NSFAS Fund-A-Thon Fundraising Campaign launched

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has launched a fundraising initiative, the NSFAS Fund-a-thon in partnership with the SABC Foundation, and Vodacom Foundation hosted at the University of Fort Hare. In support of the launch the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr. Mduduzi Manana delivered a Keynote Address to appeal to ordinary South Africans to actively contribute towards increasing the pool of funding available for deserving students in higher education and training.

Mr Mduduzi Manana said that “The principle of cost sharing in higher education is an important one in South Africa. The cost of higher education should be shared between public and private interests – specifically the state in the form of subsidies, the private sector, through investments in research and scholarships and families themselves, whose children will have access to the private goods of productive engagement in the economy by virtue of their access to higher education.”
The Vodacom Chief Officer, Ms Maya Makanjee expressed that education is a societal issue therefore as the Foundation they are investing in education through their contribution in this initiative.
The NSFAS Executive officer, Mr Msulwa Daca emphasized that education is not just a government issue but the private sector and the general public are to play their pivotal roles in providing access to higher education and further education and training.The Vice Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare Dr Mvuyo Tom encouraged everyone to form partnerships to transform higher education and training as this will assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to higher education.
In line with the NSFAS mandate, the Fund-A-Thon seeks to increase funding for academically-able and financially deserving students. By sending an sms to 49919 and key in the word NSFAS, the general public will be able to donate R30 per sms. Thus, increasing available funding whilst encouraging responsible citizenship amongst all South Africans.
Following weeks of mass demonstrations at 18 campuses across the country in 2015, due to a dramatic rise in the cost of higher education, racial and economic injustice that continues to plague South Africa’s masses, government was compelled to inject even more funding into the sector. In light of the increased funding from government, and cognisant of the magnitude of the demand for funding, NSFAS saw the need to design a fundraising campaign that seeks to complement the government’s efforts in this regard.

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