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Willard Keeps Students’ Studies on Track

Willard, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality car batteries, is proud to announce its latest philanthropic initiative – providing bursaries to students in need.


The Jacaranda Willard bursary campaign is open to students from a wide range of disciplines and is aimed at providing the financial support required to help selected students whose academic journey has been stalled by a lack of funds.

“At Willard, we believe in the power of education and the importance of supporting young people as they strive to reach their full potential,” explained Corné Strydom, Sales & Marketing Executive for AutoX. He further explains, “The Willard New Year’s bursary campaign on Jacaranda FM is just one way that demonstrates our commitment to making a difference in our communities and helping young people achieve their dreams. As a company, we believe in creating a positive and rewarding workplace. CSI initiatives such as this are a source of pride for our employees and help foster a sense of purpose and fulfilment in their work.”

The recipients of bursaries selected from a number of applications for 2023 were as follows:


Kingsley Mafa was studying IT at Richfield College. His parents were able to pay for his fees for 2021 and 2022, but he ran into difficulties in 2023 and was unable to afford the tuition. Willard has been able to step in and assist Kingsley with R70 000 towards costs for his third year in IT Studies.


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Rainy Nkoebe finished her 3-year BA Psychology degree in 2022 with two distinctions. She was also elected to be student leader at the University. Although she wanted to study further, she longer qualified for NSFAS funding. The Willard Bursary Fund stepped in and have assisted Rainy with R70 000 towards tuition and accommodation fees for her 2023 studies.


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Tshegofatso Molele’s story is a fascinating one. After matriculating from New Hope School in 2021, he was himself a fortunate recipient of a bursary during the 2022 Good Morning Angels New Year’s Edition. Based on the fact that he was reimbursed funds for his successful 2022 studies, he unselfishly decided to pay this money forward to someone else by nominating Jacques Burger to be a recipient of the Willard Bursary Fund.


Jacques Burger works as a learner assistant at New Hope. He is a qualified EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) who works closely with learners with disabilities. With a burning desire to help children, Jacque’s passion is to become a teacher. The Willard Bursary Fund was able to help Jacques’ dream come true by donating R50 000 towards his studies and at the same time allowing Tshegofatso to retain the money to further his dreams and passions.


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Cindy Marcus is a great example of how the determination of a mother can work miracles. She moved to Gauteng last year to seek a more prosperous future for herself and her children. Despite her best efforts, she was unable to afford the fees for her son, Kyle Marcus, to enroll for an Architecture degree for which he had been accepted. Willard has been able to assist Kyle with R40 000 towards his tuition fees for the first year of Architecture studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology this year.


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Njabulo Lethabo Dhlamini has been a top-10 academic student since primary school. Her hard work was rewarded with a matric certificate boasting six A’s. She has been accepted for Accounting Sciences at Wits and wants to qualify as a Chartered Accountant but didn’t have the means to pay for a full year’s studies. The Willard Bursary Fund will assist Njabulo with R 70 000 towards tuition fees for her first year Accounting studies at UCT this year.


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