MultiChoice invests R26 million to grow SA’s skills pipeline
MultiChoice South Africa today announced that two hundred and thirty-six students will benefit from bursaries worth R26 million in 2021.
The company is making tertiary education a reality for students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, Broadcasting, Media, Film & Television, Human Resources, Finance, Economics, Law, Communications, UI/UX/CX Design, Consumer Insights and Advertising.
“We believe that investing in these fields of study is critical for the future of our industry and our country,” says MultiChoice South Africa’s CEO, Nyiko Shiburi. “We are excited to provide access to the necessary resources for these future leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to thrive and flourish in fulfilling their highest potential.”
While the MultiChoice bursaries programme has been a long-standing part of the company’s upliftment initiatives, its 2021 bursaries are of particular importance to the company.
“Many families and households are struggling to make ends meet after either the loss of employment and in many cases, the tragic loss of loved ones and breadwinners due to COVID-19. Our 2021 bursary programme is one of our initiatives that seek to soften this blow,” Nyiko added.
Going beyond tuition fees
The MultiChoice bursaries programme enables students to focus on their studies without the financial worry and stress that often plagues students and negatively affects their chances of success. The bursaries go beyond tuition fees to cover registration fees, accommodation, and a yearly living allowance.
“We hope it will make a meaningful contribution to our country’s recovery, and we wish all applicants the best,” he concluded.
Applicants must be South African, registered at a recognised South African institution of higher learning for an undergraduate or post-graduate degree up to the Masters’ level. They must also meet the academic performance requirements of a 65% or higher aggregate mark in their previous year of study.
The bursaries will be awarded for the 2021 academic year only. They may be renewed, based on the availability of funds and the student’s academic performance. Applications will close on 31 January 2021.