Students have accommodation sorted

Six students from Pinelands-based Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA), have been sponsored accommodation while finishing their bachelor’s degrees.

TSiBA is a non-profit business school founded in 2004 and registered and accredited with the Department of Higher Education as a private higher education institution.

All students are on full or sliding-scale scholarships and they are not required to pay back their scholarship monetarily, but to pay it forward by transferring the knowledge and skills they gain at TSiBA back into their community.

Each year TSiBA receives a new intake of students from its second campus in Karatara, near Knysna, who are faced with the challenges of leaving home, finding somewhere to live, as well as finding money for their accommodation.

From this year, TSiBA now has two student flats offering 16 students the opportunity to move to Cape Town.

Brian Mgwili, a Bachelor of Administration student, said: “I am the last-born of three children, and now that my mother is 60 years old she qualifies for an old-age pension from the state.

“After being unemployed for many, many years, this income that she’ll soon receive won’t be nearly sufficient to carry me through to graduation even being on a sliding-scale tuition scholarship.

“With all that has been happening in South Africa in the education crisis and students protesting to acquire the knowledge and skills we’re getting on scholarship, there’s literally no other option but to be grateful and acknowledge the fact that TSiBA Education is the best thing that has happened to us.”

TSiBA has hostel accommodation in Eden and two Cape Town residences, in Maitland and Langa.

The institution relies on the support of the community and welcomes donations in the form of appliances, furniture or funds. Contact Lindelwa Hanjana at 021 532 2750 or email for more information.