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Pre-FET Bursary Fund

Maám Seipelo Maqubela

Type of support provided.

The support provided to the learners receiving the bursary range from covering of the tuition and accommodation fees, to purchasing of books, uniforms and sporting gear for their extramural activities. Furthermore, the support includes payment for the learners’ supplementary tuition and their participation in winter school in order to improve their grades in specific subjects.

The Maám Seipelo Maqubela Bursary Trust was established as a partnership between Masibumbane Development Organisation and the Maqubela Family in honour of Maám Seipelo Maqubela’s dedication and excellence in teaching which produced students who are today in prominent positions of leadership in the democratic South Africa. Known for her passion in teaching Maths and Science, Maám Seipelo Maqubela left a legacy of contributing to leadership and education excellence in the Eastern Cape.

The Bursary Trust targeted the four legacy schools in the Eastern Cape from Healdtown in Fort Beaufort to Nyanga in Ngcobo, St Johns in Mthatha and Mariazell in Matatiele. The schools are classified as Quintile 1 to 4 schools[1] with only St Johns that is an official fee paying school. All except for Healdtown have boarding facilities for learners.

MDO Support provided to schools

11 learners were supported starting in 2014 as a first cohort of bursary recipients with resounding success.

To this end, in 2016 and 2017 MDO partnered with Mathematics Science and Technology (MST) Foundation to conduct career exhibitions using a MERSETA (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector, Education and Training Authority) bus that went to St Johns and Nyanga. This venture saw learners receiving valid information for Science Engineering and Technology (SET) careers and further assistance in applying for their university entrance. This activity was also able to draw neighbouring high schools.

Supported bursary schools

Our Bursary Students

Anelisa Marwanqana hails from Msawawa Administrative Area Cofimvaba. she is a former student of Mariazell who matriculated with 7 distinctions in 2016. Currently she’s doing 3rd year in Actuarial Studies at Wits.

Masixole Mjakula is from Ngwevu Location in Fort Beaufort. Masixole matriculated in 2016 at Healdtown Comprehension School .  He is currently studying towards Bsc Computer Science at University of Fort Hare in Alice.

Inathi Bulwana is 16 years old from Norwood in Mthatha.  She is currently doing Grade 12 in St Johns.  Inathi lives with her father.  Inathi aspires to become an optometrist so that she can help people with visual impairment.

Asive Buka is former student of Nyanga who matriculated with 3 distinctions in 2016.  Asive hails from Engcobo, Manzana Village.  In his bursary application in 2015 Asive stated that he wanted to be a doctor.  In 2017 after passing his matric final examinations with 3 distinction Asive fulfilled this dream and enrolled for Medicine at Walter Sisulu University. He is currenlty in his 3rd year of Medicine at Walter Sisulu University.

Athenkosi Soyizwaphi is 18 years old from Zimbane in Mthatha.  Athenkosi obtained the bursary fund while at Grade 8 in St Johns.  He is currently studying Social Science at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha.

Tlhalefo Tsoho was 15 years old when he received bursary support while doing Grade 10 in Mariazell.  Tlhalefo had aspirations of becoming a doctor.  In June 2017 Tlhalefo dropped off from the supported list due to health reasons.  

Sive Mbulali is 18 years old from Lucwecwe in Mqanduli.  He aspires to be an Entrepreneur and employ others to relieve their struggle and suffering from poverty.  Sive matriculated with 7 distinctions from St Johns College in 2017 and began his medical studies at UCT in 2018. 

Khanyisa Kwintshi is from Qhumanco Village in Engcobo.  Khanyisa matriculated from Nyanga in 2017 with 2 distictions in Maths and Life Orientation.  He is currently doing 2nd year in Civil Engineering Degree in Nelson Mandela University.

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