I obtained my first qualification, a National Diploma in Human Resource Management in 2012 and in 2013 I finished my B-tech Degree in Human Resource Development. None of this would have been possible without the financial assistance of NSFAS.
NSFAS gave me an opportunity which I will forever be grateful for, the journey though was full of frustration. I had to use my grandparents’ pension slips to get approval as well as an affidavit stating that they took care of me financially. I had to do this for all the 4 years that I studied, as it was part of the requirements of the application. It took more than 7 months to get a response for the application to be processed and approved. This resulted in me having to continue my studies without any text books. Sometimes we were called in to verify personal details, which also caused delays.
Book vouchers and food vouchers were issued late, but this didn’t stop me from pursuing my studies. I had to endure standing in long queues as many students applied each year for this financial aid. This whole experience thought me to never give up on anything (doesn’t matter how tough it may seem) and always have hope because there will always be light at the end of the tunnel. I had to pass through that experience and learned a lot on the journey. I am where I am today because of the financial aid I was given.
By Fundiswa Kota
Fundiswa is an HR Representative who joined the workforce in 2014. She grew up in Paarl where she stayed with her grandparents and family. She attended William Lloyd primary school in 1997 and matriculated in 2009 in Paarl Girls High School. She graduated from CPUT (Cape Peninsula Universality of Technology) in 2013 and obtained a B-tech Degree in Human Resource Development.