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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Students receive millions in EWSETA funding

REWARDED: Students were awarded bursaries amounting to R7.2 million. REWARDED: Students were awarded bursaries amounting to R7.2 million.

A generous R7.2 million bursary allocation from the Energy and Water Sector Training Authority (EWSETA) will improve the academic lives of 123 CPUT students.

The students, who are studying Environmental Health, Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering, were notified of the good news at a recent cheque handover attended by the CEO of the EWSETA Errol Gradwell and CPUT’s Advancement Director Calvin Maseko.

The multi-million rand bursaries were awarded to academically achieving students and will cover books, tuition, accommodation and fees.

Gradwell told the lucky recipients that the qualifying criteria was stiff so the group of 123 represent the best of what CPUT has to offer.

“You made it because of your performance and the assumption is that because you take your studies seriously you also take life seriously,” he says.

Gradwell says South Africa’s need to occasionally import scarce skill talent from other countries was unnecessary because the country is flooded with young, vibrant unemployed youth who, with the right training, should outclass its international opponents.

Maseko says the EWSETA first funded a group of 45 students in 2015 and that cohort is scheduled to graduate next year.

“We hope that you will also come back in two years’ time to celebrate with us as these students graduate,” he told Gradwell.

The EWSETA plays a crucial function in ensuring that the National Skills and Development Strategy is executed within the energy and water sectors.

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.