Rhodes students get financial boost thanks to vice chancellor

2015-03-05 22:32

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Port Elizabeth –  Financially struggling Rhodes University students will get an extra boost thanks to newly inaugurated vice chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela,  who makes a “salary sacrifice” towards a bursary fund.

According to Wits Vuvuzela, Mabizela, who became deputy vice chancellor in 2008, started contributing a part of his salary to a fund to assist academically talented students from mostly poor and rural families.

He’s aim is to ensure that these students are not turned away from the university.

The vice chancellor of the Grahamstown university told Wits Vuvuzela, that he encourages every young person in this country to make a contribution.

Early this year Rhodes had to turn away about 130 students because they were denied National Student Financial Aid Scheme funding and were unable to register.

Protesting students

In February a small group of students marched to the higher education and training department in Pretoria for what they call "free and quality education for all".

Waving placards bearing slogans such as "A revolution of consciousness", "Bailouts for SAA, Eskom, what about education?" and "Blade we demand NSFAS", students marched in the streets while singing struggle songs.

They said they were protesting against the lack of funding from the NSFAS and to eradicate debt among students.

The protesters expressed their dissatisfaction over a shortage of funding from the government scheme. Students said universities were charging exorbitant tuition fees as a form of modern day exclusion.

"We are back in apartheid days," they said.

"We are tired of fighting against something that could easily be addressed in a single motion," student Thato Molopo said.

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