Achieving academic, sporting and cultural excellence in South African schools – many of whom are based in communities battered by a myriad of socioeconomic challenges – is no easy feat for the average pupil.
However, dedication and hard work, fuelled by a desire for success and a recognition of education as game-changer, has paid off for some of these pupils, who are among the 24 recipients of the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.
The 24 students from predominantly the Eastern Cape, with the remainder from KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo, were officially awarded the R100 000 a year scholarship – up 4% on last year’s R96 000 – based on their excellent academic achievements at their respective high schools.
Addressing the scholars and their parents during an intimate cocktail function near the University’s Archive and Exhibition Centre, on Second Avenue Campus, Vice-Chancellor Prof Sibongile Muthwa reminded guests of the University’s student-centric approach and the importance placed on social inclusion.
“At this university, we receive students from all walks of life. Whilst nationally, the doors of learning have been widely opened, the question we have been asking ourselves is how all of our students can have a better sense of belonging here, at Mandela,” Prof Muthwa said.
“It is imperative for us to build
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