Millions of rands are set to be pumped into WSU’s coffers in the next three years in a desperate bid to help provide stipends to students involved in training with various companies.


A substantial delegation from the Council for the Built environment (CBE), led by its CEO Priscilla Mdlalose, descended upon WSU’s Potsdam Site on Wednesday 7 February 2018 to formally ink the three-year partnership that will see students receiving a monthly stipend of R3000 beginning as of the beginning of the 2018 academic year.


“As the CBE, central and critical to our mandate is to champion the fostering of relations between students and industry in a bid to harness and lay a platform for there to be training opportunities for our youth,” said Mdlalose.


She said also pivotal to their role as an organisation is to realise the transformation of the built environment sector through the opening up of doors to previously disadvantaged black youths to participate in the sector.


A visibly heartened WSU Vice Chancellor & Principal Prof Rob Midgley welcomed the intervention from CBE, highlighting the importance of such initiatives in changing the lives of the poor for the better.


“At WSU we don’t pretend to be what we’re not – we don’t compete with the highly resourced universities because our reality is unique and different. We unashamedly cater for the poverty stricken masses of our communities who would otherwise never gain access to the doors of learning. We therefore want to thank you (CBE) for your support in reinforcing our efforts to carry out this mandate,” said Prof Midgley.


With only two years left on its accreditation term of the Built Environment programme, Midgley reassured the council that the University was putting in the necessary effort to ensure another accreditation come 2020 when the current accreditation term lapses.


By: Thando Cezula

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