Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has pledged R15‚000 to help students who need funding to complete their tertiary education‚ and called on companies to follow her lead in the #feesmustfall campaign.
The advocate‚ speaking at the IUA-United Communal Fund (UCF) fundraising dinner in Durban on Wednesday‚ said there is a need for corporate South Africa to join the search for solutions to the fees crises in higher education.
“As long as there is injustice somewhere‚ sustainable peace cannot be experienced anywhere. Education is important in the delivery of the constitutional dream of the freed potential and improved quality of life of all‚” she said. She also alluded to former president Nelson Mandela who once said education is the great leveller.
“Education is a key component for a country’s progression‚ therefore when we collectively work towards educating our young persons; we actively and jointly contribute to a South Africa we all want to see because young people carry the dreams and hopes of our people.
We ought to take cognisance of the fact that South Africa is a relatively rich country with innovative young minds that can help address today’s problems‚” she said.
As part of the drive to support access to education for all South Africans‚ Madonsela implored corporate South Africa to join hands and establish a fund that can be utilised to assist young and talented South Africans‚ who require funding to complete their tertiary education.
Her office said in a statement that as a start‚ the institution is making use of the Corporate Social Initiative Fund that was created from donations Madonsela has received over the years‚ “and as Public Protector‚ she pledges R15‚000.00 towards that fund with the hope that this gesture will encourage many more in Corporate SA to follow suit as we make a difference and put through university previously disadvantaged students”.