Twenty (20) deserving and needy students of Mafikeng Hotel School are to be awarded generous bursary offers by Sun International and Carousel Hotel and Entertainment Group during an event that is to take place in two places simultaneously (Centurion and in Mahikeng) and which is to be broadcast live on “Good Morning Angels” on Radio Jacaranda. The awards will be done on air by Sun International and the Carousel via Radio Jacaranda and the recipient students will be lined live at the SABC Broadcasting Studios in Mahikeng. This one of a kind event is scheduled to take place on Thursday 27 March at 10h00.
The Rector of the Hotels Schools Division of North West Parks and Tourism Board pointed out during an interview with the media that students of the institute (popularly known as Mafikeng Hotel Schools) have been yearning for years for support in meeting their financial obligations to the institution with little success. To this end the Rector noted that the institute has been trying over the years to entice both the public and the private support the initiatives and activities of the institute. He noted that in recent times however there have been some notable successes in that a number of private sector organizations have responded positively to the plight of needy students.
The Rector said it is in this vain that Sun International and the Carousel have come to the aid of the institute by sponsoring a number of generous bursary awards to 20 students currently registered and studying at Mafikeng Hotel School.
The Rector added that the total value of the bursary awards is R540 000.00 for 2014 and that the award is likely to continue well into the future. This figure it was noted translates into R27 000.00 per successful recipient student and that it is meant to cover the cost of the students study at the institution. it was explained that for students who are resident in the institution, this amount will cover nearly 50% of their total cost of study. On the other hand for students are non-resident, the amount virtually covers the total cost of their studies per annum such that they pay very little or nothing.
It was noted by the Rector that there is commitment from the funders that subject to certain conditions (exceptional academic performance, good conduct and the demonstration potential to be skilled and creative), the student beneficiaries can expect to enjoy the benefits of being funded through the bursary scheme.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Chief Executive Officer of the North West Parks and Tourism Board Mr. Allan Losaba congratulated the students for their success in the selection and interview processes and urged them to continue to justify the trust and confidence reposed in them by their lecturers and management. He went on to commend Sun International and the Carousel for their generosity and willing to support the growth and development initiatives with the tourism and hospitality sectors of the North West Provincial Government. He noted such an award will go a long way to ensuring the social and economic transformation policy of government becomes reality. He urged other organizations and establishments to emulate the commendable lead provided by Sun International and the Carousel.
One of the elated student beneficiaries who did not want to be named said she was most delighted to be considered for the award. She indicated that she depends on her mother who is a single parent to support her and other siblings in their studies. This she pointed out was no easy take for her mother and sometimes the situation at home made her want to give up on her studies. However she said with such and ward the burden on her mother will be lessened and she as a lucky beneficiary will be energised to study hard to ensure that she justifies the confidence showed in her. She thanked Sun International and Carousel for their generosity and promised them that they will not disappointed and in their decision to support the institution and the students.
For viewers who might be interested the whole proceedings will be broadcast live on Radio Jacaranda on 27 March 2014 from 10h00. The proceedings will be videotaped and broadcast on Wednesday morning of either 2 or 9 April at 6:50 with a repeat at 8:20.The TV-broadcast will be on Kyk-Net the following Sunday 13 April 2014 at 9:20 and at 17:55 – DSTV 114.
Reporting: J.Y. AKWA