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The HCET bursary programme

Ivan Pergoo, a former learner at the HCET, was given a bursary to attend the South African Tracker Academy in Graaff-Reinet, where he became Tracker of the Year. He is now employed at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, and assists with training student trackers.

The HCET offers bursaries to learners in its catchment area who wish to continue their formal education and training beyond Grade 9, and whose parents earn less than R10 000 a month.

Bursaries are granted to students at high schools, technical training colleges and other training institutions as well as universities.

The Trust has taken active steps over a number of years to identify suitable education and training institutions. Bursary holders are supported and mentored. If necessary, the Trust helps them to find their first jobs.

A total of 178 bursaries have been granted over the past 21 years. The success rate has been very high, and 87% of all bursary holders are gainfully employed.

Bulelwa Matyeka, a former HCET bursary holder, works for Metropolitan Life in Colesberg.

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Freddie Meyer, a former HCET bursary holder, works for Capitec Bank in De Aar.