The UNIZULU Foundation was established in 1982 and has for supported the University of Zululand through bursaries and annual grants for over 30 years. The Foundation today focuses on building relationships, establishing partnerships and raisin resources. It thus supports a wide array of projects, with emphasis on student development and community engagement, and accepts donations, grants, in kind gifts and other sources of income such as bursaries. After a decade of dormancy in its daily operations, the Foundation is today back on its feet and a visible entity on South Africa’s Higher Education and grant-making landscape. As a charitable Trust and a registered non-profit organisation (NPO), it is qualified to issue tax exempt certificates in terms of Section 18A of the South African Tax Act of 1962.
The major purpose of the UNIZULU Foundation is to build a legacy for the future of the University and those in need, by creating and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships that will enable UNIZULU to achieve its strategic goals. The Foundation implements this mission by galvanising and institutionalising giving to its sole beneficiary – the university.
To Build a Legacy for the future of the University and those in need, by creating and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships that will enable UNIZULU to achieve its strategic goals.
To become a valued Advancement Partner and Practitioner as a Comprehensive Higher Education Institution in South Africa.
|Mr D Vilakazi Acting -Chairperson||Mr TM Mthembu||Mr SV Chetty||Mr Gamede|
|Prof LM Magi||Dr IB Mkhize||Prof XA Mtose||Mr GJ Thula|
Dr Israel leads and manages the Foundation team, reports on operations to the Vice-Chancellor and is accountable to the Board of Trustees.
Office: +27 35 9026125
Mobile: 082 4988166
Pooven Naiker: Senior Development Manager
Mrs Naiker actively seeks and secures investment into the University, for key projects, bursaries and any strategic goal, establishing relationships with donors and key stakeholders in all contexts within the grant-making community.
Office: +27 83 6274248
Siyabonga Mavuso: Database Officer
Mr. Mavuso manages the database of the Foundation, using a software program called Devman and conducts reactive and proactive internet prospect research to identify donors across the range, to match them with projects.
Office: +27 35 902 6251
Fikisile Mabaso: PA to Executive Director
Ms Mabaso manages the administrative operations of the offices of the UNIZULU Foundation.
Office: +27 35 9026245
Mr Zamani Linda: Development Officer
Mr Linda focuses on projects for local, community development, enlisting the support and investment of business and community partners who will form a local network of influence, showing the institution’s inter-connectedness.
Office: +27 35 902 6670
Mr Zenzele Mthethwa: Finance Administrator
Mr Mthethwa is responsible for all financial matters at the Foundation Office, and liaises with internal and external partners
Office: +27 35 902 6491
|CASE FOR SUPPORTAs the only comprehensive University in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) is well-positioned to offer interventions to open access before first year, ensure success in subsequent years of study and contribute professionally to the human capital needs and economy of not only KZN, but South Africa. It thus offers a mix of University courses and career-focused programmes that cater simultaneously for the needs of industrial stakeholders and the rural community. The University believes in combining the best features of ‘entrepreneurial’ and ‘alternative’ education. The University student population in 2015 was 16 666 inclusive of 15 210 undergraduates and 1 456 postgraduate students. UNIZULU’s female student population was 9 865; its male population 6 801. The forms of support provided by various organisations, government and third stream income are vital for our growth as an institution. Of the total number of students, seventy-five percent are financially needy. While bursaries are offered by a number of donors, for which we are deeply grateful, the University needs more support to give access, accommodation and an enabling environment to students. There are capacity shortages, human resource challenges and in some cases, facilities which need to be extended or upgraded, such as those for the differently challenged, or to cater for recreational interests like hockey or the university choir, which enhance both community and student life. Any contribution to a bursary for student support is welcomed.|
|NEW PROGRAMMES, RICHARDS BAY CAMPUSENGINEERINGResearch in the Richards Bay hub unveils critical needs which can be addressed by the introduction of technically-oriented programmes such as Electronics, Instrumentation and Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. A phased approach is planned, starting with diplomas and thereafter degrees. In fleshing out its proposed developments, the Richards Bay Campus is also proposing an engineering access programme, which will attract local high achievers. This will be an historic development for UNIZULU, and well-timed, given its growing capacity and strategic location. Bursary support is required for students embarking on this programme, as well as contributions towards laboratory equipment.MARITIME STUDIES
As with Engineering Programmes, the introduction of eleven (11) Maritime Programmes, ranging from certificates to diplomas, at the University of Zululand is long overdue. These programmes already form part of the recently approved enrolment plan by the Department for Higher Education and Training (DHET) and to date, much progress has been made in setting up the framework for the introduction of Maritime Programmes, and the establishment of the Maritime Training School. A range of partners and collaborators have made generous contributions, attesting to their need in this booming economic and industrial zone. Further support in the region of R15m is required.
|GRADUATE STUDENT VILLAGE (RESIDENCE)There is a general shortage of student accommodation at the University of Zululand and its surroundings. Students have to find accommodation in the immediate surroundings of the university where conditions are in most cases, inadequate. While the majority of the university’s over 16 000 students are affected, with only 3 450 being accommodated internally, postgraduate students are especially inconvenienced as they have a constant need for access to the library and laboratories during all hours of the day and night. The university requirements to grow its own timber arise from its postgraduate students and thus we need to be able to accommodate and increase our postgraduate student numbers in the next three years. The University needs to convert, refurbish and to some extent, re-build existing staff houses in an area that is in close proximity to the library, computer laboratories and science laboratories on the KwaDlangezwa campus, to meet these needs. An investment of R15m is being sought.|
|ASTRO-TURF HOCKEY FIELDThe University of Zululand’s Sports & Recreation Unit has well-utilized sport facilities by the University Students, the Municipality, Schools and Sporting organizations around Empangeni and Richards Bay. However, in the whole of the Zululand region, there is no synthetic Hockey facility despite the growing popularity of the sport in the region, preventing our students from progressing competitively at higher levels. An astro-turf hockey field will heighten competitiveness in the sport and benefit both students and community in a number of physical and social ways, creating a space for positive interaction outside of the academic sphere. It is anticipated that many students, schools and community members will use these facilities. A vigorous effort is being made to solicit funds of approximately R7m for this exciting project.|
|E-MOBILE ICLOUD COMPUTING + TACTICAL DEFENCE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIESThis Computer Science project foregrounds future generation technology for tactical communications systems. In the tactical environ1nent, communication requirements become more challenging. This environment is characterized by the lack of communication infrastructure. Operations are often limited by availability of power, weight, size, transmission range and bandwidth of the communication system. Technology gains in these key areas will translate into tactical advantage. The project’s Expected Outputs include the following: Securing Communicati ons Technology; Improving Data Communicati ons and Networking Technology; Cognitive and Software Defined Radio; Energy Efficient Communication Protocols; Antenna, RF and Modulation Technologies and Video Bandwidth Reduction Techniques. Valuable postgraduate research emanates from this project, which is currently funded in part by Telkom, Armscor and Huawei, with training input from Dynatech. However, an urgent appeal is being made for sponsorships and bursaries for LOCAL Honours students, whose financial neediness prevents them from continuing with studies in this field. Any gift will be deeply appreciated, and recipients will be available for work-in-learning programmes thereafter.|
|NEW POTABLE WATER TREATMENT PLANTUNIZULU intends building a new potable water treatment plant to alleviate the problems associated with the inconsistent water supply it currently obtains. It seeks to construct the new plant within the campus boundary with the raw water draw-off being made at the adjacent Lake Mangezi. The University will benefit greatly by having its own potable water purification plant in order to overcome any irregular water supply problems. These problems are normally the result of the frequent load shedding that Eskom has to deal with. All facilities on the campus are then severely affected and certain operations within the teaching and learning areas are hampered by the non-availability of potable water. During times of water outages, the auxiliary plant and equipment on campus is either damaged or made inoperable. The catering facilities are negatively affected and students are further placed at a huge disadvantage when food production is affected. The health and safety risk is aggravated in the residential facilities due to inadequate water for toilets, bathing and cleaning. All of these critical concerns will be addressed once an efficient supply of water is provided. The local surrounding rural community will also benefit greatly from the new plant. An estimate of R35m is required.|
*With acknowledgements to UNIZULU Project Leaders/Proposal Writers
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UNIVERSITY OF ZULULAND FOUNDATION
FIRST NATIONAL BANK, EMPANGENI
Account Number 52165778105
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The Foundation, as a registered non-profit organisation, will issue a Section 18(a) tax exemption certificate to you for your gift.
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EVENT TO HONOUR ROLE OF PROFESSOR AC NKABINDE, SEPTEMBER 2013
In 2013, the UNIZULU Foundation kicked off with a grand event to recognise the role played by the first Black and longest-serving Rector in HE, South Africa.
A prestigious dinner was preceded by an academic lecture on 12 September, hosted by the University as well. This was very well-received, and attended, with a rousing lecture by Professor OEH Nxumalo on Professor Nkabinde as leader, administrator and scholar. Likewise, the Vice-Chancellor Professor NM Mazibuko highlighted his literary contributions and the many positive developments during his tenure at the University of Zululand. The University choir added a vibrant dimension to the proceedings.
The dinner event on 13 September was also memorable, with 180 guests, many of whom are alumni and holding prominent positions in the spheres of law, private enterprise and education. The addresses by a range of speakers provided a fascinating and informative emic view of the University during the time of Professor Nkabinde, when apartheid failed to stop the progressive developments he implemented in both community and University. One such was the establishment of the UNIZULU Foundation. It was therefore fitting that he be raised as our own hero, an inspiration to many. Guests were treated to good food, very special gifts and great entertainment, in an ambience that was both nostalgic and lively. The theme of the evening, UNIZULU Foundation: Building a Legacy, was foregrounded, providing a platform for further engagement with the very diverse and prestigious group of guests, all showing great commitment and passion for, in many cases, their alma mater.
Prof AC Nkabinde laid the foundation for many developments… He was a principled and ﬁ rm man who
was passionate about his responsibilities and not afraid to call people to order. As a well-travelled
academic and an avid reader with an analytical mind, he held the institution together with great poise and
leadership. His transformation from language specialist to educationist redeﬁ ned his career.
Professor Raymoth Vika Gabela
UNIZULU Alumnus and Former Institutional Forum Chairperson
As a distinguished scholar, administrator and leader, Prof. Nkabinde had a great impact on the institution,
in all its facets. He not only shaped the University of Zululand, but also gave impetus to the spirit of
philanthropy and giving – of self and soul. For this we applaud his efforts…
Dr Connie Israel
Executive Director, UNIZULU Foundation