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Vusi Mbhele wins 2018 Patrick Hlahla bursary

27 November 2018

Vusi Mbhele of the University of South Africa (UNISA) is the winner of the 2018 Patrick Hlahla bursary!

"The Patrick Hlahla bursary has breathed life back into my dreams. Amelia Earhart once said 'some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off! But if you don't have one, realise it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and those who will follow after you'.

My late mother, who was a domestic assistant, and my father, a retired factory worker, could not afford to pay for my tertiary education. I had to do odd jobs helping out at a local tuck shop so I can raise money for registration. After enrolling, I was employed as a fruit and veg general assistant at a local supermarket earning R1600.00 a month which I used to get myself through first year of university.

I am currently in pursuit of a BA Honours in Media Studies. I was blessed with the Patrick Hlahla bursary from the National Press Club which was greatly needed in helping me continue building my runway so I can take OFF! Percy Qoboza started with nothing and created a wonderful life, I draw inspiration from his life's work and achievements and if I can do the same for the ones that come after me then my destiny will be fulfilled. Thank you!"

Congratulations Vusi!

Read Percy Qoboza Memorial Lecture #BlackWednesday

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