Premier, executive donate generously

2015-07-29 06:01
DONATION: From the left are MEC Sam Mashinini, MEC Olly Mlamleli, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Premier Ace Magashule, MEC Msebenzi Zwane, MEC Sisi Ntombela and MEC Mathabo Leeto with the cheque donated to the No Student Hungry Programme at the University o

DONATION: From the left are MEC Sam Mashinini, MEC Olly Mlamleli, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Premier Ace Magashule, MEC Msebenzi Zwane, MEC Sisi Ntombela and MEC Mathabo Leeto with the cheque donated to the No Student Hungry Programme at the University o

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PREMIER ACE MAGASHULE and his executive committee members donated a cheque of R202 000 to the No Student Hungry (NSH) Programme of the University of the Free State on Wednesday (22/07).

The cheque was accepted by the institution’s vice-chancellor Prof. Jonathan Jansen, who is the official champion of the project.

The No Student Hungry campaign was established in 2011 with the aim to ensure that poor students with strong academic records are adequately nourished and to enhance their chances of completing their studies.

During the handover of the cheque, Magashule praised those who came up with the concept.

“We just want to congratulate them. This is a very good initiative. It is really a good thing because you can give students a bursary, but they won’t be able to concentrate on their studies,” said Magashule.

“The other biggest challenge is accommodation. Some of these students are being accommodated by landlords who are selling drugs and they find themselves in the wrong space. We want to build student accommodation that is closer to the university. We have already earmarked the land where we want to build it,” he added.

The premier said the money had been donated by himself, his provincial executive committee and all the heads of departments in the province.

“We decided to donate money from our own pockets to commemorate Mandela Month. Each of our head of departments (HODs) contributed R3 500. All members of the executive contributed R3 000 each. We also have individual business people who contributed money,” explained Magashule.

“This is not the last time we are doing this. I wish we can do it every day, not only during Mandela Month,” said Magashule.

Jansen expressed his delight with the cheque saying that it was a very kind donation.

“The one big advantage that we have at the University of Free State (UFS) is that we have a premier in this province who is genuinely interested and involved in the lives of our students.

“I know that because for the past six years the premier has given major funding every January for hundreds of students to be able to study on our three campuses in Qwaqwa, Bloemfontein and the Bloemfontein South Campus,” said Jansen.

“Every single year he has enabled us to meet whatever shortfalls we have had with the NASFAS.

Poor students particularly – black and white – have been able to study at universities because of his generosity. We are very grateful for the support we get from the government,” he said.

Jansen said a study at the university had shown that 59% of the student population did not know where their next meal would come from.

“It is basically a bursary in which we load money every day on your student card which would enable you to eat three meals a day and not have to wonder where your next meal will come from. This takes a huge amount of stress off our students,” concluded Jansen.

The South African Students Congress (Sasco) also raised R10 000 in support of this programme

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