The University of Zululand (UNIZULU) received an early Christmas gift when Absa donated a staggering twenty HP multi seat computers and R50 000 in cash on 7 November 2013.
These computers will be used to equip and empower students with computer skills and increase their knowledge of word processing when doing assignments and conducting research for their study projects.
Welcoming the attendees UNIZULU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko said the University expresses its sincere thanks and appreciation to the Absa hierarchy for their foresight, patriotism, and generosity of spirit.
She said a computer to this University is a palpable and concrete gesture of visionary and transformative leadership on their part.
“It is partnerships of this calibre that the University seeks to embrace, strengthen and guard jealously as it continues to strategically position itself as a viable and credible 21st Century institution of higher learning,” said Prof Mazibuko.
Prof Mazibuko also said that technology is an indispensable enabler and driver. The challenges of the 21st Century demand that every nation, institution, sector, or community be technologically-savvy.
“The economy, education, business, industry and government cannot function optimally without technology. Any country that is slow in embracing technology will continue to play second fiddle to other nations-and that is too ghastly to contemplate,” she said.
Principal of Absa Capital Gary Whiteford said: “We are so appreciative of the value that this donation is having.”
Provincial Head for Absa Business Banking, Ravi Pillay said: “Acting as a conduit to assist students at the University of Zululand with skills upliftment and enabling them to prosper, is central to our commitment to making citizenship real for our stakeholders.”
Prof Mazibuko added that the computers will also strengthen and boost the University’s research capacity. “We know that they are not enough. We could do with more but we wish to thank Absa unequivocally for their wise investment. We wish to assure them that their investment will be utilised responsibly and that in due course it will yield tangible returns to this institution and by extension-the country at large.”
Pictured: UNIZULU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko accepting a R50 000 cheque and computers from Absa’s Gary Whiteford whilst UNIZULU management, left, and Absa team, right, looks on.