Corporate Social Investment

Bursary students build links

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Bursary students build links

The IDC and its bursary partner, Studietrust, had a meet and greet with bursary students. It was a fun and flexible way to build a relationship between the organisations and the students.

October 23, 2012

CSI senior manager Tebogo Molefe and Kesebone Maema, the IDC's head of corporate communications, make time to meet studentsCSI senior manager Tebogo Molefe and Kesebone Maema, the IDC's head of corporate communications, make time to meet students

The Industrial Development Corporation made time to meet the students to whom it offered bursaries to study at various universities, and to build networking relationships.

The purpose of the workshop was to enable the students to meet their sponsor and to build a community themselves, forming bonds between other bursary students.

Studietrust, a national bursary organisation that manages its bursary programme on behalf of the IDC, was also present. The organisation is involved in helping young people who are determined to further their education, but who lack the financial means to do so.

At the session, which took place on Saturday, 20 October at the IDC headquarters in Sandton, bursary students were able to learn more about the corporation and Studietrust in a relaxed, flexible and fun atmosphere.

The corporation has awarded R2-million worth of bursaries to more than 200 students at University of Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, Tshwane University of Technology, Medical University of South Africa, University of Free State, Central University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology, University of Pretoria, and University of Limpopo.

Kesebone Maema, the IDC's head of corporate communications, opened the workshop by explaining the background of the corporation and its role in society. Maema said the bursaries would help students achieve their full potential and prevent them from being held back by personal or family hardships.

Zamabongo Mojalefa: Studietrust will offers in-depth support to the studentsZamabongo Mojalefa: Studietrust offers in-depth support to the students"The aim of the programme is to, most importantly, give you a once in a lifetime chance to live your dream." Maema explained that the bursaries were not contractual but would provide the country with much-needed skills. "The life skills that you gain in this programme will go a long way in exposing you to opportunities."

Tebogo Molefe, the IDC's senior manager of corporate social investment, said the bursaries would cover tuition fees, books, meals and accommodation. "Preference was given to best-performing students from various backgrounds. We have appointed Studietrust to follow up on them; we don't want them to fall through the cracks."

Studietrust offers in-depth support to the students in the form of arranging psychological services when and where needed, as well as counselling, workshops and seminars for success. Senior mentors also visit the students once a semester to offer emotional support in terms of encouragement, advice and suggestions of possible routes to take to solve any particular problem.

The student's latest available results are discussed and analysed if necessary. Any problems students might be experiencing are also discussed. Studietrust also offers support to students in the form of an online forum and community.

Kagiso Nkosi, a second year psychology student at the University of Johannesburg, thanked the IDC for making education a priority. "You don't realise how big a step it is moving into tertiary education until you do it, but the financial pressures of living and travel expenses are real," explained Nkosi. "The bursary gives me something to look forward to."

Kilian de Jonge, another beneficiary of the bursary programme, is grateful for the support offered by the IDC. "Being awarded a bursary that covers my fees is an amazing thing to have happened in my life. It brings me one step closer to being able to changing my life."

De Jonge added that the money would be a big help in easing the financial burden on his family.


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