The phenomenal Nokuthula Mabena (21), is a young woman from Silverton in Pretoria. Her dreams set flight for greater heights by a grant opportunity given to her, when she became a beneficiary of the NYDA, Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund.
The Scholarship enabled Nokuthula to complete her degree in Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. “My blood will nourish the tree that will that bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them and that they must continue the fight,” Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, 6 April 1979.
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) offers the scholarship to youth under 35 years of age to provide financial support, increasing their chances of accessing quality higher education in their field of study. Employability or entrepreneurship based on the positive correlation level of education and employability. Empower youth with education to compete favourably in the labour-market and contribute to the development of critical scarce skills.
The NYDA programme, offered Nokuthula a full scholarship in 2015 for her entire degree. She was already registered at the Wits University and having both parents unemployed, her father was only able to fund her first year of her studies. She felt hopeless and did not know what she was going to do, but that did not stop her.
By obtaining exceptional matric results, she received a phone call from her father telling her the news that changed her life for the better, which was her being approved for the Scholarship Fund. She was delighted with the news and continued sailing through her studies.
“Today, I am a Wits graduate (Alumni) because of the Fund. I am currently doing my Honours at Wits University because the NYDA helped me put my foot on the door. The NYDA has given me hope for a brighter future,” said Nokuthula.
She is forever grateful to the NYDA team, to her they are a source of hope and to many other young South Africans, because they have the ability to make dreams come true.