Vukukhanye Bursary Recipient Graduates

Fulfilling her potential, Chesterville resident Z’busiso Makhanya Graduates

Chesterville resident and Vukukhanye Bursary recipient, Z’busiso Makhanya (23) recently graduated from the Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology (formerly PC Training and Business College) with a B.Com in Accounting.

Born and raised in the community of Chesterville, Z’busiso Makhanya comes from an underprivileged family who have done the best they could to give her the best start in life. Due to the family’s circumstances she found herself changing high schools until she finally settled at Chesterville Secondary where she completed her Grade 11 and Matric. It was through a friend at Chesterville Secondary that she found out about the Vukukhanye Bursary Programme.

“My friend had been awarded the exact same bursary a year before and told me about the programme. I decided to apply for the bursary to ease the burden on my parents financially and possibly get the opportunity to obtain a tertiary qualification,” says Z’busiso.

After submitting her application, Z’busiso received a call from the CEO of Vukukhanye, Anthony van der Meulen, notifying her that she was one of 20 successful applicants.

“I did not believe it,” Z’busiso says, explaining the emotion she felt when she received the call. “It took a while for the news to sink in.”

Like many South African families, Z’busiso is the first in her family to have achieved a tertiary qualification and graduate.

“Our Bursary Programme – which we established in 2008 in partnership with Suncoast – currently sponsors 19 students,” Van der Meulen explains. “It offers long-term renewable bursaries to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students. Z’busiso is one of the many successful students who have used this opportunity to the fullest.”

Z’busiso intends furthering her studies and eventually attaining a Doctorate in Financial Management. “Before I get there, I have to get a job.” she laughs. Other students that have benefited from the Vukukhanye Bursary Project are:

  • Tsepo Mchunu – Employed at the Suncoast Marketing Department
  • Thobeka Radebe – Employed at St. Augustine’s Hospital
  • Sibonelo Nyongwana – Employed at TGC Engineers

“We also have a few pupils and students (who have received bursaries) who are currently in the process of completing primary, secondary and tertiary education in various institutions,” says SUNCOAST Executive Director, Mike Dowsley. “We have tertiary students pursuing a range of courses from B.Com Economics, Accounting, Social Science and many more. These are the students who in the future will be captains of their respective industries.”

Vukukhanye is a non-profit and public benefit organization based in the community of Chesterville in Mayville, Durban.  The main services provided by Vukukhanye include child foster care, Educare, support of community based organisations, schools along with health and welfare support services.

For more information on Vukukhanye visit or contact them on +27 31 262 0958.


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