Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has encouraged students to take up leadership roles when they get to tertiary institutions.
Makhura was speaking at Wits University in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon where the province’s top performing Class of 2019 Grade 12 learners were awarded bursaries.
The Premier said if he was not a Student Representative Council (SRC) leader during his time at the then University of the North (now University of Limpopo), he wouldn’t be where he is today.
“We also want you to be leaders in the full sense of it. Academics is the number one priority, but take time to explore what can enhance your own development …and there are many. For one, if it wasn’t for the student movement, I wouldn’t be where I’m at,” Makhura said.
MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, also urged students to be committed to their studies and avoid being distracted.
“Ubumnandi abupheli (Zulu meaning for good times don’t end). Today you will be dancing to vosho (name of a dance move) after three years there will be another vosho,” Lesufi said.
More than 2500 learners were awarded bursaries and funding was also provided for post-graduate students in areas of scarce skills.
Lesufi said some of the learners have been identified as future job creators for not only Gauteng, but in the whole country.
He also called for learners not to be greedy and accept more than enough bursaries.
“You find one learner having four bursaries. We believe that kind of behaviour must change. We are not saying don’t choose the best one, choose the best then leave the rest,” the MEC said.