The Southern Highveld Community Development Trust (SHCDT)’s Awards event was held at Graceland Casino on Thursday, 22 June.
The theme of the evening was ‘Torchbearer’ as in the words of the chairman, JP Mlangeni: “We want to encourage all pupils, teachers and schools to set their sights high and produce excellent results.”
The SHCDT was established by Graceland as part of their BBBEE structure and as such earns dividends and donations through the business of Graceland.
The Trust has, to date, awarded 19 full scholarships and seen 14 beneficiaries graduate with degrees and another three accept alternate bursaries.
By offering additional support and mentoring, the Trust is able to help students at tertiary level to change their lives.
Other programmes the Trust sponsors are internships and hosting pupils from the local TVET College in order to complete the practical component of their qualification (18 months).
JP said one of the major causes of failure for students in their first year at university is making the incorrect career choices. To this end the trustees agreed to fund a ‘Career Dress Up Day’ for Grade 7 pupils where they dress up in their chosen career.
The Fund also sponsors the Go Getters programme where they guide more than 400 high school pupils to select the correct career so that they are able to make sensible choices and plan their tertiary applications.
Martha Mkhize was the runner-up in the Career Dress Up Day competition and Spitsele Ntambo, a Grade 8 pupil at Osizweni Development and Education Centre got emotional when she was called to the stage as one of the winners.
She said it is such a privilege and she is thankful for the opportunity.
“I am here for my parents and to change the situation at home,” said Spitsele.
“No matter who you are and where you come from, just be innovative and prepared for the future.”
Spitsele wants to become a jewellery maker when she finishes school.
Several employees at Graceland were also awarded.
These employees are part of the Trust’s programme and completed the 18 months.


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