BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed that the outgoing Public Protector, Adv. Thuli Madonsela pledged R15,000.00 to help resolve the university fees crisis.
Adv. Madonsela was speaking at a fundraising dinner in Durban when she made the pledge.
She remarked that there is a need for Corporate South Africa to join the search for solutions to the fees crises plaguing SA universities.
Imploring Corporate South Africa to help establish a fund that can be utilized to assist students who require funding to complete their tertiary education, she pledged R15,000.00.
Adv. Madonsela hopes her gesture will encourage Corporate SA to follow suite and help manage the fee crisis.
“We ought to take cognizance of the fact that South Africa is a relatively rich country with innovative young minds that can help address today’s problems.
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,” argued Madonsela.
She added that education is important in the delivery of the constitutional dream of the freed potential and improved quality of life of all.
“As long as there is injustice somewhere, sustainable peace cannot be experienced anywhere,” she warned.
Meanwhile, Parliament’s Select Committee on Education and Recreation has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Higher Education and Training university fee increase decision.
The Committee said it’s cool the students qualifying for National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and those falling in the category of the ‘missing middle’ will be exempt from any fee increase in 2017.
Ms. Lungelwa Zwane, the Chairperson of the Committee said the Committee sees the decision as a first step towards the attainment of free quality tertiary education for the poor and missing middle.
It’s “a way of fighting the triple threat of poverty, unemployment, and inequality,” Zwane remarked.