April 01, 2013

Damelin Correspondence College Awards R70 000 in Bursaries

Every month, from October 2012-April 2013, Damelin Correspondence College has awarded bursaries to the value of R70 000 to the following lucky recipients: October 2012(Taygen Ormandy), November 2012 (Chris Hlatshwayo), December 2012 (Melikhaya Hans), January 2013 (Adelein Alexander), February 2013 (Jacobeth Matshdiso), March 2013 (Nishen Prawlall), April 2013 (Bernadette Theresa Hassen).

Damelin Correspondence College (DCC) will be presenting deserving students with bursaries valued at R70 000, each month from October 2012 to April 2013.  R20 000 has already been awarded for October and November, and our winners are Taygen Ormandy (18) and Chris Hlatshwayo (27) respectively, who will now have the opportunity to study programmes of their choice.

For over 40 years, Damelin Correspondence College has been helping thousands of South Africans reach their dreams by giving them access to quality distance learning courses. Course offerings range from high school certificates to credentials from various professional institutes, as well as a wide range of other career development programmes. Damelin Correspondence College is provisionally accredited by Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, Umalusi Prov. Accr. No. FET 00475 PA. DCC has a course to meet everyone’s needs, and aims to make higher quality distance learning courses accessible to all.

Upon matriculating last year, Taygen Ormandy’s dream of becoming a physiotherapist was hindered as he did not study Mathematics and Physical Science in high school. The bursary from DCC, will allow Taygen to complete the necessary subjects in just one year, and set him on the correct path to attain his degree in physiotherapy.

This bursary has been life-changing for Taygen. “When I went into a DCC branch to enquire about the Matric programmes, I never dreamt of the possibilities that this would lead to. The student advisor told me that I was eligible for a bursary, and a few weeks later I received the call saying that I would receive one. This has helped both my family and me, since we have been under a lot of financial strain lately. The bursary will help me fulfil my passion of becoming a qualified physiotherapist”, said Taygen.

November winner, Chris Hlatshwayo, always wanted to obtain a tertiary qualification, but could not do so, due to financial constraints. He said, “I have longed to study for the last four years yet knew that my finances would not allow me to. I contacted DCC since I knew that they were not a fly-by-night campus, and wanted to investigate my study options and payment plans. After explaining my situation to the student advisor, I was told that I would be offered a bursary with DCC. This has changed my life, and awarded me an incredible opportunity.”

A recent study by the Human Sciences Research Council revealed that many students registered with South African universities are from extremely poor homes and many are forced to work part-time jobs in order to meet both their educational and daily survival needs (“Why Students Leave: the problem of high university drop-out rates’, by Moeketsi Letseka, www.hsrc.ac.za). Taking this into account, DCC has made it a priority to assist students in need with bursaries to study towards qualifications of their chosen career path, and improve the quality of their lives. “We are proud to be part of this worthy initiative”, said DCC Brand Manager, Strini Rajgopaul. 

For further information, contact:

Jessie Naidoo:  Group Communications Head
Tash Pillay: Public Relations Coordinator, on

Tel:  031 2519406
Email:  jessie.naidoo@damelin.co.za or tash.pillay@damelin.co.za


April 2013 Winner

April Winner

Bernadette Theresa Hassen (32)

"I would like to thank Damelin Correspondence College for making my dream a reality.  This bursary has changed my life as well as that of my family’s. I can now complete my Grade 12 with confidence and get a good job to provide for my family. Once again thank you very much!

March 2013 Winner

March Winner

Nishen Prawlall (18)

"Thank you for awarding me this opportunity and winning this bursary is the first step to my success.This bursary is ideal as it allows me to study and work at the same time. The financial services industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the country and a Bookkeeping qualification will help me get my foot in the door, where opportunities are endless. Thank you Damelin for making my dream a reality.”

February 2013 Winner

Feb Winner

Jacobeth Matshdiso Moferefere (40)

"The DCC bursary has changed my life. I never thought that I would be given the chance to study further. I really appreciate your support and kindness. This bursary will reduce the financial burden on me and my family. It has always been my dream to study Business Administration, and this field will help me change the lives and well-being of the public. Thank you again for this opportunity.”

January 2013 Winner

Jan winner

Adelein Alexander (19)

"Winning this bursary has been a dream come true for me, as I have longed to study but didn’t have the money to do so. If it wasn’t for the bursary, I would have had to take a gap year to work and save towards my studies.
Thank you DCC!”


December 2012 Winner

December Winner

Melikhaya Hans (21)

“It has been a dream of mine to study for the past 10 years, and I couldn’t as I am the only breadwinner in my family, and my income goes towards providing the necessities for my siblings and myself. I currently work in a Call Centre and would like to progress to a management position, and I believe that the bursary from Damelin Correspondence College will help me to do so”.

October 2012 Winner

October Winner

Taygen Ormandy

“The DCC bursary has helped both my family and me, since we have been under a lot of financial strain lately. This will help me fulfil my passion of becoming a qualified physiotherapist”




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