Sasol awards merit bursaries to Grade 12 top achievers
Sasol has awarded bursaries to the Class of 2022 top achievers from schools around Gert Sibande District Municipality as part of the company’s ongoing education support programme.
In January, over 70 awards in different categories were handed out at a ceremony in Secunda to honour those who excelled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and other selected subjects.
The Grade 12 Merit Awards are part of Sasol’s long-standing support of various education initiatives, from early childhood development to bursary programmes.
They also aim to encourage learners to pursue careers that are considered to be in short supply.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Victor Bester, Senior Vice President Regional Operations & Asset Services, encouraged the award-winning Matriculants to let nothing stop them from achieving their goals, as “nothing comes on a silver platter”.
The company has also extended support to outstanding Matriculants in different districts in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, in partnership with provincial education departments.
Through the Sasol Grade 12 Merit Awards programme, up to 12 Sasol Foundation bursaries were extended to learners at the Secunda ceremony, ten went to learners in Mpumalanga and another two to beneficiaries from KwaZulu-Natal.
The Sasol Foundation Bursary is a comprehensive package which covers tuition, accommodation, stationary, a laptop, monthly contribution to pocket money and optometric support.
In addition to awarding top Grade 12 achievers, Sasol honoured the best educators and the best- performing schools in STEM subjects.
Some of the best-performing schools in 2022 are the following:
Overall best-performing school in Technical Mathematics – Hoerskool Hoogenhout
Overall best-performing school in Physical Sciences (quintile 4-5) – Hoerskool Secunda
Overall best-performing school in Physical Sciences (quintile 1-3) Mkolishi Secondary School
Overall best-performing school in Technical Science – DD Mabuza Comprehensive School
This year marks 28 years since the inception of the Sasol Grade 12 Merit Awards, and a total of around R900 000 was this year invested in learner bursaries and cash prizes to be used by learners towards their tuition fees.
Nine local companies partnered with Sasol in recognising the learners, these companies include ABSA, Extreme Thoughts, Hydra-Arc, Mavutha Contractors & Enterprises, Megchem, Mihnel Engineers and Civils, PDPS, Proconics and Southey.
Sasol has over the past 5 years invested about R1. 9 billion in education, of which R473 million was spent in South Africa through bursaries.
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