bpSA helps 100 students to overcome the final hurdle

bp Southern Africa has responded to the plight of North-West University (NWU) students as part of its centenary commemorative initiatives. The company has donated R2,5m to help 100 of the university’s students clear their outstanding fees, enabling them to enter the working world with confidence.

Answering a parliamentary question earlier this year, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said 56 627 students at the NWU have outstanding fees.

“While we acknowledge the need is great, we wanted to do our part to help some of these students into their next chapter. We have a long and proud relationship with South Africa, going back a century, and we owe our longevity to the communities and customers of this country – this is another way we are giving back,” says Taelo Mojapelo, CEO of bpSA.

“Over the last decade, we’ve been investing heavily in education, both within bpSA and for beneficiaries outside of bp. When we founded the Energy Mobility Education Trust (EMET) 10 years ago, the aim was to change the lives of young black South Africans and create a good pipeline of future skills across a broad range of disciplines, but particularly in maths and science. Since 2014, the trust has invested approximately R247 million to benefit 3 754 young people through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and skills development,” she adds.

The trust’s focus is on developing skills in STEM, with particular focus on nurturing black learners and students from underserved areas in South Africa.

Prof Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice chancellor of the NWU, says many highly talented students face a tragic shortfall in funding, which needs to be addressed urgently.

“We are thankful for bpSA’s commitment to social and economic development in South Africa and I am confident that you can benefit from the innovative research and skilled graduates that the NWU produces, which can lead to potential collaborations in various fields such as engineering, environmental sciences, law, and accounting – to mention just a few. As we celebrate our 20 years of existence, we hope that you will open your doors to our students to engage with industry leaders, gain practical experience, and contribute to solving real-world challenges.”

“I want to thank you for being one of the chosen ones to have their debt settled by bpSA. I am extremely appreciative of your efforts,” says Ntokozo Radebe, one of the 100 recipients of the bursary.

Taelo Mojapelo, CEO of bpSA, hands the cheque for R2,5m to Prof Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice chancellor of the NWU.

Submitted on Thu, 06/27/2024 - 12:11