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On 1 March, UP Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) Tuks Branch launched the Ubuntu Box initiative. The campaign, launched under the banner of “Your change can be the change”, aims to raise funds for students needing financial assistance by “drawing on the principles of Ubuntu.”
The project involves students donating money to raise funds for those who cannot afford tuition fees. According to DASO Chairperson Kwena Moloto, if every UP student (of which there are roughly 60 000) donated R5 on a weekly basis, R1.2 million could be raised every month for financial aid towards students. Ubuntu boxes, in which students can drop their change, are located across businesses on UP’s Hatfield campus. The campaign aims to have Ubuntu boxes across all UP campuses within the coming days. The initiative draws on the principles of Ubuntu, and “I am what I am because of who we all are”, in having students help other students. Awareness of the campaign has been catered for, with posters having been placed across the Hatfield Campus.
Speaking about the initiative, Moloto said, “We as DASO are part of this initiative as a political party and we are hoping that the EFF-UP, Sasco, and AfriForum will also be able to be part of this initiative in their capacity as political organisations because we are trying to show that we can unify in our diversity”. Moloto further added that another goal of the initiative was to unify the student body, fostering the idea that “when one student is sleeping in the library, we have all failed as a community.” According to Moloto, other political parties have not yet officially joined, although EFFSC-UP and PASMA assisted in distributing pamphlets to students.
“UP has also shown some interest in the initiative; some lecturers have sent out information about the Ubuntu boxes […] the [Director of Facilities Management, Prof. Susan Adendorff] expressed interest to send through our proposals to UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof. de la Rey to hopefully have a project the university endorses,” said Moloto.
Image: DASO UP Facebook page.