Profit from the sale of the Ravele Community Property Association’s (CPA) produce is shared among the beneficiaries. The CPA has also established a bursary fund that sponsors 40 students at different universities across the country.
They are pursuing different fields of study at the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the University of Johannesburg, University of the Free State and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University at a combined cost of R410 000 a year.
Dakalo Nemauluma is one of the bursars. He is reading for a Science Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town.
Coming from a poor background, Nemauluma says he is grateful for the CPA’s support. “My parents are both unemployed and they hold piece jobs now and then to cover up the expenses for their survival.
“They cannot afford to pay for my university expenses and I hope to finish my Master’s degree by the end of next year so I can help them come out of poverty they have been living in from their childhood.”
He uses the money from the CPA to cover the cost of transportation, tuition, accommodation, food and books. “The sponsorship has helped me a lot and in various ways from the times when I didn't have enough money for accommodation, transport and tuition. The contribution this funding has made is invaluable.”
They CPA also sponsors the best Grade 12 learners from the community where the best learner is given R3 000, The learners placed second, third, fourth and fifth get R2 500, R2 000, R1 500 and R1 000 respectively.
“The aim is to encourage them to know that there is a reward if you work hard and study.
We also choose from the same pool to sponsor those who will go to university the following year.”