To celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela this month, we are showcasing our South Africa Energy Coal (SAEC) operation’s bursary program which follows his call to “make of the world a better place”.  

In the Mpumalanga Province, 85 young students from disadvantaged communities have been awarded bursaries to help them pursue a tertiary education and realise their full potential.

Bursaries cover full tuition fees, an allowance for purchasing books and medical aid if needed.

More than half of young people in South Africa do not have the financial means to pay for a higher education. 

Kgabi Masia, SAEC President, said: “Access to higher education is still a challenge for most learners and students from disadvantaged communities. The current economic climate has made it even more challenging for households to afford tertiary education, and this is our contribution towards ensuring access to education for our youth.” 

Education is an important right for any individual and it is truly rewarding for us to be able to assist in furthering these students’ learning through the SAEC bursary program and help them realise their full potential and ultimately, their career dreams.”

At the ceremony, The Executive Mayor of eMalahleni Local Municipality, Councillor Linah Malatjie reflected on the work of Nelson Mandela, and said the bursaries are a demonstration of his values. 

In July, South Africa celebrates Nelson Mandela's life and legacy. 

This year for the first time we are offering bursaries for non-mining related fields.