Saturday, March 24, 2012

cbhs pupil wins study bursary - mar '12

On 23 March 2012, Ninah Hendricks (a Grade 12 pupil at Camps Bay High School) entered into the Second Round of the Nedbank Essay Writing Competition. Ninah had to present her essay entitled "The Western Cape and its Growth Spurt - Where Did It Go?" The topic of the essay was to focus on the economy of the Western Cape, with references to the nation as a whole. During this presentation, Ninah not only had to present her oral to Treasury and the Western Cape Education Department, but she also had to undergo questioning on her essay and on the socio-economic issues facing South Africa.

Above, left to right: Mr Brenton Cunliffe and Ninah Hendricks of Camps Bay High School

The next day Ninah, her parents and Mr Brenton Cunliffe were invited to dine at the Westin Hotel located within the Cape Town International Convention Centre to find out the results of the presentation. Ninah and the 17 other finalists, including their accompanying parents and teachers, were also joined by the Minister of Tourism and Economic Development and Minister of Education, along with the executive members of both the National Treasury and Nedbank. Each of the 17 essay-writing finalists received a certificate and cash prize depending on their essay quality. It was after this that the 12 bursary recipients were announced; the winners would win a bursary to the value of between R75 000 and R85 000 to study at a South African university of their choice. This bursary would be for studying degrees within the Mathematics, Economics or Accounting Faculties, for a minimum of three years.

Ninah was one of the 12 bursary recipients and says she was greatly humbled by the whole experience. She would like to thank Mr Brenton Cunliffe for bringing her attention to this competition and for having mentored her throughout the experience. Ninah would also like to thank Nedbank and the National Treasury for creating this platform for her to study further and pursue her dream of becoming a chartered accountant.

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