Anisa Camroodien , Ndlaleni Mkwanazi, and Maanda Makgatho were selected from the De Beers Financial Study Assistance Scheme and awarded R80 000 each towards their tuition fees and study material by the Dell Development Fund. They also received brand new Dell laptops as part of the bursary.
The De Beers Financial Study Assistance Scheme is currently providing financial assistance to the value of R4 million to 219 tertiary students, with the aim of contributing to the pool of skills in the company’s host communities and providing support in areas of skills development.
Senior Commercial Manager Enterprise and Supplier Development for De Beers Consolidated Mines, Gregory Petersen says that “ Our young people have an essential role to play in shaping the socio-economic landscape of South Africa and in bringing about change , at De Beers we believe in the socio-economic transformation of our surrounding communities and through initiatives such as these we hope to make a lasting contribution”.
ABOUT THE RECIPIENTS
- Anisa Camroodien
A Kimberlite from Kimberley in the Northern Cape. She is a proud member of the Golden Key Society at the University of the Free State. The 21 year old achieved ten distinctions during the first year of her BCom Accounting Degree and made it to the top 15% in the Faculty of Commerce. “ I wish to thank De Beers and Dell for granting me the opportunity to focus on my studies and not worry about finances. The bursary has made a big difference in my life and has motivated me to perform even better than before. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity”, says Camroodien.
- Ndlaleni Mkwanazi
Born and bred in Snake Park, within the Maokeng Township of Kroonstad. Nineteen years of age a second year student at the University of the Free State, currently studying BSc in Forensic Sciences. A hard worker with big dreams to achieve, Mkwanazi obtained 10 distinctions during her first year at tertiary in 2016. “ I am motivated to study hard towards my dreams so that I can keep the bursary and make my family and everyone around me proud” she says. Mkwanazi has been awarded the opportunity to join the Golden Key Society at the University, which rewards students in the top 15% of their respective degree programs. I would like to thank De Beers for making all this possible for me , opportunities like this do not come often. To the Dell Development Foundation, I don’t have words to explain how grateful I am”.
- Maanda Makgatho
Twenty-Three years old Maanda Makgatho from Musina will complete her Law (LLB) Degree from the University of Pretoria this year thanks to her results-driven attitude. When she matriculated from Eric Louw High School, she chose to study Law because of her strong interest in current affairs and her belief that regulatory systems are the solution to many of the societal challenges faced by our country today. “ I can confidently say that De Beers has made a great impact towards my studies and my future. To know that you have financial backing is the greatest support any varsity student can get. I have also been inspired to financially support other young people in the future because of how De Beers has helped me and my family, says Makgatho.
Natasha Reuben, Head of Transformation at Dell South Africa says that “ Dell is committed to putting our technology and expertise to work , where it can do the most good for our customers and communities. Through strategic partnerships we are able to make possible today , what was impossible yesterday”.