The SRC has raised funds totalling R700 000 to help students facing academic exclusion this year..

“We are very happy about this achievement as we believe in our students and know they won’t disappoint us,” said SRC president Morris Masutha, who later admitted he was disappointed by the number of students who do not approach the SRC for assistance.

“Through our hunt for bursaries, we managed to secure over R450000 worth of bursaries and scholarships. We are particularly proud of this because these bursaries will run for the period of the entire degree. Eskom, The Jacob Zuma Foundation, BIDVest and City of Joburg are some of the stakeholders that really assisted our students and the SRC is very grateful,” Masutha said.

The SRC has pledged to make all students aware of financial exclusion by “declaring a war against academic exclusion”.

“Over the next weeks, we will be conducting class visits to ensure that no student is excluded due to lack of information,” Masutha said.

“We also condemn financial students who lose their financial aid packages because they forget to sign their loan agreement forms. This behaviour is unacceptable and it has to come to an end. Students are the reason why there is an SRC and it’s important that they take advantage of the services rendered by this structure.”

 The SRC paid tribute to the Financial Aid office and the office of the deputy vice chancellor (academic) for the support they received in this endeavour.

“We would like to emphasise that this wouldn’t have been possible without their help and we will forever remain indebted to these two offices for their commitment to saving the lives of poor students in particular.”