Fifty-nine SANDF Education Trust bursaries awarded for 2016 academic year

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The Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), President Jacob Zuma, has made another R500,000 donation to the SANDF Education Trust via his Foundation.

The donation, made on January 15, follows a similar amount pledged to the Education Trust by the President during last year’s Armed Forces Day celebration in Potchefstroom.

Donations to the Trust have enabled it to award 59 bursaries to the value of more than R850,000 for the current academic year. Bursaries have gone to the dependents of dead or severely injured SANDF members, both Regular and Reserve Force, who died or were badly injured during the execution of their duties subsequent to April 27, 1994.

This year’s bursaries go to 33 primary school pupils, 20 secondary school scholars and six tertiary education students. The recipients come from all nine South Africa’s provinces and one of them, with seven distinctions in last year’s matric class, has been accepted by the University of the Witwatersrand’s Medical School.

Since it was established in October 2013 the Education Trust, an initiative of SANDF Chief General Solly Shoke, has awarded bursaries totalling R2,175,024.

Indications are the trustees will announce further bursary awards in the near future. This is because assistance is still being provided to the guardians of applicants with finalisation of application forms.

Since establishment top South African businessmen, sport personalities and sports clubs have given generously, to the extent the Trust has benefitted to the value of just on R11million.