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EMS offers bursaries to disadvantaged students Print E-mail
22 February 2013

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The City of Johannesburg’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) awarded bursaries totalling almost R1 million a year to 25 students from previously disadvantaged communities at a ceremony held at the Florida Fire Station earlier this week.
 
Twenty of the recipients – who come from areas such as Orange Farm, Diepsloot, Alexandra and Soweto – will study towards a degree in Fire Technology at the University of Tshwane, whereas the rest will pursue a degree in Emergency Care at the University of Johannesburg.
The bursary programme – the first of its kind in Gauteng – covers tuition fees, textbooks, transport and allowances. 
 
The bursaries were made possible by seven sponsors: Vodacom, National Youth Development Agency, Fleet Africa, J&H Protective Clothing, Sihlangene Security, Vuza Group and Clinix.
 
Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau encouraged the students to study hard and do their parents and communities proud.
 
He said after completing their studies, they should return to make a positive contribution in their communities and the City of Johannesburg as a whole.
 
He said their focus should be on saving lives and preventing premature deaths. 
The Executive Mayor congratulated the EMS for its efforts to empower the youth.
 
Robert Mulaudzi, the spokesman for the EMS, said the bursaries were in line with the Growth and Development Strategy 2040, which commits the city to addressing and acknowledging the challenges faced by the youth in relation to public safety.
 
“The EMS recognises the importance and significant role that young people are playing in improving public safety in the city," Mulaudzi said.
 
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