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MOLATELO MADIBANA

“I continue to learn every day. Going forward I would like to give back to the community by teaching younger people Maths and Science, because I am passionate about black empowerment in general”



Career Field : Science
Occupation : Scientist
Years Funded : 2003, 2004, and 2005
Institution : University of Limpopo
Course : Bachelor of Science

I was born and bred in Bochum, just outside Polokwane in Limpopo. I started school in 1992 and from the onset it was clear my life was not going to be an ordinary one. I excelled in school and this made my mom so proud that she kept all my school reports since Grade 4. I did Mathematics and Science throughout my school as I found them fascinating. My mother was a domestic worker and my father worked in Johannesburg, but he sadly passed away in 1997.

After completing matric in 2002 at the age of 16, there was a bursary offered at the time and my sister advised me to go the local primary school to apply. When I got there, I was told it is too late to apply. My Grade 4 teacher then gave me R100 and advised me to go seek greener pastures at the University of Limpopo, and also mentioned that there was something called NSFAS.

When I arrived at the university, I did not know what I wanted to study, but in the end I chose the Bachelor of Science as it had to do with Maths and Science. I applied for NSFAS funding at the financial aid office and qualified, but my funding only covered tuition fees. I graduated in2005 and immediately registered for my honours, which I finished the following year.

I am now a qualified Scientist working for the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries since 2007. I continue to learn every day. Going forward I would like to give back to the community by teaching younger people Maths and Science, because I am passionate about black empowerment in general. And this is very important for people to know, that to get continuous funding from NSFAS one must pass. Back then NSFAS did not cover the entire tuition course and I hear these days they give students food and other allowances, this means it has improved, thus providing more opportunities. I immediately started paying for my NSFAS loan as soon as I started working.

ADVICE TO CURRENT NSFAS STUDENTS:

“Without NSFAS I would not have been here today. It was not easy for people to give you large sums of money because they are not sure if you will put the money to good use or not. I was doing well in my studies, and with each year passed I was guaranteed NSFAS funding. I knew I was always covered”.

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