Girls High learners receive comprehensive university bursaries


Kimberley - Three learners from Kimberley Girls High have won three comprehensive university bursaries in the water careers courtesy of the Department of Water Affairs.


This follows their sterling performance at the provincial South African Youth Water Prize award competition that was held last year. They went to represent the province at the national competition in Gauteng.


Onalenna Sellwane, Nambitha Mbare and Lesedi Dakile were also handed three new laptops on top of R 3000 cash prize they received earlier.


Speaking at the handover ceremony, Irene Letsie of the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation said the aim of the awards was to encourage learners to make use of the opportunities afforded to them and promote their Department as the employer of choice.


“As part of our 2020 Vision for Water and Sanitation Environmental Education Programme we guarantee that we will absorb them as they will add much value with their knowledge”, Letsie added.


The department also provides bursaries annually, through its Learning Academy external bursary scheme, to stem the shortage of skills in the water and sanitation sector. The bursary covers analytic chemistry, aquatic sciences, biochemistry, biological sciences, cartography, civil/electrical/mechanical engineering, environmental law/management/ science, geo-chemistry, geographical information systems, geo-hydrology, geology, hydrology, limnology, microbiology, surveying, water and sanitation, water care, water resource management, and water utilisation.


When interviewed all three learners confirmed that they are going to study towards the water fields, an excited Sellwane said: “This is a kick start for me, I feel privileged to have been granted this opportunity , I’m looking forward to study towards the water field”.


Ms Ntombi Mashodi from the Department of Education urged the learners to take part in such as Baswa le metsi, public speaking and many more.