UCT Receives R4 Million Donation Following Fire Damage

The National Lotteries Commission has donated R4 million in funds to the University of Cape Town. This comes after the university was affected by wildfires that blazed throughout the city's Table Mountain in April.

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The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) has come out to stand in solidarity with the University of Cape Town by donating R4 million in response to the damage caused by wildfires that burnt through several of its campus buildings in April.

According to an article published on the University's news website, an official handover ceremony that took place on 26 May saw the provincial manager of the NLC, Marcelle Musson, expressing solidarity with the university's entire community.

“The impact of the fires on the UCT campus and students has hit us all hard,” she said.

In these trying times, we have seen the resurgence of ubuntu in the face of your loss. As part of the NLC’s response to the devastation, we have directed a total of R4 million towards efforts to cushion the blow.

UCT's Department of Student Affairs (DSA) is looking to allocate the funds towards its Student Wellness Service's Peer Intervention Programme, which includes counselling services and psychosocial support, and Students Development's Social Support Programme, which includes food security.

“We have many students who are food insecure and require other social support,” said Edwina Brooks, the director of Student Development, located in the DSA.

“The NLC has responded by providing this generous donation, which we are very excited about.” said the executive director of Student Affairs Pura Mgolombane.

Read the full statement released by the University of Cape Town here. 

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