Dozens of South African learners on Wednesday were awarded scholarships from the Chinese community in Cape Town.

A ceremony was held at the Alexander Sinton High School in the Cape Flats.

The Cape Grand China Charity Foundation donated a total sum of 105,000 rand (about 8,100 U.S. dollars) that will be used over the next 3 years to provide scholarships to certain learners of underprivileged family background.

The foundation also donated numerous food packages to students whose families are impoverished.

The donation from the Chinese community is an act of goodwill towards the people of South Africa, said Chinese Consul General in Cape Town Kang Yong at the ceremony.

Due to the friendly diplomatic relationship between the two nations, it is imperative for the respective citizens to also build a cultural connection, he said.

Events such as this is a means for the Chinese people to further integrate themselves into the local community, thus, eliminating prejudice and racism, he said.

The school’s Acting Principal Michael Pieterson said he was thankful for the donations made by the Chinese community.

The donations will result in an improved livelihood for many underprivileged families, thus, providing a better learning atmosphere for the students, Pieterson said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/Newsghana.com.gh