I am a product of a bush university of a former bantustan, which attracted mainly poor black students.
I hold a BA in social sciences and several certificates from other universities. At Turfloop, I opted for BCom, but changed to BA because:
l Veteran students said I would spend my life on campus or drop out if I studied BCom, and an accounting lecturer said only 5percent make it to second year.
l My parents were unemployed and at 25 I had to maintain my family and educate my siblings.
l I had an H in matric maths.
l I did not have money to repeat my studies. All I wanted was a degree.
l My parents advised me to get a job on a mine.
It does not matter what policies the government implements. Poverty must be addressed first. The following should be looked at:
l The best way to empower SMMEs is to reduce or remove the red-tape in accessing funds;
l Investigate and improve systems on how tertiary bursaries are accessed;
l University selection committees and admission criteria for engineering and the health sciences must be monitored and committees must be reviewed;
l The government must address rural and urban school infrastructure.
l Black students must change their attitudes to science and maths.
RF Nkuna, Pretoria