UJ walks for a cause
The past few years have gripped South Africa’s higher education institutions with students’ strikes due to a lack of funding for academically deserving and underprivileged students to continue their studies. It has become a serious topic among universities’ management, government officials and students across tertiary education institutions.
The issue of student funding has created a robust debate on the number of students not covered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and education institutions due to increasing numbers of enrolments in tertiary institutions. To curb this problem, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is taking proactive steps to raise funds for these students. UJ, in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), will have a Future Walk (5 km walkathon and 8 km run) to raise funds on 18 October 2015.
UJ aims to raise R3 million to help the students in pursuit of a better future in education.
In 2015, there were 2 358 senior students who met the NSFAS qualifying criteria, but could not be funded due to the NSFAS funding shortfall. UJ Student Finance is actively involved in fundraising for underprivileged but academically performing students. In the 2014 financial year, R34m was raised through direct interaction with external sponsors/donors across all industries. The funds that were raised managed to relieve some of the NSFAS shortfall that is increasing every year.
“By participating in the Future Walk you can help us to ensure a future for our students. UJ and GDE have invested millions in student bursaries over the past few years. As a result of the national funding limitations at NSFAS, this investment is still not enough to assist all our students. In 2015, 725 returning students in good academic standing could not register as they did not have the funds required. Funds raised from the UJ Future Walk will go a long way in ensuring this does not happen again,” says Ms Nolwazi Mamorare, Executive Director: Financial Governance and Revenue at UJ.
UJ’s Student Representative Council (SRC) supports the initiative. Says President Khutso Rammutla: “The UJ SRC believes that quality education should be accessible to all, poor or rich. The South African Constitution prescribes that education is a right, but it is unfortunate that there still are not enough resources allocated to ensure that everyone enjoys the opportune right to pursue education. In South Africa, it still feels like education is a privileged commodity.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to contribute to this fundraising initiative so that people get educated. It is only through education that our society can be a better place without prejudices, poverty and suffering,” says Mr Rammutla.
The Future Walk will be held in Auckland Park at the University’s AW Muller Stadium, located at the Bunting Road Campus. The Discovery Medical Aid Scheme support this initiative and its member will be awarded points if they partake in the walk.
Ticket sales are R145 (5 km walk) and R175 (8 km run) and includes a T-shirt. To register, visit the registration website at https://www.entrytime.com/event-details/?EventId=4513
There will be a Park and Ride service at the UJ Auckland Park Kingsway Campus Student Parking.
More information about the event (registration, race map, walk/run rules, contacts, and updates about the race) can be found on the UJ web page http://www.uj.ac.za/EN/CorporateServices/UJ-and-GDE-Future-Walk/Pages/default.aspx
Use the hashtag #UJFutureWalk to engage on social media platforms.
UJ, GDE FUTURE WALK 8 and 5km - 2015
Text 2 Pledge: SMS UJFUTUREWALK To 40287 And Pledge R20.00 Towards UJ Student Bursaries.
18th Oct 2015
Online Start Date:
08th Sep 2015 – Ticket Sales
Online End Date:
14th Oct 2015 – Ticket Sales
011 559 4555 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Distance and Entry Fee
Pre Entries(Closing 14 Oct 2015):
8km Run / Walk - R 175,00
5km Run / Walk - R 145,00
8km Run / Walk 07:00
5km Run / Walk 07:30
Parking @ APK Campus
For more information on this event, contact Ms Nomsa Mahlangu, Senior Director: UJ Sports, at cellphone number 082 302 6507 or on office telephone number 011 559 1090 – or email her at email@example.com
For more information on UJ student finance matters, contact Ms Nolwazi Mamorare at 082 897 4521 or 011 559 4840 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org.