UFH Alumni donate generously to Student Scholarship fund

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Two esteemed businessmen and UFH alumni, Dr Sisa Ngebulana and Mr Sipho Pityana, have demonstrated their love and loyalty towards their alma mater by donating generously to the university scholarship fund.  Through their efforts and kindness, the lives of six students will never be the same again.

Dr Sisa Ngebulana, a self-made property mogul, has provided funding to assist five undergraduate students. He also made a generous donation of R200 000 towards a fund set to reduce the debt of final year students. Altogether, the much-needed donation translates to approximately R2 million and was sourced through his companies - Rebosis Property Fund, the Billion Group and the Sisa Ngebulana Foundation- translates.  “Dr Ngebulana’s contribution is the biggest single contribution made by an alumnus to the Foundation”, said Ms Nokulunga Mnqeta, Fort Hare Foundation’s Development Director.

Mr Sipho Pityana is the chairman of AngloGold Ashanti, a UFH Registrar and recent Chancellor at the University of Cape Town, has donated funds to sponsor a PhD scholarship in Agriculture. The seasoned businessman made a conscious decision to invest in a field of study that aims to provide solutions to the country’s farming community.

Over the past five years Mr Pityana has donated more than R1 million to support needy students in various fields of study at the University of Fort Hare.  

Mr Xolile Nuse, the beneficiary of the PhD bursary is a 26-year old Animal Science student from Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape.    Nuse’s research study: The effects of climate change on Dohne Merino sheep productivity: growth performance, wool production and meat quality characteristics, will contribute to the economic development of the Eastern Cape province and the GDP of the country.

An excited Nuse says he intends to make his sponsor and his country proud by conducting and producing in-depth, quality research. “God has answered my prayers, I am short of words to thank Mr Pityana and the Fort Hare Foundation for the scholarship. I can only thank them by delivering the best and practical recommendations on my dissertation. Because I come from a very poor background, funding has been a huge barrier which could potentially prevent me from pursuing my doctoral studies”. 

Ms Mnqeta, whose responsibility is to raise funds for the foundation, has welcomed  Dr Ngebulana and Mr Pityana’s contributions. “We appreciate this compassionate support and commitment towards addressing the aspirations of needy students.  The contributions will go a long way in giving impetus to the mobilization of fundraising campaigns. We hope other alumni will be motivated to play their part in preserving the legacy of this great university,” she said.