The matric results night vigil hosted by EThekwini Municipality in partnership with several Non-Government Organisations, who initiated this event, was a resounding success.

The matric night vigil, aimed at providing moral support to matric students who were anxiously waiting for their matric results, is part of the City’s broader programme to support students both mentally and financially. The event focused on providing psychological support, counselling, motivation, career guidance (bursary information and on the job training etc), and engagement with the 2016 matric learners prior to receiving their results. This annual event has been taking place for the past two years.

The Municipality would also like to confirm that the expenditure for this event was R750 000 which went towards logistics costs including venue hire, transport, marquee hire etc. and did not cost ratepayers R6 million as reported on social media platforms.

The event further sought to inculcate a positive mind-set and give hope to learners who might have failed in their matric year and inform them about other avenues they can pursue going forward in order to succeed in life.

To reiterate the City’s commitment to youth empowerment, the 2016/17 budget has set aside R100 million for youth programmes.

An ambitious project to be undertaken by the Municipality is the Artisan Development Programme which would see the City facilitate the training of 10 000 youth as artisans over the next three years. The programme will cost R741 million and will train the youth in various trades.

Another initiative aimed at assisting youth is the Mayoral Student Financial Relief Fund which was introduced in 2014 to assist financially needy students with registration fee. The fund is merely meant to assist deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds who cannot afford to pay registration fee to ensure they have access to education. The programme has since assisted more than 380 disadvantaged students. Another financial assistance is in a form of a bursary, mainly targeting scarce skills in technical fields of engineering.

Furthermore, a sum of R4,5 million has been set aside for the 2017 academic year by the Municipality to assist students from impoverished backgrounds.

For enquiries about the Student Financial Relief Fund contact Puleng Monatisa on 031 311 3150 or email: or Nompumelelo Phakathi 0313227534 or email:


Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Deputy Head, Mandla Nsele. For enquiries members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855,