Students pledge to help

2015-11-04 12:38
THE students are from the left Katlego Letube, Karabo Pheko and Lindokuhe Ntuli.  Photo: Mlungisi Louw

THE students are from the left Katlego Letube, Karabo Pheko and Lindokuhe Ntuli. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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“IMAGINE how sad it is for a student to be sent home merely because they cannot afford to pay registration fees for the following academic year,” said Sikhululekile Luwaca.

Luwaca, a member of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of the Free State (UFS), was speaking during the launch of The Right to Learn and No to DeregistrationCampaign on Friday, 30 October.

“On our campus, 60% of the students go to bed hungry and it is time for us to unite and bring a change to the campus,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Lindokuhle Ntuli, SRC president, introduced the three core pillars and drivers of the campaign:

) No to the deregistration of students;

) Yes to textbooks and

) No to food insecurities.

These were found to be the areas in which students of the university struggle.

Ntuli said that it was important for the leaders of the council to lead by example and this is why each member of the SRC pledged R500 towards the campaign. After the SRC had made their pledges, students began making theirs as well.

“The SRC has already raised R30 000 thus far and our aim is to raise R1 million to fight poverty at the university,” he said.

He also reported that since the SRC had intervened, the deregistration of students had drastically declined.

Nene Ngobeni, one of the students who attended the launch, said: “I feel like this is a very good initiative and it is going to make a difference in the lives of many. I would definitely encourage everyone to pledge.

“It does not matter what amount you contribute, because you don’t know what difference you could be making in another person’s life,’’ said the first-year Corporate Communication Science student.

Audrey Sithebe, another SRC member, said that the pledge would take place on a monthly basis “as these are ongoing issues and other students also need to be given an opportunity to contribute and to gain from it too”.

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