DUT OPENS GATES TO DISADVANTAGED SCHOOL PUPILS
By: Lucky Khanyile
Growing up in a big family will not stand in the way of Mxolisi Ngcobo from the Hlokozi area to be the first in his family to study at tertiary level.
The 18-year-old revealed this when his school came to the Durban University of Technology’s Open Day. Ngcobo is a Bhanoyi matriculate in the deep rural area of
Hlokozi in the south coast. The annual exhibition hosted by the Department of Co-operative Education, was held between the 12th-15th August at Steve Biko Campus.
“I am a third child of eight and my parents were never married. Even though I wanted to be something, but growing up I never thought a boy like me would ever walk
through the gates of a high institution. This means something big to me,” he said.
Ngcobo expressed his delight to finally setting his foot at the DUT premises. Seeing his mother struggling to make ends meet to support him and his siblings, is what
“My mother is not financially stable but she tries by all means to give me a better future that she never had. I don’t like seeing her in that place that is why I am going to further my studies in DUT.
I want MaDuma (his mother) to seat and let me take care of her one day,” added Ngcobo.
Ndabezinhle Hlongwane, an educator at Edendale Technical School said that an initiation of this nature will prove to be a success for learners.
“Bringing learners here will help them realise that all the help is available especially those whore are financially disadvantaged. There is Financial Aid here that will make
them see that studying in a tertiary institution is possible if they pass,” said Hlongwane.
Manager of Co-operative Education, Rodney Maharaj, explained the expectations and outcomes of the event.
“This has a huge impact and so far we have been reaching our target of reaching thousands of schools across KwaZulu-Natal. We invite even the deep rural schools to
come and observe the courses offered in DUT,” said Maharaj.