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Election Mahlori assisting learners to apply for NSFAS 2018

Education is a fundamental right for every South African citizen, however some learners cannot afford to pay for the university fees. It is one of the reasons which motivated Universal Greening Organization (UGO) to help grade 12 learners to apply for the 2018 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) at SRC Computer Lab.

Knowledge about how to apply for NSFAS bursary should be made available to the learners- Maanda Mpfunzeni.

UGO chairperson at UNIVEN and environmental sciences second year student, Maanda Mpfunzeni, said that he was motivated to start this Programme because he comes from a rural area. “Before I went to the university, I did not have anyone to pay for my studies and I had little knowledge about getting bursaries and loans to fund my tuition fees,” he said.

“Some of them do not know about NSFAS, but others do. Some of them do not have internet access in their respective communities. This motivated us to invite learners to the University of Venda so that we can help them apply,” he added.


Mushaisani Ravele encouraging learners from destitute families to apply for available funding opportunities.

One of the teachers, Mr. Mushaisano Ravele from Velelambeu Secondary School, applauded the good work that UGO is doing for learners. “A lot of learners at my school come from less privileged families, so this will help them to study with ease knowing that they might get funding for their studies,” he added.


NSFAS will help me to achieve my dream to become a mechanical engineer- Akonaho Netshifhire

Akonaho Netshifhire, a grade 12 learner at Denga Tshivhase Secondary School, said that she is thankful for her Principal Mr Elliot Sinthumule who always strive to ensure that his learners are well informed about possible opportunities afforded by UGO and other related institutions elsewhere. She also added that she will make good use of that opportunity.

Akonaho who wants to study mechanical engineering next year, said that UGO Intervention has inspired her to research more about university bursaries and also to apply in other institutions.

Vhutshilo Ndou making use of the opportunity afforded by UGO

A learner, Vhutshilo Ndou (21) from Tswime High School, said that NSFAS application will enable him to further his studies. “I come from a previously disadvantaged family, hence my hope lies within NSFAS,” he added.

He also said that he wants to study LLB or Journalism next year.

UGO invited Learners from Luphai Secondary School, Denga Tshivhase Secondary School, Frank Ravele Secondary School, Tswime Secondary School and Velelambeu Secondary School to apply for NSFAS because they form part of the schools that they recently adopted with the intention to assist with all possible and necessary needs to enhance their performance and achieve sustainable development goals.

UGO members motivated grade 12 learners to study hard so that they could secure admission within universities. UGO also advised them to look for other bursaries instead of depending only on NSFAS.

Universal Greening Organisation is available on Facebook: Universal Greening Organisation UGO. Also follow on twitter and Instagram @ugofamily and on their website www.universalgreening.co.za.

Learners assisted to apply for NSFAS 2018 at SRC Computer Lab

Issued by: Department of Communications & Marketing
University of Venda
Tel.: (015) 962 8525
Date: 16 August 2017

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