The University of South Africa (UNISA) announced that the Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Principals have pledged to donate a portion of their salaries to the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund, for the next three months.
On Monday, 20 April 2020, UNISA announced that Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya has responded positively to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for all South African businesses and organisations to contribute financially to the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund. Makhanya has subsequently committed to donating one-third of his monthly salary to the cause, with the university’s Vice-Principals also pledging to make contributions to the fund on an individual basis and as determined by each person.
Makhanya explained that, “the Solidarity Fund is our humble contribution to this noble cause aimed at ameliorating the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the economy of our country and the livelihoods of our people, particularly the most vulnerable sections of the population.”
The COVID-19 Solidarity Fund was established by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 23 March 2020. It calls upon South African businesses, organisations and individuals; as well as members of the international community to donate to South Africa’s fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus.