Role models gave her the lead

Michael Tlhakudi

Michael Tlhakudi

When doctors "performed miracles" on Pulane Taioe's sick mother a few years ago, the Welkom-born matriculant was so inspired that today she wants to be a doctor herself.

"My mother was so sick that I had lost hope.

"Today she is still alive, thanks to the doctors," she said.

Taioe has now enrolled for medicine at the University of Free State and the Free State provincial government will finance her studies.

The provincial government yesterday awarded more than 400 bursaries, amounting to R25million, to last year's matriculants who passed "exceptionally" well. At the award ceremony in Bloemfontein, Premier Beatrice Marshoff said with the bursaries they were rewarding and encouraging the triumph of determination over adversary and they were rewarding pockets of excellence among some of the hard-working students. Marshoff said the gesture was an investment in the future development of the country's human capital."It is part and parcel of our comprehensive human resource and skills development strategies."Without this intervention it will not be possible for some of these pupils to realise their dreams." She said her government's objective, among others, was the implementation of the Joint Initiative for the Acquisition of Scarce Skills. Out of 401 students, 353 will be studying in the province and the rest elsewhere.Marshoff said: "We will be keeping track of all the recipients by monitoring their progress and eventually encouraging them to seek and find employment in the Free State and thereby contribute to our human capital pool." 400 bursaries, amounting to R25million, to last year's matriculants who passed "exceptionally" well.

At the award ceremony in Bloemfontein, Premier Beatrice Marshoff said with the bursaries they were rewarding and encouraging the triumph of determination over adversary and they were rewarding pockets of excellence among some of the hard-working students.

Marshoff said the gesture was an investment in the future development of the country's human capital.

"It is part and parcel of our comprehensive human resource and skills development strategies.

"Without this intervention it will not be possible for some of these pupils to realise their dreams."

She said her government's objective, among others, was the implementation of the Joint Initiative for the Acquisition of Scarce Skills.

Out of 401 students, 353 will be studying in the province and the rest elsewhere.

Marshoff said: "We will be keeping track of all the recipients by monitoring their progress and eventually encouraging them to seek and find employment in the Free State and thereby contribute to our human capital pool."

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