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Over R40 000 worth of goods were collected during the 2019 #Back2Varsity campaign, a partnership between Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Tuks FM, which is in support of disadvantaged students of the University of Pretoria (UP).

Research conducted by the Higher Education Department estimates that about 216 000 students in South Africa are without suitable accommodation, and almost 400 000 beds are needed to meet its enrolment targets for 2030. This has resulted in thousands of squatting tertiary students needing urgent support.

Olive Ndebele, General Manager at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, said the #Back2Varsity campaign was far more than a charity drive. “It’s about our contribution to society, our appreciation of society, and our appreciation of what education means to the world, to our economy and to the individuals here. Education is so important  – it’s a maturity of the mind. It’s not just about getting a degree so you can get a job and a better paycheck. The way you express yourself and your opinions, your confidence – there is a great distinction between those that have been educated and those who have little exposure to education.”

Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice Chancellor and Principle of the University of Pretoria, emphasised the importance of community, and the role radio stations such as Tuks FM play in benefiting the communities they serve. “This initiative really is about community, and a community is about giving, because in a community to give is to be given. No community coheres if there is no state of giving. A community radio station’s job is to create a community, in this case consisting out of the University of Pretoria and its environment.”

David Kabwa, President of UP’s Student Representative Council, thanked both Menlyn and Tuks FM for contributing to student well being through the #Back2Varsity campaign: “To Menlyn, we are extremely grateful that you’ve joined in to help. Not only do students go to Menlyn to have fun, but now they also know that Menlyn is supporting them in reaching their academic success. To Tuks FM, what more can we say? On behalf of every single student of the University of Pretoria, on behalf of all the students who come through the doors of the Department of Student Affairs wondering how they can focus on their academics when it’s hard to focus on anything other than how hungry they are, thank you.”

All the items collected, which include non-perishable foods, stationery, clothing and toiletries, will be distributed via UP’s SNAPP (Student Nutrition and Progress Programme), which provides support to underprivileged students with food and related assistance.

In 2018, R30 000 worth of goods were collected during the #Back2Varsity campaign which provided approximately 170 students with meals for six months.
Bhaviksha Ramouthar – DSA, Thuli Zulu – SRC Deputy President, Prof Tawana Kupe – UP Vice Chancellor, David Kabwa – SRC President, Olive Ndebele – Menlyn General Manager.

 

 

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Following the success of last year’s Back2Varsity campaign, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Tuks FM have again joined forces to continue their support of students of the University of Pretoria. In 2018, the partnership was able to provide approximately 170 students with meals for six months.

Research conducted by the Higher Education Department estimates that about 216,000 students in South Africa are without suitable accommodation, and almost 400,000 beds are needed to meet its enrolment targets for 2030. This has resulted in thousands of squatting tertiary students needing urgent support.

“For this reason, in 2019 the Back2Varsity campaign will continue to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing them with necessities such as canned foods, stationery, toiletries and blankets amongst other things which will remain accessible to them throughout the year,” explains Olive Ndebele, General Manager at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre. “We recognise the need to support students. For this reason, we will continue working with Tuks FM to ensure both the shopping centre and its retailers are able to help them reach their academic goals.”

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre has set up collection boxes at their Starbucks Court, Ground Floor. These collection points are linked to customer purchases aimed at encouraging the Pretoria community and corporates to donate to students at the University of Pretoria from 28 January – 15 February 2019. Some retailers will match the donations made by customers, while others are encouraging customer support by linking their donations to Back2School prices.

“It is without a doubt that the donations received last year brought change to the students’ lives by ensuring that they had meals to sustain them during the day and enabled them to succeed in their studies. Hunger is an obstacle which we need to remove to ensure that students are not compromised in terms of attaining academic success,” said Dr Matete Madiba, Director: Student Affairs at the University of Pretoria.

Leanne Kunz, Station Manager of Tuks FM, says the radio station is only too happy to again be involved with an initiative as necessary and valuable as this one. “Many students are battling to keep their heads above water with the high costs involved with getting an education. The last thing they need is to also have to worry about where they’re going to get their next meal, or how they’re going to afford stationery or basic things they need to get them through the day. We were so encouraged by the success of last year’s event, and we’re determined to make Back2Varsity 2019 even more successful!”

 

 

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A charity drive hosted by Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in partnership with Tuks FM, has resulted in a huge amount of goods collected for disadvantaged students of the University of Pretoria (UP).

The ‘Back to School’ campaign called upon students, residents of Pretoria and businesspeople to contribute groceries, toiletries and blankets, among others, which will be donated, through Tuks FM, to UP’s Student Representative Council (SRC) to benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The official handover of goods took place at Tuks FM’s studios on Monday.

Menlyn Park general manager, Olive Ndebele said the partnership with Tuks FM was part of their strategy to work with community media. “A lot of students aren’t financially able to support themselves. They may manage to pay their university fees, but can’t afford accommodation, food, stationery and toiletries. We thought we could get our customers to assist by donating items.”

She thanked Tuks FM and the community of the University of Pretoria for allowing Menlyn to be part of the initiative. “We are not just a shopping centre, we are about lifestyle, and lifestyle means also making positive contributions to the communities in which we operate. So students and education is something that is very close to our heart.”

Leanne Kunz, Tuks FM’s Station Manager, said they were very happy with the outcome of the campaign and would look to make the event an annual occurrence. “Tuks FM has always strived to improve the lives of the community it serves, a large part of which is made up of students of the University of Pretoria. We teamed up with Menlyn for this wonderful initiative because we understand that large parts of the student fraternity and their families are only just keeping their heads above water, considering the high cost of tertiary education.”

“We are ecstatic to be able to help students in any way we can, and even though it’s just a drop in the ocean, every little bit helps. We hope to be able to lighten the load for these students so that they can focus all their attention on completing their studies and reaching their full potential, as opposed to worrying about their next meal,” Kunz said.

The donations are being stored at Tuks FM’s offices in the interim. They will be collected and distributed to students by the SRC.

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