LIMPOPO Premier Cassel Mathale has urged the business community to pledge more funds to assist needy children in the province further their studies after matriculating.
He was speaking at a function held to thank those who had already contributed towards the Premier's Bursary Fund established to help needy students.
Mathale said it was important to invest in education for the youths rather than channel resources to areas where they were less needed.
"It is important to contribute to assisting students who will in turn come back and help the province going forward," Mathale said.
Held at a leading restaurant in Polokwane at the weekend and co-sponsored by Trade and Investment Limpopo, it was also announced at the event that to date the fund had been able to raise at least R529000.
"These funds are not meant for specific individuals but for poor students who might not be as fortunate as we are," Mathale said.
"We must assist them in paying for their tuition, accommodation and book fees."
The Limpopo Premier's Bursary Fund was established in 2002 and the amount is the highest raised since then.