U-dubs launches funding drive

2016-09-01 06:00
SRC members Lukhanyo Daweti, Sipho Mona, Asandile Mandlana, Unati Sigodi, VIctor Koswana, Zolani Mpumela and Daliwonga Lster during the launch of Access to Success campaign, in Sea Point, on Thursday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

SRC members Lukhanyo Daweti, Sipho Mona, Asandile Mandlana, Unati Sigodi, VIctor Koswana, Zolani Mpumela and Daliwonga Lster during the launch of Access to Success campaign, in Sea Point, on Thursday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Students who do not qualify for a financial aid scheme are set to breathe a sigh of relief after a campaign to raise funds for them was launched in Sea Point last Thursday.

The Access to Success campaign, which is a collaboration between the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), was launched at the SABC studios.

The campaign is an effort to bring awareness to the plight of academically deserving students in UWC who do not qualify for funds from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme’s (NSFAS) bracket, but are struggling with the cost associated with Higher Education.

It is estimated that about 3 000 students had their applications for NSFAS funds turned down this year.

It was revealed during the launch that each student needed about R60 000 to finance a year’s tuition, housing and study resources.

The campaign also was a means to encourage corporate South Africa, alumni, friends of UWC and any individual to contribute in raising funds for the students.

Andile Nongata, acting general manager at SABC in the Western Cape region, announced that the broadcasting corporation will promote the campaign by playing advertisements on their four radio stations and also approach celebrities to promote it on social network and other platforms.

“We did not hesitate to buy into this vision. Students challenged us to think during the #FeesMustFall campaign. This is a challenge that we have to take up as SABC. We decided to commit to this partnership. It is a restoration of dignity,” Nongata said.

The radio stations that will promote the campaign include Good Hope FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Radio 2000 and SAFM.

Lukhanyo Daweti, treasurer of the Student Representative Council (SRC) in UWC, said they are challenging everybody to contribute in finding a solution for shortage of funds for students.

“We are making a call to people who have means to contribute in the campaign to help students. NSFAS does not have enough funds for all students. This campaign will supplement the NSFAS funds. We also say government should priorities education,” Daweti said.

Lukhanyiso Matebese, deputy president of the SRC at the UWC, said their institution has gone an extra-mile to ensure that deserving students get funds for their studies.

“The institution is ensuring that they support students. We need to ensure that students have food security and we acknowledge that the meals that they get are not enough.

We call upon private companies to contribute in the campaign and ensure that it is sustainable,” Matebese said.

Brandon Ficks, of Good Hope FM, also applauded the campaign.

“We as radio station need to transform our community from the place of storm to the place of hope. We have to assist our students. We are very excited to be involved,” Ficks said.

The SRC first launched a campaign called UWC Ikamva Lethu (Our Future) together with Tyrone Pretorius, the vice-chancellor, which is aimed at raising funds for deserving students, in March.

For more information go to uwc.ac.za or sabc.ac.za

For direct bank deposit and EFT go to UWC Foundation, Absa account number 408 518 2766, branch code 630 510, reference is Access2Success.

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