20 February Bursary Fund continues to change lives February 20, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 When 19-year-old Yanga Tutu began his matric year in 2016, he had one goal in mind and that was to perform exceptionally well. Raised in a low income family in NU2 Mdantsane, Tutu knew that his single mother Nombulelo Mkhokeli who works as a Nurse Assistant would not be able to afford university fees when he matriculates and that he would need a bursary to further his studies. However, Tutu admitted that he was not always been a dedicated student because during his early high school years, he had to deal with the struggles of peer pressure, that got him involved with the wrong crowd to be perceived as ‘cool’ and being mischievous. “In my first year of high school, I tried to choose my friends wisely but somewhere along the way I found myself belonging to a group where I was unable to exercise good judgment.” “Grade 11 was the hardest year for me, I had deeply succumb to peer pressure which hurt my mother a lot and one day I found myself sitting on a bathroom floor thinking about the direction my life was taking - that day I made a decision that I would refocus and dedicate all of my time to my school work and today I look back on that day and just thank God for the intervention,” he said. The turning point in the young man’s life came at the right time as he made it through Grade 12 with commendable results, obtaining a distinction in Physical Science. The Ulwazi High School former learner was one of the beneficiaries who were awarded with full bursaries during the Mayoral Bursary Fund Handover on Wednesday, 15 February 2016 at the East London City Hall. The Bursary covers all university costs including registration fees, tuition, prescribed study literature and materials as well as institutional accommodation and meals Tutu is enrolled at the Walter Sisulu University for a National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, a field that has been of interest to him since Grade 10. “I have always been obsessed with experiments in the laboratory and the understanding of how various elements make up substances. This has been my field of interest and my love for it is growing with every lecture I attend,” he said. Recognising the value of this opportunity, Tutu expressed appreciation for the break saying that he will not take it for granted. “I know that there were many other deserving students so I do not take this grand opportunity for granted.” I am determined to take full advantage of this chance and make something of my life,” said Tutu. Executive Mayor Xola Pakati congratulated the beneficiaries, motivating them to commit to their studies and seal their own fate of success. Pakati also added that the skilling of young people is a major investment for the City. “I strongly believe that you will make an immense contribution towards the economic growth of the Metro, and we know that through your skills, we will overcome many of the challenges that have a negative impact on the socio-economic outlook of our municipality.” He further motivated saying that commitment, discipline and a vision to build a bright future for yourselves and your communities will produce great success. Related Road Closures During Ironman 70.3 TIME FOR ROAD CLOSURES: The N2 from Beacon Bay off ramp to Blaney intersection will be closed at 06h15 and re-opened when all the cyclists are off the N2 The N2 from Blaney intersection to the NEX off ramp will be closed at 06h30 and re-opened if all cyclist are off the N2 The 2 lanes on the North East Expressway direction Gonubie will be opened once all the cyclist are on the N2 START: CYCLE ROUTE · The race starts in the Orient Theatre parking. · The cyclists will come out at Orient Road, · Right into Currie Street, · Onto the Esplanade, · Left into Moore Street, · Right into John Baillie Road, · Left into Buffalo Park Drive, · Turn right onto the North East Expressway, · Left onto the N2 direction KWT, · Left onto Berlin off ramp, · Right at the Berlin off ramp direction Berlin Industrial Area, · Right onto the N2 on ramp direction East London, · Left at North East Expressway on ramp, · Return via the same route and finishing at the Orient Theatre car park. START: RUN ROUTE · From the transitional area the runners will run along the Esplanade, · Into Link Road, · Right into John Bailie Road, · Right into Turnberry Avenue, · along Gleneagles Road, · Right into Galway Road turning at the turning point in Galway Road and Return via the same route finishing at the Orient Pool. ROAD CLOSURES: N2 N2 direction King Williams Town at Beacon Bay off ramp on the N2 N2 at Blaney intersection direction East London on the N2 N2 on ramp at Bonza Bay Main Road direction East London N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Western Avenue interchange direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Meadow Road direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction East London ROAD CLOSURES: NORTH EAST EXPRESSWAY: Commercial Road direction Buffalo Park Drive at Fitzpatrick North East Expressway at Bowls Road / Buffalo Park Drive Buffalo Park Drive and North East Expressway St Peters Road at Nahoon View Road North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction North North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction South Old Transkei Main Road and NEX on ramp direction City N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction Gonubie (Sasol Garage) North East Expressway at Wyse Ave ROAD CLOSURES: ESPLANADE: Orient Road closed at Hillview Road Currie Street closed at Brighton Street Rhodes Street at Brighton Street Esplanade closed at Rhodes Street Esplanade closed at Quanza Street Esplanade closed at Fitzpatrick Road Esplanade closed at Clifford Street Esplanade closed at Inverleith Terrace Esplanade closed at Long Fellow Street Moore Street closed at the Holiday Inn entrance John Bailie Road closed at Mc Jannet Drive John Bailie Road closed at Turnburry Road John Bailie Road closed at Ainsdale Road LANE CLOSURE: TURNBERRY AVENUE AND GALWAY ROAD The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AS PER N2 INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: FROM GONUBIE TO KWT From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, left into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Batting Road, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left onto Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left onto Voortrekker Road into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. OR From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, right into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Wyse Ave, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left into Voortrekker Road, into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. FROM KWT TO GONUBIE From N2 right into Ilitha/Ndevana Road, left onto the R102 into Voortrekker Road, right into Amalinda Main Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Lukin Road, into Pearce Street, left into Old Transkei Road, into Batting Road, left into Bonza Bay Road, right onto the M10 and continue with the N2. Buffalo City Metro wishes all an enjoyable and safe traveling. Bright future for youth of the Metro An amount of R1.2 million has been allocated to the fund to help learners who come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. The fund covers tuition fees, stationery, prescribed textbooks, accommodation and meals. The fund is aimed at helping learners who are interested in studying in scarce skills fields including Science, Engineering, Accounting, Agriculture and Information Technology. The selection process strictly look at students who are bona fide residents of Buffalo City who are between the ages of 14 and 35 years and have at least D in English and C in Mathematics and Science. Speaking at the event Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “We encourage our children to study in these scarce skills fields so as to help develop the Metro’s economy. I am very proud of them as children nowadays do not even want to go to school. It gives us pleasure to see children who work hard and show hunger for education.” Mtsi also encouraged the youngsters to motivate their peers to also study. “BCMM believes that investing in the future is important and that is exactly what we are doing with these children, go out there and make us proud.” He added that the City will benefit from them as the bursaries are for scare skills and the Metro plans to absorb them in their system so that they can give back to the community as well as the economy. Portfolio Head for Special Programmes Unit Ayanda Peter said, “Every year it gives me great pleasure to share this moment with all these children along with their parents. BCMM is determined to give back to the previously disadvantaged. These children are the future Presidents of this country and we are proud to make their dreams come true.” Expressing her gratitude, one of the beneficiaries Thulisa Matyayisi who will be studying towards Bachelor of Development Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, she is also the only female beneficiary for this academic year said, “Today, I want to express my gratitude to BCMM for this opportunity to fulfill my dreams. I intend to grasp and come and plough back to this beautiful Metro to help with its growth.” Speaking on behalf of the parents Nobonke Charles said, “My heart is filled with so much gratitude today, my husband and I were dependent on our grant, we are so grateful to BCMM we did not know how she would go to school.” Adding to that beneficiary Lwazi Mrhangula doing his third year in BCom Accounting at the University of Fort Hare said, “I would like to thank BCMM today they have changed my life without this help I don’t know where I would be or what the future holds for me. I hope someday I will be able to contribute back and be witness that BCMM does care for its people.” NGOs receive aid to help develop the community Over 90 organisations benefited from the Grant-In-Aid project which was set to support community development programmes in the City. The hand over follows a visit that was conducted last year by BCMM officials to several organisations who applied for support in the Metro to verify and identify where there is need for development in their organisations. The selection process was then conducted after the visit by looking at the most needy organisation and its purpose. According to a Municipal Report, the committee took a decision to prioritise security and structures where Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDC) are operating. “It was agreed that temporary structures and fencing be provided for safety and security purposes to centres that are operating in poorer conditions.” “Beneficiaries were selected from various organisations across the Metro that are responsibilities for child and youth centres, HIV/Aids centres, disabled and old age centres, support groups, training centres, alcohol and drug centre,” reads the report. The NGOs were allocated between R10 000 and R30 000 which was subject to urgent different needs of each organisation. Giving an overview of the allocation of funds to NGOs, Ward Councillor Monwabisi Mahodi said, “In the past years, the NGOs were granted minimal amount of four thousand rand.” Speaking at the event, Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “I would like to thank each and every organisation that applied for funding.” He added that it takes a willing and good heart to do what you have done and it shows us that you are willing to work with the government to improve our community. “To those who did not receive in this financial year, we urge you to apply again in the next year.” Adding to that Mahodi said, “The allocation of the grant has adopted a more developmental approach. As the Metro, we want the allocation of the funds to make a difference to all the benefiting organisations and that the allocation will be rotational.” Zoliswa Stemele, who is one of the beneficiaries from Ducking Ducks Day Care Centre in Sweetwaters said, “Our day care consists of 122 kids ranging from babies to five year olds. We’re really feeling blessed today. God has heard our cries. We will make sure we utilise the funding wisely.” Another beneficiary Sibulele Ntsangani from Rise and Shine Disability Magazine from Mdantsane said, “We are very happy and thankful to the Metro for the funding. Our magazine educates and empowers disabled people. The money, we received here will help us for printing the magazine, sometimes we find ourselves asking other organisations to print for us for free.” BCM positioned to invest, play and grow The Metro has managed to position itself as the destination of choice to play and has identified tourism as one of the strategic economic sectors with a potential to grow and in turn assist with the growth of the regional economy and with job creation. Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said that the Metro had started to invest its resources in “cultivating lifestyle tourism through supporting a number of lifestyle events that continue to attract tourists into the city and contribute to the sustainability of our hospitality industry.” However, the City does not only invest in its entertainment and tourism events as it continuously spends millions of rands towards the education of young people. This year alone a total of 36 young people were awarded bursaries through the Metro’s bursary fund. The current beneficiaries are studying information technology, finance, agriculture, planning and development and engineering. Pakati said nine beneficiaries from last year graduated last month. “Since the inception of the bursary fund in 2008, 40 beneficiaries have graduated. Currently seven are BCM interns, and three have been employed by BCM,” Pakati said. Through its support for entertainment events, BCM has helped provide for the health and recreation of young and old in the Daily Dispatch Cycle Tour, Harley Davidson African Bike Week, Metro FM Heat Wave, Berlin November event and the Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival. Sports fanatics also enjoyed several top-flight soccer matches between December and May as Chippa United took some of their PSL games and a cup game to Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane. Bafana Bafana hosted Angola in an international friendly at the Buffalo City Stadium and the Super- Sport Rugby Challenge went to Mdantsane. Pakati said the Metro went on an “aggressive approach” in positioning itself as an events destination of choice. He said negotiations to host Chippa in BCM next season are under way. Despite not being awarded the host city rights for the cricket T20 Premier League recently, Pakati said the city would remain focused and committed to working with Border Cricket to secure future major tournaments in the city. The Metro’s annual franchise expo, now in its fourth year, has also grown since its inception as it attracted 50 exhibitors and more than 4 300 visitors. In another effort to develop the economy, BCM prides itself on working closely with the department of economic development and environmental affairs, which has funded projects like Pro-Glove, a King William’s Town-based company that manufactures protective leather gloves and clothing; Ikusasa Green in Dimbaza industrial area, a plastic production company that makes cooler boxes; BuzweBethu, a Zwelitsha-based business that manufactures traditional outfits, Be Bright in Mdantsane, where chemical products are made, and the Magebheza Office Furniture in Fort Jackson Industrial Park where office furniture is manufactured. All these businesses were funded with R3-million each. Minister Gigaba visits the Metro As part of the visit, Minister Gigaba also visited Frere Hospital to hand over birth certificates to the parents of newly born babies and to interact with members of the Metro as part of Government’s Programme to interface with society at masses level. The Minister also went to Parkside Hall to give community members a platform to raise issues of concern relating to services rendered by the Department of Home Affairs. Speaking at the occasion, Gigaba said, “We try to come where you are to resolve every problem. There is an improvement in our department’s services and there are many changes that we have done to make people’s lives better, the changes include new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFT System) in some of our offices, the new ID smart cards and also newly born babies receive their birth certificates immediately after birth.” The Minister urged parents to register their children within 30 days after birth. He also added that by next year 1 January all people must be registered with Home Affairs. “People must be patient, we are doing everything we can to resolve all your problems. We want your children to have better lives than you parents had,” he said. A mother of twins Noluthando Shumane who also received birth certificates at Frere Hospital said, “I am very happy, Home Affairs has saved me time and money now I won’t have to go to the offices to queue for birth certificates for my kids.” Another mother at Frere Hospital who also received a birth certificate for her new born baby Siyasanga Mashiyi from Amalinda said, “My baby’s name Sivuyile says it all, we are happy and thankful to the Department of Home Affairs.” Community Members from Parkside raised their issues relating to services rendered by the Department of Home Affairs include Lulama Mphika and Siyabonga Mfene who both had incorrect details in their identity documents. Adding to that a resident from Parkside Nomathokazi Stella who had a problem of fraudulent marriage since 2009 said, “It is a challenge to walk around with such a burden.” All the people were helped immediately at a kiosk setup on the premises. WSU students awarded with bursaries Uzalo Olusha Technologies together with the City’s Youth Council held a MICTSETA Bursary Award Ceremony at the East London City Hall on Thursday, October. The MICTSETA Bursary covers tuition and registration to assist students to kick start and pursue their studies in Information Technology. Uzalo Olusha Technologies was established in 2015 with the aim to increase the number of young people who are in the institutions of learning. “Our purpose is to empower and develop the youth of Buffalo City especially those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Jabulani Khumalo, Director of Uzalo Olusha Technologies. The presence of Deputy Executive Mayor, Zoliswa Matana brought dignity to the ceremony as she motivated and congratulated the successful students. Matana emphasised on the significance of moulding the youth to benefit the society. “In light of the current controversial fees must fall campaign, it is important for you to put the same spirit in your academics so you can reach your goals. It is also equally important for you to familiarise yourselves with the Freedom Charter, particularly the Preamble,” added Matana. The excitement from the students rubbed on everyone who was present. Speaking to Sibuyisiwe Mehlwana, 20-year-old IT student from WSU about this opportunity. “The bursary proves that hard work does pay off. I am going to make the most of this opportunity so that I can in turn give back to the society and make a difference,” said Mehlwana. Ondela Mavuso, 19 year old IT student from WSU also shared her excitement. “I am motivated to work hard and seize this wonderful opportunity.” Comments are closed.