Ms Muano Nemavhidi from the School of Law, studying Bachelor of Law at the University of Venda was selected for Abe Bailey. The Travel bursary took place from the 26 November – 21 December 2019 and it started in Cape Town where everyone was informed about what was expected of them throughout the trip and created an open atmosphere for engagement and getting acquainted with the other bursars. On the 27th – 30th of November 2019 bursars arrived in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa where they were equipped with knowledge of the current state of Africa as well as the plans to transform it. From the 30th November to 21 December 2019, the selected bursars went to London then to Scotland where they did different activities including numerous sites visits. 

Ms Muano Nemavhidi UNIVEN participant at Abe bailey Trust and Travel Bursary

Applicants must understand that this is a Travel Bursary which demands a different skill set from the criteria of a normal bursary. The Trustees are looking for applicants who have an ability to listen, to express an opinion, possess an enquiring mind, want to broaden their horizons and above all wish to keep learning. Successful bursars need to enjoy working with people, to exude a positivity and enthusiasm which raises the energy levels of those around them. 

Some of the participants at the Abe Bailey Trust and Travel Bursary

The Abe Bailey Trust and the Travel Bursary was established in terms of the Will of Sir Abe Bailey who died in 1940. The Trustees of the Abe Bailey Trust make funds available for travel bursaries known as the Abe Bailey Travel Bursaries. These Travel Bursaries give selected university students and university staff of Junior Lecturer status an opportunity to visit the United Kingdom. The focus of the Abe Bailey Trust is leadership development and the Trustees wish the bursaries to be awarded to persons who are academically strong and have shown exceptional qualities of leadership and service, with a good track record not only on campus but also in a wider social context and who are able to function as part of a select and highly skilled group. 

This travel bursary was founded for South African students to visit Britain and meet the following objectives to effect greater co-operation and understanding of different viewpoints and opinions among those with various language and cultural backgrounds. To encourage leadership that demonstrates open debate and mutual respect of others. To enable outstanding South African students who show exceptional leadership and a strong service ethic to experience British culture and participate in an interactive programme and examine its significance in the context of South African history. To foster enterprise, commitment and effective participation in a common future as well as to promote South African unity. 

Issued by: 

Department of Communications & Marketing 

University of Venda 

Tel: (015) 962 8525 

Date: 04 February 2020 

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