In many South African universities, tuition fees are high and continue to skyrocket on a yearly basis. Many students are forced to give up their dreams of enrolling at a tertiary institution because they do not have the necessary funding to further their studies. The Free State Provincial Government (FSPG) has embarked on a mission to assist such students.
Fifty eight (58) students from disadvantaged backgrounds received food parcels from the MEC for Social Development Me Sisi Ntombela. These students are not receiving any financial aid at the moment, some of their applications for bursaries and loans have been rejected and some are still waiting for a response from various bursary or student loan schemes. Food parcels will be delivered to the students on a monthly basis for the entire duration of their studies or until they receive some sort of financial assistance. The office of the Premier has provided these students with accommodation and has assisted with their registration fees.
The MEC encouraged the students to focus on their studies and not be lured into the world of prostitution and sugar daddies. “You are all from poor families, focus on what you came here for so that you can go back home and make your families proud”, said Ntombela. The MEC also warned the students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse especially in the areas where most of these students reside and asked them to support each other by reporting those that were unruly so that they can be dealt with accordingly. The students expressed their gratitude to the (FSPG) and they committed to studying hard and not giving in to temptations that could destroy their lives.