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R120m in bursaries for Gauteng’s top learners
2012/01/24 Thembisa Shologu
COMMITTED TO QUALITY EDUCATION… An elated Phillip Mashishi poses with Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Education MEC, Barbara Creecy, at the GCRA Bursary Handover ceremony on Tuesday. Mashishi is to study education at an institution of his choice this year.

More than 1 700 successful 2011 matriculants from impoverished and under-performing Gauteng schools on Tuesday shared R120m in bursaries – all thanks to the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG).

Speaking at the bursary hand-over ceremony at the Turffontein Race Course, a beaming Premier Nomvula Mokonyane expressed her happiness that of the total 1 703 recipients, 1200 are girl learners.

Mokonyane praised the Gauteng City Region Academy bursary beneficiaries for their hard work and dedication.

“Had it not been because of your (recipients’) commitment; we would not be here today. The GPG wants to drive a knowledge-based economy which demands a different set of skills and capacity,” she said.

She added that the financial support they were receiving came with a package aimed at instilling discipline.

“The Academy will not pay for failed subjects as well as those who failed completely and require re-registration.

“Bursars are expected to do community service from their second year of study in any government institution as approved by the academy,” said Mokonyane.

She said the GPG believed it was about time that energies be put to improve the education of the South African child.

Speaking at the same event, Education MEC, Barbara Creecy, said all the learners came from township, underperforming and no paying schools which were sometimes called “a lost generation”.  

“These young people have travelled a very hard road against pre-determination of what their future should have been,” said Creecy.

Learners who gave up their Saturdays, dared the cold winter and said we are giving our attention to our studies, she said.

“In this world, only one person can ever change you and that is yourself. Invest in yourself,” she advised.

Relating her success story and being a bursary beneficiary herself, Zanele Mabena, a third year in BA International Studies student at the University of Pretoria, advised fellow learners to at least set aside three or four years of their lives and concentrate on their studies.

“It is doable. Take this opportunity and run with it like Caster Semenya on the tracks.

“Do not take this for granted. Four years is all it takes,” she said.

i came nd i enjoyd
Posted by Fhatuwani mavhunga on 25 January, 2012 02:11 PM
i was all so one of the learners who attended this event in Turforntian and it was very nice and worth it. <br>
Posted by itumeleng on 26 January, 2012 02:48 PM
What about those top performers, Maths and Science who still do not have funding? Accepted by UCT and Wits but no funding in spite of applications sent through.
Posted by Chris Kaymes on 12 July, 2012 01:41 PM
i was also one of the students to get a gcra bursary and went to turffontein. the gcra is helping us the poor and the dedicated.
Posted by takalani vhangani on 30 July, 2012 09:20 AM
The GCRA services have been so &quot;PERFECT&quot;... It has helped many students with fundings for their tertiary studies... I praise and give thanks to GCRA foe everything it has done for me... I have had enough, the way in which things are organised is never adorable...
Posted by takali on 11 October, 2012 11:32 AM
I would like to thank GCRA for making sure that we studied this year. Some people don&#39;t even know how GREAT their service is, first they told us we&#39;d get meals for the year but i&#39;m still swallowing my saliva even now. They said they&#39;d buy us laptop, we still WAITING. The one that stands out of all the WAITING we&#39;ve done is how they don&#39;t want to give us the outstanding amounts on our fees statements. i BOW down to you GCRA, your service is so superb, we WAIT AND WAIT and WAIT.
Posted by Ntando on 11 October, 2012 11:37 AM
i&#39;d like to take this moment and show some appreciation to GCRA. If it wasn&#39;t of GCRA&#39;s concern that it becomes a helping hand SA student who have acadenic potentials, I would not have been a witsee! <br> <br>May Gid bless the founders and managers of GCRA. It is of great importance that the youth be given a chance to extend the potentials within. LONG LIVE GRCA LONG LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Lucky on 13 November, 2012 10:07 AM
Which gcr are you talking about guys coz as for my side i hv never had a gud service you talking abt!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Mjeva on 19 November, 2012 01:03 PM
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