23rd May 2017
The South African Student Solidarity Foundation for Education (SASSFE) has contributed R250 000 to the Wits Food Programme, particularly the Masidleni Daily Meal Project, to assist students in need at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The Masidleni Daily Meal Project is run by the Wits Citizen and Community Outreach (WCCO) office and assists hundreds of students each day by partnering with the Gift of the Givers to provide students with a hot lunch time meal from Monday to Friday each week. The WCCO is headed by Karuna Singh and forms part of the Student Affairs division’s programme to assist students in need.
The Wits Students Representative Council (SRC) supports the Wits Food Programme and a number of students volunteer in the programme, which includes the Wits Food Bank where corporates and individuals donate food and other items to meet students basic needs.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, who is chairperson of SASSFE’s Board of Trustees, says, “Our objective is to bolster and strengthen programmes at Wits which aim to provide students in need with the kind of dignified and caring environment so necessary for students’ academic success.”
“SASSFE has focussed on mobilising funds from alumni in order to show solidarity with and to find ways of materially supporting the current generation of students. We have found that many alumni are keen to assist the thousands of students in need at South Africa’s tertiary education institutions. The older generation are very keen to lend a hand to the current generation of students, as we have seen the transformative power that access to good quality higher education has had in our lives,” comments Archbishop Makgoba.
SASSFE was set up in April 2016 with its chapter based at Wits University, but the foundation has plans to expand its activities nationally. It is envisaged that SASSFE chapters, made up of and driven by alumni, will be established at many other tertiary education institutions around South Africa.
In addition to Archbishop Makgoba, SASSFE’s other Trustees are retired Judge Richard Goldstone, Judge Azhar Cachalia and Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. The SASSFE has a Management Committee chaired by Tiego Moseneke.
In order to contact SASSFE, or to make a donation, visit the SASSFE website at http://sassfe.org.za/contribute/
“We are making a clarion call for alumni across South Africa to dig into their pockets and make a contribution. Small, regular contributions, by a large number of alumni will make a big difference to the lives of current generation of bright young minds, who have made it to higher education, but now require support to provide them with the basics that will allow them to fulfil their dreams for the future,” enthuses Moseneke.