Nongoma helps students with bursaries

Nongoma, the host town of the Zulu Monarch in Northern KwaZulu-Natal has officially​ ended the mourning period for the passing​ of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, and restarted work on a high note by awarding bursaries to the top achievers of the class of 2020 matric.
The event, held at the local​ town hall​ on Thursday, was supposed to take place last month but it had to be postponed​ after the news of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu’s passing.​
About 65 Matric pupils were awarded with bursaries​ and the certificates​ by the mayor of Nongoma, Albert Mncwango.​ Some of the top achievers had obtained rnine  distinctions in their results and they are already studying in different institutions of higher learning.​
Lindokuhle Nkosi from King Dinuzulu High School, who obtained nine distinctions was among the top achievers who were still amazed and joyfully about their matric results.​
Nkosi is now studying Medicine at Nelson Mandela School of Medicine Campus under the University of KwaZulu-Natal.​ He told reporters that the journey was not easy especially after they were forced to study at home and online.​
“It was very defficult to udjust our minds to the new system which was forced on us the Covid-19 outbreak which resulted in the country going on lockdown. We were then told that we have to work online to keep up with the syllabus.​
“To us as rural kids, the​ situation was totally horrible because​ at some point we would find ourselves struggling to have data or poor network connections in order to be in touch with our teachers online,” Nkosi Said.​
He believes that as rural kids they have to be celebrated since they made it against bigger odds.​ Mncwango said it was a historic moment to them as leaders and the whole community to celebrate the achievements of these learners.​
“The class of 2020 had huge challenges which among them was the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore we didn’t expect much from our kids but they surprised us with distinctions. Some of them did well in such a way that they​ also represented our District of Zululand on a National level and the KwaZulu-Natal Province as top Achivers. That is why today we decided to honour them, ” said Mncwango.​
Mncwango also revealed that as Nongoma Local Municipality, they have assisted more than 300 matric pupils in the past three years​ so that they could be able to further their studies at institutions of higher learning.​

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