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Maponya Attorneys awards bursaries to NWU law students

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date: 11 May 2018

One of the top law firms in the country has partnered with the North West University (NWU) to give deserving first year law students an opportunity to complete their studies without worrying about finances.
Maponya Attorneys is the first law firm in the 30-year history of the NWU Law Faculty to give learners bursaries that will help them to realise their dream. The firm has committed R350 000 that will go towards paying fees for five law students.
One of the beneficiaries, Tshaba Matsietso, told Semphete that this bursary would change his life because both his parents are unemployed. 
“This bursary will improve my life because both my parents are unemployed and I have three siblings. My family depends on social grants for their survival. This is a great opportunity for me because I now have an opportunity to change the fortune of my family. I will remain committed to my studies by ensuring that I pass all my modules so that I can obtain my LLB degree,” Matsietso said.
Naledi Molefe from Unit 15 in Mmabatho, said she will now be able to concentrate on her studies knowing that her finances are taken care of. 
“The bursary has really taken a lot of weight off my shoulders because I will now be able to concentrate on my studies and pass with distinctions. My father is the only breadwinner and I have another sister who is doing her third year in Transport Economics at the same institution. My father was not able to cope with both of us at tertiary so this bursary has really helped a lot,” she said. 
The Founder of Maponya Attorneys, Phatudi Maponya, told the student beneficiaries that it is important to give back to communities that have contributed to their personal development.
“Only when you have made a meaningful contribution to the lives of those who are less fortunate than yourself can you then say you are successful. It is important to develop a culture of helping one another so that we help fight the scourge of crime and drug abuse in our African communities,” Maponya said. 
He added that the law firm intends to grow the number of beneficiaries on an annual basis. 
Spokesperson for the NWU Mahikeng Campus, Christopher Motabogi, said the increasing cost of university fees is a problem that government cannot deal with alone. 
“Partnerships with the private sector to pay for university fees are important because government cannot deal with these challenges alone. Funding challenges manifested themselves through the #FeesMustFall student protests. Even though government made a pronouncement on free tertiary education, students still need all the financial support they can get,” said Motabogi. 
Managing Director of Maponya Attoneys, Baitseng Rangata, said 15 first year law students went through a rigorous selection process for the company to award the successful five the bursaries. She said the company looked at the financial background and academic performance of the learners. Following this process, five learners were selected for the bursary programme. Rangata said the bursary would cover the students’ tuition fees, accommodation, books and meals. 
The NWU recently adopted a new logo that is purple in colour, which is a symbol of unity across all three campuses. Previously, all three campuses had been using different logos and university management felt that they had to use one logo because all campuses had merged into one institution. The university said the use of one logo re-affirms their principle of unity across all campuses.