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The ANC applauds the achievements of 37 student graduates from Tsolo Agriculture and Rural Development Institute

WB Maphanga

The ANC is committed in strengthening agricultural college education through skills development funds and we are proud to witness the graduation of 37 students from Tsolo Agriculture and Rural Development Institute, on Friday, 16th March 2018. This bears testimony to this commitment.

These outcomes are a result of the Eastern Cape ANC Government's resolve to re-open Tsolo Agriculture and Rural Development Institute in 2015, with 50 students from poor and working-class backgrounds. Due to their social background and the fact that they were unable to pay their college fees, the he Eastern Cape Government applied to the Health and Welfare Seta bursary, to fund the education of these students.

These students, in addition to their accommodation and food funds being paid for also received a R2000 monthly stipend and a tablet computer. The Tsolo Agriculture and Rural Development Institute students were the first students from higher learning institutions to get 100% free education funded by a government institution.

The ANC congratulates those who were awarded their national animal health diplomas after completion of the three-year programme. We believe that these graduates will play a significant role in improving the conditions of rural areas and build potential for rural sustainable livelihoods.

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