Mining Indaba® Announces its Four Recipients of the 2015 Bursary Programme

Cape Town, South Africa - 11 February 2015 - In line with its agenda of and contributing to the advancement of the country’s mining industry; the organisers of the Investing in African Mining Indaba have offered bursaries to four deserving mining/engineering students. The bursaries valued at US$30 000 (R 330 0000 at the current exchange), have been awarded to:

  • Abdulla, Reehan - 3rd year student - University of the Witwatersrand
  • Buthelezi, Sifiso - 4th year student - University of Johannesburg
  • Lebase, Lerato - 4th year student - University of Johannesburg
  • Ramovha, Avalyvei Adolph - 4th year student - University of Johannesburg

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The bursary is for one academic year, 2015, and it will cover tuition, books, accommodation, meals and other related academic expenses and fees like mine excursions. The bursary is administered and managed by Eduloan, a leading education finance and bursary management specialist operating in Southern Africa, who pioneered a smart card solution in 2001, to assist bursars to manage, control and easily report on the correct spending of funds.

“The combination of academic achievement and passion for the industry exhibited by these students underscores the core values of this programme,” said Jonathan Moore, Managing Director, Mining Indaba. “Supporting students interested in a career in our sector is essential for the growth of our industry and the continent and we applaud these future innovators and leaders for their commitment.”

As part of the award, Reehan Abdulla and Lebase Lerato have been invited to attend the 2015 Mining Indaba on 9-12 February in Cape Town South Africa, where they will have an opportunity to interact with financiers, investors, mining corporates, government ministers, and African mining’s most influential stakeholders, who are expected to be part of the 7000 delegates attending the Mining Indaba.

The selection criteria included academic performance, letters of recommendation and an essay describing their passion and interest for the mining sector. Students applying for these scholarships included those with strong academic achievement and are currently in their third or fourth year in the curriculum. The call for recipient applications was sent to the major mining universities in South Africa.

With each year, the programme has gained more notoriety with the educational institutions. For the 2015 programme there was a 50% increase in the number of applications received. As one of several projects of Mining Indaba’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, these scholarships are funded directly by the organisers of the Mining Indaba.

In addition to the Bursary Programme, Mining Indaba has made a donation of US$2,500 (R27 500 with the current exchange) to the Rural Education Access Programme (REAP). REAP offers talented and motivated young South Africans from poor rural areas the chance to study at high quality tertiary institutions and provide them with the support and guidance they need to graduate. The funds of this donation will go to five students to supply them with the computers, text books and items needed to further their education.

Further to supporting initiatives with university students, Mining Indaba has once again partnered with the Els for Autism South Africa foundation. In 2014, a donation of R100 000 was made to the organisation from proceeds of the official Mining indaba Golf Tournament and the silent auction which took place at the event. Another donation will be made at the conclusion of the 2015 tournament which took place on 8th February.

For more information about Mining Indaba’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, visit http://bit.ly/M15PRBUR

About the Mining Indaba™
Investing in African Mining Indaba™, often referred to as “the Mining Indaba™,” is an annual professional conference dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. It is currently the world's largest mining investment conference and Africa's largest mining event. For two decades, the annual Mining Indaba has served as the pathway for foreign investments into Africa's mining value chain - opportunities ranging from small diamond deposits to mega coal projects. The Mining Indaba™ is now part of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. Visit MiningIndaba.com.

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About Eduloan 
Eduloan, founded in 1996, is a leading education finance and bursary management specialist operating in Southern Africa. Since it pioneered South Africa’s first Eduloan bursary management solution in 2001 , Eduloan has assisted millions of busars and students alike, to ensure that allowances are administrated in accordance with the bursars criteria and that the allowances is spent on the commodity that it was intended for. Visit www.eduloan.co.za.

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