The Kouga Wind Farm bursary programme, which started small in 2018, now supports 25 students at 10 different tertiary institutions, which include public, private and TVET colleges.
Depending on their needs, funding covers tuition, books, accommodation and living expenses.
Through a partnership with the Masinyusane Development Organisation, students are also provided with mentors and self-development workshops. Conditions of this bursary require that the students pass at least 75% of their modules and complete 50 hours of volunteer work in their communities.
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This year they have faced massive disruptions, as campuses closed due to Covid-19. Before the lockdown, Masinyusane delivered laptops to those who needed them, making sure the students were equipped for online learning for the indefinite lockdown period ahead.
Jim McKeown from Masinyusane says: “More than ever, students need support. These kids are lucky to have the wind farm sponsoring mentors.
“A lot will be new – having someone to talk to and ask advice from is a big advantage. With many other bursary schemes that personal connection isn’t there.”
“I can’t believe the change that the bursary has made in my life. My mother is a single parent. She supports me and my sister, and some cousins also live with us. Had it not been for the bursary, I wouldn’t have been able to further my studies. “Student beneficiary Luvo Tewu
Luvo Tewu, of KwaNomzamo next to Humansdorp, is in his third year of studying Financial Information Systems at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
“I became aware of the scheme when I attended an event sponsored by Kouga Wind Farm, ” he says. “ Besides paying for my tuition, transport, and accommodation, and providing a stipend, they make regular contact to see how I’m doing.
“They’ve even travelled to Cape Town to see me. I’ve always been a very hardworking student, and when they give me a ‘bonus’ for every distinction I get, it makes me want to work even harder.
“This year was going to be great; my final year. I was supposed to graduate in December, but then I had to come home. They say we will begin again in June.
“I really hope so, but I am so grateful that I don’t have to worry about finances.”
This is what some of the other student beneficiaries had to say:
Anelisa Adams (Sea Vista)
Degree: Bachelor of Education – Foundation Phase (second year)
Institution: Varsity College
“At home, it’s my mother, me and my younger sister. I found out about the bursary scheme on Facebook, so I applied online. No-one in my family had done tertiary education before, so I did not imagine that I could.
“What’s great is that they didn’t restrict my study area. They just want us to get involved in community service. Last year I worked at our community library reading to the young kids and did admin at the council office.
“The sponsors have been so supportive. We had a robbery last yea, and they were even prepared to pay for counselling. I used to wait for other students in the residence to finish on their laptops before I could do my assignments, so they supplied me with a laptop.
“Most of our studies are online at the moment. My stipend covers my data costs, which allows me to submit assignments.”
Llewellyn Breda (Kruisfontein)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts – Motion Picture (first year)
“This bursary has been a dream come true for me. I matriculated in 2012, and since then I’ve worked in construction, retail and graphic design.
“I was determined to work and save to buy my first camera, and also to help my single mother feed our family. I’ve been doing so since I got my first job in Grade 9. When I read about the bursary on Facebook, I was so excited.
“Without this opportunity I don’t know how long it would have taken me to get to university. The fact that the bursary covers my accommodation, fees and a monthly stipend means I’m able to keep helping my mother, especially now that she is unable to work because of the lockdown.
“I’m determined to give back to my community once I’ve completed my studies. I am keen to introduce local schools to film-making.
“I also want to promote local people and talent via the films that I will make. We have so much to offer the world.”