Johannesburg - A staggering R100 million has again been pledged by Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina as the city celebrated its best-performing matriculants from the 2019 academic year.
An enthusiastic Masina, speaking on Wednesday at the Ekurhuleni Academic Excellence Awards in Alberton, stressed that the R100m bursary fund was his administration's way of investing in the city's education, despite this not being required of municipalities.
"While education is not the primary function of local government or a municipal competency, we believe that the City has a moral obligation to play its part in aiding national education departments to realise their mandates -- a mandate to which we are all direct beneficiaries, " Masina enthused.
"In advancing our skills development project, we increased our education allocation to the R100m Community Bursary Fund. This is a 10-fold increase from previous years when the bursary fund was at R10m.
"The net effect of this investment has been an increase in the number of beneficiaries from just under 300 (in 2016) to nearly 2 000 (this year)," the proud mayor stressed.