The Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) is making the education aspirations of Umlazi matriculant, Miss Nompumelelo Gwala a reality thanks to a bursary she was awarded by the institution during January 2014.
The MANCOSA bursary enables Miss Gwala to study towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management. The matriculant learnt that she had scooped a bursary after attending a MANCOSA Open Day in October 2013. At the time she received the bursary on condition that she passed her National Senior Certificate Examination with grades that enabled studies towards a Bachelor’s degree.
Annually, MANCOSA awards a number of bursaries to students for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The awarding of bursaries is in line with MANCOSA’s community outreach policy which seeks to address societal needs through the provision of management education in an evolving environment.
Miss Gwala who completed her schooling at Zwelihle High School in Umlazi said before she discovered she was a bursary recipient she had no means of studying as she is one of nine grandchildren who is dependent on her grandmother, Busiswe Gwala for support.
Thankful to have acquired the bursary, Miss Gwala said: “I am happy to receive this bursary from MANCOSA and promise to work as hard as possible to achieve the best marks. I couldn’t believe my name was called out at the MANCOSA recruitment day because there were many other applicants.”
“Before I received this bursary my grandmother was disappointed and unhappy that she could not fund my tertiary education. Now she is very happy with the news of my achievement,” added Miss Gwala.
Having bagged this bursary the matriculant is now intent on obtaining her degree with the hope that she one day gains employment at the eThekwini Municipality.
Mr Zaheer Hamid, MANCOSA’s Marketing Director congratulated Miss Gwala for being the fortunate recipient who scooped a bursary during MANCOSA’s recruitment event and wished her well as she embarks on a new education journey.
“MANCOSA has been awarding bursaries to disadvantaged South Africans for the past 19 years. Our benevolence to students stems from a need to contribute to the sustainable development of South African communities. We view the provision of management education as our contribution towards the development of Southern Africa,” added Mr Hamid.