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Lesley Afrika’s story is one of heartache and hope

Date: 11 December 2017 | Author: Business Leadership South Africa | Category: Giving Back


Lesley Afrika, a third-year BA student from the University of the Free State, has weathered hardships to fulfil his dream of bettering himself through education. He lost his parents early in life.

He is one of thousands of students to receive a scholarship from Absa to finish his university studies.

“There are opportunities out there; people looking to help people like me,” said Lesley. “So never give up hope on your dreams.”

In April 2016 Absa launched its scholarship fund programme, initially intended to address the student fees financing challenge faced by many prospective and current university students in South Africa.

An important illustration of Barclays Africa’s support for the national development plan, the programme enabled the bank to rapidly respond to these challenges at a time of critical social unrest related to the “Fees must fall” campaign. This agility resulted in the provision of 2000 scholarships to young people in South Africa.

However, Absa has extended the programme beyond South Africa to include Barclays Africa Group’s 10 markets on the continent. This year, the bank awarded 3000 scholarships worth R210m across Africa.