Ten young people from across the province strut their stuff at the University of the Free State Star of Stars gala dinner on Saturday evening. Among them, Kamohelo Mphuti, from the small town of Reitz, was revealed as the winner of the glitzy occasion.
“This programme is important because there are many children who struggle. It is because of the academic support received from the university that we, for the first time, started to realise that our goals are achievable,” said Mphuti.
The night was the finale of an annual programme that began in September 2019 with a chosen group of 20 matric learners. As the brainchild of UFS Director of Student Recruitment Services, Nomonde Mbadi, it is aimed at recognising young people who excel despite coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Mbadi congratulated the young man and encouraged the rest of the nine students to continue to strive for the best. “Remember what I said, by virtue of you sitting here, you are already winners. So I am really humbled by this project as well as the people who helped us to make it possible.”
UFS Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francis Petersen, welcomed the youngsters who will be studying towards different qualifications.
“We believe in diversity and actually act on it by not overlooking the amazing learners from different backgrounds. Now, we need to know from you as the top ten what you will need to be able to navigate the working world,” Petersen said.