Thank you, you are all so very generous.
So, here is the update. I called the university and found out that Masande can only apply for a grant / financial assistance once he has registered. And he can only register once he has paid a registration fee of R3100 ($450). (This is more than double Harrison's monthly income. There is just no way he is going to find that kind of money) R630/$90 of this goes towards University admin fees, the rest of it will count towards his first fee installment. Once he has registered, he can approach the university for financial assistance with his fees (R13,000/$1850 per annum, excluding books). Registration closes on Saturday. Classes start on Monday. It is not guaranteed he will get financial aid, but the very, very helpful and charming man I spoked to from the university (Ayton) said that if Masande's academic results are satisfactory, and he can prove financial need, he should stand a good chance of getting financial assistance. The 'financial need' part is indisputable. As for the other part....
I called Harrison this evening and asked to speak to Masande. I told him that a bunch of people from across the world were willing to help him, but before I went ahead and accepted their gracious offers of help, I needed to know that he was 100% committed to his studies, and that he was willing to work hard and give it his best. He said he was.
Unfortunately Paypal STILL hasn't facilitated South African account holders to receive payments. However my very generous sister-in-law who lives in London has offered to collect the funds of his behalf. So, if you are willing to help, please send the donation to firstname.lastname@example.org. She will collect the money and forward it to me. Thank you.
A very kind, very generous, very beautiful blog reader who lives in Hong Kong kindly offered to pay the full registration fee, but I don't want her to do it all on her own. If others are willing and able to help, then so much the better. In the meantime, I paid the money across the university tonight out of my account because we don't have much time between now and Saturday for the funds to clear. If we collect more than is necessary, I will use the money for books etc.
I still intend pursuing options for grants for him, so please keep the suggestions and contacts coming. I've also got a commitment from Masande that he will go to the grant office at the University and get all the necessary forms, but any and all ideas in terms of corporate sponsorship etc will be appreciated. I've got some great ones already that I will be following up shortly.
Then, as for Nontobeko, I've asked her to send me her exact qualifications and a mini resume. I really would like to help her find an internship somewhere. I am sure there MUST be companies out there who are looking for bright young graduates to join them. I've got a few initial contacts from the earlier post and will pursue all of them as soon as I have all her details.
Thank you everyone, for your tips, contacts and wonderful generosity. If anyone ever questions the value of blogging, I will point them to the amazing impact you blog readers have had on the lives of people like Rose, Harrison, Masande and Nontobeko. Lives have been changed because of the wonderful sense of community we share. It makes me feel humble.