Local grade 11 and grade 12 learners from Kathu, Olifantshoek, Deben, Siyathemba and Mapoteng in the Northern Cape have the opportunity to ap-ply for a region specific scholarship.
The programme is being promoted through community high schools in these areas, where learners are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
“These high school learners have limited opportunities to access scholarships, so the Renewable Energy Investment South Africa (REISA) Scholarship Fund, which specifically targets learners in these benefi-ciary towns, means they don't need to com-pete against learners from other pro-vinces,” explained Sizile Mabaso - Chief Community Operations Officer of REISA.
The REISA Scholarship Fund, which was launched two years ago, aims to provide tertiary education funding for youths living within a 50km radius of the solar facility. The focus is to contribute towards human re-source development in fields considered critical for the South African economy. Study fields include teaching, engineering, natural and social sciences, environment and nursing.
Learners from local high schools have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, one being Tanwyn Wage-naar, who is fulfilling his dreams at the Uni-versity of the Free State. The REISA Scho-larship Fund paid his total tuition fees, which alleviated the financial burden, pre-viously fulfilled by Tanwyn's parents. They are now in a much better position to support Tanwyn's siblings with their primary and se-condary education.
The scholarship has provided for Tan-wyn's study fees and private campus ac-commodation, which has allowed him to be-come more focused on his studies.
During 2016, Tanwyn passed his final ex-
amination with distinctions, and as a reward for his hard work, the university repaid him the tuition fees for all the distinctions and al-located the funds towards his study mate-rial.
Learners in these communities have ac-cess to other bursary opportunities, how-ever the REISA Scholarship Fund is unique in the sense that it is more accessible.
Local representatives conduct road-shows at all local high schools before the scholarship application closing date. The aim of the roadshow is to educate grade 11 and 12 learners and their parents about the scholarship fund and assist them with com-pleting the forms.
The marketing roadshow aims to inspire learners to focus on their studies and future and encourages parents to support the learners with their academic careers.
The programme, promoted through the high schools, to study for a qualification with a minimum of three years, offers full or par-tial scholarships. Schools include Gamaga-ra High School, Kathu High School and Langeberg High School.
Learners can obtain application forms at REISA's local community office or alterna-tively, directly from their schools. TM Com-munications

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training this week  vi-sited Tshwane as part of efforts to address the certification backlog.
The week-long oversight visit to the Department of Higher Education and Train-ing, as well as the state information tech-nology agency (Sita), is aimed at clearing the backlog in the issuing of National Certificate Vocational (NCV) and diploma certificates for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.
The chairperson of the committee, Connie September, said that the oversight visit will go a long way in the fight against unemploy-ment, poverty and inequality.
“Key to this is efficiency in ensuring that young people do not experience further de-lays in acquiring their qualifications and in accessing economic opportunities.
“Radical economic transformation will be
meaningful if those who have been equipped with skills are certified and gi-ven the opportunities they deserve in or-der to enter the job market,” Ms Septem-ber said.
Ms September said the intention of the visit is to get insight into capacity related challenges in the administration and ex-amination units at the Department of Higher Education and Training.
The visit to Sita is aimed at getting in-sight into the functionality and effective-ness of the systems geared to resolve certification challenges.
Ms September said that it is important that the higher education sector func-tions with as minimal challenges as pos-sible, if the country is to deliver on its long-term policy positions. SAnews.gov. za

As part of its national #Change19 tour, DA leader Mmusi Maimane visited the Progress area in Upington on Friday 21July 2017 to campaign for the 2019 national elections.
In a door-to-door walkabout, Mr Maimane engaged with community members who la-mented about their living conditions, unem-ployment and service delivery issues.
Vehemently expressing their vision, he assured and reiterated the DA's stance to transform South Africa with a new govern-ment, free of corruption and maladmini-stration, a government that works for the people and seeks to improve their lives, es-pecially the poor. All these can only be ac-hieved through change, he said adamantly. “Much like we voted for a new government in 1994, we must do the same in 2019” he said.
In his address, Mr Maimane urged com-munity members to be part of the change they want to see. To eradicate poverty and improve the lives of poor South Africans the DA promises to create employment oppor-tunities through bolstering the small busi-
nesses sector by providing training support and funding for people to work for them-selves while creating employment at the same time.
In meeting the young people's challenge of skills shortages, the DA will, in its admini-stration, ensure that matriculants get a full year of training to obtain skills and get capa-citated for the workplace.
Prioritising providing quality housing, the party seeks to enforce transparency in allo-cation and distribution, to avoid a crooked system where houses are being sold by offi-cials. Furthermore the party aims to create an option of a voucher system for citizens to buy their building material and build houses for themselves instead of waiting for go-vernment.
Needless to say, this DA tour comes at a crucial bi-election time in a highly contested ward (ward 4), after the death of an ANC councillor. As much as the tour drives the vision for the 2019 national election, it would seem the DA chose to confine its focus on this ward to boost support for the upcoming bi-elections.

ZF Mgcawu distriksmunisipaliteit het hul 67 minute op Mandeladag in Up-ington, Karos en Raaswater onder-skeidelik bestee.
Die raad en personeel van ZFM het terug-geploeg in gemeenskappe ter ere van die ontslape Tata Nelson Mandela.
Die Speaker, Raadslid Moses Moalosi, het gesê die distriksmunisipaliteit moet ver-der werk as die goeie dade wat verrig word slegs op Mandeladag. "Ons het te ver ge-kom om hier te stop, laat ons die mense in ons gemeenskappe wys dat Nelson Man-deladag elke dag is," het hy gesê.
Raadslid Moalosi het ook vroeër die dag die bejaarde vrou, Elizabeth Snyders, op Karos, wie 102 jaar oud is, besoek. Sy was verheug om besoek te word. Me Snyders, wat saam met haar dogter woon, het ZF Mg-cawu distriksmunisipaliteit se raad en personeel bedank vir die versorging van
bejaardes ter ere van Nelson Mandela. Die distriksmunisipaliteit het kospakke, komber-se en beddens aan bejaardes oorhandig.
Die Uitvoerende Burgemeester, Raadslid Abraham Vosloo, het gevra dat die munisi-
paliteit onmiddellik met planne vir die volgen-de Mandeladag in 2018 begin, sodat die pro-gram 'n breër spektrum binne die distrik kan bereik.
Die program, wat suksesvol uitgevoer is,
was ook bygewoon deur die Noord-Kaapse parlementslid Joyce Basson, lede van die ZFM-raad, wykraadslede en administratiewe personeel van die distriksmunisipaliteit.

Seonyane Jan Vry (84) was uninten-tionally forced to expose his empty gums when a smile of joy was set by an electric atmosphere in him.
Tebelelo Ramasesana, owner of Kuruman Cleaning Services and the trendy Ramzo - a trailer and fibre glass sanitary toilets manu-facturer, was approached by the Joe Moro-long ward six councillor over the plight of the octogenarian.
The young businessman visited the des-perate old couple and witnessed the dire sit-uation. He took one of his trusted builders and supplied all the building material to build a two-roomed flat roofed house as a matter of urgency.
“We have to attend to the needy especially the elderly who no longer can make a living.
“As children I believe we must plough back to our community because these parents sa-crificed their limited resources to shape our future”, Mr Ramasesana said.
On July 27, 2017 the house was handed over to the couple in the presence of the Joe Morolong municipality mayor councillor Dineo Leutlwetse.
The mayor bought a double bed and blan-kets for the couple, while her executive com-mittee bought a food hamper and gave a four-year pledge of supply.
“We cannot ignore the plight of our pa-rents, let's change the history and conform
to today's needs”, the mayor said. 
The old man is a staunch supporter of the ruling party and according to him no other party can bring a better future to the citizens except the ANC.
“I am at the twilight of my life and cannot be converted into another party's slogans, I like the African National Congress. We are so happy about this gift. Our Lord has answer-ed our prayers”.
Councillor Lesego Seikaneng for ward six said that when he identified the couple and their situation he felt very touched.
“We made this gift in memory of our former and late statesman President Nelson Man-dela,” he said.

July 18 is not just an ordinary date on the calendar, it is a day that commemo-rates the lifetime service Nelson Man-dela gave to South Africa and the world.
2017 was no different to the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust as they participated in a range of activities to mark this day in the JTG district with the 2017 theme “Take action against poverty”.
The trust visited two indigent families id-entified by the local Councillor in Lebon-keng village (Glenred), and made commit-ments to build houses for the families re-spectively.
Poverty stalks the whole of the district and in order to eradicate poverty, the trust must do something sustainable that will help the communities and ensure the ideal of a dignified life is realised.
This is not just a statement but an action of oath the trust took upon themselves when they visited the Itirileng Agricultural Primary Cooperative in Lebonkeng, which produces vegetables such as tomatoes, spinach, beetroot, carrots, onions etc.
Speaking on the day, the CEO of JTG Developmental Trust Tumelo Mpolokeng said, “We as an institution place eradication of poverty at the top of our list, and we followed suit on the national theme for 2017 in taking action against poverty, hence the approach to donate working materials to a food garden in Joe Morolong local munici-pality, so that they can sustain themselves and continue servicing the community.
“We have all done a lot of cleaning and the donation of blankets in the past. Now we need to re-channel our minds in addressing high poverty levels in our district, and we need to work together to do that” he said.
Gakeitumele Gaobepe, the founder of Itirileng Agricultural Primary Cooperative said, “I started this garden in 2008 and 9 years later it has grown to service the whole community of Lebonkeng. We could not have achieved this without the assistance of such institutions as the JTG Trust. There is a lot we still need in order for us to be the lar-gest producing agricultural cooperative in
the district, and we can only hope for more assistance from other stakeholders follow-ing in the footsteps of the trust,” she said.
“We need to know with a fresh conviction that we all share a common humanity and that our diversity in the world is the strength for our future together,” Nelson Mandela said.
The responsibility to make a difference in communities has been handed over, it is now in the hands of the JTG Developmental Trust to make a positive difference. Let us all help build the John Taolo Gaetsewe district of our dreams - one day at a time - not only on Mandela Day.

Dingleton Community Health Workers Project and Community Work Programme members went out in numbers to volunteer to clean Siyathemba clinic on 18 July as part of their 67 minutes for Nelson Mandela day.