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hope.  There must have been about 10 000 applications – they came in Post office sacks and the envelopes were piled over half the office floor.  1937 new applications were kept for consideration, to wait for the final December results.   All their details had to be entered on the database.

Visits to schools

Very little visiting was possible in 2007.   We made the most of going to Noorder Paarl, a beautiful building looking towards the mountains of Du Toit’s Kloof.   Many children from the township on the other side of the Berg River attend this school in preference to the school in Mbekweni.  We took magazines from the CAFDA bookshop to Masibambane High School, razor-wired into terrible shacklands in Kraaifontein.  Here even their strict security could not prevent violence within the school later in 2007.   That any learner can pass Senior Certificate and even gain matric exemption in such circumstances is a miracle!   Heideveld High School depends upon security measures for its survival in a community governed by gangs who herd people so that they do not enter “no-go” areas.  The drug trade, mostly “Tik”, is dominant.  Vuyiseka Secondary School is also situated in crime-torn shacklands, yet they too produce good, even excellent, results.

The Mary Livingstone Essay, established to promote good English usage, has an important place in our work and 31 entries were received in 2007.  The topic was:  “Ten years from today”.  The winners were:

1st Prize:  Mpumelelo Qoyo of Bulelani Sen Sec, Queenstown and  2nd Prize Shanneth Barron of Cape Academy, Tokai.

Mears Merit awards are given annually in memory of Wally Mears, founder trustee and Chairman, to bursars in the Cape Town area who have outstanding results in Grade 10.  The awards for 2007 went to:

Ntsikelelo Dyidi  of Vuyiseka Senior Secondary School and

Nicholas Mentoor of Noorder Paarl Sekondêre Skool.

Referrals to other funds:  Senior Certificate candidates continue to be referred to ASSET Trust (Cape Town), Studytrust (Gauteng), ITEC (East London) and REAP(rural) for guidance and assistance for further studies.

The names of 10 scholars were put forward for their potential acceptance by Abbotts College for 2008.  ASF continues to make a contribution towards the students’ transport costs.

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