Witness Reporter
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28 Apr 2021
06:08

Food parcels for UKZN students as they wait for their allowances

Witness Reporter

Students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus were given food parcels on Monday as part of a pilot project to ensure that those in need do not starve.

Students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus were given food parcels on Monday as part of a pilot project to ensure that those in need do not starve.

Sphelele Shangase said the parcels were for students who had not received their allowances and also for those who are in need of food, but are not funded.

“The Pietermaritzburg campus representative council (PCRC) made requests to distribute the food donated to the campus HIV and AIDS support unit so the students are not left to starve,” he said.

Shangase added that the initiative started last year and is known as Kuphakiwe, meaning “food has been served” in Zulu.

“It was started to stretch the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) rand.

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“Basically the perception is that students must be given food packs because not all students are funded. Some share their funding with their families.

“That is the reality students’ face. So this initiative is to ensure that there’s food security at UKZN and no student fails or underperforms due to not having something to eat,” added Shangase.

He said that about 120 students benefited from the food distribution.

Shangase added the initiative was successful but “the only challenge we faced was that it was not enough”.