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.
What a year 2020 has been. But thanks to generous donations we have been able to assist some of our students and make life a little easier for them.
This year our focus was on assisting students who had problems with their laptops and were falling behind in their work as they were unable to participate online.The fund helped to fix two laptops and purchased 14 new laptops.
An example of the emails I receive for assistance with a laptop:
I am a third-year student, and I've come across a massive problem. The laptop that I have been using for ERT has been giving me problems, particularly with crashing and not being able to start up properly. This morning it decided to crash completely, and any attempt and rebooting and repairing has been unsuccessful. This has greatly affected my work and put me in a lot of distress, seeing as it is project week and it can only be done on the computer.
We also assisted two students with emergency travel as there had been a death in the family, and they needed to return home. With the semester going on until mid-December, many students were unable to afford the bus tickets home as the ticket prices nearly double in December. We were able to buy bus tickets for 31 students.
The fund also helped a student who was experiencing severe headaches with new spectacles.
Below are some responses from the students who the fund has assisted. They are always so grateful for the assistance.
I want to thank you and the person who was helping me with the money; I'm really grateful. I couldn't finish this academic year without your support. Thank you so much.
I thank you very much for being of great help! I will use this moment as a drive for my excellence. Knowing that you contributed to my success surely motivates me to work even harder to be more successful.
I am humbly sorry for sending this email on the weekend it is just that I could not wait for Monday to tell you how thankful I am for the laptop. I just received a laptop now, and I thank you very much for such great help.
This motivates me to do my best and work hard to avoid such situations in the near future. I hope to work my best to contribute to the faculty, which has supported me in these difficult times.
I do not have enough words to express how happy I am grateful and thank you for helping me I will forever be grateful thank so much and send my blessing to the other kind staff and Alumni that came through for me I will travel safe and happy holidays to you and your families again thank you so much
We are very grateful for the ongoing support. You are helping to make a difference in the lives of some of our students who need it most.
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 was employed by 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!
We have several convenient ways in which you can make your donation to the EBE Student in Distress Fund. Our online credit card system is safe and only takes a few minutes to complete.Your reference should be EBE SOS.
You will get an 18A tax certificate.
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.
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
5th level, New Engineering Building
Madiba Circle, Upper Campus,
University of Cape Town, Rondebosch Contact us