ANC bigwig and former finance minister, Trevor Manuel, returned to his Cape Flats roots this weekend to make the future a little brighter for 53 young mense.
Manuel, born in Kensington on the Kaapse Vlakte, was at Glendale High School on Saturday to hand over bursaries to deserving students.
He is the founding patron of the Mitchells Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust, which aims to invest in young people so they can reach their full potential at school and tertiary level.
The trust, now in its fifth year, also aims to educate and support individuals from Mitchells Plain to better themselves and their communities.
Cape comedian Marc Lottering accompanied Manuel and was the master of ceremonies for the event.
And of course the boskop comedian had the crowd in stitches during the event.
The trust handed over R1.26million worth of bursaries for the current financial year.
Euline Poole, 22, from Beacon Valley was one of the first students the trust helped. She received her first bursary in 2012 and has just graduated from the University of the Western Cape where she earned her Bachelor of Arts.
She tells the Daily Voice: “This trust means the world to me.
“I went to study not knowing how I am going to pay for anything, the trust also motivated me so much to make my community proud because this is where I come from.”
The Daily Voice also spoke to excited first-time bursary recipient, Chevonne Bredekamp, 18, from Beacon Valley.
She matriculated last year from Oval North High.
Chevonne, who is studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology at UWC, says: “I have dreams, being able to go study, I can get what I want out of life and with this bursary it’s guaranteed.”
Manuel, dressed casually in a white shirt, beige jacket and blue pants, told the crowd: “The trustees are remarkable people, and I am privileged to be associated with these type of people.”
“We are in the business of hope.
“This initiative is not about just giving bursaries away, we are a family. Today is a celebration about the little things we can do to make a difference.”