South African musicians set to perform at Wits to raise funds for student accommodation. 

South African actress Natasha Thahane has partnered with the Wits SRC to raise funds for students in need of accommodation. The Radical Trailblazers event is set to take place on on Friday, March 6 at the Wits Great Hall. The music concert will include performances by Dr Tumi, Khaya Mthethwa, Sbu Noah, Radical for Christ and the Wits Choir.

Thahane announced the event on her Instagram profile and said that the “purpose of Radical Trailblazers is to share a dream of music ministry in universities and create an opportunity for students to praise and worship”.

The SRC fundraising and entrepreneurship officer, Samantha Mungwe, said the SRC were approached by Thahane to organise an event that will uplift the Wits community.

Mungwe said, “the event will be a sort of healing process for some students,” given the stresses and demands of a new academic year.

Mungwe told Wits Vuvuzela that Thahane would be covering all the costs for the event and all the proceeds will go towards the university’s Hardship fund.

Thenji Lamoni, a second-year BSc student is among those hoping to receive funding from the praise and worship concert.

Lamoni commutes from Diepsloot to Braamfontein every day to attend lectures and is unable to apply for a bursary as she is not a South African citizen.

Lamoni said that traveling back and forth makes it difficult for her to study, prepare for lectures and complete assignments and there are some days where she has missed classes because she has no money to pay for a taxi.

“Hearing that the SRC are working hard to make sure students have accommodation gives me so much hope,” she told the Wits Vuvuzela.

The Hardship fund was established to assist students who don’t have funding for tuition, accommodation or food and is managed by the university together with the SRC.

FEATURED IMAGE: The Radical Trailblazers fundraising event will be held at the Great Hall on Friday, March 6. Photo: Vetiwe Mamba