City awards top matric performers
The future looks bright for top performers from the Class of 2014 who were granted financial support to pursue tertiary education by Joburg Executive Mayor, Parks Tau on 4 February.
Twenty learners from non-fee schools were feted at a function to acknowledge their exemplary performance and given gifts ranging from laptops, smart phones as well as R5000 voucher for books and R5000 for registration each.
The initiative is a partnership between the City of Johannesburg and its partners including Dimension Data, E.O.H, Lenovo Startech among others.
The mayor said the initiative is aimed at addressing inequality and breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. “We break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through ensuring that those individuals (from poor families) who have the potential are able to access education.”
He said this (giving them access to education) would empower them with knowledge and skills to be able to get better jobs and further contribute to the broader society, as well as change the lives of their families and break the cycle of poverty.
“We are not going to solve South Africa’s problems, if we don’t empower ourselves and ensure that citizens of this country have equitable and equal access to education, knowledge and skill.”
Mayor Tau said the challenge of inequality could be addressed through increasing people’s knowledge and skill. “Through increasing your knowledge and skill, you are able to grow yourself,” he added.
He further spurred learners to continuously study and diffuse their knowledge and skill to the country and the world’s economy.
An elated Andile Nkabinde from Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in Alexandra, who is one of the beneficiaries, expressed gratitude to the city’s efforts to recognise excellence. “I’m happy that the city is acknowledging students from underprivileged backgrounds, for the good work they have done throughout the year.”
Nkabinde who has achieved distinctions in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science and Life Orientation, plans to study Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand.
He said he would be ploughing back into his community in future. “God willingly, if I’m fortunate enough, I would like to go back to my community and help the less fortunate to further their studies.”