This year, seventeen students will pursue their dreams after receiving bursaries worth a total of R776 000 as part of the Kouga Wind Farm’s bursary programme.
The seventeen were shortlisted and selected by an independent panel of judges from a big pool of applicants after the programme was advertised in the Kouga area and on social media.
While they may study different fields, the bursary holders are all armed with a burning desire to succeed, have worked hard to achieve good matric results and have a passion for their chosen career.
A prime example is Sivuyile Gqamane, 22, of KwaNomzamo, who is studying for a diploma in media practices.
“As a child I dreamt of being on TV or the radio. Following a career in the media is an all-encompassing passion for me,” says Sivuyile.
“When I was told that my application had been successful I was over the moon. My mom was so happy that I would be the first member of my family to study further that she burst into tears.
“She has worked so hard for me, and now I have the opportunity to pay her back for the faith she has in me.”
On completion of his diploma, Sivuyile plans to make his TV dreams a reality and give back to his community. “I will spread the message that if you work hard the sky is the limit.”
Giving back also plays a huge role for Ayanda Ngindo, 19, who is studying towards a diploma in safety in society at the Midlands College in Graaff-Reinet, a long way from his roots in Arcadia, Humansdorp.
“I want to help make my community safer. I want to be a shining example to the youth that success can be achieved, no matter the obstacles.”
KwaNomzamo resident Thembani Vutuza, 22, is now on the path towards a career in IT applications development.
“Being given this opportunity means so much, not just to me, but also my family. No-one else in my family has ever taken their studies further,” says Thembani.
“It was a big move to Cape Town, but an exciting one. And it’s not forever. When I have passed my diploma, I will return to help my community in whatever way I can.”