UNIVERSITY of the Free State student representative council (SRC) president Asive Dlanjwa is a young man leading by example.
Dlanjwa, who believes every student should be back on campus next year whether they have paid the registration fees or not, said he hopes to raise R2m towards the 2018 registration.
He said there was an easy way for him to raise funds as he would be cycling from Bloemfontein to Cape Town, Western Cape, a distance of more than 1 100km.
“When I came to the UFS all I had was a R50 note and I did not know how I was going to register, but I wanted to study and said nothing could stop me,” Dlanjwa said.
He said the biggest struggle for students was not having finances for registration at the beginning of the year.
“It is for this reason that I will be participating in the Right to Learn Challenge from November 27 to December 4.”
He said the SRC, in partnership with Institutional Advancement, came up with the initiative to cycle from Bloemfontein to Cape Town in eight days in an effort to raise R2m for 2018 registration.
“We want to give access to as many students as possible. This initiative is not only about the students, it’s about giving hope to their families and taking them out of poverty,” Dlanjwa said.
He recalled approaching the SRC to seek help at the beginning of the year with nothing but an identity document and the clothes he had on.
“Some students had been sleeping at the Bloemfontein Tourism Centre because they had no money for accommodation and registration.
“These are the types of cases that we have to deal with at the beginning of each year.”
He urged members of the public to partner with them in ensuring students get access to higher education by donating money through the Given-Gain page.