“It is with immense pleasure that I announce the establishment of the Mayoral Study Aid Fund which will add a substantial boost to the top achiever at each high school in the Cape Winelands District who have embarked on tertiary study programs. Each recipient will receive a noteworthy study aid grant of R20,000, directly allocated to their respective institutions or courses,” Stated the Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality, Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht at the event held in Worcester today. The annual Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) Top Achievers Awards Ceremony stands as testament to the remarkable accomplishments of the highest achieving matriculant at all high schools in the district. The study aid programme is an extension of the existing Top Achievers project. Valued at R1.6 million, the Mayoral Study Aid Fund embodies the CWDM’s commitment to fostering education and youth development. “While some finer points remain under consideration, I am delighted to share that this funding will be accessible to our 2023 Top Achievers as of January 2024,” affirmed Mayor von Schlicht. The Mayoral Study Aid Fund garnered positive endorsement from attending school principals. Several principals expressed that, at times, limited resources hinder a top-achieving student from pursuing higher education. Consequently, these students forgo applying to institutions altogether. This fund presents an inspiring solution, offering support during the transition from registration to the commencement of other bursaries and funding avenues. The Mayoral Study Aid Fund aims provide a beacon of hope, illuminating the path to higher education for exceptional achievers, thereby advancing the educational landscape of the Cape Winelands District. Photos:
- Principals from across the Cape Winelands attended the announcement of the Mayoral Study Aid Fund held at Montana High School in Worcester on 10 August 2023.
- From Left to right: Denise Wesso, WC Education: Cape Winelands; Pietie Williams, ED: Community Development and Planning Services CWDM, Cllr Minnie Pietersen, CWDM Mayco: Rural and Social Development; CWDM Executive Mayor Elna von Schlicht, Brandt du Plessis, Hoof: Montana; Henry Prins, MM: CDWM