October 31, 2014

DCC grants Big Favour to ECR listener with a R25 000 Bursary

Listen to the live broadcast at the East Coast Radio


If ever there was any doubt that an education was a one way ticket to a brighter future, just ask Amanda Mkhize and that doubt will fade away. 

The lucky 22 year old from Clermont was awarded a bursary to achieve her National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) after being forced to drop out of school in Grade 11 to find employment as a domestic worker in order to financially support her family that had fallen on hard times.   

Damelin Correspondence College (DCC) in association with East Coast Radio (ECR) were touched by the moving letter Amanda had sent in to DJ Damon Beard’s ‘The Big Favour’ initiative about her dream to go back to school and achieve her goals.

Live at the East Coast Radio studio an ecstatic Amanda was brought to tears after the Group Head of Communications, Jessie Naidoo, gave her the good news.

Jessie said, “When Damon contacted our offices we were touched by Amanda’s motivation and life story. The one particular comment she had made that tugged at our heartstrings was when she said that she wished a light would come her way and brighten up her future. We were proud to inform Amanda that Damelin Correspondence College wanted to be that light and granted her wish to pursue her passion to study. Based on Amanda’s Grade 11 results, she was prequalified to study at DCC and is ready to start her studies next year.”

Jessie added that this was indeed an emotional moment for everyone at the studios, especially Amanda who gasped in excitement and repeatedly thanked DCC for not only uplifting her today, but also her tomorrow.

Damon expressed his gratitude to the DCC team for the generous sponsorship. Damon said, “The Big Favour, over the years, has helped hundreds of east coasters make their dreams come true and light up their lives in different ways. Having DCC come on board this year has made a huge difference to Amanda and certainly given her a new lease on life.”

Group Brand Head, Prabashni Reddy, added that Damelin Correspondence College, being in existence for over 50 years is registered with the Department of Higher Education as a private Further Education and Training College. “DCC has continued to strive in the distance education market, having just launched 50 new accredited courses including Business Management, Human Recourse Management and Labour Relations, among others. DCC is proud to welcome Amanda to the family of successful students under its banner.”

The DCC and ECR team would like to wish Amanda the very best with her studies and believe that she will be a role model for others to follow.

The excited bursary recipient, Amanda Mkhize, proudly displays her Damelin Correspondence College bursary letter.

From left - Group Brand Head, Prabashni Reddy, bursary recipient, Amanda Mkhize and Group Head of Communications, Jessie Naidoo, together with East Coast Radio’s Damon Beard at the studios.


Issued by the Group Communications Department

For further information on this release, contact:
Group Head of Communications: Jessie Naidoo or
Public Relations and Events Coordinator: Ashmika Chottu
Tel: (031) 713 3800
Email: jessie.naidoo@damelin.co.za or ashmika.chottu@damelin.co.za



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