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SU’s #SU99 target ‘upgraded’ to R999 999
Author: Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni
Published: 06/12/2017

​​Stellenbosch University's pre-centenary fundraising campaign #SU99, aimed at alleviating student debt, has a new target.

Recent generous donations to support the cause of alleviating student debt at Stellenbosch University exceeded the initial R99 999 target, providing the impetus to reach further and increase the target to R999 999.

"As of 1 December, donations received on the GivenGain platform amounted to R24 000, and donations from alumni, and staff and students have all added a further R32 500 to the campaign," says Karen Bruns, Senior Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Division (DAR), “but a significant donation of R500 000, received from one of our loyal major donors who regularly provides top-up bursary funding, has enabled us to raise the bar to help more graduates."

"Although many of our students have received bursary support from various partners such as government, foundations, corporates and trusts, there is often still an outstanding amount that is owed by students upon graduation," says Cheryl Benadie, Donor Relations Manager at SU.

Graduation marks the end of an incredible journey for any graduate as they stand on the threshold of new beginnings, armed with a well-earned degree from Stellenbosch University, an internationally-recognised institution.

"Sadly, for some of our first generation graduates, who will enter the world of work as a first generation professional, the weight of debt that they carry on their shoulders as they try to make a fresh start can seem overwhelming. We acknowledge and appreciate the support of all our donors and partners. The need is ongoing," she adds.

Donations can be made via the Given Gain platform: or via credit card on our online portal:, EFT payments can be made via the following bank account, using the reference: Initial, surname + R2090 DEBT.

ORGANISATION NAME:  University of Stellenbosch

BANK:  Standard Bank

BRANCH: Stellenbosch

BRANCH CODE: 05 06 10

ACCOUNT NAME: University of Stellenbosch


PAYMENT REFERENCE: Initial, Surname, R2090 DEBT

The #SU99 campaign, launched on the 20th of September, will run until the 27th of December.

“Small donations of R50, R100, R500 etc all add up - it is the power of collective giving in action. We urge you to please consider giving the gift of financial freedom this festive season," Benadie concludes.  

  • For more information on SU's campaign to alleviate student debt, please contact: Cheryl Benadie on tel: 021 808 9351 or e-mail: Anneke Muller on tel: 021 808 9906 or e-mail: