Kumba Iron Ore's Kolomela mine has officially handed over a significant amount to bursaries to academic high achievers in grades 10, 11 and 12 at three Tsantsabane high schools.
The handover ceremonies saw the bright boffins from Postmasburg High, Blinkklip High and Ratang Thuto High Schools re-warded for their hard work and academic ex-cellence.
Worth about R15 000 a year each, the Ko-lomela mine school bursaries cover school fees, stationery, textbooks and the cost of extra mentoring classes. To qualify pupils had to average over 65% and achieve 60% in Mathematics and Science. Funds from the bursaries have been used to support these students since the year 2011. Since the mine was established five years ago, Kolomela has awarded between three and five bursaries per school every year.
Human Resource Manager at Kolomela mine, Chesley Madlala said, “A good edu-cation is the key to transforming our society and communities within which our mine ope-rates. We believe that by working with the youth we can build a better South Africa. For the last five years our school bursary pro-gramme at Postmasburg High, Blinkklip High and Ratang Thuto High Schools in the Tsantsabane area has helped a total of 148 students successfully complete their matric education without having to worry about the school fees.
Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American has consistently been dedicated to transforming the lives of the youth and ac-hieving positive social change through its fo-cus on youth-orientated educational pro-grammes. In addition to the bursary pro-gramme, Kolomela mine also offers career guidance programmes for learners in gra-des 9 to 12, the Community Bursary Scheme for university and Technikon stu-dents registered in non-technical disci-plines, and the Community Skills Develop-ment Programme for youth already accept-ed to study N1 and N2 Mathematics and Science at technical colleges.
Chesley concluded saying, “We are proud of the work Kolomela has undertaken over the past five years and we look forward to continuing our partnership with these schools and to recognise these talented pu-pils.” KIO Kolomela
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