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Ayabulela Ntwakumba

2024 South African Bursary Recipient

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Cape Town, South Africa

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2024 'first year' bursary awardee! Ayabulela Ntwakumba submitted an extremely competitive application and the board felt that he truly deserved the bursary from the Foundation. He has enrolled as an Occupational Therapy student at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Well done in your high school studies and continue the commitment and determination in your tertiary studies at UCT!


Ntuthuko Hlatshwayo

2024 South African Bursary Recipient

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Cape Town, South Africa


Congratulations to our 2024 continuing student bursary award recipient! Ntuthuko Hlatshwayo is studying medicine at the University of Cape Town. She is halfway through her medical degree program and aims to become a neurosurgeon. How impressive! We are thankful she is committed to her studies and future as a black, female physician in South Africa. Continue striving, future Dr. Hlatshwayo!

Bongisizwe Mbaxa

2023 South African Bursary Recipient

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

Durban, South Africa

Congratulations to Bongisizwe Mbaxa, our 2023 continuing student bursary award recipient! Bongisizwe graduated cum laude from his BSc Medical Bioscience bridging course at the University of Western Cape and was admitted into the prestigious Golden Key International Honor Society . He is currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree of Medicine and Bachelor’s degree of Surgery Health and Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa.


Kebby Shifotoka

2023 South African Bursary Recipient

Hatfield College

Johannesburg, South Africa

Congratulations to Kebby Shifotoka, our 2023 first-year bursary award recipient! Kebby won this award out of over 100 very competitive applications . He is studying Occupational Health and Science at Hatfield College in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Phila Sinotsho

2019 South African Bursary Recipient

University of Western Cape


Congratulations to one of our 2019 South African bursary recipients, Phila Sinotsho from the Nyanga East township in Cape Town! Phila is a first-year BCom Accounting student at the University of Western Cape. She overcame many odds while in high school and worked hard on her studies and assisted some of her peers to pass with a Bachelors's high school diploma in Accounting and Economics.

In the future, Phila plans to be a certified accountant in South Africa and hopes to assist others in reaching their dreams while a university student and in her future profession. The Donald White/Mandla A. Ndwanya memorial fund (Foundation) is proud to support Phila and look forward to her success in the future!


Likhona Qazisa

2018 SA Bursary Recipient

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Congratulations to Likhona Qazisa, second bursary recipient for the 2018 academic year. Likhona is from Cape Town, South Africa and has begun her university journey as a first-year (freshman) at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The board chose Likhona because she achieved high marks as a high-school graduate boasting the highest score on her home language isiXhosa senior exam for the Western Cape province. She is the first in her family to go to university.

We wish Likhona the best in her academic pursuits and are excited to support her along the journey!

Marilyn Macu

2018 SA Bursary Recipient

North-West University, South Africa


Marilyn is enrolled at North-West University in South Africa to obtain a Bachelors degree in Education. She is passionate about teaching and coaching and was a former athlete of netball while in high school. She has been of service to her community in Ratanda Heidelberg, located in the Gauteng province of South Africa by starting an afternoon program for students from grades R (Kindergarten)-7 to teach sports and life skills.

Marilyn is a dynamic, persistent young lady and the Fund proudly supports her in her future endeavors. We love a quote she wrote in her application for the bursary, “I believe that all the talents I have are not mine, but for the benefit of those around me.” 


John Iradukunda

BSc Medical Bioscience, University of Western Cape, South Africa

BMed(Sci) Honours candidate in Infectious Diseases and Immunology, University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa


Fresh out of high school with my primitive mind and in need of guidance and financial assistance, I was privileged to receive that email that opened the door to university. January 16th, 2014 I was nominated to receive the Donald White memorial fund scholarship and never looked back. I was able to secure registration at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and purchased important textbooks. With the great kick start in my university career, I was driven and determined to graduate in record time, which I did, majoring in medical bioscience and medical microbiology in December 2016.

I later enrolled at the University of Cape Town medical school in 2017 to start a new journey. And am currently doing a full-time BMedSci (Honours) degree in Infectious diseases and immunology in the department of infectious diseases and Molecular medicine. I have high hopes for one day becoming a Neurosurgeon. To become a Neurosurgeon, I would have to attain a medical degree and after gaining work experience would have to specialize in neurosurgery. Not the easiest road out there, but I believe nothing worth having comes easy.

If I had advice for a student beginning or wishing to explore university realms, I would tell him or her to follow their dreams. I have learned a great deal that sometimes one just needs to have a dream, vision, and a will to succeed; not money, not knowledge, not the time or even fear can stand in the way of a student with a dream to realize it. I would encourage students to further their studies from high school, there is so much to learn and so many potential doors to open. I thank God for funds such as the Donald White memorial fund scholarship that make finance one less thing to have to worry about.





Because of Donald’s faith and his desire to help others and because of Mandla’s love for Business studies in South Africa, the bursaries are designed according to the following criteria:

  • Applicant should have attended high school in Western Cape, but can attend any FET college or university in South Africa

  • Priority based on financial need

  • Preferably first generation student attending a higher learning institution

  • Majors or certifications for the following areas of study: education, healthcare, medicine, commerce, social work or Business studies

All bursaries will be awarded based on students’ desires for higher education, participation in community service activities, and how their beliefs impacted their choices.  The amount awarded will go towards registration fees, textbooks, or technology fees, but not to past-due balances or for already taken out educational loans.

Applications are now closed for the 2024 academic year. If you did not receive a follow-up email notifying you that you won the award, unfortunately, your application was unsuccessful. Follow our Facebook page for more details.  For further information, please send inquiries and completed applications to:

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