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Cell C Girl Child Bursary Fund produces 12 graduates, all employed

Friday, 16 February 2018

Thursday 15 February 2018: The Cell C Girl Child Bursary Fund, a financial resource that invests in the tertiary education of disadvantaged young women, has delivered twelve female graduates over the past two years and every one of them is successfully employed.

Each of the young women have qualified in fields that include Law, Commerce and IT.  Even more significant, each of them have become the first person in her family to graduate with a degree.

Said Cell C Managing Executive CSI, Suzette van der Merwe: “We are extremely proud to have played a meaningful part in the lives of these young ladies.  They have all come from challenging backgrounds and have had to work extra hard to achieve their dreams.  Not only have they become role models for other young women in their communities, they are also able to take care of their families and make a meaningful contribution to the South African economy.”

Nhlalala and Zukiswa, both from Gugulethu in Cape Town, graduated from UCT with Post Graduate Diplomas in Accounting. Nhlalala is currently completing her Accountancy articles at Nkonki Audit firm in Johannesburg while Zukiswa is doing her articles at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.

Letlhlogonolo from Pretoria has found a home in Cell C’s IT department after graduating in BTech IT: Support Services from the Tshwane University of Technology. Having graduated with BA Honours in Psychology from Wits, Soweto born Nobuhle is now employed by the Ububele Education and Psychotherapy Trust.

Tatenda from Empangeni in Kwazulu-Natal enrolled at the University of Johannesburg for a BSc Computer Science degree in 2015. Said van der Merwe: “Tatenda impressively graduated in record time with wonderful results. She is now completing an internship at Discovery.  Patience, who graduated with a law degree from Wits University, is now employed at Alexander Forbes.”

Beauty, Tumisang, Lindile  and Eunice  graduated in IT fields and have found work at Cell C, Torque IT and Tata Consulting Services.

Ongeziwe  earned her degree in taxation and has been taken on by auditing firm Ernst & Young while Angel studied international relations and industrial psychology and is working at Investec.

Said van der Merwe: “The development and empowerment of young women is at the heart of Cell C’s corporate social investment initiatives. Education remains one of the most important means of achieving gender equity as it empowers women with knowledge, skills, self-confidence and social and economic status.  These qualities enable women to participate meaningfully in our economy. Given the number of young women who are unemployed and therefore vulnerable in every possible way, education is critical.”

Cell C partners with the Tomorrow Trust, a non-profit organisation that provides each bursary recipient with the necessary support in a holistic manner. Says van der Merwe: “Tomorrow Trust’s valuable contribution through psycho social support, life skill development and academic support has delivered astounding results.  Our 12 employed graduates are proof of that.”

The Tomorrow Trust’s Lorena El-Lakkis: “Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty by creating independent, well-rounded and self-sustainable graduates and it is through this that our partnership with Cell C was founded.”

Cell C is grateful for the support from like-minded donor partners, DNI, MerSETA, Hellocomputer, Glocell’s Acorn Foundation, ABSA as well as Cell C shareholders and executives. Bursaries cover registration, tuition fees, books, accommodation and meals, a monthly allowance, data and ICT equipment.

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Issued by Nine Squared Public Relations and Events on behalf of Cell C Girl Child Bursary Fund. For more information contact Stephanie Weil on  stephanie@ninesquared.co.za or on 084 999 8181



 Letlhlogonolo Sweety

Sweety comes from Pretoria. She completed her National Diploma in IT from Tshwane University of Technology at the end of 2014 and consequently enrolled for a BTech IT: Support Services. Sweety completed her BTech in June 2017 and is currently working at Cell C.


Nhlalala has had an incredible journey. She completed her BCom Accounting at the University of Cape Town at the end of 2015 and after a difficult year in 2016, managed to graduate with her Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting at the end of 2017. Nhlalala is currently completing her Accountancy articles at Nkonki Audit Firm in Johannesburg.


Zukiswa is from Gugulethu in Cape Town. In 2012 she enrolled at the University of Cape Town for a Bachelor of Business Science, Finance with Accounting degree which she completed at the end of 2016. Zukiswa then completed her one year Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy at the end of 2017 and took another step closer to fulfilling her dream of becoming a Chartered Accountant. Zukiswa is now doing her Accountancy articles at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.


Nobuhle comes from Soweto in Johannesburg. After completing her Matric in 2013, Nobuhle enrolled for a BA General (Psychology & Sign Language) at the University of the Witwatersrand which she completed at the end of 2016. Following this, she enrolled for a BA Honours Psychology which she recently graduated with at the end of 2017. Nobuhle’s dream is to one day become a Psychologist and work with children. She is now working at the Ububele Education and Psychotherapy Trust.

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