The Student in Distress Fund was established in 2015 by the EBE Undergraduate Student Council (EBESC), to assist fellow students who were in dire need of financial assistance. There were students in the faculty who were sleeping in the labs, and had no money for food.
The 2015 EBESC went on a fundraising campaign and raised money from students and staff. In 2015, we were able to assist six students, and in 2016, 37 students and in 2017, 78 students with Pick ’n Pay vouchers (for food, toiletries, stationery and electricity), rent, and transport. The fund will not supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid. The number of students who can be supported will depend on the availability of funds. Each case will be looked at individually and assessed on how we can assist the student.
Nkululeko Dlamini was the first student who was assisted. He said, "I would like to thank you for all the support you have provided to make my dream a reality. I wouldn't have made it without your support." Nlululeko graduated in December 2015 and iis now working for a renewable energy company. He said, "I know I can do anything because I managed to get my degree thanks to the amazing support from staff at UCT." His smile says it all!
"Please consider making your donation today by using the Online payment method or EFT. If you live outside of South Africa and would like to make a donation, you can do so in the following countries: Canada, USA, UK and Australia. All donations to UCT are tax-deductable."
Donate to Student in Distress Fund
To make a generous tax-deductible donation to the fund, please deposit in the account below:
Banking Details for Donations
Bank name Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
Account name UCT Donations Account
Branch name Rondebosch
Branch code 02 50 09
Account number 07 152 2387
Type of account Current
Swift address SBZAZAJJ
REFERENCE EBE SOS
You will get an 18A tax certificate.
To assist with prompt identification and processing of donations, please include an abbreviated donor name and donation purpose in the bank reference field.
Once a deposit or electronic payment has been made, please notify us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining what the donation is for.
Correspondent bank details for the USA are available on request.