UJ raises R100m for stu­dents

Fund­ing to help ‘miss­ing mid­dle’ stu­dents who are not poor enough to qual­ify for fi­nan­cial aid scheme

African Independent - - EDUCATION -

SOUTH AFRIC’S Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg (UJ) has raised R100 mil­lion un­der its Miss­ing Mid­dle Fundrais­ing Cam­paign that will sup­port 2 500 stu­dents.

The miss­ing mid­dle refers to stu­dents who are con­sid­ered to be bet­ter off than those en­ti­tled to ben­e­fit from the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), but for whom univer­sity fees are still un­af­ford­able.

UJ spokesper­son, Kaamini Reddy, said in a state­ment: “The Univer­sity se­cured the R100 mil­lion, to sup­port stu­dents who are in the ‘miss­ing mid­dle’ and hence do not qual­ify for NSFAS, with a gen­er­ous R10 mil­lion cash do­na­tion from FirstRand Foun­da­tion”.

The UJ fundrais­ing cam­paign is one of the big­gest un­der­taken by a South African in­sti­tu­tion of higher learn­ing.

“The FirstRand Em­pow­er­ment Fund (FREF), has a very spe­cific man­date to con­trib­ute to a strength­ened econ­omy and a bet­ter South Africa through pro­mot­ing and fund­ing ed­u­ca­tion es­pe­cially among the his­tor­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged South Africans,” said Sizwe Nx­as­ana, chair­man of FREF.

He said FREF rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant piece of the en­dow­ment cre­ated by the group’s suc­cess­ful black eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment scheme.

UJ’s Vice-Chan­cel­lor and Prin­ci­pal, Pro­fes­sor Ihron Rens­burg said: “It is en­cour­ag­ing to see the pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ing in ed­u­ca­tion. I con­tinue to be as­tounded at the ex­tra­or­di­nary good­will that has been shown to our Univer­sity and our stu­dents.

“It is im­por­tant for stu­dents to ac­knowl­edge the com­mit­ment and the con­tri­bu­tion made by the pri­vate sec­tor to­wards the fund­ing of higher ed­u­ca­tion, which the foun­da­tion has demon­strated with this do­na­tion.” – ANA

PIC­TURE: EPA

ANGER: Pri­vate se­cu­rity staff hide be­hind pil­lars and shields as they are pelted with stones thrown by stu­dents from Wits Univer­sity dur­ing on­go­ing protests against the cost of higher ed­u­ca­tion in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa, in Oc­to­ber.

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