Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Northcliff recently invested in the future of 19-year-old Portia Zikalala by donating a laptop to assist her in her studies. Portia is currently in her first year of an LLB degree at the University of Johannesburg and has been awarded a bursary by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
“Portia is one of the three children of Thelma Zikalala, who has been working as my housekeeper for four years now. She is a very bright girl who studied hard to achieve six Bs and one A in her matric year at Katlehong Technical High School,” notes Anne Fry, branch manager of PGP Northcliff, which covers Randburg and the northwestern suburbs. “Portia’s father was killed when she was just four years old so Thelma had to raise her first two children as a single mother, which is obviously no easy task. We at PGP wanted to ensure that Portia had all the tools she needed to excel in her studies and this is why we donated the laptop.”
Portia is thrilled with her new laptop as it will make it much easier for her to get the distinctions she is aiming for. “The computer labs are always so crowded at the university so it is very difficult to access them. The laptop will prove invaluable in my studies as I am able to use it to download law cases online for my favourite subject, Introduction to Legal Studies. It will also mean that I can type my assignments, which is what the lecturers prefer,” she says.
“I am so grateful to Pam Golding Properties for the computer and I am determined to make them and my family proud,” Portia maintains.