The University has launched a Hardship Fund which aims to address issues of food insecurity and menstrual hygiene for vulnerable students and staff.
MANY members of the University of KwaZulu-Natal community are from poor and vulnerable households.
UKZN Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Nana Poku was the first to contribute to the fund – pledging a third of his monthly salary for the next three months.
Poku went on to call upon all UKZN stakeholders including staff, students, suppliers, service providers, funders, alumni, the donor community, friends of the University and all other loyal stakeholders to contribute to the fund.
As part of this initiative, UKZN will also launch a donation drive on all its campuses for staff and students to donate non-perishable goods such as foods, toiletries, sanitary pads and other necessities.
The University remains on high alert and its COVID-19 “War Room” and online portal continues to provide regular information and support via the website www.ukzn.ac.za including up to the minute updates from the Department of Health; NICD; WHO Africa COVID Region Office (WHO AFRO); as well as access to the University’s in-house clinical experts.