The cast of SABC 2 soapie Muvhango has come together to help a student get his university results by making contributions towards his outstanding fees.
A few weeks ago, a student reached out on the Muvhango social media page asking for assistance in paying their student debt to obtain their results. The student had completed his degree but could not receive his results due to an outstanding balance for his fees.
Muvhango actors saw the message and asked each actor to donate whatever amount they could afford to pay for the student's fees.
"The actors were very willing to help out," says Word Of Mouth publicist Thanduxolo Jingela.
"This did not come as a surprise as we all know how passionate everyone in the crew and cast is about education."
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Keeping the details of the student anonymous, Word Of Mouth Pictures Founder Duma Ndlovu called the actors’ charitable act, a responsibility.
“Education is at the core of our values and we want our viewers to benefit from being loyal to the show. It is our responsibility to help where we can,” he tells Drum.
“And if the students wish to remain anonymous, it is their choice. It is our right to maintain the dignity of people in all we do.”
Their generous donation has inspired the Word Of Mouth to start the #HelpAStudentGraduateChallenge initiative where every month South Africans donate towards paying student fees for those in need.
Bukamina Cebekhulu who plays Gugu on Muvhango says, “Not many people come from privileged homes, and every opportunity I get to lend a helping hand is a blessing.
“No matter how small the contribution may be, everything counts,” she adds.
The challenge aims to create a funding opportunity for students who owe university fees that are preventing them from graduating. The next phase will be extended to the public and hopefully see many students graduate in the future.
“We want students to be able to further their studies or seek employment without the burden of university debt,” Duma says.
“We are appealing to all South Africans and businesses to support us. The main aim is to see hundreds of graduates being assisted.”