Tshipi é Ntle has taken emphatic strides to ensure that the brilliant but resource-deprived learners can be brought on board in furthering their educational pursuits. This comes after the manganese producing mine introduced a bursary scheme for such learners since 2012 and seven students graduated in 2016 at various local universities. The appetite to churn out more graduates remains an unshaken commitment as the mine has identified another group of seven students within the district. Among the seven is Keotsepile Innocent Snyman (19) from Magwagwe village in the Joe Morolong local municipality. The young and intelligent student left a week ago for the University of the Western Cape to pursue applied geology. He performed exceptionally well at his matric results enabling him to qualify for a bachelor’s degree study. Keotsepile is exalted by the initiative that the mine introduced and directly so, where he becomes a beneficiary through par excellence. In a very brief interview with the mine’s socio-economic development and stakeholder engagement manager, Mr Bheki Mdakane said that the criteria is very transparent to identify learners who are astute but economically disadvantaged. The mine takes the initiative by visiting schools or an individual school authority approaches the mine, then starts the vetting process so that deserving learners access the opportunity that the mine offers. “The bursary scheme covers everything that includes tuition, accommodation, books with sustaining monthly stipends to cushion the students. We are obliged as a mine to look beyond the scope of mere operations. In reciprocity locals have to be empowered in both spheres of self development where education, employment and entrepreneurship ought to be prioritised. We are a family in the district and so we need not isolate ourselves from community needs”, he concluded.
Keotshepile Innocent Snyman of Magwagwe village University-bound courtesy of Tshipi é Ntle Mine.
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