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The Alumni Association launched the Alumni Annual Fund at the end of 2018 to grow alumni support for institutional projects and programmes.  The Alumni Fund is an innovative approach to giving to encourage as many alumni as possible to give a small amount, of R50 a month or more if they can afford it. It is all about building the culture of giving over a lifetime with a regular gift.  The Association’s first event for 2019 was a jazz social fundraiser with entertainment provided by Adlib. About one hundred guests were present and the evening raised more than R5000 with pledges for regular giving.

Adlib Entertainment are all alumni and current students from Nelson Mandela University, Wesley Keet (keyboard), Lisa Yengeni (vocals), Elviro Vrolik (bass guitar) and Bevin Mashaka (drums) 

The Alumni Fund assists students in the following ways:

1. Support for undergraduate students who perform academically but require financial support including those missing middle.

2. Support for postgraduate students who require financial support in order to increase postgraduate intake.

3. Support for student development services and enhancing the student experience.

4. Grow the University Endowment fund to ensure future sustainability of the University.


There are also benefits to giving and include:

1.         Assisting deserving students at under-and post graduate levels to graduate.

2.         Supporting the University to achieve its vision and goals.

3.         Contributing to the development of people and the country.

4.         Strengthening the alumni network and involvement.

5.         Tax benefits for qualifying donors.


Major gifts or bequests are welcomed as well as support to help increase our third stream income sources both locally and globally. These gifts are normally single amounts that can start at R10 000 to R1m and bequests include in provision made for the University in last wills and testaments which can include assets or cash. The University can also be added as a beneficiary of your life policy. A tax certificate can also be issued for your donation.


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