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UKZN ESTABLISHES A HARDSHIP FUND TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND MENSTRUAL HYGIENE FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF

April 16, 2020

UKZN Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Nana Poku is the first to contribute to the fund – pledging a third of his monthly salary for the next three months.

COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: CORPORATE RELATIONS

As South Africa and the rest of the world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become clear that there is an urgent need to establish programmes of increased social support to protect those members of our University community that come from poor and vulnerable households.

In response, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has established a UKZN Hardship Fund aimed at addressing issues of food insecurity and menstrual hygiene for students and staff. This response acknowledges that the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to be severe on the most vulnerable within our UKZN community.

UKZN Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Nana Poku is the first to contribute to the fund – pledging a third of his monthly salary for the next three months. Poku calls on all UKZN stakeholders including staff, students, suppliers, service providers, funders, alumni, the donor community, friends of the University and all other loyal stakeholders to contribute to the fund.

In order to maintain social distancing, you can donate securely using your credit/debit card, or you can do an instant EFT via your bank at www.donate.ukzn.ac.za

As part of this initiative, UKZN will also launch a donation drive on all our campuses for staff and students to donate non-perishable goods such as foods, toiletries, sanitary pads and many other items.

We call on all our students, staff and stakeholders to strictly comply with all the lockdown regulations. Stay at home and take the necessary precautionary measures to mitigate against the spread of the disease.

The University remains on high alert and its COVID-19 “War Room” and online portal continues to provide regular information and support via the website www.ukzn.ac.za including up to the minute updates from the Department of Health; NICD; WHO Africa COVID Region Office (WHO AFRO); as well as access to the University’s in-house clinical experts.


Issued by
Normah Zondo
Executive Director: Corporate Relations (Acting)

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