EDUCATION is a powerful tool against poverty.

This is why Samsung gave bursaries to students at the University of Pretoria, North West University, University of Joburg and the Gauteng Department of Education to the value of R7 million.

The bursaries are part of its commitment to uplift communities and help youth get ready for the work environment.

Those who got bursaries are pursuing qualifications in business, marketing and IT, the most wanted skills in Mzansi.

Hlubi Shivanda, director of business innovation group and corporate affairs at Samsung SA, said the investment addresses skills shortage in South Africa.

“Samsung is committed to making meaningful change.”

Sung Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Africa, attended and mingled with the students the South Korean company is assisting.

Yoon said: “Students must grab these opportunities and make use of them to change their lives for the better.”

Shivanda also told the brainy students: “Work hard but know that you have a shoulder to rely on as you progress with your studies.

“We’ll be walking with you every step of the way as you move towards achieving your dreams.

“You’ll have mentors and the study materials you need for your courses, because we want you to succeed.”

The Samsung bursaries will not only fund the students’ education. The company pledged to help them get jobs once they finish studying.

The initiative is aligned with Samsung’s global mission of enabling people.

The project is aimed at helping people discover and develop their inner potential.

The company promised to look for opportunities that give the youth of Mzansi a chance at a successful future.

This way, the young people chosen will have decent jobs to support themselves and their families.