The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) handed over a cheque for more than R20 million to Wits University, providing support for seven lecturers in mining engineering and bursaries for 236 students in the following disciplines: analytical, chemical, electrical, industrial, mechanical, metallurgical and mining engineering, and geology.

The total amount of the partnership is R23 592 113. The total amount of support for lecturers is R4 624 113 and the total amount to be given in bursaries is R18 868.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits, Professor Adam Habib Habib said the bursaries, to be given to disadvantaged students, would send a powerful message of hope to the poor that talented people have access to one of the best universities in the country, and that the support that would be given to lecturers was an investment in the creation of a new black professoriate.

R100 000 will be used to support students whose studies are being affected because they can’t afford necessities such as spectacles. The MQA also supports the kitchen project which feeds students who can’t afford lunch. Cawood said the School had seen an almost 99% success rate in students who had been assisted in this manner.

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