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Inspired by our youth

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Developing the youth by providing opportunities through quality education and skills development, the Western Cape Provincial Treasury and the Education Department has partnered with the provinces’ official banking partner, Nedbank to offer bursaries to 15 students. 

The Nedbank Essay Bursary Competition for Grade 11 students started in 2008 and has since inception provided bursaries worth just over R8.5 million. Any Western Cape Grade 11 learner who plans to pursue a career in maths, economics and accounting may enter this competition.

“The bursary competition aims to promote enthusiasm for Economics, Mathematics, Accounting and career possibilities; develop knowledge and skills in Economics, Mathematics and Accounting; develop problem-solving and analytical abilities; expose learners to research methodology and essay-writing skills; provide learners with access and links to the world of work; raise awareness of socio-economic issues in SA; encourage and reward excellence; and develop future leaders in the fields of Economics, Mathematics and Accounting. More importantly it is about creating opportunities for our youth to develop the skill set that will sharpen their ability to respond effectively to the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” said Western Cape Minister of Finance, Dr Ivan Meyer.

The first place winner, Chris Malherbe hails from Paul Roos Gymnasium. Marissa Faku from Fezekile Secondary School was the second place winner while Debora Bukasa from Malibu High School, was the third place winner.

Besides the bursary as a prize, there are also cash prizes with the first place winner receiving R10 000, the second place winner, R8 000 and the third place winner R6 000.

“I am inspired by these young people they are not only creative but also critical thinkers. Future economists, accountants, auditors and financial analysts will be competing in an environment dominated by artificial intelligence, block chain, the internet of things, drones, driverless vehicles, precision medicine and robotics. The differentiator is going to be that distinctly human skills, such as creativity and critical thinking, are predicted to become core capabilities. Finalists and bursary winners displayed empathy, emotional intelligence, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. They are well on their way to acquiring the skill base that is a critical skill within the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” said Meyer.

“We’ve reached a milestone in celebrating our 10th annual Essay writing competition, in partnership with Nedbank” said Zakariya Hoosain, Head Official at the Provincial Treasury.

“Through this programme we’ve been able to make a real difference in the lives of 114 learners since it’s inception, as well as acknowledge the best performing schools in Accounting, Economics and Mathematics. Congratulations to the 15 winners of 2018, as well as the educators who continue to support the learners, and who encourage them to be their best” said Hoosain.

The 2018 list of bursary winners:

NR

NAME

PLACE

SCHOOL

1

Chris Malherbe

1st

Paul Roos Gymnasium

2

Marissa Faku

2nd

Fezekile Secondary School

3

Debora Bukasa

3rd

Malibu High School

4

Kekeletso Nobula

 

New Orleans Secondary School

5

Danielle Louw

 

Bloemhof Girls High School

6

Chloé Solomons

 

Paarl Girls High School

7

Amiliselwe Boto

 

Fezekile Secondary School

8

Monalisa Nokhemane

 

Rhodes High School

9

Ruth Nyongwana

 

Masibambane High School

10

Marc van der Merwe

 

Outeniqua High School

11

Simone Truter

 

New Orleans Secondary School

12

Dihan Goussard

 

Outeniqua High School

13

Phumelele Mnqini

 

Thembalethu High School

14

Todd Lewis

 

Paarl Boys High School

15

Reinard Reitsma

 

Hugenote High School

Author: eansteenkamp

I'm the head of communication at Treasury and enjoy working with a group of colleagues who is passionate about their work. I'm an animal lover, love nature and taking short hikes in and around Cape Town

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