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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Convocation launches Covid-19 Relief Fund

PLEDGE: Convocation launches Covid-19 Relief fund. PLEDGE: Convocation launches Covid-19 Relief fund.

The CPUT Convocation has established a Covid-19 relief fund campaign, aimed at supporting the most vulnerable students.

This initiative is a response by the convocation to the current pandemic that the country and the global community are confronted with. Convocation executive member and campaign manager, Andiswa Mrasi said: “It’s a commonly known fact that most students that are in our institution come from disadvantaged backgrounds and are studying so they graduate to increase the odds of getting employment.”

Mrasi stated that the primary purpose of the fund was to assist students with necessary academic resources in order to complete the 2020 academic year. They are hoping to raise about R40 Million to reach out to about 10 000 students. “[We are] assisting the institution in its attempts to save the 2020 academic year, particularly for those students in the final year of their undergraduate degree. If we could at least assist them to still obtain their qualification, then we would have succeeded.”

According to Mrasi priority will be given to final- year undergraduate degree students who are not beneficiaries of any form of funding, and do not have the required academic resources to complete their qualification under the current circumstances. Convocation President, Saziso Matiwane added: “The focus of the university at this stage is to save the academic year, it, therefore, becomes our responsibility as the Convocation to roll-up our sleeves and find ways to assist the institution.

Member of Parliament and convocation executive committee member, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa also called on the nation, alumni and the broader CPUT community to support the institution’s cause to support needy students. Donations can be made through any of the methods listed below. “The support from NSFAS, DHET, and the university is not enough to cater for all students in need, hence this project. We, therefore, call upon each and every one of you to heed our call for support,” Nkwankwa stated.

“Help us ensure that the institution continues to create futures even in challenging times like these, #KeepCreatingFutures,” Mrasi pleaded with the community at large.

To donate: Sms “Covid Fund” to “35525”. Each SMS costs R3 and free SMSes do not apply. Online: Follow or copy the link and paste on your browser: https://www.cput.ac.za/advancement/giving

Written by Aphiwe Boyce