Activist Tiro to be honoured in style

THE cream of South Africa's business, political and academic canvassers are expected to attend the University of Limpopo's Annual Benefit Gala Dinner at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand tonight.

THE cream of South Africa's business, political and academic canvassers are expected to attend the University of Limpopo's Annual Benefit Gala Dinner at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand tonight.

Topping the event's items line-up is Matlho Mokgalong, the vice-chancellor, with the State of the University address.

Coinciding with the Onkgopotse Tiro Excellence Awards and official launch of the university's alumni, the event pays tribute to Tiro, an unflinching Black Consciousness Movement adherent, who was student representative council president in his final year when he delivered a speech that criticised the Bantu Education Act of 1953 at the university's graduation ceremony in 1972.

The Onkgopotse Tiro Excellence Awards are awarded in recognition of made to outstanding achievers associated with the University of Limpopo, will be presented by the institution's Students Trust Fund chairperson Mokgadi Mailula.

A healthy relationship between any university's leadership and its alumni helps the institution in many ways, including financially.

Underprivileged students are benefitting from the university's Students Financial Aid Trust set up by the university's SRC of 1995 to 1996.

The university, which was formed out of a merger between the University of the North and Medical University of South Africa in January 2005, supports the Students Financial Aid Trust.

The Trust has so far awarded bursaries to more than 300 students at about R10000 each, amounting to about R2,9million.

Entertainment is due to be provided by Cometsa Mafrika Band, Cometsa Mafrika Poets and Cometsa DJ's.

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