For the third year in a row, the Rio Casino has donated a substantial amount of bursary money for students at the North-West University.
For the third year in a row, the Rio Casino based in Klerksdorp has donated bursary money to students at the Potchefstroom Campus, part of the North-West University.
Clive Tavener, the regional general manager of the Rio Casino Hotel, has said that the bursary money is given to students in need and is part of an annual donation the casino makes in order to assist students. Over the past three years, since 2010, the Rio Casino has donated a total of R2 million to the North-West University, R.2 million of that was in 2010 and a further R400, 000 both this year and last.
The money goes to help over twenty students in the university, from first year students to those doing their finals. The bursary is not restricted to students of particular subjects and is available to anyone on the campus.
Tavener said that they “attach huge value to the growth and development of the youth and hope to build a better South Africa in this way.” The hotel group has a general corporate social investment in the youth and the bursaries form just part of it.
In 2010 when Tavener first donated money he said that the bursary money will continue throughout all years of a student’s studies at the North West University. Furthermore, he said that providing the student passes well they shall also receive money for any postgraduate studies they wish to undertake.
Danie Hefer, the head of financial support services at the North-West University, has said that the university is extremely grateful for the contribution and is appreciative of the fact that business entities in the area of the North West Province are putting money back into the area.