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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Giving back is part of the journey

PAY IT FORWARD: Chancellor Trevor Manuel caps Courtney Edwards a beneficiary of the Motsepe Foundation while Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe looks on           PAY IT FORWARD: Chancellor Trevor Manuel caps Courtney Edwards a beneficiary of the Motsepe Foundation while Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe looks on

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe is a living example of the advice she offered graduates during the Faculty of Education graduation ceremony.

Moloi-Motsepe is a fashion tycoon, education advocate, distinguished businesswoman and medical doctor but despite her phenomenal success she told the graduates that she has never forgotten her roots in Soweto and how education changed her life.  She urged the students to do the same and to plough back into their own communities. Through the Motsepe Foundation, which she set up with her husband Patrice, Moloi-Motsepe has financed the education of countless underprivileged students, including four CPUT students who are graduating during the autumn grad series. An additional 10 CPUT students are currently receiving funding from her foundation.

One of those students is Courtney Edwards who was star struck to see Moloi-Motsepe and Chancellor Trevor Manuel in real life when he walked across the stage to get capped.

Edwards, from Tafelsig in Mitchell’s Plain, graduates debt free thanks to funding from the Motsepe Foundation and other bursaries along his four year higher education journey.

Today he is ploughing back into his own community as a teacher at Cedar High, his old high school.

“All matric learners and students of all universities should never give up on their dreams. The responsibility does not rest upon the president and ministers of our country it’s for you to break the chain of poverty in our families,” Courtney says.

 

News of CPUT’s extraordinary alumni can be found in our Grad Mag 2016.

Written by Lauren Kansley

Tel: +27 21 953 8646
Email: kansleyl@cput.ac.za

Liaises with the media and writes press releases about interesting developments at CPUT.