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Students revive fundraising drive for university workers affected by protests

Students and academics are not the only ones adversely affected by the shut down of university campuses.

A great deal of support staff, such as canteen and cafeteria workers, have been negatively impacted by the ongoing tensions over free tertiary education nationwide.

For this reason, students at UCT have revived a fundraising effort to help the workers whose jobs have been affected by reduced hours or pay.

Member of the fundraiser initiative, Thabang Bhili explains that the project began in 2015 when outsourced workers shared their grievances with students.

With the Fees Must Fall that was started last year, and as a result, most of the shops were closed. It meant that workers weren't working and the bosses were saying they can't pay them.

Thabang Bhili, UCT student

Bhili says that the initiative raised approximately R95 000 during the height of the student protests last year.

He hopes that more donations will pour in, as UCT sees the second week of campus shut down.

To make a contribution or learn more, e-mail: workerssolidarityfund@gmail.com

ACCOUNT DETAILS:

  • Account number: 073576093
  • Bank: Standard Bank
  • Branch: Rondebosch
  • Branch code: 025009
  • Cheque account
  • Reference: UCTCafeteria

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