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Thursday, 23 July 2020

Caring for needy students

FOOD SECURITY: Residence Manager Chumani Mashwanyela as well as Residence Students Assistants Asavela Vika and Likhaya Mqukuse deliver food parcels at the Down Town Lodge Residence as part of Feed a Needy Student Project. FOOD SECURITY: Residence Manager Chumani Mashwanyela as well as Residence Students Assistants Asavela Vika and Likhaya Mqukuse deliver food parcels at the Down Town Lodge Residence as part of Feed a Needy Student Project.

One of CPUT’s core values is ubuntu, and the drive to supply food to needy students expresses this.

Hundreds of needy students at CPUT residences are benefitting from food parcels, thanks to the Feed a Needy Student Project, a collaborative project between the university, residence managers and Residence Student Assistants.

In April food parcels were distributed at Down Town Lodge (DTL) and J&B houses. Chumani Mashwanyela, a Residence Manager at the two houses and the Project’s Co-ordinator, expressed a word of gratitude for the kind gestures shown by Sam's Driving Academy, Make It Happen Eatery and other individual donors.

In May food parcels were delivered at various CPUT residences in Cape Town on several occasions. On one occasion a local Non-Governmental Organisation donated the food supplies while on other occasions the university made the donations to the students after screening them for need.

“We would like to express our deepest and humble gratitude to Embrace Dignity for donating 124 food parcels,” said Mashwanyela. “We managed to distribute 50 parcels at DTL and J&B, 20 at City Edge, ten at Elizabeth Women’s Residence, five at President House, 15 at Plein, ten at Hanover, ten at Sandernburgh and through phone calls made by students we delivered four at NMJ.”

Embrace Dignity is a South African human rights advocacy organisation that strives for the realisation of gender equality and wants to abolish the system of prostitution.

“The food parcels were distributed at the different residences and the major recipients were female students and they appreciated the assistance provided by the project’s leaders and donors,” he continued.

Mashwanyela added that about 400 students have benefited from the project.

 “As a residence manager, I am glad that we all realize the need to assist our students who suffer in dark little corners because of hunger. As the CPUT community we ought to come with collective and more rigorous efforts in combating hunger within our student populace.”

To give advice or donate to the project one may contact Mashwanyela via email on Mashwanyelach@cput.ac.za or call 0735158591.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.