The trustees of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Education Trust have upped the number of bursaries for this year to 68 – nine more than was originally envisaged in January.
Trust chairman Major General Roy Andersen said the total value of bursaries issued for the current academic year is R1 171 560.
The largest number of bursaries has been awarded to primary school scholars – 32 – with 21 secondary school scholars also earning bursaries and 14 going to students studying at tertiary institutions.
As part of its ongoing fundraising efforts the Education Trust went “to sea” late last year hosting a formal luncheon aboard SAS Isandlwana in Simon’s Town. This was the first fundraiser staged outside Gauteng since the Trust was established in October 2013.
According to the Trust “a considerable amount of money” was raised during the luncheon. Pledges were received from African Methodist, Bongi Ramphele, Cedar Creek, City of Cape Town, Compass Travel, Chief of the SANDF, Damen Shipyards, Dr and Mrs Gulube, HCI Foundation, Iqabane Art Gallery, Irvin Khoza, Kunene Brothers, Marine & General Engineering, Nautic South Africa, PAM African Energy, Riodor Marine, S Viljoen, Southern African Shipyards, Statfin Holdings, TDK Trust, The Parring Family, Vice Admiral Hlongwane and Virgin Active.
The Trust was established by SANDF Chief, General Solly Shoke, to secure the primary, secondary and tertiary education of dependents of SANDF members killed or seriously wounded during the execution of their duties after April 27, 1994.
The 2016 bursaries bring to just on R3 million the value of educational assistance provided by the Trust since 2013.
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