The Department of Public Works (DPW) has awarded 30 bursaries worth R3.9 million to deserving learners of the Matric class of 2017.
President Jacob Zuma says the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is the most effective poverty alleviation programme run by government.
Adopting the habit of working hard from an early age is what secured a bright future for an aspirant mechanical engineer, Olwethu Bitterhout, from the Eastern Cape.
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi says there is an urgent need for government to act decisively and redouble efforts to resolve challenges facing young people, including unemployment.
The Department of Public Works has warned learners, including graduates seeking employment, about a scam promising 700 learnerships at the department.
Government is to go all out to mark the centenary celebrations of the University of Fort Hare this coming Friday, with high-level speeches expected from leaders such as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and President Jacob Zuma.