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Eskom in partnership with General Electric awards 60 Bursaries
Thursday, 28 March 2018: In an effort to further empower communities, Eskom’s Kusile Power Station Project in partnership with General Electric (GE) has taken the initiative to empower the youth of Mpumalanga Province through education. 60 academically deserving learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds were awarded with full bursaries at a ceremony held at Kusile Power Station. The bursary package includes full tuition fees, accommodation fees, meals and book allowance. In order to enable the success of the program, Eskom and GE further donated laptops to the bursars.
“It is initiatives like these that give us as project leadership, a sense of fulfilment and pride. Being part of a team that changes lives is amazing. You will agree with me that, in more ways than one, Kusile Project in partnership with its various Suppliers continues to leave a foot print in the lives of the people from our local communities” said Mr. Justice Bore the Deputy Project Director of Kusile Power Station.
Eskom regards the awarding of bursaries to external applicants as a major contribution towards broadening the national skills pool. This initiative also aims to reduce the increasing number of learners who are deserving but cannot further their tertiary education due to financial constraints.
The beneficiaries are currently enrolled as first year students in different tertiary institutions around the country. They are pursuing studies in the following fields:
  • BCom Accounting
  • BSc Engineering - Civil
  • BSc Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc - Chemical Engineering
 Engineering Diploma in:
  • Civil
  • Mechanical and Chemical.
“We commend you for a job well done and encourage you to maintain your spirit of hard work, dedication and commitment. As a district we are taking a positive step towards the empowerment of our children and to plant in them a seed to yearn for a more positive and brighter future. We are planting a seed towards ensuring an improved level of the graduate professional base in the district and we will achieve this through ensuring that education­ remains at the apex of our priorities in moving our district forward, and this bursary initiative reflects this commitment” said the Executive Mayor of the Nkangala District, Cllr Linah Malatjie.

One of the beneficiaries, Valentine Sibiya from Belfast during an interview thanked Eskom and GE for the opportunity to better his life. His dream is to become a Mechanical Engineer and now he says this dream will be possible as his studies will now be taken care of. He further said this opportunity will not only change his life but his entire family. “They will all see that education allowed me to live my dreams and will also be encouraged to focus and focus on their studies” he said.
During the handover ceremony, the students were encouraged to make their education a priority despite many challenging social issues competing for their attention. They were encouraged to strive to become leaders who will positively influence the environments within which they will one day operate.