Fund to assist Financially Needy Academically Performing Medical Students aims for R1-millionHealth Sciences

Left: TuSEF Fundraising Gala Dinner. Right: Some of the TuSEF Committee members visiting the Seliane family for approval and support of the initiative.Left: TuSEF Fundraising Gala Dinner. Right: Some of the TuSEF Committee members visiting the Seliane family for approval and support of the initiative.

The Tumelo Seliane Education Fund (TuSEF), an initiative started by UKZN’s Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine’s Class of 2015 to assist financially needy academically performing students, plans to raise a minimum of 1 million by next year.

The fund is being organised together with the graduates of class of 2015 by current Medical students and alumni.

TuSEF’s creation was inspired by the late Tumelo Seliane, whose leadership and humility changed many lives at the Medical School. Established through the UKZN Foundation, it seeks to ensure that no student who is performing well academically, especially in the clinical years of study, will have to abandon their studies because of financial difficulties.

A lot of fundraising strategies are being planned. One already in operation involves graduates of class of 2015 and various staff members, alumni and other sponsors, contributing a minimum of R100 a month with the goal being to raise at least a million rand that will become an endowment fund from which students in need can benefit from the profits raised.

A fund raising Gala Dinner and official TuSEF launch was held recently with the plan being to make the dinner an annual function.

Guests included UKZN Chancellor and Treasurer General of the African National Congress, Dr Zweli Mkhize; KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo; Dr Ngogi Mahaye of the Department of Education; HoD KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, Dr Sifiso Mtshali; renowned HIV/AIDS researchers, Professor Salim Abdool Karim and his wife Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim; Dr Sibusiso Chalufu, UKZN Executive Director of Student Services; Mr Melusi Yeni, Actor and Programme Director for the evening; Ms Amy Sinclair from Frontier Lab; representatives from ABSA; UKZN alumni and students; parents, staff and friends of UKZN.

People attending travelled from as far as Limpopo, Queenstown, Nkandla, Pretoria, and Cape Town, with many looking stunning in their traditional and formal attire.

Close to R300 000 was raised through contributions made from a variety of sources at the event and ticket sales alone.

Dr Dhlomo announced at the function that the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health would partner with the initiative to ensure its progress.

TuSEF acknowledged Dr Mkhize’s assistance with the fundraising and his efforts in securing the support of businesses on the day of event and thanked all those who contributed towards making the dinner and the fundraising so successful.

For further information email:Tumelofund@gmail.com or foundation@ukzn.ac.za.

Asanda Xozwa