A young Zimbabwean female student based in South Africa, Triphin Mudzvengi, successfully registered at Wits University on Monday to study Civil Engineering.
Mudzvengi matriculated in North West Province with seven distinctions and needed R150,000 to study at university and her parents, who are part-time workers, could not raise the figure.
Triphin’s father, Polate Mudzvengi thanked well-wishers who paid for her tuition fees to enable her to enrol at Wits University where she was given a top-performer discount of R15,000. Speaking to online publication, GroundUp, Triphin’s father said:
The amount raised by well-wishers was enough to pay for this year. I am delighted that her dream of going to university has been realised. We believe that she will continue to perform well and ultimately get a bursary for the entire four years.
Triphin was a top achiever at Golf View Park Secondary School in Mahikeng. However, she is not eligible for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding because she is Zimbabwean.
She also cannot approach the Zimbabwean embassy for any assistance due to a new law that came into effect in January, which removed asylum status from refugees who seek assistance from their governments.
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