Church donation boosts TUT student food support programme

30 July 2020

Honouring a partnership with the Pretoria Eastern Suburbs Seventh Day Adventist Church (PEDSA) Board to raise funds in support of students in need of welfare assistance, Tshwane University of Technology’s Prof Khumbulani Mpofu completed a 90 km virtual Comrades marathon held on 16 June 2020, in a time of 11 h 35 min.

Running the virtual comrades marathon, Prof Kumbulani Mpofu.

The PEDSA church board agreed that 50% of the funds raised would be allocated to the University’s Student Food Support programme. Therefore, from the total of R12 438 raised during the marathon, PEDSA would assign R 6 219 to the student food program. 

Khumbuzile Mdlalose from the Industrial Engineering Department and Coordinator of the Student Food Support Programme, added that other donations also contributed R 6 030 to the project with an end target of R41 800 to assist the current 250 students in need of support. 

Other TUT colleagues who participated in the virtual Comrades in support of the fundraiser were:

  • Thabo Podile - 45km with a finish time of 3h 35min
  • Thomas Kgatle - 21 km with a finish time of 2 h 39 min
  • Marensia Bhebe -21 km with a finish time of 3 h
  • Tshifhiwa Nenzhelele -15 km with a finish time of 2 h 35min

Running the extra mile for his fellow-students in need, an M Tech Mechanical Engineering student, Nyangani Mtimkhulu, completed 94 km in a time of 9 h 10min.

Khumbuzile explained that observance to good governance is very important in the success and execution of the project. 

“The Student Food Support Programme does not allow for money to be handed out to students in need of support, rather it pays for specific basic necessary food items. Food parcels are then delivered to the beneficiaries.”

Khumbuzile once again appealed to colleagues and the public to assist in raising funds for the project. “Every rand helps, therefore, if you would like to assist the project financially, please SMS "FOOD SUPPORT" to 38157 to Donate,” she said.

Alternatively you could pay your donation directly into: 

Tshwane University of Technology 
ABSA Account No. 04 000 000 3
Reference: F027 FOOD

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