Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau has again pledged the proceeds of his annual mayoral golf day to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Education Trust.
SANDF Chief General Solly Shoke, who is also the instigator of the Trust, said he was “overwhelmed by the generosity shown towards the Trust for two consecutive years”.
Neither he nor Johannesburg’s first citizen divulged the exact amount by which the Trust benefitted this year but it is believed to be substantial.
The Trust is currently “a bit quiet”, trustee Major General Roy Andersen said, adding applications for 2016 were now open and the Trust was budgeting to handle at least 80 requests for bursaries.
The Trust was established to fund the education requirements of children of members of the SANDF who died or were seriously injured in the line of duty and/or members of the public who may have been killed during an operation conducted by the SANDF provided they were not opposing SANDF objectives after 27 April 1994.
In October last year the Trust awarded bursaries to the value of R440 076 enabling 18 children to attend secondary school in the current educational year. Thirteen primary school scholars were awarded Trust bursaries with eight university students also on the list. All told, forty military dependents were able to continue their education thanks to the Trust.
Another fundraiser will take place in Simon’s Town this month. Andersen said the aft deck of one of the SA Navy’s Valour Class frigates will be the venue for a fundraising lunch.
“This will allow captains of industry in Western Cape to join the Gauteng donors to the Trust,” he said