International scholarships change lives

The National Skills Fund (NSF) has made scholarships to study in China available to a number of youth South Africans.

All have expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to realise their dreams and to experience a different culture and global perspective.



Busiswa Buso, Butterworth

Busiswa is from the small rural town of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape. Now residing in Gauteng, she tells of how an NSF bursary has charted a new direction for her. 

With the help of the NSF bursary, Busiswa obtained her Masters of Economics in Finance at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in China.

She reflects on how her experienced has impacted her life.

“Since going to China I have learned to appreciate my country more than I used to. 

I have also gained international exposure and learned what they are doing better. I have also realized that success is in our hands, all we have to do is to unite, be creative and innovate and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship.”


Thamsanqa Mahlobo, Durban

Thamsanga , born in Durban, is an aspiring young academic and research analyst in environmental resource and development economics.

In 2015, he completed his Master’s degree in applied economics in China and later taught at at the Durban University of Technology.. He is currently finishing his second Master’s degree in regional and cultural studies in Japan.

He says that his proud of his achievements made possible through the Chinese bursary.

“I dared to face the fear and go to China to live among the people in all the nook and crannies. I survived the deep end of being black and gay in China, striving in grim times, travelling to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam with very few cents …  but with dreams

“I wish that the NSF continues to open the eyes of young South Africans to their beauty that goes beyond our shores that proves we can change the world.”


Masemene Malebo

Masemene completed her undergraduate degree at Rhodes University, followed by an Honour’s degree in International Relations at the University of Pretoria.

She was then awarded a scholarship to Jilin University, China where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Relations.

The bursary has given her the opportunity to further her  education and to travel outside of South Africa. She is now considering studying towards her PhD. 


Kerillyn Padarath, Durban

Kerillyn was awarded a scholarship to the Central South University Xiangya School of Medicine and graduated with an MBBS.

She is from Durban and had always known her career path. Having matriculated with the required credits, she was however unable to secure a place to study towards her dream profession (MBCHB) in South Africa.  This indeed presented an opportunity for her to seek an alternative to achieve this goal.

“The bursary awarded to me by the DHET, firstly, relieved the financial burden of my chosen field of study which was heavy on me and my family.

Having lived and studied in China for six years, I was given the opportunity to experience another culture, learn a new language work and learn from extraordinary people from all over the world.

“My university is affiliated with Yale and I had the opportunity of working with research professors and acquiring innovative skills from them. I also experienced the Chinese medical environment which was very different from our medical system.

“Every day on campus, I had the opportunity of interacting with people from different countries, learning about their cultures, which is something that has now helped me to relate to expats. I was given the opportunity to expand my level of knowledge, compassion and kindness towards all people.”

Kerillyn wishes to continue her studies by attaining a PhD in orthopaedic surgery in South Africa but also to pay it forward as often as she is able to.


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Posted in February 2017