AutoX subsidiary, Willard Batteries, has awarded five educational bursaries in partnership with Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels.
“AutoX is committed to several CSI initiatives, and Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels provides a platform to make a difference in a country with such potential and a hunger for learning,” says Corne Strydom, Sales and Marketing Executive at AutoX, manufacturers of the Willard battery range.
“Being able to provide bursaries to individuals who deserve them is a way of staying connected to the community in which we operate, making a contribution to the upliftment to these communities, placing an emphasis on education.”
Amongst the five individuals to receive bursaries from Willard is Hamza Noormahomed from Laudium, West of Pretoria, whose dream has been to pursue a B.Com in Supply Chain Management. Having been accepted to study at Tuks, all he needed was the required funding. The Willard Batteries team has announced it will sponsor Hamza’s tuition fees to study BCom Supply Chain Management at the University of Pretoria for this year.
Neo Megan Maile is a born-and-bred Jo’burger. She grew up in Berea and Hillbrow and is a star member of the M.E.S Joshua’s, who serve their community by mentoring and tutoring school children in the heart of Jo’burg. Although Neo matriculated with excellent marks in 2018, she has not been able to start her tertiary studies due to a lack of funding. Neo will not have to wait any longer as Willard has stepped forward and will cover Neo’s tuition fees for 2020.
18-year old Carli van Jaarsveld is another ambitious youth who has defied the odds, aced matric, secured a bursary but who needed further funding to pay her tuition fees. Carli is a determined person who worked weekends and holidays to pay for her school fees to take the pressure off her parents. Not only did Carli play provincial hockey, but she also excelled at public speaking, was chosen as Head Girl of her school and did so well academically that she secured acceptance to study at North West University. Willard will assist to fund Carli’s fees at the North West University for this year.
23-year old Malcolm Windvogel, from Eldorado Park in Johannesburg, lives for music. He goes by the name of “The Producer” and produces anything from Hip-Hop, R&B, House, Trap to EDM. In 2017, along with two friends, Malcolm started a Production Company, Studio 7. Malcolm wants to back up his talent, passion and hard work with a qualification. He applied to the Academy of Sound Engineering and had been accepted but could not afford the tuition fees. Well now he can because Willard will sponsor Malcolm’s one-year Higher Certificate course at Academy of Sound Engineering.
Entrepreneur, breadwinner and mother of three, Elaine Ngoni Zwane, is ready to reach the sky and stars. A proud mother of three beautiful children and dedicated entrepreneur, Elaine started a business sewing and selling Shweshwe picnic blankets, oven gloves, dog beds, dog blankets, iron board covers and recently started making sun hats for school children.
She’s been building her business, initially going door-to-door, since 2014, when she received a sewing machine. For the past seven years she tried to further her education and give her children a brighter future. "My dream is to learn and not only reach for the sky, but the stars, and be someone my kids can look up to,” says Elaine. Willard is giving Elaine wings and is sponsoring her first year of studies.
“There are so many people in our country who can benefit from educational assistance,” Mr Strydom says. “We are proud that we can assist, and look forward to seeing the recipients of these bursaries succeed in the future.”
Car Battery Manufacturer Committed To Sustainable Future
Amongst Willard’s other projects, last year it launched a limited-edition Willard BLUE battery with the aim to highlight the threat that plastic poses in our oceans and beaches by encouraging the recycling of plastic. Willard has worked on this project with the Beach Co-op, an NGO committed to improving and ensuring the health of SA’s oceans and beaches. The Beach Co-op has also benefitted from a donation from Willard.
“Willard Batteries has a well-documented legacy of recycling scrap lead-acid batteries, 98% of which is recoverable, and out of which new batteries are manufactured. Highlighting the importance of collecting and recycling plastic waste plaguing our oceans and beaches is therefore a logical extension of this practice,” concludes Mr Strydom.