MultiChoice invests R26m in bursary programme

Sibahle Malinga
By Sibahle Malinga, ITWeb senior news journalist.
Johannesburg, 21 Jan 2021

MultiChoice South Africa is offering 236 students from local institutions an opportunity to benefit from its 2021 MultiChoice bursary programme worth R26 million.

The pay-TV operator says it is making tertiary education a reality for students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths, broadcasting, media, film and television, human resources, finance, economics, law, communications, ui/ux/cx design, consumer insights and advertising.

According to a statement, the MultiChoice bursary programme enables students to focus on their studies without the financial stress that often plagues students and negatively affects their chances of success.

The bursaries go beyond tuition fees to cover registration fees, accommodation and a living allowance for the year.

“We believe investing in these fields of study is critical for the future of our industry and our country,” says MultiChoice South Africa CEO Nyiko Shiburi.

“We are excited to provide access to the necessary resources for these future leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to thrive and flourish in fulfilling their highest potential.”

Last year, MultiChoice invested R50 million towards creating employment opportunities for 500 South African youths, through its partnership with the Youth Employment Service initiative.

While the MultiChoice bursary programme has been a long-standing part of its upliftment initiatives,the company says its 2021 bursaries are of particular importance.

“Many families and households are struggling to make ends meet after either the loss of employment or, in many cases, the tragic loss of loved ones and breadwinners to COVID-19. Our 2021 bursary programme is one of our initiatives that seek to soften this blow,” Shiburi adds.

“We hope it will make a meaningful contribution to our country’s recovery, and we wish all applicants the best.”

Applicants must be South African, and registered at a recognised South African institution of higher learning for an undergraduate or post-graduate degree up to the Masters level.

They must also meet the academic performance requirements of a 65% or higher aggregate mark in their previous year of study.

The bursaries will be awarded for the 2021 academic year only. They may be renewed, based on the availability of funds and the student’s academic performance.

Applications close on 31 January.For more information on how to apply for the MultiChoice Bursary Scheme, visit the Web site.