Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust

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TREVOR MANUEL TO ANNOUNCE ART AUCTION AND GOLF DAY FUNDRAISERS FOR MITCHELL’S PLAIN BURSARY AND ROLE MODEL TRUST

 

The Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust (“the Trust)) will this week host a media conference at which former minister Trevor Manuel will announce details of an Art Auction and a Golf Day to raise funds for the Trust.

Mr. Manuel is the Founding Patron of the Trust, which provides bursaries to matriculants from Mitchell’s Plain who want to pursue tertiary studies. Mitchell’s Plain is a predominantly poor area on the Cape Flats with 17 high schools serving approximately one-million people.

The upcoming Art Auction and Golf Day are key fundraising initiatives which will assist the Trust in its efforts to assist young people from Mitchell’s Plain who have the potential to study further after completing high school but cannot afford to do so.

Media are invited to attend as follows:

DATE: Thursday, 25 February 2016

TIME: 12H15 for 12H30

VENUE: The Da Vinci Art Gallery, 4 Spin Street (off Church Square), Cape Town.

CONTACT: Jeremy Michaels – 082 939 4812

Please RSVP via reply to this e-mail and feel free to contact Jeremy Michaels for further details.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust (“the Trust) was established by Trevor Manuel in 2010 when, as a Member of Parliament, he was deployed by the African National Congress (ANC) to its Mitchell’s Plain Constituency Office. The Trust is a South African registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) in terms of both section 30 and 18A of the Income Tax Act.

The Trust has, since its inception, assisted many young people from Mitchell’s Plain to study at universities, technikons and colleges. In 2015 alone, the Trust awarded more than R1-million in bursaries covering tuition and/or registration fees to 82 matriculants and current students.

In the 2014 academic year, for the first time in Mitchell’s Plain’s 35-year history, Spine Road High School achieved a 100% matric pass rate and Glendale High School learner Jayson George matriculated with eight distinctions.

In the 2015 academic year Mitchell’s Plain high schools registered an 85% average pass rate, compared to 76% in 2014.

This shows what is possible in spite of the considerable odds which learners from Mitchell’s Plain encounter on a daily basis, including gang wars, poverty and high crime levels in their communities.