As I mentioned in the last Russel Botman Memorial Lecture, 2020 proved to indeed be 20 plenty as the year was dubbed at the beginning. We celebrated the legacy of Prof Russel Botman with the announcement of a major donation from Dr Johann Rupert and the Rupert Foundation that led us to grant a bumper number of bursaries. The results achieved by these fifteen recipients have been phenomenal, even under the stringent and debilitating COVID-19 regulations. Three recipients namely Ayanda Bless (BOccupational Therapy), Hayden Damon (BSoc Work) and Nandipha Dlamini (BSc Agri Animal Science) completed their degrees with excellent results.
For the first time also, we granted bursaries to students in their first year. All of them, Carla Cummings, Lauren Cyster, Liza Fortuin, Mikhail Stone and Luzay Zimri passed their first year of study, some of them achieving distinctions in several of their courses. They have done us and Stellenbosch University proud.
Another first for 2020 was that the Russel Botman Bursary Fund extended its programme to postgraduate recipients: Lance Farao (PGDip Music Tech), Shandré La’Meyer (PGDip Second Language Study), Nomonde Mngcongo (BEd Hon Education, Development & Democracy), Tiaan Pretorius (PGDip Theology, Christian Ministry) and Chanté Stemmet (PGDip Intellectual Property Law) also passed their courses. Ashwin Thyssen was granted a continuance for their PhD in Theology.
These students have used their bursary opportunities to the best of their ability. I urge you to continue donating to this fund and if you have not yet begun, do so as a matter of urgency. Our collective future needs you to donate.
Written by Dr Beryl Botman