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Prof Mandla Makhanya, Unisa's Principal and Vice-Chancellor, appeals for donations to the Unisa Ubuntu/Botho Disaster Relief Initiative to assist those affected by Cyclone Idai

In view of the recent crippling devastation that befell our fellow brothers and sisters in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe due to Cyclone Idai, the University of South Africa has launched the Unisa Ubuntu/Botho Disaster Relief Initiative. We are therefore appealing to the people of Tshwane, Unisa Alumni, Staff, Students and the Diplomatic Community to generously donate clothes, blankets, non-perishable foodstuffs and hygiene supplies to the Unisa Ubuntu/Botho Disaster Relief initiative. Unisa will also make efforts to get its experts and volunteers to engage in the advisory and rebuilding process of the affected countries and communities.

The donations can be dropped during the day at Unisa, Preller Street, Kgorong Building on the first floor. A donation register will be on site for the recording of the names of the donors and their donations. The distribution of the donations will be coordinated with the local and international relief agencies so that they can be directed to places where there is a need. Donations will be received at Unisa until 12 April 2019. For any enquiries, kindly contact Institutional Advancement on: 012 441 5684 or

I am particularly appealing to the people of Tshwane because the affected countries are members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). As the SADC family, we are defined by our compassion towards others.

"Do your little bit of good where you are. It is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world" (Archbishop Desmond Tutu).

Yours sincerely
Prof Mandla Makhanya
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Publish date: 2019/04/03