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By unknown | Feb 08, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A Limpopo student has been forced to drop out of university because of the failure by her would-be funders to pay for her studies.

The student, who had been identified only as Nkoana MG, has been enrolled for a degree at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus since 2005. She was allegedly promised by the Kgoshi Moloto Bursary Scheme that they would pay for her studies.

But the tuition fees were never paid. Now, according to university records, Nkoana owes the institution in excess of R33000.

The bursary scheme was established by Kgoshi Kgabo Moloto of the Moletjie community ten years ago with a view to assist children from impoverished families who wished to pursue studies at tertiary institutions.

According to information at Sowetan's disposal, Nkoana wants to pursue an Honours degree as she has successfully completed her BA degree. This may now not be possible because she still owes the institution money for the undergraduate degree.

University spokesman Kgalema Mohuba confirmed yesterday that Nkoana was a student at the university for the past three years and that she had failed to make a single payment since she enrolled with them.

Mohuba said they had received a letter from the Kgoshi Moloto Bursary Scheme confirming commitment to pay, but had not received a single cent.

"As a university, we are appealing to all people who presented themselves as sponsors of various students to fulfil their commitments in order to allow such students to pursue their studies.

"We would appreciate it if Nkoana can present her case to the university authorities so that we can take up the matter with the bursar," he said.

Spokesman for Kgoshi Moloto, Morqueen Moloto, said anyone who had complaints should approach them to solve the problems, and "not the media". Moloto said, however, that there were terms and conditions attached for every person who wanted to be assisted with funds . But he could not disclose the conditions. Nkoana refused to comment.


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