Financial assistance gained for students in need.
The actions of an organisation at UKZN known as Hope of the Nation have made it possible for about 50 students to continue with their studies at the University this year.
The 2014 academic year began with some prospective students at UKZN – many from disadvantaged backgrounds – facing exclusion because of financial problems around the payment of fees.
The SRC had tried secure registration for the students and approached potential funders with limited success.
Mr Cassius Gumede and his Hope of the Nation team stepped in and through interaction with a variety of business enterprises, politicians and influential individuals secured close to R500 000 to cover debt incurred mostly by students from the class of 2013.
The team’s action made it possible for 50 students facing exclusion to continue with their studies this year.
The Hope of the Nation team is still in negotiation with other sponsors to financially assist a further 60 students.