Thirty DUT students have secured themselves Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Skills output bursary for 2016.
The 30 DUT students received the bursaries along with other 90 students from higher learning institutions such as University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Johannesburg, University of Zululand, and University of the Witswatersrand and University of Mpumalanga.
MKI is the brainchild of Nqaba Ngcobo, Phil Mjwara and Dr Zweli Mkhize aimed at developing rounded graduates who will serve as role models in their respective communities and at the same time, possess strong leadership qualities. MKI bursary operates under the KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Department as well as other funders.
The MKI has dedicated itself to not only uplifting youth from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, but also making sure that those students who excel in Mathematics and Science are able to further pursue their dreams of becoming something in the fields of technology and engineering by funding not only their tertiary education, their studies in high school as well.
DUT student and beneficiary of the bursary, Khanyisile Mathe, said she will forever be grateful to MKI for seeing her potential. “The bursary has made my life easier and restored hope not only in me but my family as well,” said Mathe. She has been a beneficiary of the bursary since 2014 and is currently doing level 3 towards her National Diploma in Information Technology. Mathe further encouraged other students to be more diligent and not be afraid to seek out help from institutions such as MKI.
Addressing the students, MKI Board Chairman, Sakhile Ngcobo urged students to live by Moses Kotane’s principles: humility, being proactive and uplifting each other in communities. “MKI is not just expecting you to graduate with diplomas and degrees. We expect you to start thinking about entrepreneurship, being proactive and how you will go back to your communities and give back. You must be proactive in everything you do, set goals that are realistic and clear. Remember that there is no substitute to hard work. Work hard, find your own voice and learn to identify a gap in everything that you do. Where there are gaps, there is a breakthrough,” said Ngcobo.
– Noxolo Memela
Pictured: The 30 MKI DUT recipients with Sakhile Ngcobo, MKI board Chairman and Sibusiso Mpungose, MKI CEO.