Success comes from grit – and plenty of helping hands along the way
When I reflect on my matric year, there was so much concern and uncertainty as to how I would pay for my studies after school. Had it not been for my grandmother, who paid for my registration fees at Durban University of Technology (DUT) with her savings from her social grant, and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, I would not have been able to achieve any of my dreams.
Dell Young Leaders Programme
Offering comprehensive academic, psychosocial and career support
The Dell Young Leaders Programme works with exceptional South African students who have a track record of overcoming adversity, and who show the potential to become leaders. All of the students are recipients of NSFAS financial aid. By offering comprehensive academic, psychosocial and career preparedness support, the Dell Young Leaders Programme supports NSFAS students to graduate and find meaningful employment in their chosen professions.
I would not have been able to complete my studies without the assistance from NSFAS.
I am the Executive Director responsible for Financial Governance and Revenue at the University of Johannesburg. I matriculated from Mount Arthur High School in Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape, after which I went to Rhodes University. The cost of attending Rhodes University was astronomical and with only one parent employed, I would not have been able to complete my studies without the assistance from NSFAS.
Bonakele Jomo Jacobs
Fortunately for me, there was NSFAS.
I was born in Bloemfontein in 1976 in a very challenging environment without the means to pay for my studies. NSFAS paid for my studies and accommodation at CPUT, ensuring that there was never concern about finances for me or my family. It also alerted me to the challenges faced by many indigent students and gave me zeal to fulfil my aspirations. I went on to teach Mathematics for the Western Cape Education Department.
Mukovhe Morris Masutha
I am the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Thusanani Foundation.
Thusanani is a youth-led, non-profit organisation that aims to bridge the educational information gap between rural high school learners and their urban counterparts through a four pillar holistic approach to learner development. I have a BA in Economic Geography and a BSc Honours in Development Planning and Environmental Management from the University of the Witwatersrand. I recently completed my MSc in Small Enterprise Development and Local Economic Development at the University of Johannesburg.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has been tasked to provide an efficient and sustainable financial aid system for poor yet academically eligible students for loans and bursaries and 26 public higher education institutions and 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges.
The achievements of the NSFAS are remarkable and represent a major success in terms of Government’s redress agenda. It is also an example of best practice in promoting the access of previously disadvantaged students into higher education.