2020 started off on a positive note as Willard Batteries stepped up to the plate to invest in the education of South Africa’s future leaders. As sponsor of Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels New Year’s Edition, Willard has provided bursaries to five lucky recipients.
Good Morning Angels started in 2005 and features a slot on Wednesday mornings profiling real-life stories of people in need. This provides an opportunity for sponsors to get involved and make a difference.
Neo Megan Maile
The first recipient on Monday 27 January was Neo Megan Maile who is a born and bred Jo’burger. She grew up in the Berea and Hillbrow area and is a star member of the M.E.S Joshua’s, who serve their community by mentoring and tutoring school children in the heart of Jo’burg.
Although Neo matriculated with excellent marks in 2018, she has not been able to start her tertiary studies due to a lack of funding. Neo will not have to wait any longer as Willard has stepped forward and will cover Neo’s tuition fees for 2020.
Carli van Jaarsveld
The second recipient was 18-year old Carli van Jaarsveld who is another ambitious youth who has defied the odds, aced matric, secured a bursary but who needed further funding to pay her tuition fees. Carli is a determined person who worked weekends and holidays to pay for her school fees to take the pressure off her parents. Not only did Carli play provincial hockey, but she also excelled at public speaking, was chosen as Head Girl of her school, and did so well academically that she secured acceptance to study at North West University. Willard will assist to fund Carli’s fees at the North West University for this year.
Elaine Ngoni Zwane
On Wednesday, it was announced that Elaine Ngoni Zwane would be recipient number three. Entrepreneur, breadwinner and mother of three, Elaine, is ready to reach the sky and stars. A proud mother of 3 beautiful children and a dedicated entrepreneur, Elaine started a business sewing and selling Shweshwe picnic blankets, oven gloves, dog beds, dog blankets, iron board covers and recently started making sun hats for school children. She’s been building her business, initially going door-to-door, since 2014, when she received a sewing machine. For the past 7 years she tried to further her education and give her children a brighter future. “My dream is to learn and not only reach for the sky, but the stars, and be someone my kids can look up to”, says Elaine. Willard is proud to give Elaine wings by sponsoring Elaine’s first year of studies.
Amongst the five individuals to receive bursaries from Willard is Hamza Noormahomed. Hailing from Laudium, West of Pretoria, Hamza’s dream has been to pursue a B.Com in Supply Chain Management. Having been accepted to study at Tuks, all he needed was the required funding. The Willard team is proud to announce that it will sponsor Hamza’s tuition fees to study BCom Supply Chain Management at the University of Pretoria for this year.
23-year old Malcolm Windvogel, from Eldorado Park in Johannesburg, lives for music. He goes by the name of “The Producer” and produces anything from Hip-Hop, R&B, House, Trap to EDM. In 2017, along with two friends, Malcolm started a Production Company, Studio 7. Malcolm wants to back up his talent, passion and hard work with a qualification. He applied to the Academy of Sound Engineering and had been accepted but could not afford the tuition fees. Well now he can because Willard will sponsor Malcolm’s one-year Higher Certificate course at Academy of Sound Engineering.