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The Steve Kearney Bursary Recipients

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Kofi Osei Acheampong

Kofi is a 24-year old male from a township in Nelspruit. He matriculated in 2010 and pursued a degree in Geology at The University of The Witwatersrand. He completed his degree in record time and went on to complete his Honours Degree. He was awarded the Steve Kearney bursary in 2016.

Kofi has described his association with the Steve Kearney Education Trust as follows:

"The SVK Education Trust has allowed me to further my education and enrol for an MSc focused on Economic and Structural Geology. It is not very often that someone from a background such as my own is offered an opportunity to pursue a postgraduate degree and I thank the S V Kearney Education Trust for allowing me this chance. There is a lack of graduates specialising in Structural and/or Economic Geology and this bursary will allow for that gap to be filled."

 

Kofi Osei Acheampong

Dioptase housed in Bleloch Museum

 

Gold Banner Image of Geophysics Dept, Wits

Lebogang Sehoole

Lebogang is a student at the University of the Witwatersrand. She recently graduated with a BSc degree and  is  currently doing her honours in Geophysics.

"I did not always know what I wanted to be and in the midst of trying to discover myself, a career in Geophysics found me! Here I was with a career but had no means of obtaining this new-found dream. I happened to come across the S V Kearney Education Trust, which has been my saving grace. The Trust saw in me a small dim light and had enough faith in me to believe that I had the potential to grow into something bright. For this I will be forever eternally grateful. Today I continue to show the Trust that the investment they made in me was not a mistake. Thank you SVK trust!"

Lebogang Sehoole

Simmer and Jack Mine
Simmer and Jack Mine
Artwork by Michael Croesér

Irvin R Matsheka

"It is through the Steve Kearney Education Trust that I am where I am today, a geologist based in Rustenburg. I am a former S V Kearney Education Trust bursar, having attended the University of the Witwatersrand and graduated with a degree in Geology. I now work as a section geologist at Royal Bafokeng Platinum where I started out as a graduate geologist. I am passionate about the minerals industry at large, but have a keen interest in the evaluation of mineral projects, resource estimation and just the basic understanding of mineral law, policies and compliance.

The S V Kearney Education Trust helped during a time in my life when tertiary education seemed a luxury. Though I worked hard, passing my matric with distinction and never failing any course at Wits, getting financial backing was a struggle at first. The bursary offered me peace of mind so I could focus entirely on my studies. It provided me with the financial assistance which my family was not able to offer at the time and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I was given. It is through the Trustees that I was able to be part of the RBPlat graduate programme where I started out as a graduate geologist. But overall, the Education Trust provided me with a platform to dream beyond where I was at the time and it is through this platform that I have been able to carve out my career path within the mineral industry. And that path means acquiring the necessary skills and training to finally realise my career objectives as outlined above. Thank you again, Steve Kearney Education Trust."

Irvin Matsheka
Irvin R Matsheka

Royal Bafokeng Platinum - Miners Drilling
Royal Bafokeng Miners

Samanganeng Judah Mashego

Samanganeng matriculated in 1999 and then studied electrical engineering at the Technikon Witwatersrand where he graduated in 2002. He did his practical training at Exact Mobiles and graduated in 2003 with a National Diploma. He then began a degree in mining engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand and was awarded a Steve Kearney bursary during his third year of mining engineering studies. After graduating successfully, he was employed at Rustenburg Bafokeng Platinum. He subsequently worked as a mining engineer at Xstrata Alloys and his present position is Product Manager at Glencore plc.

Samanganeng Judah Mashego
Samanganeng Judah Mashego

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado School of Mines, USA

Leka Monama

Leka was awarded a Steve Kearney bursary to study Safety, Health and Environment at the Colorado School of Mines in America. He successfully completed the 6-week course and then returned to Royal Bafokeng Platinum where he has been employed as a senior mining engineer for many years.

Leka Monama
Leka Monama

University of Pretoria Building
University of Pretoria

Onkarabile Dikale

Onkarabile matriculated at Bafokeng High School in 2008. He did a 13th year of studies at the Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng in 2010 and was awarded a certificate for the best mathematics student at the end of the year. In 2011, he received a Steve Kearney bursary to study a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Pretoria.

Onkarabile has described his association with The S V Kearney Education Trust as follows:

"I would like to express my gratitude to The S V Kearney Education Trust (SVK) for its assistance in allowing me to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry (BSc) and a BSc Honours. SVK really helped me a lot when times were tough during my university years when I had little money for food and books. The bursary allowed me to do well in my academics and I am really thankful to SVK for giving me the opportunity to do my honours qualification in chemistry. I am currently a teacher in a school named LEAP 5 Science and Maths in a rural town called Jane Furse in Limpopo. Again, THANK YOU, SVK Education Trust!"   

Onkarabile's hobbies are soccer, singing, reading and listening to music. He is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Onkarabile Dikale
Onkarabile Dikale

Lebogang Korope, Black Mountain Mine, Northern Cape
Lebogang Korope, Black Mountain Mine, Northern Cape

Lebogang Korope

Lebogang is a 23-year old female from a small village in Rustenburg. She matriculated at Bafokeng High School in 2009 where she received the Dux Scholar, as well as the Best Learner of the Year, awards. During 2010, she attended the Royal Bafokeng 13th year programme and in 2012, she was awarded the Steve Kearney bursary to study Mining Engineering at the University of Pretoria.

Lebogang writes about her relationship with the S V Kearney Education Trust as follows:

“I will forever be indebted to the S V Kearney Education Trust, not because I owe them money but because of the fact that I owe it to both the Trust and to myself to be a great ambassador for the Trust by succeeding in my career. I am more than grateful for the financial assistance from the Trust as well as the personal motivation which I received from Jenny Hibbert, the Trust secretary. I hope that the S V Kearney Education Trust will help more people who, like me, are from a disadvantaged background.”

Click here to access Lebogang's final year thesis entitled:

A Conceptual Study into the Implementation of a New Initiation System at Black Mountain Mine

 

Lebogang Korope
Lebogang Korope

Ligunuba Muofhe
Ligunuba Muofhe

Ligunuba Muofhe

Ligunuba is from a small village outside Sibasa in Limpopo. She went to Mbilwi Secondary School in Sibasa. Growing up she was always a dedicated, determined and hard-working individual and in 2013 she matriculated from Mbilwi with flying colours. She then enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand for Mining Engineering and in 2016, was awarded a bursary from the S V Kearney Education Trust. She completed her degree at the end of 2018. 

Ligunuba writes as follows regarding her relationship with the S V Kearney Education Trust:

I am now a fully qualified Mining Engineer through the S V Kearney Education Trust. All this would not have been possible had I not received funding from you. I am grateful. Thank you for your support, motivation, and patience in me, for trusting me with your finances and for believing in me.

Ligunuba Muofhe, Graduation
Ligunuba Muofhe

The Unknown Miner, Wits Campus
The Unknown Miner, Wits Campus

Contact:

Professor Gillian Drennan
Head of School: Geosciences
University of the Witwatersrand
Landline (office hours): 011 717 6570
011 717 6633
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Gillian.drennan@wits.ac.za

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