Trevor Manuel calls for 'big push of support' for youth
He says nobody should be excluded from furthering their education due to family circumstances.
CAPE TOWN - Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel says South Africa's youth have immense potential but need a big push of support.
He was speaking at the launch of a series of fund raising events for the Mitchells Plain Bursary and Role Model trust at a Cape Town art gallery this afternoon.
Manuel says nobody should be excluded from furthering their education due to family circumstances.
Manuel established the trust in 2010 to support deserving students from Mitchells Plain.
"All that we are doing is affording them an opportunity to become agents of change in their own lives and the communities that have spanned them."
Yolande Tshilino was one of the first recipients.
"Because of this bursary, I didn't have to worry or stress until the day that I was preparing for my graduation."
For a second year, the trust will award at least R1 million in bursaries.