Sixty-four bursaries valued at just on R900,000 have been approved by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Education Trust for the current academic year.
The bursaries will assist the dependent of soldiers, from both the regular and reserve forces, to complete their education at levels ranging from primary through secondary and tertiary a SANDF statement said.
Bursaries have been awarded to v29 primary school scholars, 21 secondary school scholars and 14 tertiary education students from all nine provinces.
Since the Trust was established in October 2013 79 deserving children have been on the receiving end of bursaries valued at more than R1,2 million.
The Trustees, headed by SANDF Reserve Force Chief Major General Roy Andersen, are expected to announce further awards in the near future. This because assistance is still being provided to the guardians of applicants with finalisation of bursary applications and supporting documentation.
Since it was established by SANDF Chief General Solly Shoke the Trust has received just on R5 million from South African business and sports as well as the general public. Shoke thanked all involved in what he called “an important and worthy endeavour”.
At its annual general meeting earlier this month the Trust welcomed a new trustee, Venete Klein. Andersen, who will stay on as Reserve Force Chief for another 12 months, retains his position as Trust chairman. Other trustees are being Major General Lungile Dlulane, Brigadier General (Rev) Andrew Jamangile and Teddy Daka.
Enquiries regarding donations to the Trust or applications from qualifying persons for financial aid should be directed to: The Board of Trustees, SANDF Education Trust Private, Bag x161 Pretoria, 0001, or [email protected] or to 012 355 5107.