Sun Apr 20 07:41:54 SAST 2014

'Why's Hotstix special?' - SRC questions muso's bursary

Jan 21, 2013 | SAM MATHE |

THE scholarship given to music veteran Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse by Unisa to study music has caused discontent at the campus, with some SRC members claiming there are more deserving candidates for the reward.

UNFAZED: Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse has been given a scholarship by Unisa.

A source at the SRC office says certain members of the organisation feel there are many students who have been queuing at various campuses for financial aid and bursaries who should have been considered.

A KwaZulu-Natal SRC alumni member, Nkonzwenhle Mqadi, posted his concerns on Facebook, which attracted a few likes.

"Kusizwa anbanjani kanti? Kwenzeke kanjani uHotstix who never got between 5-7 A's anikezwe umfundazwe kalula kangaka (Who qualifies for this? Why was Hotstix, who never got between 5-7 A's, given the bursary so easily?)"

Mabuse , who inspired many last year by passing matric at the age of 60, says he hopes to complete the three-year course in record time.

He adds that the unhappiness of the SRC is an internal matter that must be handled by the institution.

Unisa communications manager Gcina Nhleko says she is baffled by these claims as the SRC also takes part in decisions to award bursaries.

"Mabuse's matric success was of national interest because his story is an inspirational one," says Nhleko.

"The university offered him this bursary under exceptional circumstances because he is a positive role

model who sounds the call for education."

Unfazed by the drama, Mabuse has enrolled for a degree in musicology, with anthropology as his major subject.

"I've always been interested in a deeper knowledge about people.

"As black people we are always analysed, researched and studied.

"Books are written about us, but there are few black scholars who are experts on their own people and culture," he says.

"I hope the anthropology course will arm me with the necessary tools to find my own facts about my identity."

The SRC had not responded to Sunday World's request for a comment at the time of going to print.

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