Over R1 million has been raised by Wits University and the Wits Student Representative Council in a move to give assistance to students from poor families who have not been granted funds for studies by the National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme.
The latest donation of R 553 000 was put forward by Basetsana Thokoane who, in a letter to Wits University and the SRC President Mcebo Dlamini, expressed solidarity with the students as she had been a beneficiary of the kindness of others.
“I was educated by the ANC in exile, a proud graduate of Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Tanzania, various universities and colleges in the UK through ANC scholarships and support.
People of these countries and many more did so much for us. I will always make sure that young people who work hard are supported to achieve their dreams as so many did with me,” she said.
Thokoane’s donation brings to over a million the funds donated by individuals, the corporate sector, Wits staff and students and trusts and foundations which will secure the future of over 2000 students.
Some of the major donors for this campaign are Law firm Norton’s Incorporated (R 100 000), individual members of the bar (R 260 000), the Oppenheimer Family Trust (R 120 000), Wits Deans and Senior Executive staff (R 250 000), and the academic staff union ASAWU (R 500 000).
“The outpouring of support from Wits staff and students, the public and South Africans has been phenomenal,” said Dlamini.
Donations can be made online via Wits University.