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Announcing our Maggie Rowley student 2024

Siziphiwe Velem

MRSAF Student 2022

Maggie Rowley’s Sinenjongo Assistance Fund for 2024

Rabie Property Group is delighted to announce our new Maggie Rowley Sinenjongo Assistance Fund (MRSAF) recipient for 2024 is Siziphiwe Velem. The annual Maggie Rowley Sinenjongo Assistance Fund is now in its 4th year, creating an opportunity for an alumni student of Sinenjongo High School to be supported financially and mentored in their tertiary academic undergraduate degree. The value of the assistance fund has grown since its inception four years ago. This fund is a tribute to the late Maggie Rowley who worked at Rabie Property Group for decades, working tirelessly on the corporate social investment programmes – a true philanthropist.

This fund is now driven by Linea Abdullatief at Rabie, who is dedicated to supporting the students holistically with support that extends beyond academics, to their personal lives too by incorporating mentorship and life coaching programmes as well as extracurricular tutoring. This approach is to help ensure that the successful candidate receives all the available tools necessary to achieve sustained success and they are well equipped to overcome inevitable challenges.

In 2022, Sinenjongo High School achieved an 87% matric pass rate. The matric class of 2023, increased this result by 1%, ending their high school year with an 88% matric pass rate. The MRSAF received 42 applications from the Sinenjongo matric class of 2023. The top 4 candidates achieved an average above 80% and qualified for an interview and following a stringent process, the fund was awarded to Ms. Velem, an 18-year-old student from the informal settlement in Dunoon in Cape Town. In Grade 9 at Sinenjongo High School, Ms. Velem decided to follow her passion and pursue accountancy. She displayed great dedication and a determined mindset in the interview process. This mindset along with demonstrated skill, will provide the strong foundation for her success.

Siziphiwe is attending the University of the Free State this year, to study a B.Com Accounting degree. Her dream is to build her own company and assist small businesses in their auditing and bookkeeping. She arrived safely in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 3 February 2024. This is the first time she is away from home and is very excited to attend university. Her drive is to remain focused as she looks up to her eldest sister who is graduating this year from the University of Cape Town as a social worker. Siziphiwe will be able to attend the MRSAF mentorship sessions in Cape Town during her school holidays and meet the other students in the MRSAF programme too.

The MRSAF wishes Siziphiwe Velem all the best for the upcoming year and we are proud to welcome her into this successful programme.

What is the Maggie Rowley Sinenjongo Assistance Fund?

Maggie Rowley, journalist by trade and communications and marketing manager for the Century City precinct for many years from 1997, touched the lives of many, in unimaginable ways.  She was with Rabie from July 2004, simultaneously working for Century City Property Owners’ Association and Ratanga Junction.  Maggie was much loved by her colleagues and highly regarded in media circles, also serving as regional committee member of the South African Property Owners’ Association.

With robust energy, love, and passion, she was instrumental in the metamorphosis of Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park, Milnerton.  Rabie adopted the school as the main beneficiary of its corporate social investment programme in 2007, a large portion of its ongoing sponsorship being the employment of additional teachers.  Within three years, the matric pass rate soared from 27% in 2008 to 98% in 2020, with Maggie being the empathic driving force and “Mother” of young lives that were being transformed.

Maggie passed away on 1 January 2019, which left a chasm in Rabie, Century City and Sinenjongo High School.

In remembrance of Maggie and the huge impact she made during her lifetime, and the dedication she had for uplifting the youngsters of Sinenjongo High School, Rabie launched the Maggie Rowley Sinenjongo Assistance Fund (MRSAF).  Students in the past were chosen entirely on their academic performance and our CEO or directors would assist these students in their private capacities up to graduation and beyond.  It became necessary to formalise this process, and to do so in Maggie’s honour.

The aim of the MRSAF is to ease the transition from high school to university and to take care of the things which are often neglected or not even considered.  It is stressful for a student to realise that beyond University acceptance and studies paid for through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), there are everyday needs that have to be met and additional expenses that accumulate.  While the student still applies for and receives funding for their education through NSFAS, the MRSAF will take care of items such as bedding, basic appliances, clothing, data, airtime and a computer.  In addition, the MRSAF candidate will receive support from Rabie in terms of registration at the University, assistance with getting settled in the dorm and further guidance in terms of tutors and study guides if necessary.

The MRSAF is awarded annually, and each recipient is supported throughout his or her university career. Philanthropists and donors are welcome to contribute towards the MRSAF and a Section 18A certificate will be issued. Please get in touch through info@rabie.co.za for more information.

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