Ten top matric achievers from previously disadvantaged schools in eThekwini have been awarded bursaries worth R10 000 each at the Mayoral Matric Awards Ceremony held at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban today, 24/01/2013.
Another five students from Sithengile High School in the Clermont area received bursaries to study Maritime studies in tertiary institutions of their choice. Both bursaries are sponsored by Nedbank and the Maritime Business and Computer College in Durban respectively
His Worship, the Mayor of eThekwini, Councillor James Nxumalo in his keynote address stressed the point of education being the responsibility of learners, teachers and the community, “We as parents in our communities should encourage schools and learners to always strive to be the best in order to ensure that mediocrity is foreign to their minds.” He also emphasised that it is of utmost importance to always recognise and reward excellence in order to motivate future generations to achieve greater heights in their academic endeavours. Nxumalo thanked the private sector for contributing to youth development, adding that the Municipality had not spent taxpayers money for the function.
Divisional Executive of Nedbank Corporate Banking Mr Remo Moyo highlighted how proud his organisation was of the partnership it has with the Municipality which spanned for seven years and are glad to be contributing to the development of this country. “Nedbank shares the values highlighted by the Mayoral Matric Awards which recognizes those citizens who strive to improve the lives of others in their communities and our City” he said.
Prizes were also given for schools that obtained a 100% pass rate and those that improved by 30%.
For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng, Municipal Spokesman on 082 731 7456, 031 311 4820 or
Issued by eThekwini Municipality, Communications Unit, contact Rodney Moore on 031- 311 4856, 079 478 6558 or e-mail