A Zimbabwean brilliant young lady is facing a big hurdle in her quest to further her education. The 18-year-old Triphin Mudzvengi achieved distinctions in seven subjects but her parents are battling to raise her tuition fees to study at the University of the Witwatersrand University. To make matters worse, Triphin is faced with two major hurdles.

The first one being that she does not qualify for NSFAS funding. National Student Financial Aid Scheme. (NSFAS) pays the registration fees for approved students. It’s a great funding initiative but Triphin doesn’t qualify because NSFAS only funds South African citizens.

The second hurdle is that Triphin is a holder of an asylum permit. Had she not been, she would probably approach the Zimbabwean government to ask for funding because the Refugees Amendment Act forbids refugees and asylum seekers to visit, seek aid or communicate with their governments.

In matric, she achieved 85% in English Home Language, 80% in Afrikaans First Additional Language, 86% in Mathematics, 89% in Life Orientation, 86% in Computer Application Technique, 94% in Life Sciences and 88% in Physical Sciences.

She hoped to study civil engineering at Witwatersrand University where the annual tuition fee is R149 370. Although she qualifies for an R15 000 bursary as a top performer, the university demands 75% of the fee upfront before she registers.

Mudzvengi’s father is a part-time bricklayer and her mother is a domestic worker.

A desperate Triphin even went as far as writing on Cyril Ramaphosa’s page to appeal for help:

My name is Triphin Mudzvengi and I am a Zimbabwean who matriculated in South Africa and passed with seven distinctions in Mahikeng, Northwest. I have Admission for civil engineering at wits but I have no funding. Please help with anything present, either loan or bursary. Any kind of help will be appreciated. [email protected]

No help was offered.


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