UCT's Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng donates 10% of her salary to student fund

UCT's Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng donates 10% of her salary to student fund

A lot of people who hold high paying positions often only think about their own pockets, but UCT's new vice-chancellor is not one of them.

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Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, who started her term as the UCT vice-chancellor on Sunday, announced she would be donating 10% of her salary to the Thuma Mina Fund, IOL reported.

“How can a million rand or more be spent on a party where I’ll be told how special I am while some students couldn't graduate in April, and they have completed their degrees? ", she said.

Briefly.co.za learned Phakeng added a lot of researches who submitted proposals for grants at theNational Research Foundation were shot down purely over financial reasons.

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The new UCT vice-chancellor, who said self-centred people made her angry, added it was against her values and she would never be able to sleep at night if it was all about her.

Phakeng's kind gesture of donating part of her salary was praised by many South Africans, but tweeps were worried about the fund she would be giving her money to.

The Thuma Mina Fund is the brain child of new SA president Cyril Ramaphosa. However, as Ramaphoria starts to fade, tweeps worry Phakeng's money would be used by power hungry politicians instead of needy students.

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