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Shoprite bursary 2018 now open - apply today

Oct 13, 2017
Shoprite bursary 2018 now open - apply today

With 58% of unemployed South Africans aged between 15 - 34 years old, retailing giant, Shoprite, is helping ensure that young people have access to opportunities including in education and skills development.

The retailer has re-opened its bursaries and now again it is calling on South Africa's youth to apply to be recipients of these full bursaries. 

Grace Kachoko and Wanda Panya, both from the Eastern Cape, took this opportunity and now study at Nelson Mandela University and Rhodes University, respectively.

WANDA PANYA, Rhodes University  (main image)

A passion for working with people coupled with an interest in science and biology is why Wanda Panya from Gompo Town, East London hopes to become pharmacist.

Panya was in need of financial assistance in order to further his post-school education, but thanks to a bursary from the Shoprite Group, he is now enrolled as a first year BPharm student at Rhodes University.

“I found out about the bursary online and when I learned there was also opportunity to get a job after studying, it was a big stress reliever because I know it’s not easy out there,” explains Panya. 

The Group’s bursary programme is linked to a work-back agreement, giving students the boost they need to kick-start their careers. Panya is looking forward to joining MediRite, the in-house pharmacy located in Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets, after completing his studies.

“Shoprite has been very supportive. They regularly call and check up on me so I would definitely recommend the bursary programme to others as it’s the best option in the country,” he says. 

GRACE KACHOKO, Nelson Mandela University 

Growing up in Amalinda, East London with her mother and two younger siblings, Grace Kachoko dreamed of becoming a pharmacist in her local community. Soon this dream will become a reality as Kachoko is now studying BPharm at Nelson Mandela University thanks to a bursary from the Shoprite Group. 

“I always wanted to do community pharmacy so after school I decided to study a pharmacy technician course,” explains Kachoko.

“After graduating in 2015, I got a job at MediRite Amalinda. I then discovered that Shoprite offered bursaries so I took the opportunity to enroll for my BPharm.”

Now in her first year at Nelson Mandela University, Kachoko says the bursary was a huge relief as it was difficult for her mother to raise three children alone.

“It’s not just financial support that helps. I am now guaranteed a job at MediRite and I really enjoy working there. Shoprite knows how to show they care about their people and hopefully I will even get the chance to do my Masters degree.”