NMMU Vice-Chancellor to climb Mount Fuji for financially-needy students

2015-07-09 06:00
=Mteteleli Biko (left) and Jarred Salzwedel (right) both Master’s students in the NMMU Human Movement Sciences Department assisting NMMU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Derrick Swartz, with a fitness test.

=Mteteleli Biko (left) and Jarred Salzwedel (right) both Master’s students in the NMMU Human Movement Sciences Department assisting NMMU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Derrick Swartz, with a fitness test. Photo: SUPPLIED

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

He’s swopping his briefcase for a backpack and meetings for the mountain.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz will be moving out of the familiar comfort of academia to “walk the talk” - literally.

As part of Prof Swartz’s personal commitment to the University’s 10-year celebrations, he will be climbing Mount Fuji in Japan on 7 August to raise funds for academically-deserving but financially-needy students at NMMU.

The #climb4nmmu campaign will also give Prof Swartz the opportunity to highlight the extent of the need for financial support for such students especially within the Eastern Cape, which is recognised as the poorest province.

The R9.5 billion distributed as part of the government’s National Student Financial Assistance Scheme (NSFAS) does not meet national needs, and certainly not within NMMU.

“My view is that we - society at large - must find ways of augmenting the pressurized resources. All of us have the capacity to make a difference,” says Prof Swartz.

Prof Swartz’s 3,7km climb will be symbolic of the challenges many students face in order to get a tertiary qualification such as perseverance, taking responsibility and integrity. There are 10 base camps leading up to the peak, one for each year of NMMU’s first decade.

All funds will go to the University’s Bursary Legacy Campaign run by the NMMU Trust. Their Ignite a Candle campaign is already supporting worthy students.

The University is hoping to raise at least R500 000 to support a further students for the duration of their degrees or diplomas.

To support the Vice-Chancellor in his initiative, a number of events to raise both awareness and funds will be hosted before his departure from Port Elizabeth on 31 July.

These include a rowing challenge and a time trial for running up the university’s main building of 18 storeys. Prof Swartz runs up to his office on the top floor daily and down again as part of his training for the challenging two-day climb.

The former will be with students and the latter against corporate sponsors

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.