In 2005, the Trust started offering bursaries to students in Arniston. The first three students were Wilhelm Afrika, Unine Baatjies and Melany Dyers. Many students have since qualified with assistance from the Trust. Below are some profiles and news of these students.
Wilhelm Afrika was one of the first Arniston students to receive a bursary from the Trust in 2005, to study medicine at Tygerberg campus. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in Family Medicine, while working at Knysna’s district hospital.
“I’ve always been a ‘small town’ type of person. To actually have an influence on people’s health within a community has been one of the high points of my career,” Wilhelm says.
He’s eager to give a few words of advice to aspiring students.
“Find your own way in life and stick to it. Figure out what your talents are - what you can and can’t do, and don’t look at what other people are doing,” he says. “And embrace all the opportunities that cross your path.”
Melany started studying Social Work in 2006. She is now working at the ACVV in Bredasdorp, where she lives with her husband and three children.
“The highlight of my career is the opportunity to work with people in need.”
She hopes to continue her studies in the near future.
“Studying is such an opportunity,” she says. “Stay positive and be goal-orientated with whatever you decide to do. Then nothing will be possible.”
Be-alné Lawrence received her bursary from the Trust in 2006. Today, she has an Advanced Diploma in Health and Skincare, completed in 2014. She works as a junior spa therapist at the Gingko spa group in Arniston. Last year, Be-alné worked for nine months on the cruise ship Carnival Breeze, visiting most of the Caribbean islands along the way.
In 2006, Unine studied at the SACT SA School for Tourism in Graaff-Reinet, and also went on to complete her degree in Information Science in 2013. She’s worked as a librarian at Bredasdorp’s library during and after her studies. Recently, she landed a job as Senior Librarian at the Pniel Library. Unine hopes to eventually complete her honour’s degree. She’s married to Rialdo Alexander, who works at Stellenbosch University, with whom she has a young daughter.
“To go study is one of the best choices you can make,” she says. “Educate yourself to your full potential and you will reap the fruits!”
“The Waenhuiskrans Trust do their best to gather funds to give the children of Waenhuiskrans the opportunities our parents might not be able to provide. So grab it with both hands!”
Ilze Baatjies is a teacher at Albert Myburgh Secondary School. She graduated with her degree in Education in 2015, and hopes to one day complete her honour’s degree in education as well. She teaches Mathematical Literacy, Maths and Economic and Management Science for grades 8 and 10.
“I’m very happy at the school, and am helping to manage the Trust’s new bursary applications. I also help students in matric with their university applications,” she says.
Megan Murtz received her bursary from the Trust in 2013. She’s working as an intern at the Overberg District Municipality after completing her B.Comm Accounting degree at UWC. She recently completed her Municipal Minimum Competency Training (MMC).
Inge Baatjies completed her Diploma in Health and Skincare in 2012, after receiving a bursary in 2010. She has since gone on to study Education at CPUT-Wellington, and is currently a third-year student there.