excel in mathematics and physical science. The vision is that every child completes their high school career, make something of themselves, that is we fit in.
“We pay for the school fees, boarding fees, uniforms, extra lesson in maths and science, sport uniforms and host the learners when we have formal events,” Sentletse said.
She said after the pupils had completed their schooling high school career and furthered their studies in higher education, Sanral continued to support them if they took a course that related to Sanral’s work, such as engineering.
Sithembiso Zulu, 28, from Mpumalanga, currently works as a professional engineer and shared his story about his relationship with Sanral from high school to the present day.
“I truly believe that I canhave something special to give to my country. I also want to tell the pupils that they also have something special to give, the fact that they have been selected for this programme proves that.
“Young people must not be prohibited by the lack funds which stop them form achieving their dreams,” said Zulu
Port Rex Technical High School grade 11 pupil Lena Matota is one of the local students who managed to earn a bursary.
“This is an honourable opportunity because it will make huge difference in our finances at home, as my parents were finding it too expensive for all of our school fees. at home. This programme also helps me focus at school, as it motivates me to strive academically,” said Matota.