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South Africa’s power utility Eskom in collaboration with GE Steam Power have awarded needs-based bursaries worth up to R30 million to 60 students from the Mpumalanga province.

The students, who are from Ehlanzeni, Gert Sibande and Nkangala district respectively, will study at more than 10 higher learning institutions across the country.

The bursaries which will run for a period of four years will cover accommodation costs, books and a living stipend. Eskom, on their part, has donated laptops to each of the bursary recipients.

“We understand the importance of ensuring that the future generation of engineers, technicians and scientists have access to the training and support that they need to develop and contribute to the development of the country” said Lee Dawes, general manager, GE Steam Power in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Skills development

GE Steam Power project director at Kusile Power Plant, Nthabiseng Kubheka, noted that, “the future of the African continent is reliant on skills especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and these bursaries will ensure great progression of empowering the youth of Mpumalanga.”

“This initiative is one of many programmes that GE’s Steam Power business is implementing to empower the youth with skills especially in communities where we work” she added.

Also speaking at the awards ceremony, the executive Mayor of the Nkangala District, Cllr Linah Malatjie said “We commend you for a job well done and encourage you to maintain your spirit of hard work, dedication and commitment.

“We are planting a seed towards ensuring an improved level of the graduate professional base in the district. We will achieve this through ensuring that education remains at the apex of our priorities in moving our district forward, and this bursary initiative reflects this commitment.”

African Utility Week