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By Sapa | Mar 26, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 21 ]

University of the Free State rector Jonathan Jansen donated R100,000 — the royalties from sales of his book — to the 'No Student Hungry' campaign

An estimated 10% of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) 30,000 students go without regular meals, the university said on Monday.

An event was held at the UFS at the weekend to raise funds for a food bursary which would help students have a daily balanced meal, said spokeswoman Lacea Loader.

“These students do not ask [for] red meat; just something to be able to study,” UFS Rector Jonathan Jansen said at the fundraiser for the No Student Hungry campaign (NSH).

He donated R100,000 — the royalties from sales of his book “We need to talk”.

Jansen said the students who were helped often had strong academic records, but not enough money to sustain themselves with a regular meal.

Loader said needy students normally did not have much cash left over from their bursaries or sponsorships for basics such as food.

She said the NSH was established in January 2011 and now funded about 100 students. It was hoped even more could be helped as support for the project grew.

The first 100 students awarded the food bursary started using their student cards for daily meals on campus on April 1 2011.

Loader said students had to apply for the NSH bursary and were selected on the basis of their financial needs, academic results, active participation in student life programmes, and commitment to give back to the community.

She said at the end of the year the process would be reviewed and students who still qualified would be re-instated on the programme.

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Rector Jansen is really a hope for this country, he has done so much and hopefully do so much more, his insight is invaluable and if ever you get a chance to go to one of his lectures do not say no.

Mar 26, 2012 1:3 | 0 replies

Big up prof

Mar 26, 2012 2:57 | 0 replies

I have huge admiration for Prof Jansen.

Mar 26, 2012 3:11 | 0 replies

You go Prof.....

Mar 26, 2012 3:15 | 0 replies

Prof Jansen, what a noble deed by a noble man

Mar 26, 2012 3:38 | 0 replies

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People who do not have a clue about the attention seeker should make thier investigation.UFS need a permanent monetory mechanism instead of donation system. One wonders if the qwa-qwa based students are concidered for such specific doantion. I feel for qwa-qwa students who are used as a tool for generation of income for the company. If we really need transfomation in action I believe qwa- qwa satilite should be the beggining of the rest. How dare are you to give donation for the people in urbanised campus and remain reticent about students who are obviously struggling in all dimensions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------You sound like a person who do not know when to say thank you! I guess it was simpler in this case to say "thank you prof for your generosity" than to go on about your Qwaqwa. Did it ever occur to you that in that urban campus you have people from all walks of life including people from Qwaqwa? Professor you have shown where your heart is by putting your money where your mouth is. Thank you!

Mar 26, 2012 3:51 | 0 replies

Wishe we had more people like Prof Jansen. He tallks and writes sense and is a humanitarian.

Mar 26, 2012 5:18 | 0 replies

melb
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People who do not have a clue about the attention seeker should make thier investigation.UFS need a permanent monetory mechanism instead of donation system. One wonders if the qwa-qwa based students are concidered for such specific doantion. I feel for qwa-qwa students who are used as a tool for generation of income for the company. If we really need transfomation in action I believe qwa- qwa satilite should be the beggining of the rest. How dare are you to give donation for the people in urbanised campus and remain reticent about students who are obviously struggling in all dimensions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------You sound like a person who do not know when to say thank you! I guess it was simpler in this case to say "thank you prof for your generosity" than to go on about your Qwaqwa. Did it ever occur to you that in that urban campus you have people from all walks of life including people from Qwaqwa? Professor you have shown where your heart is by putting your money where your mouth is. Thank you!

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@ Melb
Well said,batho ba ba bngwe ba rata go complaina. yeeerrrrrrrr!

Prof Jansen for Minister of Education!! I really admire him.

Mar 27, 2012 11:14 | 0 replies

melb: What skewed thinking?

Mar 27, 2012 11:26 | 0 replies

People who do not have a clue about the attention seeker should make thier investigation.UFS need a permanent monetory mechanism instead of donation system. One wonders if the qwa-qwa based students are concidered for such specific doantion. I feel for qwa-qwa students who are used as a tool for generation of income for the company. If we really need transfomation in action I believe qwa- qwa satilite should be the beggining of the rest. How dare are you to give donation for the people in urbanised campus and remain reticent about students who are obviously struggling in all dimensions

Mar 26, 2012 2:44 | 0 replies

Keep up the good work Prof, I think this goes back to our f*&#ked up government, they provide students with the NSFAS & never monitor how they use it, some go to an extend of buying booze with the NSFAS money while other needy & performing students are suffering.

Mar 26, 2012 2:22 | 0 replies