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Thursday, 12 November 2020

Business Faculty supports Convocation Covid-19 Fund

GRATITUDE: Convocation Executive member and the Fund’s Head of Campaign, Andiswa Mrasi, says since its inception the fund has raised donations to the value of R380 814.50. GRATITUDE: Convocation Executive member and the Fund’s Head of Campaign, Andiswa Mrasi, says since its inception the fund has raised donations to the value of R380 814.50.

Following a presentation made in relation to the CPUT Convocation Covid-19 Fund at a board meeting of the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences (FBMS), the fund saw a spike in staff donations.

Convocation Executive Member and the Fund’s Head of Campaign, Andiswa Mrasi, says the Faculty was highly supportive of the initiative and offered some limited administrative assistance in support of the campaign.

“We are very grateful for the support we have from staff and are still receiving from the Faculty, especially the Dean’s office,” says Mrasi.

She adds that the Faculty got on board after the concept and objectives of the Fund was presented at a meeting of the university’s Management Committee (ManCom). “I was invited to present during a ManCom Meeting with the Dean of the FBMS being a committee member. It was after this meeting that the Dean, Prof [Paul] Green, invited me to a meeting with other colleagues from within the Faculty and [I] ultimately then presented on the Fund at the Faculty Board Meeting.”

She concedes that it is difficult to quantify the Faculty’s efforts as the Fund’s marketing efforts have been broad and therefore they cannot attach any amount to a specific marketing effort, except for donations from corporate donors such as bursaries and laptops.

The Fund announced in October that since its inception earlier this year it has raised donations to the value of R380 814.50. It was officially launched in May by the Convocation in partnership with the Advancement Department and the Vice-Chancellor’s office to assist the institution in its attempts to save the 2020 academic year in the midst of the  Covid-19 pandemic.

Mrasi adds that plans to sustain the Faculty’s role in support of the Fund are afoot. “We are in a development phase of a strategy to see how the expertise of departments such as marketing, events, retail, etc. can assist us in growing the Fund.”

Green says the Faculty is happy and proud to support such an important initiative which assists students with academic resources they require to complete the 2020 academic year.  “We continue, as a Faculty, to seek creative and innovative ways to stay true to our core values, vision and mission and through our participation in such institutional initiatives, we are afforded the opportunity of doing so,” he adds. 

*For donations to the Fund use the Account Name CPUT Alumni, ABSA Account No. 40-6934-6192, Branch code 630305, Reference Covid and please email proof to covid@cput.ac.za.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.