Appreciating the PPC Foundation’s donation to the University. From left: Tebogo Makgabo, Health And Wellness Director, Lebogang Tsotetsi, PPS Foundation: Marketing and Communication Specialist , Prof Stanley Mukhola, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Teaching, Learning and Technology and Acting DVC Student Affairs , Lindiwe Sikhosana, Financial Officer and Vuyo Kobokoane, PPS Foundation: Executive Head.
The PPS Foundation the donated twenty boxes of food parcels, containing seven thousand meals to be distributed to less advantaged students at the University’s Soshanguve Campuses during the exams.
The PPS Foundation was established in 2016 primarily to improve access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, and to make a measurable contribution to the sustainable development of South African communities through PPS’s ethos of mutuality and shared success.
Executive Head of the Foundation, Vuyo Kobokoane, said a concerned TUT staff, approached her for assistance to help resolving the difficulties some students face and that often affect their academic performance negatively. “These young people are the future leaders of the country and PPS felt compelled to offer help. Our Foundation believes in helping to mould young minds and provide solutions to many of South Africa’s challenges.”
Prof Stanley Mukhola, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Teaching, Learning and Technology and acting DVC Student Affairs and Extracurricular Development, explained the need among students, especially at the Soshanguve campuses. “Students at these township based campuses tend to face more difficulties and these food parcels will definitely help many young people through the exams. When they are well nourished, they are better able to study, which increase their chances to perform well academically,” Prof Mukhola said.
The University will also explore possible ways in which to collaborate with the PPS Foundation to help more young people obtain qualifications. Kobokoane explained that the Foundation has very effective systems in place to identify potential for success in school leavers and become part of their journey towards a successful student life and obtaining a qualification.