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Alumni rally behind South African universities


The Wits former SRC Presidents, Presidents of the Black Students Society (BSS) and the 2016 Wits SRC teamed up in 2016 for the launch of a fund they have created called the South African Student Solidarity Foundation for Education (SASSFE). SASSFE’s aim is to improve wider student access to higher education, to address the plight of poor students and thereby assist in the equitable transformation of South African society.

“Our principal objective is to establish a long-term, sustainable fund by mobilising higher education graduates in South Africa to contribute a minimum of R200 a month towards assisting students at a tertiary education institution of their choice,” says SASSFE Chair and spokesperson Mr Tiego Moseneke.  “Starting with the launch of the Wits SASSFE Chapter, we intend to reach a significant number of Wits alumni who will make monthly contributions within the first year. We also encourage all South Africans of goodwill to support this initiative. Through this act of solidarity with the present generation of students, we can contribute to a better tomorrow for our country.

This is our nation-building moment.” Former Wits student leaders on the SASSFE management committee include alumni Tiego Moseneke, Linda Vilakazi, Moss Mashishi, Terry Tselane, Firoz Cachalia, Kenneth Creamer, Themba Maseko and Tebogo Thothela. SASSFE’s trustees include eminent Wits alumni: Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, the Archbishop of Cape Town (Chairman), Retired Judge of the Constitutional Court Richard Goldstone, Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal Azhar Cachalia, and Wits Convocation President Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.