MLM Launches Mayoral Bursary Fund
Mahikeng Local Municipality Executive Mayor Betty Diakanyo, has launched a Mayoral Bursary Fund following a Council Resolution authorising that.
The purpose of the Mayoral Bursary Fund is to assist young people living in the municipal area of jurisdiction with financial support for their undergraduate studies at tertiary institution of their choice and to further create and encourage a learning culture amongst the residents. Bursaries will be awarded to prospective tertiary students, especially those with a good academic record who come from poor families. This is part of the municipality’s implementation point seven that focuses on “involvement in education activities”.
Speaking at the launch, the Mayor quoted former President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, when he said: “Education is not a way to escape poverty. It is a way of fighting it”. Julius Nyerere is saying to us, we need to empower our young people to fight poverty. This will be a direct way of our contribution of our municipality in the alleviation of poverty. Poverty can never be a permanent scent of our people when there are ways and means of fighting it,” She said.
The Mayor quoted Setswana adage that says “Ntime o mphele ngwana. Ngwana sejo o a tlhakanelwa”, basically meaning a child is raised by the community. “That is why as a Municipality, we find it appropriate to take part in the education of our children by supporting them in their studies. We are thankful that we took this decision,” said Mayor Diakanyo.
It is evident that Mahikeng Local Municipality is determined to play a role in realizing the objectives of National Development Plan by adopting the policy that will assist the learners who are in dire need of pursuing their studies in institutions of higher learning in order to promote economic growth and development.
By Abigail Batala
MLM Communications Manager
Above: Hon. Speaker Cllr T Nebe, Executive Mayor Cllr KB Diakanyo, Hon. Single Whip of Council Cllr G Kgwadibane and Municipal Manager Mr TI Mokwena
Above: Moseka Phofu entertaining attendees