A South African Businessman and his family have taken public concerns on their shoulder by donating 30 two-bedroom flats to help bring relief to the UWC accommodation crisis.
The Cape Town businessman, Solly Nagdee and his wife Khairu Nagdee, made the donation of the thirty block of flats to the varsity in response to the UWC accommodation crisis for students.
UWC spokesperson, Luthando Tyhalibongo, who confirmed the donation told BuzzSouthAfrica that the building located in Kuils River, would be able to accommodate 120 beds.
Tyhalibongo also said the apartments would undergo renovation from next week, as some of them were still occupied till the end of the month when the tenants would move out.
Speaking during the official handover of the building to the university authority, Nagdee said that they could not turn a blind eye to the accommodation crisis faced by the institution in their community.
“We are aware of the struggles the University of the Western Cape and students face. Too many students de-register because they cannot afford the cost of accommodation and transport,” Nagdee said.
Reports have it that aside from helping to avert the UWC accommodation crisis, Nagdee and his wife had made several other donations to his community, especially to UWC.
In 2013, the philanthropists donated a vacant land adjoining university grounds which was to be used for administration offices.
The family did put the block of flats on the market and when they saw a very low bid from UWC, they decided to donate the flats instead.
“We are very conscious of the fact that there is terrible shortage of land and shortage of student residences. This what we felt we wanted to do because you find that so many students cannot afford the cost of transport and accommodation,” Khairu said.
The Nagdees are owners of a number of TOTAL filling stations around Cape Town and have been residents of Bellville South since the early 1960s.