Your old lamp brightened a student's future
With help from their classified customers, OLX raised enough funds to send 12 students to university in 2016.


Getting accepted into university is a giant step. Next step is to find funding, and though #feesmustfall has created awareness of this plight, education is not yet free for all, which can make or break a prospective student's future.

Enters OLX, who announced earlier this year they were giving two students the opportunity to study in 2016 with bursaries worth R50,000 each.

In January, the classifieds site called for entries from would-be students who had been accepted into a tertiary institution for study in 2016, but didn’t have the funding to do so. The applicants had to supply a copy of their matric results, an acceptance letter from a tertiary institution, and a one-page motivational letter.

Country manager Stephen Ballot commented, "We were inspired by not only the large number of submissions we received, but by the passion and determination of the students in need of assistance." 

Having shown their commitment to education before, OLX again stepped up and decided to give away an additional 10 bursaries – and asked the public for help. They made a pledge to donate R10 to the student bursary fund for every ad posted on and the OLX app for Android and iOS

Within 6 days, they were able to able to reach their goal of R500 000. So OLX awarded 12 students from across the country the bursaries to attend university, paving the way for bright futures. 

Follow #OLXFundTheFuture on Twitter for more information.


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