Trust News Winter 2017-18

The Winter 2017-18 issue of the UKZN UK Trust’s newsletter, Trust News, was posted out to alumni and supporters in the UK recently.

Please contact us if you did not receive the newsletter. We would also be grateful if you would let us have your e-mail address if you have not already done so, copying in the Alumni Affairs team at Alumni@ukzn.ac.za

View Trust News Winter 2017-18 (PDF 347KB).

Student’s story of hardship underlines need to back Trust

Trust bursary recipient Sinenhlanhla Khumalo struggles with poverty and with studying in English – but with hard work she has been able to pass her exams. In thanking the Trust for its financial help, she has provided an illuminating account of the difficulties she faces.
She writes: “In the absence of both my parents, my grandmother raised me using social grant, the money she got from selling traditional beer, mats and grass used for roofing. My grandfather did informal jobs but unfortunately died in 2007. My grandmother does everything in her power to make sure that we do not starve.
“I went to the local primary school where the level of education was very poor. They taught everything in Zulu, even English … We did not have computers … I did not have enough opportunity to practise English and as a result it is difficult for me to study at University.”
Sinenhlanhla, who is studying for a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, pays tribute to her secondary school where, despite a lack of facilities, she became one of the top performing learners.
She says: “I thank them for the person I am today … It did not have a library or a laboratory for our practicals but the teachers were very good at their jobs … They made sure they did all they could with the little that they had.”
Sinenhlanhla continues: “Life hasn’t been easy for me at the University.” Despite the financial help she has received in the current year, she still has fees outstanding from her first year of study, which could hold her back from obtaining her degree. She says: “That affects me negatively, I won’t lie, but I try not to focus on it too much.”
Turning to her studies, Sinenhlanhla says: “I do get unsatisfactory results sometimes but I work hard to make sure that I do not fail in the end.” She chose pharmacy as she is seeking “a dynamic, people-oriented career in health care”. She notes there were no pharmacies in the rural area where she grew up.
She declares: “I am a hard worker and will try all I can to complete my degree in record time.”
Please help Sinenhlanhla and students like her by making a donation to the Trust. Even the smallest contribution can make a difference.

Trust News Summer 2017

The Summer 2017 issue of the UKZN UK Trust’s newsletter, Trust News, was emailed in July to alumni and supporters in the UK and posted to those for whom we do not have email addresses.

Please contact us if you did not receive the newsletter. We would also be grateful if you would let us have your e-mail address if you have not already done so, copying in the Alumni Affairs team at Alumni@ukzn.ac.za

View Trust News Summer 2017 (PDF 635KB).

Fresh appeal as fewer students are helped

The number of students the Trust is able to help has fallen again this year – down to 11 now from 14 last year.

It underlines the need for Trust donors and supporters to give as generously as they can. Trustees are launching a fresh appeal for donations this Summer.

Once again the main reason for the decline in numbers is that more of the students awarded Trust bursaries in 2017 qualified for a higher level of funding as a result of achieving higher grades. The Trust sent about the same amount of funding this year as it did in previous years but the money simply did not stretch to cover as many students as before.

Another factor is the exchange rate, which remains much less favourable to the Trust when sending bursary funds to South Africa than in some years past.

The fact that academic success is rewarded provides reassurance to donors that the students concerned are more likely to graduate and go on to have successful careers. But it is regrettable that the Trust can help only a fraction of the students who qualify for help under the criteria of need.

Student funding remains a major issue although government action and new forums appear to have taken some of the heat out of the situation.

Once again, the Trustees call on alumni and Trust supporters to give as best you can so the Trust can continue its work making a real difference to students’ lives and the wider society.

Please make a donation. The easiest way to give is via the Virgin Money Giving website at www.virginmoneygiving.com

Simply search for the University of KwaZulu-Natal UK Trust and follow the simple steps to make your donation, making sure you include a Gift Aid Declaration if you are a UK taxpayer.

Other information about how to give can be found on the Donate page.

Trust News Winter 2016-17

The Winter 2016-17 issue of the UKZN UK Trust’s newsletter, Trust News, was posted out in November to alumni and supporters in the UK. Those opting for email communication may download the newsletter using the link below.

Please contact us if you did not receive the newsletter. We would also be grateful if you would let us have your e-mail address if you have not already done so, copying in the Alumni Affairs team at Alumni@ukzn.ac.za

View Trust News Winter 2016-17 (PDF 314KB).

Trust supports 14 students in 2016

The number of students the Trust is able to help has fallen to 14 this year, down from 16 last year.

The main reason is that more of the students awarded Trust bursaries in 2016 qualified for a higher level of funding as a result of achieving higher grades. The Trust sent about the same amount of funding this year as it did in 2015 but the money did not stretch to cover as many students.

The fact that academic success is rewarded provides reassurance to donors that the students concerned are more likely to graduate and go on to have successful careers. But it is regrettable that the Trust can help only a fraction of the students who qualify for help under the criteria of need.

As many alumni and Trust supporters will be aware, student funding is a huge issue, particularly in South Africa where there has been a strong campaign to limit or even abolish student fees. A South African government inquiry into the matter is due to report soon but the indications are that the help given by charities such as our Trust will continue to be needed more than ever.

The Trust also faces new challenges following the UK referendum vote to leave the EU. Some analysts forecast a fall in charitable giving. Meanwhile the exchange rate is now much less favourable to the Trust when sending bursary funds to South Africa.

We call on alumni and Trust supporters to give as best you can so the Trust can continue its work making a real difference to students’ lives and the wider society.

Please make a donation. The easiest way to give is via the Virgin Money Giving website at www.virginmoneygiving.com

Simply search for the University of KwaZulu-Natal UK Trust and follow the simple steps to make your donation, making sure you include a Gift Aid Declaration if you are a UK taxpayer.

Other information about how to give can be found on the Donate page.

Gratitude of Trust bursars shines through

UKZN students - file picture

The Trust has received many messages of thanks from the 16 students it has helped through its bursaries and the Margaret Thomas Scholarship this year. Their letters and emails provide a real insight into their lives, the difficulties they face, their hopes and aspirations and their determination to succeed.

See the Trust’s newsletter, Trust News Winter2015-16, for a sample of their stories.

We call on alumni and Trust supporters in the UK to give as best you can so the Trust can continue its work making a real difference to students’ lives and the wider society.

Please make a donation. The easiest way to give is via the Virgin Money Giving website at www.virginmoneygiving.com

Simply search for the University of KwaZulu-Natal UK Trust and follow the simple steps to make your donation, making sure you include a Gift Aid Declaration if you are a UK taxpayer.

Other information about how to give can be found on the Donate page.

Trust News Winter 2015-16

The Winter 2015-16 issue of the UKZN UK Trust’s newsletter, Trust News, has been posted out to alumni and supporters in the UK. For those opting for email communication, please download the newsletter using the link below.

Please contact us if you did not receive the newsletter. We would also be grateful if you would let us have your e-mail address if you have not already done so, copying in the Alumni Affairs team at Alumni@ukzn.ac.za

View Trust News Winter2015-16 (PDF 1.42MB).

Trust News Summer 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of the UKZN UK Trust’s newsletter, Trust News, has been e-mailed out to alumni and supporters in the UK and posted to those for whom we do not have e-mail addresses.

Please contact us if you did not receive the newsletter. We would also be grateful if you would let us have your e-mail address if you have not already done so, copying in the Alumni Relations team at Alumni@ukzn.ac.za

View Trust News Summer 2015 (PDF 965KB).

Making a difference: 16 students backed

The Trust has marked a real achievement in being able to assist 16 needyPietermaritzburg campus students this year, up from 15 last year.

A favourable exchange rate has helped but thanks are due entirely to Trust donors who have continued to give in support of the charity’s bursaries and the Margaret Thomas Scholarship. The Trustees are particularly grateful for a few generous donations that boosted the funding available for this year.

However, challenges remain. Many UKZN students struggle to find the necessary funds to support themselves, pay their fees and complete their studies. The Trust is able to help only a fraction of them.

Memorial Tower Building, Durban campusWe receive many emails from students desperate for assistance. It is hard for the Trustees to have to refuse them. We make our selections from a shortlist provided by the University’s Student Funding Centre according to our criteria of need.

We call on alumni and Trust supporters in the UK to give as best you can so the Trust can continue its work making a real difference to students’ lives and the wider society.

Please make a donation. The easiest way to give is via the Virgin Money Giving website at www.virginmoneygiving.com

Simply search for the University of KwaZulu-Natal UK Trust and follow the simple steps to make your donation, making sure you include a Gift Aid Declaration if you are a UK taxpayer.

Other information about how to give can be found on the Donate page.